Category: Inspiration

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Dean Koontz Strange Highways (Short Story)

As indicated in a previous post of mine, Strange Highways is a story that I hold very close to my heart. At only 154 pages long and an easy read, it’s amazing how much this few-hour-read draws you in and keeps you in. Renown thriller writing Dean Koontz really hit it out of the park with this one. Synopsis (pulled from Wiki):  A failed author … Read More Dean Koontz Strange Highways (Short Story)

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Character Interview: Magnifica, Lia’na of the White Water Clan.

Host: Hello and welcome. Today we have a very special guest from the new and exciting story called Magnifica. Please join me in welcoming the heroine, Lia’na of the White Water Clan. Lia’na: Lien ni, it’s wonderful to be here. Host: So Lia’na how are you today? Lia’na: Very well, lien ni! Host: Now I’m curious, what exactly does lien ni mean? Is that thank … Read More Character Interview: Magnifica, Lia’na of the White Water Clan.

The Plot Formula

Okay, so today I’m going to go over a few formulas I have for a good story, as well as a couple of character study aspects. Let’s start with the formulas shall we? Dark/Sad ending =/= bad movie. Okay I know a lot of us grew up on Disney stories and fairy tales and are used to the happy endings. So when we get a … Read More The Plot Formula

Author’s Advice (Part 1)

The best advice I can give to any new authors out there is probably going to surprise everyone: Completely disregard what your potential audience may want. Yup, you read that right. I’m giving you permission to be completely selfish with your writing, because it’s just that; YOUR WRITING! The characters you create are yours, the world you set them in are yours, you are … Read More Author’s Advice (Part 1)

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To illustrate or not to illustrate?

It’s a question that has plagued many a fiction writer. Should you add illustrations to your novel? Should you include images of your characters on the cover of your book or should you restrict all imagery to symbols and leave the rest to the reader? To be honest, I’ve heard credible arguments on both sides of the isle and they both have good points. … Read More To illustrate or not to illustrate?

Elves

As you can imagine by my written work so far… I love elves. They’re are some of my favorite mythological characters… but over the years, there have been different incarnations of them. So which one is the right one? Well technically speaking, there is no right or wrong in Fantasy… and I can say that with a straight face after watching Jeremy Irons in … Read More Elves

Sequels

Lately a lot of remakes have found their way onto the market. For the most part none of them have been any good. Think about it… Most of the Disney sequels… Ghost Rider 2, Everything after Jaws, the supposed new Ghost Busters move (yup, I’m projecting), Men in Black 2, Men in Black 3, The Exorcist 2: The Heretic, Both Matrix Sequels, Pirates of … Read More Sequels

Character Complexes

Developing a great character can add to… and in some cases save a story. However in almost every movie or book, certain characters always fall into different archetypal roles. How many of us have gone to the movies, seen one particular character and been like ‘Oh yeah, that guy’s not surviving this movie!’ Well, there’s a reason for that and it is because that … Read More Character Complexes

My cover artists

They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover and that’s good advice… but a good cover helps whet interest and attract an audience. I’ve been fortunate to work with some truly incredible artists who have helped bring my work to life. Cover Art by Christina Pankievich My cousin and a truly wonderful artist. She was nice enough to take care of the first … Read More My cover artists

Inspiration?

So a lot of people ask me where my inspiration comes from. Where do I get my ideas, how do I decide what happens to each character? Well it really depends on what day it is and what part of the story I’m writing about. I’ll explain a little bit more in-depth as we go… First off, Lia’na, one of the most beloved characters … Read More Inspiration?