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Cover Reveal: The Maid’s War (Kingfountain prequel)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 @ 6:28 pm | 3Comments

I'm super excited to share with you the fantastic cover art for my next book: The Maid's War. This is the one I mentioned in my previous blog post. It is a novel I was inspired to write based on Ankarette, the queen's poisoner, that so many of you know... Read More

What comes after Kingfountain?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 @ 12:58 am | 15Comments

Today is pub day for my novel, The King's Traitor. Everything about the Kingfountain series has been a risk for me. Writing from the point of view of an eight year old protagonist? And a boy at that? Thwarting the love interest in book two and making everyone (including myself)... Read More

One Million Words

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 @ 9:48 pm | 2Comments

I created this blog 10 years ago to document my journey to publication. It's really not worth reading chronologically, but I recently went back to a post I made on June 28, 2006. At that point in my life, I had recently shut down Deep Magic. I... Read More

New short story & on-line writer’s seminar

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 @ 12:21 am | 2Comments

What an amazing month it's been! I've re-booted Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction, spoken to a huge crowd at a local charter school, became a Wall Street Journal bestselling author because of The Thief's Daughter and will be teaching a fiction writing... Read More

Deep Magic is back!

Friday, May 6th, 2016 @ 5:00 am | Comments Off

I've been giddy with excitement about this for months now and can finally share it. After a 10 year hiatus, Deep Magic is back! Ten years ago, we shut down the e-zine after a four-year run including 49 issues. In June, exactly ten years later, we'll be re-launching Deep Magic: the... Read More

Kindle First: The Queen’s Poisoner (my new book!)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 @ 9:08 am | 9Comments

It's finally here -- the big secret I've been hinting at for months! When Amazon Publishing offered me the Kindle First deal for my new book last year, I was giddy with excitement but couldn't talk about it openly. Here's how it works. For Amazon Prime members, you get to... Read More

What love really looks like

Friday, February 12th, 2016 @ 8:19 pm | 2Comments

I don't know if I've been a hopeless romantic for most of my life, but probably so. All my books have some romance in them--well, except maybe the Wishing Lantern! One of the reasons I've loved The Empire Strikes Back so much is it coined the phrase "scruffy-looking nerf herder" which... Read More

The lonely profession

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 @ 5:51 pm | 2Comments

I’ve had some conversations and interactions lately that have reminded me that writing is truly “the lonely profession.” Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining nor is this posting a rant. Being an introvert, I’m very comfortable in my own head (where all my characters live!) and I don’t... Read More

Teaching at 2016 Storymakers Conference

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 @ 6:21 pm | Comments Off

  I've been invited to teach two classes at the 2016 LDStorymakers Conference being held in Provo, UT the first weekend of May. I've always heard good things about it. Whether or not you are LDS, you can register and attend the conference. Since it's primarily for... Read More

A thought for this week

Monday, November 16th, 2015 @ 2:04 pm | Comments Off

Thanks to the fantastic Kindle Daily Deal e-mails, I recently picked up the e-book version of Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors of Freakonomics and it gave me a lot to think about. There is a passage in their original book that made me... Read More