Killer Opening Lines

I’ll be speaking at the Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference this weekend – Saturday, April 30th. I’m giving a break-out session on Killer Openings: Nailing Your First Five Pages. While creating this lecture, I was reminded of how terribly hard it was to craft an opening line, paragraph, and scene for my middle grade book, Doom &…

The Green Children of Woolpit

I first heard about the Green Children of Woolpit, England  while watching a UFO conspiracy show. The expert theorized, of course, that the children had come from another planet. But after reading the “historical account” for myself, I learned their origins were decidedly terrestrial, stemming from a middle earth philosophy. Then and there, I knew I had…

The Post-NaNoWriMo Freak-Out

“The End” you type with satisfaction. You sit back in your chair at Starbucks, glowing with the pride of completion. You’ve just finished a literary marathon, and for that, you are a god. SACRAMENTAL SCREAM (working title) is destined to be a classic. You order a second latte and a scone. Why not? You’ve earned it, baby. The next…

Publishing 12 x Year: The Inhuman Speed of Modern Writing

I’ve seen a growing trend in indie publishing this last year. Many, many authors are now uploading at the breakneck speed of one book a month. I, myself, dabble in “fast and furious” writing, but this results in a book a quarter. I’m a little like the R. L. Stein character in the Goosebumps movie. Even though he…

Surprising Things About Edgar Allan Poe’s Work

While writing my Cattarina Mysteries, I’ve uncovered many interesting facts about the Master of the Macabre and his work. Here are a few: The Tell-Tale Heart Poe never names the gender of his first person narrator, and it’s hotly debated whether or not the protagonist could’ve been a woman. Since Poe never made sloppy choices (as…