The Hips of the Eel – Slang in the 1920s

One of the most fun things about writing Stella Hart is her dialogue. She's a classic, F. Scott Fitzgerald-style New York flapper working in Hollywood as a silent movie actress and running around the globe solving murders with her hunky love interest, George Barrington, 13th Baronet of Kingsley-on-Pike. And she talks like a party girl … Continue reading The Hips of the Eel – Slang in the 1920s

Ways to Keep Writing When You Can’t

Sometimes real life gets in the way. Sometimes there’s just no physical way to walk away from the house fire that is your mundane domestic life and get to your desk or your laptop or Starbucks or the picnic table behind the Circle K or wherever it is you do your writing. I’m not talking … Continue reading Ways to Keep Writing When You Can’t

Taming Plot Bunnies and Getting It Done

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to be more productive and disciplined in my fiction writing. I’d spent the last three months of 2018 finishing a project that I’d been working on sporadically for years and ignoring everything else, and that had taught me that I actually produce more and better story … Continue reading Taming Plot Bunnies and Getting It Done

ConCarolinas 2019!

It's that time of year again - ConCarolinas is back, and I'll be there! I only consistently show up for one fandom and writing convention a year, and ConCarolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, is it. And this year's slate of guests and events is particularly excellent. The people in charge have worked their collective cabooses … Continue reading ConCarolinas 2019!

Protect Your Through Line. Be Batman.

My fiction writing teacher in college told us there are only two kinds of stories: character stories and situation stories. In a character story, the protagonist evolves over the course of the action from one thing into another—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Rocky, and “The Ugly Duckling” are all character stories. In situation stories, the … Continue reading Protect Your Through Line. Be Batman.

Lucy Blue Edits!

Looking through my bills for last month, it suddenly occurred to me that I really, really missed freelance fiction editing. For anyone who's interested, here's what I charge and how I do it and why I think I'm qualified: Proofreading: $0.005/word ($250 for a 50,000-word novel; $50 for a 10,000-word short story) I’ll read for … Continue reading Lucy Blue Edits!

The Shocking Truth About What Writing Fiction Pays (a personal comparison)

Earlier this week, I got my royalty statement for Little Red Hen Romance for September 2015 from Amazon and went into a full-blown fidget. In spite of the fact that we had outsold our previous best-selling month, June 2015, by more than two to one, moving more than twice as many books to paying customers … Continue reading The Shocking Truth About What Writing Fiction Pays (a personal comparison)

If she could read his mind, love – A romance writer’s take on POV

The biggest news in romance writing the past month or so has been the publication of Grey, author E.L. James' follow-up to her wildly successful Fifty Shades trilogy, written from the point of view of her problematic hero, Christian Grey. When I heard this book was coming out, my first thought was, "Jeebus Krispies, you mean … Continue reading If she could read his mind, love – A romance writer’s take on POV