Reading to Writing: An Author’s Journey

Reading to Writing: An Author’s Journey

Reading to Writing: An Author's Journey I’ve always loved thrillers. I read a ton of thriller and horror classics back before I started reading romance novels at thirteen. Authors like Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Lois Duncan, Diane Hoh, and Leslie Rule. I didn’t get into the Goosebumps books much; I was getting a bit old for them. But I read just about everything else for young adults. I even started drafting my own novel with dark themes (I never finished it, but it’s still in my head). Following in my sister’s footsteps, I started reading romance novels at the age of thirteen. My first two romance novels were a Harlequin romance titled Master of Glen Crannach by Stephanie Howard and Rebellious Desire by Julie Garwood. After those I got into western and historical romance. I read books by Connie Mason, Teresa Medeiros, and Ellen Tanner Marsh. And that phase lasted into my mid-twenties. After that, I switched to adult murder...
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Storytelling and Fears

Storytelling and Fears

Storytelling and Fears Did you know that an estimated 11 percent of the U.S. population is afraid of the dark? And according to the Mirror, 22 percent of the British population has confessed they don’t like to poke their foot out from underneath the covers in case something grabs it? nyctophobia – a fear of the dark Here's what Wikipedia wrote about it: “Nyctophobia produces symptoms beyond the normal instinctive parameters, such as breathlessness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly or sensation of detachment from reality and death.” My earliest memory of being afraid of the dark was when I was about four years old. For some reason, I had it in my head that, at night, there were snakes covering my bedroom floor (likely a suggestion I picked up somewhere - I'm pretty sure I hadn't seen Indiana Jones yet by that age though). Within a few years, I had picked up the intense...
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I’m Back With An Update!

I’m Back With An Update!

It's been a while since I posted my last update. In that time, I've published two young adult novels for The Hexon Code series: Redeemed (#2) and Blackout (#3). Currently, I'm working on Outcast, the fourth novel in the series, which follows the story of Ivy Gould, a girl who gets recruited into Faction 73 but fails to arrive at the pickup location on time due to personal reasons. If you've read Blackout, you'll have a good idea of where Outcast is headed. Little do these characters know, they're in for a wild ride which will someday connect them with Fira and Devon. I was hoping to get back to writing the next book with these two lovebirds from Bought, but there is so much story that needs to take place before that happens. So believe me when I say I am just as disappointed as readers are about not being able to get back to them. I am dying to...
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