• Lessons Learned,  Words

    On Writing Horror: A Look Behind the Scenes of The 13 series

    “You’re such a sweet, sugary unicorn, your dark side is a bit of shock.” I hear this quite often. I daresay if you knew me in real life, you would never suspect I wrote horror unless I told you. Does a horror author have a certain look? That might be your first thought, but look how many of the serial killers of our times (Tom Bundy, for example) were actually good looking humans (in a totally trusting, non-creepy way)? So this would probably mean my personality. I’m all about the unicorns, the dragons, purples, pinks, green-blue hues. You pop onto my page expecting something darker, don’t you? Gore and blood, headless…

  • Lessons Learned,  Words

    Yes, Authors Get Bullied Too

    I’m going to talk about something today that I hoped I would never come across again in the vast, amazing, and chaotic world of writing. I’m going to talk about cyber-bullying, how it’s directed to authors, the ripple effect it causes, and how to handle it if it happens to you (but I hope it never does). I know that many in the writing world are still reeling from the suicide of a cover designer recently that was the result of cyber-bullying. I also know of a few others who are currently dealing with online bullies telling them to “kill themselves.” And sometimes, the bullying comes from unexpected places, hidden…

  • Lessons Learned,  Words

    So You Want to Be A Horror Writer?

    So you think you might want to be a horror writer but not sure how to scare your readers? Do you find your writing taking on a dark aspect that others claim is scary, but you don’t know why? Maybe you just want to write like Lovecraft but aren’t sure you’re up to the task? Welcome to the club. For the longest time I had issues declaring genre because while I write dark, it never scares me (and I still do). My first book is classified as a “romance,” “horror,” and “occult,” all of which (except maybe the romance part) made me go “Hmm…” I mean, yes, my plot is all…