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What is a Wishgiver or Aranea?

When I first started writing Maira and the Rainbow City (the working title for my upper middle grade fantasy), I knew I wanted my wish-giving creature to have some interesting qualities. Qualities which would affect how Maira experiences the world after she becomes one. In this fantasy world, the wish-giving creatures are called wishgivers or…

Marvelous Middle Grade

I have an ongoing debate with myself about which books I love reading more: middle grade or young adult. Because even though I adore young adult, middle grade books win me over again and again. Middle grade books tend to be primarily written for kids ages 8 to 12 but as with any genre, there…

#MoodPitch: The Most Beautiful Pitch Session Ever

It’s been a few weeks since the first-ever #MoodPitch, and I’m still thinking fondly about all the amazing moodboards and aesthetics which made the Twitter feed beautiful that day. I think this was the most creative and enjoyable pitch event I’ve experienced because we got to think beyond the words. We got to share what…

Creating an Aesthetic Moodboard

While writing this, I realize that for others creating a moodboard is fairly straightforward. For me, who is technologically challenged at unexpected moments, it wasn’t straightforward. But I successfully created one and want to share my experience. I’ve seen moodboards posted in relation to book concepts, and this is what drew me to the project….

Book Spotlight: Amari and the Night Brothers

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston is a middle grade fantasy novel that centers on Amari, a 13-year-old girl who is dead set on finding her missing, prodigy brother, Quinton. Her search for him reveals the supernatural world and her latent powers as a magician. B.B. Alston does nice work establishing Amari’s determination,…

My Twitter Pitch Experience

There’s the old saying: It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Well, in the Twitter world, it’s better to have pitched and lost than never to have pitched at all. Because whether you get the desired literary agent ‘LIKE’ or not, Twitter Pitch can still be a rewarding…

Worldbuilding Example

We see worldbuilding a great deal in fantasy and sci-fi books. It gives context for the otherworldly story and characters. I read an apt description which says good worldbuilding shows what the characters see; great worldbuilding shows what they may take for granted or even try to ignore. I recently read Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko…

Things I’ve Read Recently

I read Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. “There’s a big difference between saying you’re disabled and saying you’re incapable.” It’s clear why this book was included in my daughter’s Battle of the Books reading material. It was a fun, touching story about thirteen-year-old Aven Green, who was born without…

A Wolf’s Labyrinth

I am currently querying my debut novel, A Wolf’s Labyrinth. A Wolf’s Labyrinth is a young adult fantasy novel centering on the intertwined stories of Arturo, an eighteen-year-old stone mason who survives the collapse of a blazing building, and seventeen-year-old Isabel, who is partially blind due to a childhood accident. Arturo’s ability to survive the…

Why My Kids Make Me a Better Writer

Meeting your kids needs on a daily basis and finding time to write seem counter to each other. Well, they are! But there are valuable qualities which can be discovered through parenthood that can maintain and encourage your writing. Taking care of kids every day challenges us to find time and energy to write. And…


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