Category: Fiction Writing

Writing Characters Who Are Female, Not Females Who Are Characters

Characters I enjoy reading about are written for their personality and decisions first and foremost. On the other hand, I do not think I have ever fallen in love with characters who were described primarily by their gender stereotypes. Maybe when I was five, watching Aurora, Snow White, and Cinderella as interpreted by Disney but I’ll get to that in a minute. This is part … Read More Writing Characters Who Are Female, Not Females Who Are Characters

How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters in Speculative Fiction

I was recently on a few Comic Con panels about women in speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and other genres). One of my favorites was titled, “Women Warriors and Female Shamans—How to Avoid Stereotypes in Writing”. I loved hearing from my fellow-panelists as well as audience members. It was super cool! This week, I’m publishing a series of blog posts about how to write whole … Read More How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters in Speculative Fiction

Comic Con FanX 2014. . .Costumes and Recap!

As a panelist for this past weekend’s Comic Con FanX 2014, I had a bird’s-eye view of some amazing trends in speculative fiction. Perched up there among other fabulous authors, filmmakers, and comic artists, I tried to add a relevant chirp or two, which I will be blogging about topically in case you missed attending the con. I loved the questions and comments from … Read More Comic Con FanX 2014. . .Costumes and Recap!

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

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The Subconscious of Orson Scott Card

I just attended LTUE 2014 (Life, the Universe, and Everything), a science fiction conference where the keynote speaker was Orson Scott Card. Card detailed some interesting things about the recent Ender’s Game movie and some upcoming adaptations of the story, which is a favorite of mine. The Subconscious Origins of a Character What impressed me most about his keynote address was his recent realization … Read More The Subconscious of Orson Scott Card

Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

I have been as entertained by princess and prince stories as anyone, but I am fundamentally at odds with these stories and wonder what the world might be like without so many of them. What-if-ing is always a tricky game to play, because who’s to say what subtle benefits I’ve reaped from being raised in a princess culture? But trying to think of what some of … Read More Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

What I Do and Don’t Love About National Women’s Equality Day

On National Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, I am certainly glad that women in the U.S. are no longer harassed, manipulated, or shamed out of their fundamental and not male-conceded right to vote. But I dislike the name of the holiday, only because: Equality encompasses about a thousand things beyond voting. How many other social groups were wrongfully delayed their right to vote in … Read More What I Do and Don’t Love About National Women’s Equality Day

I Might Be Writing About Yuttahih

I’m currently writing a book set in historical Utah. Interestingly, today I found out that the state’s name does not have a clear origin. And I’m weird, so I love mysterious stuff like that. On the Quick Facts page of the Utah government site, two theories are presented: Theory 1: The name “Utah” originates from the Native American “Ute” tribe which means people of the mountains. … Read More I Might Be Writing About Yuttahih

My Top Steampunk Books of All Time – Reading List

Steampunk is a newish trend, but some of the titles on my top steampunk novels have been out for quite some time. Here’s my recommended steampunk reading list: The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger The Clockwork Century series by Cherie Priest Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

My Top Mystery or Suspense Books of All Time – Reading List

Not all mysteries and whodunits are created equal. As far as my top suspense novel recommendations, I compiled this reading list of the classics in this genre. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle Myriad short stories by Edgar Allen Poe And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I love this authoress’ life of personal mystery. Miss Marple Series by Agatha Christie The Thirty-Nine Steps by John … Read More My Top Mystery or Suspense Books of All Time – Reading List

My Top Fantasy Books of All Time – Reading List

I am often asked which fantasy books I recommend. Here’s my suggested reading list of the top fantasy books of all time! The Once and Future King by T.H. White The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) by J.R.R. Tolkien The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through … Read More My Top Fantasy Books of All Time – Reading List

My Top Sci Fi Books of All Time – Reading List

A lot of friends and acquaintances ask me for my top sci fi book recommendations, so I compiled a reading list of what I consider the classics. Time Machine by H.G. Wells 1984 by George Orwell Anthem by Ayn Rand. If you couldn’t get through the thousands of pages for Atlas to shrug, you may like that this one is only about 100 pages. … Read More My Top Sci Fi Books of All Time – Reading List