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It is Not Enough to Have a Story

by Beth Daniels     aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell   Before you actually decided to be a writer… Before you dreamed up your first story…or the ones after that… Before you opened a blank document on your computer… …did you have any idea that you’d need to do some school work? That’s what […]

Hogmanay is a Strange Myth and Holiday

  by Nancy Lee Badger Hogmanay is a strange word to this paranormal writer. The first time I heard the word, I mistakenly assumed it was the Celtic term for Christmas. Nope!  Wikipedia describes it this way: It is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the […]

Mystical Bad Guys by Jacqui Jacoby

Things that go bump in the night.  The kinda things that the heroine or hero wouldn’t do.  It’s the personality of that other character, the character that will teach your heroine and hero to find their better selves, to work together to defeat that villain and make Happily Ever After come true. But first… that villain. It’s […]

Interview with Editorial Director, Tera Cuskaden, from Entangled Publishing

Please welcome Tera to our blog. She is here to give our readers a new perspective from the other side. Tera, please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and the Publisher you represent.  Tera– Hi! I’m Tera, and I’m the Editorial Director for Select Otherworld at Entangled Publishing. Books have always been a huge […]

Villains We Love to Hate

©MM Pollard, October, 2016   If you want to create a villain your readers will love to hate, avoid the clichéd villain. Clichéd villain: If the villain is a woman (in any sub-genre) she’s the conniving other woman, she’s the evil mother-in-law, she’s the wicked/crazy twin sister of the heroine, she’s the wicked/crazy sister of […]

Why is a Character’s Name Important to Your Book?

by Nancy Lee Badger When you start to create a novel, naming the characters might sound easy to an outsider, but it is an important part of the craft of bringing your characters to life. Whether you are choosing a name for lead characters, their friends, the villains, family members, or their pets, interesting and […]

We Love to Hate Our Bad Guys

by June Shaw Villains abound in literature, and we love them all. Our love affair with the despicable guy or girl or creature began when we were small children, and our parents sat us on their laps and read to us about a wolf wanting to eat our grandmas. What fun. No, actually, if that […]

Dump the Info Dump by Eilis Flynn and Heather Hiestand

How to write succinctly and keep the attention of your reader Say you’re starting work on your latest fantasy or science fiction story. You’ve just done a ton of research to create and get all the details just so, down to the outer ridge of your heroine’s boot, manufactured in somewhere in Alpha Centauri, having […]

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