A year ago today, Across the Formidable Sea became available for purchase on Amazon. In the year since it's earned 22 reviews on Amazon with an average 4.6 stars. On Goodreads, it has 30 and an average 4.37. It's been purchased over 500 times in more than 3 countries. My words. My ideas. It's utterly humbling.
“I remember Alan Moore in the late 1980s telling me about a documentary he’d seen on TV about Jack the ripper. And then, over the course of the next few months, telling me about Jack the Ripper books he’d read. By the point where he was asking me to go and find rare and forgotten… Continue reading Trust Your Obsessions
One of the most magical things about writing is the way it leads you to access your subconscious. Many writers I've spoken to can relate to the phenomenon of feeling like your characters are writing the story and not the other way around. It seems a little crazy. I'm trying to get to this plot… Continue reading Colorful Characters
I have a confession, everyone: I've fallen in love. I am 100% twitterpated. What's the name of my new paramour, you ask? Scrivener.
My journey from fanfic derider to fanfic writer.
On writing romance and blushing through the kissing scenes.
You guys, I don't want to sound dramatic, but writing is hard. I want it to be all composing in coffee shops, riding a wave of inspiration with a jaunty beret on my head but it's just not. It's kind of like marriage. The movies make it look so romantic. Proposals are epic and surprising. In reality, I remember thinking before Marshall and I got engaged, "Wow, this is a lot more practical than I expected." We'd been talking about marriage for at least a year before he proposed, hashing out all the details of when and where and how. It wasn't a shock when he finally proposed, but it was beautiful, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Communication and work and practicality are the keys to being able to enjoy all the romantic aspects.