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Books I am Writing, News and Updates

April 2022 Updates

I say this every month, probably, but I cannot believe last month is over! It's April! I swear it was last week I was telling you all about my plans for March and now March is well and truly over. Unfortunately, I'm in Canada so winter is decidedly NOT over. Luckily, last month went very well… Continue reading April 2022 Updates

Books I am Writing, Time Travel Princess

Food in Modern Peru

I talked last time about how I chose the place and time for my story. And once that was done, I started looking into the culture of modern and historical Peru. The rabbit hole of link clicking was astronomical so I'll spare you those details. I learned a bunch of basics and found a whole… Continue reading Food in Modern Peru

Books I am Writing, Interesting Things, News and Updates, The Craft of Writing, Time Travel Princess

Where in the World is My Setting?

Let's talk about setting. And in particular, how to pick a setting. If you're anything like me, you've set your books in made up places vaguely based on somewhere you've been or somewhere you live. Write what you know, and all that. And, if you're like me, you've also probably done some research about what… Continue reading Where in the World is My Setting?

A Royal Internship, News and Updates

June Newsletter

It's summer now, right? With that comes a push to finish A Royal Internship in draft and then edited forms. I hope to be completely through this book by the end of the month so I can move on to another project. I'll still be working on The Road to Christmas (which we should definitely… Continue reading June Newsletter

The Craft of Writing

Save the Cat: The Opening Image

One thing I have always struggled with is how on earth to write a good opening. I’ve spent years reading and analyzing stories and still struggled to understand exactly what made the opening of a book a good one.  Enter Save the Cat! Writes a Novel aka my new best friend. The book somehow puts… Continue reading Save the Cat: The Opening Image

The Craft of Writing

The Craft of Writing: Useful Links

I've recently started running a book club for writers of mystery/thriller and, as such, have had to brush up my knowledge on what makes a good story and what makes a good critique. I didn't want to do anyone a disservice by explaining things off the top of my head, so I went searching for… Continue reading The Craft of Writing: Useful Links

A Royal Internship, About Me, nanowrimo

Finishing Camp NaNoWriMo

I mentioned before (a little belatedly) that I participated this year in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time. What I forgot is that it was my first time using the NaNoWriMo website to log my progress! So last time, I did NaNoWriMo completely disengaged from everyone else doing NaNoWriMo and I think that's not really… Continue reading Finishing Camp NaNoWriMo

A Royal Internship

My Experience Sharing Early Drafts

Hi everyone! I hope your weekends are off to a fabulous start. I'd like to talk a little bit about sharing writing with other people. In my first few writing endeavors, I wrote the whole first draft by myself, edited it a lot, and then let it out into the world for Beta Readers. And… Continue reading My Experience Sharing Early Drafts