• Author Blog

    Free Books! AOTA: Mythical Monsters, Races, and Worlds Giveaway

    This is just a short update post… You can download your free copy of WINGS and tons of other great fantasy books through Art of the Arcane. Click on the image to visit. The paperback for The 13: Tales of Macabre should be available by the end of the week! Both books in The 13 series remain $.99 right now. If you’re in the Columbus OH area, you can meet me face to face on Sunday, October 21 at The Book Loft of German Village. This bookstore has an amazing 32 rooms of books. Plan to spend the day just browsing and smelling all the bookish goodness. And finally, I…

  • Words,  Writing Advice

    The Art of Reviving Your Story

    “I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.” ― Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters It happens to everyone. We start with a vengeance, earnestly tapping away for as long as the ideas flow. Then, life gets in the way. We promise ourselves we will return to finish, even going so far as to keep the story open as a reminder, but time and time again, the day goes by and we didn’t even peek at it. It’s so frustrating! It’s even worse when we finally go back and… it’s gone. We lost…

  • Story Hour,  Words

    5th Grade Fiction: Balloon Flight

    My mom passed along a bunch of stuff from my childhood. My daughter recently discovered my “School Days” memory book and went through it like a detective on a murder case. She pulled out something I didn’t even know was there, and while it’s not my very first complete story, it is from 5th grade…. (and this is straight up from the paper, unedited). Balloon Flight One day a man was selling some balloons when a little girl named Liza said, “Mister, I would like to buy 3 balloons.” “What color, ma’am?” he asked her. “Um, pink, baby blue, and yellow,” she replied in answer. “Yes, ma’am. That will be $1.00.…