Comedy · Publishing · Saint Flaherty Series

MS Word, Thou Art A Jerk and CALL FOR EARLY READERS

So if you didn’t know, I’m in the final stages of editing book 2, aka The Mercy of Men, which means going through the proofreading notes from my editor and performing any last tweaks. Some of these are stylistic, like whether to capitalize the word mohawk (I don’t) or to write out numbers in percentages… Continue reading MS Word, Thou Art A Jerk and CALL FOR EARLY READERS

Publishing · What Boys Are Made Of

A Nice Punch to the Gut from Reality

This book publishing thing, I tell you, it’s rough business. But it is a business, and so I’m going to talk about it because, well, why the heck not. I’m writing a blog post about my writing. What could be more appropriate? Readers who aren’t writers, stick around. This one’s for everyone, because it’s not… Continue reading A Nice Punch to the Gut from Reality

Publishing · Writing

Dear People I Submit My Work To: A Love Letter From the Discard Pile

  Dear People I Submit My Work To; You don’t know me, but you’ve read my handiwork, or at least the part where I make an honest attempt to spell your name correctly. That’s a lot of your job: to read my writing, judge it, and finally click a button that either sends my dreams… Continue reading Dear People I Submit My Work To: A Love Letter From the Discard Pile

Current Events · Publishing · Saint Flaherty Series · What Boys Are Made Of · Writing

Announcing the Publication of What Boys Are Made Of

More than four years ago—was it five, was it six?—I wrote a short story late one night. There was nothing of consequence about it, except the voice. It was urgent, and close. It spoke in words you’d hear any day of the week, using grammar that was less than standard. Its metaphors were colloquial, whispers intimate.… Continue reading Announcing the Publication of What Boys Are Made Of

Comedy · Publishing · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

My Life Is a Cosmic Joke

I spent most of today trying to write a blog post that wasn’t about my book. It didn’t work for a variety of reasons, starting with “how can I write when I’m feeling queasy from nerves” and ending with “not thinking about my book means I just think about it double.” Have I mentioned I… Continue reading My Life Is a Cosmic Joke

Advice · Novels · Writing

How to Review a Book in 4 Easy Steps

What’s a writer’s best friend? Reviews. But I hear the same question from readers all the time: how the heck do I write one? Reviews are an important part of any book’s life. Their main function is to let other people know whether it’s worth buying or not. How many times have we picked up… Continue reading How to Review a Book in 4 Easy Steps

Novels · Publishing · Saint Flaherty Series · What Boys Are Made Of · Writing

What Boys Are Made Of Preview: Chapter 2

Thirteen days until What Boys Are Made Of is released, and the clock is ticking down. Last week I posted Chapter 1, told from Simon’s point of view. This week the perspective shifts to Erin in chapter 2. Why multiple point of views? It’s a style I enjoy, showing people through the eyes of others.… Continue reading What Boys Are Made Of Preview: Chapter 2