Introducing August’s “Author Open House”

Can you believe August if officially here? For me, it’ll be a super busy month preparing for the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference, as well as all the end-of-summer and back-to-school shenanigans.

Book Review: Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

I am experiencing some serious “book glow” friends — you know, the reader’s high after finishing a wonderful, satisfying book. Last night I finished Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. This was my first read by Melissa and, let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed.

What’s In a Genre? Choosing Your Genre Niche

gen·re /ZHänrə/ noun | a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter. (via Google) There are many levels of genre within writing. Fiction and non-fiction. Within fiction there’s romance, suspense, epic, tragedy, fantasy, etc. Within romance (for instance) there are subgenres such as Christian romance,Continue reading “What’s In a Genre? Choosing Your Genre Niche”

Book Review: Emerald Isle

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to a fellow author and friend of mine, Andrew Budek-Schmeisser. Andrew and I first connected on the Books and Such Literary Agency blog. His insightful, intelligent, and often witty comments have taught me a lot about writing and life. He also regularly comments on this blog, forContinue reading “Book Review: Emerald Isle”

Top Ten Insanely Helpful Posts for Writers

I’ve come across some great stuff around the fabulous interwebs. Since I’m focusing on tips for writers this week, I figured I’d keep that going. I don’t know where I’d be along this journey without such amazing resources. Today’s TOP TEN list features 10 articles and blog posts from authors, agents, publishers, etc.

Hand Me the Wrench: A Writer’s Tool Box

Writing fiction is like building a house. Pour a sturdy foundation (strong plot line/character arcs). Make sure walls are straight and level (each scene moves story forward). Set a roof with tight, protective shingles (track details and avoid holes in plot). Choose attractive accents and hardware (interesting yet subtle language/syntax). Don’t forget landscaping for curbContinue reading “Hand Me the Wrench: A Writer’s Tool Box”