Category: Mystery & Thriller Writing

Extended Deadline: Short Story Submissions for ‘Shepherds of the Dead’

I’m excited to announce that because a few projects have been rearranged, I’m extending the deadline for submissions to an anthology coming out Fall 2015: PSYCHOPOMPS: SHEPHERDS OF THE DEAD. I’m really excited about the scope of this book. Here’s more detail on the project and theme if this is a new idea for you: PSYCHOPOMPS: SHEPHERDS OF THE DEAD. Basically, a psychopomp is any … Read More Extended Deadline: Short Story Submissions for ‘Shepherds of the Dead’

Call for Story Submissions: PSYCHOPOMPS (An Anthology)

I am excited to announce Misch Masch Press‘ first anthology, which will be published this fall. If you are a writer (or aspire to be), I hope you will send in a story for consideration. Here are all the sordid details! What Are Psychopomps? ‘Psychopomp’ is a real term (I did not make it up!) and refers to any being, creature, or essence which … Read More Call for Story Submissions: PSYCHOPOMPS (An Anthology)

My Panelist Schedule for Comic Con 2015 #FanX15 in SLC

I am super excited to be a panelist at next week’s Comic Con 2015: Fan Experience in Salt Lake City, Utah. The last couple have been an absolute blast!  For all you writers, my book about how to save your poor wrists while amplifying your hourly word count came out a month ago: HOW TO DICTATE YOUR WRITING LIKE IT’S…2015. The first book in my middle … Read More My Panelist Schedule for Comic Con 2015 #FanX15 in SLC

Two Blogs Diverged…

This past week I’ve done a makeover on how I blog. I’ve been like Robert Frost’s traveler in the woods facing two diverging roads, only I’ve been trying to stradle both until I think I pulled something! So then it came to me. Frost said he couldn’t travel both and be one traveler, but he wasn’t dealing with cyberspace. I can be more than … Read More Two Blogs Diverged…

Free Novel or Series Outline Template Inspired by J.K. Rowling

I just participated on a Salt Lake Comic Con Writers Retreat panel called Planning and Outlining Your Novel and Finding Time to Write. Here’s an outlining tool that has worked awesomely for me, probably because I created it so it’s all about how my brain works. Who knows, it might be your thing, too. Worth a try! I created this worksheet after I was … Read More Free Novel or Series Outline Template Inspired by J.K. Rowling

My Schedule for FantasyCon 2014 in SLC – #JoinTheAdventure

I have the opportunity to be a panelist at next week’s FantasyCon 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Naturally, I’m so excited!! My panel centers around my travel and research for HULDUSNOOPS, a middle grade fantasy and mystery series about the Icelandic Huldufólk or “Hidden People” many Icelanders believe in to this day. The first book in the series, THE CASE OF THE SMELLULAR PHONE, is available on … Read More My Schedule for FantasyCon 2014 in SLC – #JoinTheAdventure

Writing Morally Complex Characters

I’ve found that writing morally complex characters boils down to simultaneously setting them up to fail and succeed. At some juncture in the story, even a “good” character should seem just as likely to make the wrong choice as the right one! Strong characters are described in layers so that by the time they reach a decision point, readers legitimately wonder what this character … Read More Writing Morally Complex Characters

My Top 10 Songs About Writing – #ToWriteTo

My iPod includes several songs which are either directly or indirectly about writing. For whatever reason, they inspire me to keep going with my writing projects. Here’s my list, in hopes that you’ll add yours (here or on twitter with #ToWriteTo). I need some new tunes! 1. Open Book by Cake – While I realize this is a song about more than a woman writing … Read More My Top 10 Songs About Writing – #ToWriteTo

But Have You Been Willing to Get Crazy? 20 Ways to Sacrifice More to Be a Writer

You’ve prioritized. You’ve communicated your goal to others in your life to negotiate more writing time. You’ve shown at least some discipline! But if you haven’t committed to measures that feel a little bit crazy, you may be missing opportunities to become a more productive writer. I say this based on my experience of never getting anywhere with my writing for far too long. It feels … Read More But Have You Been Willing to Get Crazy? 20 Ways to Sacrifice More to Be a Writer

Why Bechdel Testing Your Novel Shows Business Savvy

It turns out Alison Bechdel gave creatives not only a recipe for becoming more enlightened human beings, but a way to be more business-savvy as well. The test bearing her name helps quantify the representation of women in film, novels, and other creative works. Bechdel Test 101 So what is it? In case you can’t view the image above, in her comic Dykes To … Read More Why Bechdel Testing Your Novel Shows Business Savvy

My Schedule for Comic Con 2014: Fan Experience in SLC

I am super excited to be a panelist at next week’s Comic Con 2014: Fan Experience in Salt Lake City, Utah. You’ll notice my participation spans a couple genres. That’s just how I roll.  For example, my series THE SALT SHEEN PARADOX, is a sci fi time travel mystery with a fair dose of romance. The first book in the series, AVIATRIX, is available on Amazon. I’ll keep … Read More My Schedule for Comic Con 2014: Fan Experience in SLC