So the title is somewhat exaggerated. I don’t really throw books across the room, but when faced with any of the below, I most certainly close them with disgust. As nearly every fiction writer, I’m a reader first. And in my reading journey, I’ve come across many lapses of writerly/editorial judgement. Many forgivable. Most forgettable. … Continue reading The top three things which cause me to throw a book across the room
Exciting days are a-coming! I’m really excited to announce that this year I have two Slavic-folklore-inspired Fantasy novels coming out! Something for everyone: one for adults, one for children. The first one, THE STORM CHILD, is the continuation of Mara’s journey from The Wind Child. The sequel (and the last part of the duology) comes … Continue reading 2023 DOUBLE BOOK NEWS!
New book deal announcement! My first middle grade (children’s) book, The Wind Child, is coming out from UCLan Publishing in February 2022! It’s a Slavic-folklore-inspired novel about how far you would go and what you’d be willing to sacrifice to save someone you love… It follows young Mara, the granddaughter of Stribog, the God of … Continue reading THE WIND CHILD Sold To UCLan! – COMING FEBRUARY 2022
I THINK THIS IS MY NEW VOLUME BECAUSE THE SECOND BELL IS OUT AND I’M A PUBLISHED AUTHOR! This is a quick post to let you all know that my Slavic-mythology-inspired fantasy about a striga and her mother is out in the world! It’s available in all the formats, including audio, narrated by the very … Continue reading THE SECOND BELL IS OUT!
I thought what better way to celebrate the death of the awful 2020 but by celebrating the art that makes it all a bit more bearable? So here are some of my most anticipated reads of 2021, in no particular order, if you’re wondering what this author likes to read in her spare time! I … Continue reading My most anticipated books of 2021!
A friend sent me a link to this yesterday! My debut, The Second Bell, coming out in March 2021 from Angry Robot, has been listed as one of SFF180’s 31 most anticipated Fantasy novels of 2021! I’m so incredibly chuffed and grateful to be listed alongside Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne (whose books, Empire of … Continue reading THE SECOND BELL named one of SFF180’s 31 most anticipated 2021 Fantasy novels!
The cover for my book baby is finally out! It’s a beauty, I know! The team at Angry Robot had a real vision for the cover, and they’ve all been so gracious and patient with my many comments and suggestions and this is the final version, done by their very talented designer, Glen Wilkins! I’m … Continue reading COVER REVEAL for THE SECOND BELL
I’m not impatient, not at all. I’m just sitting here quietly, as my marvelous beta readers are doing their thing. For the uninitiated, beta readers are all of those wonderful people in your life (or on the web, depending on your preference), who are the first people to read through your novel (who are not … Continue reading The Joy and Wonder of Beta Readers
I’m waiting for my agent to finish reading through my big picture edits (see the last post) of my adult fantasy novel, let’s call it novel X. What does one do in this time, except drive themselves mad with anxiety? Well, if you’re me, you have a very long list of to-do jobs. When I … Continue reading Editing the New Thing and the Sparkly Ideas
Now my writing is filled with a whole lot of pain and hardship and difficulties. Misery writes itself, as we all know. But that could lead you to the entirely wrong assumption that I enjoy inflicting pain upon my characters. I do not. The scene I wrote today felt as upsetting to write as it … Continue reading Writing Scenes of Pain