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Help! How do I Name my Characters in a Young Adult Fantasy Story?

When I was creating the series of Legends of Green Isle, one of the biggest obstacles I came across was naming characters. I didn't want them to sound silly. (I could see them frowning at times when I posed a name that was reminiscent of a comic book hero). Fantasy characters like my dragons, elves,… Continue reading Help! How do I Name my Characters in a Young Adult Fantasy Story?

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Feeling your characters’ emotions: Writing a great Young Adult story.

If there is one thing I could suggest to people who want to be great writers, I would say, "feel your characters' emotions." Everyone can tell a good joke, but there are just some people who are better at it than others. It's usually the individuals who are able to convey emotion along with their words… Continue reading Feeling your characters’ emotions: Writing a great Young Adult story.

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Finishing Strong in a YA Fantasy Series (Concluding book two “The Mirror Sliver.”)

As any writer knows, its finishing that last sentence of the story which is the trophy of any writing. When writing a series, books can be spaced apart as many as three years, and it can be difficult remembering certain points or plots which you constructed in a previous book. So how do you finish… Continue reading Finishing Strong in a YA Fantasy Series (Concluding book two “The Mirror Sliver.”)

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The End! Or is it?

Well this last semester of undergraduate work is winding down.  I have less than two weeks of student teaching left and I find that I have to admit - I am going to miss the kids.  I've enjoyed being with these ninth graders from Union County High School, and they've taught me a great deal of what it means… Continue reading The End! Or is it?

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Why do we Write?

The other day I saw this statistic "over 770,000 new books will be released this year." (Don't remember where I read it though) These books are from authors who are well-known and those, who are like me, not so well-known.  I asked myself this question, "Why do I write?"  Why do I write if I am such a… Continue reading Why do we Write?

Research

The Morrigana – Feminine Aspect of Green Isle’s Deity

As I created the complex history of Be'thasileth, the parallel world in another dimension to Earth, I knew as I compiled the history of the characters that there should be a Deity, an individual who cares for those residing in this land, that looks down at the events happening in this world and knows what… Continue reading The Morrigana – Feminine Aspect of Green Isle’s Deity

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Baobhan Sith – Babda and her Ravens

Finding bad guys for my storyline proved to be daunting.  Babda and her Raven clan are an important part of Legends of Green Isle, and was based in part on the Baobhan Sith.  In the Scottish/Irish lore the Baobhan Sith were evil spirits which took the form of hooded crows, or sometimes would appear to their victims as young… Continue reading Baobhan Sith – Babda and her Ravens

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Writing Atlantis into my stories

Since I can remember, I have been fascinated by the theory of Atlantis.  Plato's description of the city beyond the Pillars of Hercules has fueled an imagination of who these people were.  Many scholars have rebuffed the idea, claiming this theory is pure fantasy.  But what if it were true, and there existed a civilization that rivaled our… Continue reading Writing Atlantis into my stories