Writing the Last Chapter for the First Time

Endings can be a relief. Endings can be new beginnings. Endings may not be endings at all. Writing the last chapter of All Light and Darkness was all three of these for me. All Light and Darkness is my first complete novel. I've attempted writing novels since I was fifteen years old. I've started many. … Continue reading Writing the Last Chapter for the First Time

Alien Armageddon and the Bailiwick of Guernsey

I lived on the Island of Guernsey for two months doing cultural research. I travelled all over the island and became very familiar with the history and stories there. I love the complexity. I also love the culture. It's the kind of place where the locals prefer hiking boots to heels.The reason I chose this … Continue reading Alien Armageddon and the Bailiwick of Guernsey

The Chapter from Hell

Nine months. That's how long I've been working on one chapter. Granted, that one chapter has turned into four chapters now, but still... NINE MONTHS! I now have half a chapter left and that section will be done. HALF A FREAKING CHAPTER!!! Why is it so hard! And it has been hard. I've gotten myself … Continue reading The Chapter from Hell

Trunked Stories

I recently started listing my "trunked" stories beneath my progress bar. I want to take a moment to explain why. Trunked stories are those stories that have been set aside by the author for whatever reason. Maybe publishers just weren't interested. Maybe the writer identified a major flaw. Maybe the writer simply grew out of … Continue reading Trunked Stories

Teaser: “All Light and Darkness” the novel

I step toward the door, but something hangs onto the hem of my jerkin. I look back. It’s Sara, she pinches the leather between her fingers. “Come back,” she says. “After. Please.” Lamplight glistens in her eyes. She bites her bottom lip to keep it from trembling. She looks tired, deathly tired. Shadows hang from … Continue reading Teaser: “All Light and Darkness” the novel

Teaser: “Under the Bloodwood Tree”

"I stretch my boughs, reaching toward the turquoise sky. I thrill at the newborn sunlight dodging through the surrounding not-me trees. It warms my bone leaves and bloodwood bark. The smells of sea brine and sweet decay soften the bitter, hot-iron scent of my natural wood oils. "Birds break into song in the not-me trees--the … Continue reading Teaser: “Under the Bloodwood Tree”

The Writing of “All Light and Darkness”

"All Light and Darkness" began as a final project for my college Creative Writing class. It was not speculative fiction originally and lacked much of the refinement the published version has (hopefully). However, the voice and format were there, as well as the plot. When I first decided to pursue the Writers of the Future … Continue reading The Writing of “All Light and Darkness”

Teaser: “Little Eyes”

A Phantom Cohort story--a sister-story to "All Light and Darkness." "I would cry if I could. Instead, I curl around the book, hugging it to my chest. The world is burning, but I have their words--I have their stories. They’re here, against my chest, beside my breaking porcelain heart. Then, the darkness that took my … Continue reading Teaser: “Little Eyes”

Teaser: “The Calligrapher’s Daughter”

Even though Lottie is well-versed in the magic Art of Calligraphy, her mixed heritage killed her chances of joining the Calligrapher's Guild of Charleston. Now she's stuck working for a jerk in a calligraphic clockwork factory. But when a young boy steals a strange device from her, she finds herself not only chasing him, but … Continue reading Teaser: “The Calligrapher’s Daughter”