Writing and editing seems to be a never ending cycle of creation and destruction. I say it this way because when I first wrote "The Forgotten Spell," the first book of the series, it was over six years ago. Since then I've completed undergraduate work and am now in graduate studies at Clemson University, and my writing… Continue reading Editing and Rewriting: profiling your characters.
It has been an exciting week for us here in Green Isle land. The series has been added to the GMTA Publishing family, all nine books, and the contract was signed and delivered yesterday. (Six books in Legends of Green Isle and three others, which will feature a prequel story of Green Isle's beginnings.) Our wonderful… Continue reading The Next Chapter…
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?
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.
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.”)
“Let them come,” the husky voice whispered in the dark confines of the cavern. “Send the brollachan after those who survived the first attack. Splinter them further.” “Yes, my lord, as you wish,” the witch hissed. The form on the other side of the mirror dissipated, leaving the glass clear, reflecting only the bent and… Continue reading Sneak Peek at Book Two in Legends of Green Isle – “The Mirror Sliver” Chapter Eleven
As an author, stories come to me in many different circumstances. This particular series was actually a dream I had one night and then, another night. It was as if the muses were speaking directly to me, and something wonderful was in the beginnings of being created. This happened in 2003. Now it is 2011. Eight years… Continue reading The Creation of Green Isle