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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10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2) It's been a while since I posted Part 1 of this blog series, so I figured I better get back to it. So, here are more reasons why I write... I’m a big brainstormer. I love to fit story pieces together and work out plot details. For me, it’s fun. Most of the time, my ideas occur to me naturally when I brainstorm ideas. I’ll ask questions like: what happens next, what needs to happen in order for the details to fit, what other obstacles do my characters face. For me, it’s not about how I can make my characters’ lives more difficult. That’s a common tip for writers. ‘Don’t stop there – how can you make things even worse?’ That’s not for me, at least not at the moment, because for right now, I think my characters lead tough enough lives as it is. Could I kick it up a notch? Oh yeah, sure. Several notches....
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10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1) Writing isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes work and if we’re writing about emotional topics, it can be mentally taxing. The hardest book I’ve written is my latest YA dystopian novel, Charged. It is filled with emotion and tension and difficult situations. In order to write it with some semblance of accuracy on human behavior, I had to emotionalize the story. I had to feel the emotions of the characters, especially Fira. I had to consider how my characters would react with each new piece of knowledge. What do they look like (i.e., facial expressions, hand/arm positions, etc.)? What do they feel? How do they speak? But even though it was hard to write, I’m glad I stuck with the story because stories like these need to be shared. That’s one of the reasons why I write. Another reason is that I'd be an extremely unhappy individual if I didn't. Writing is a compulsion for me....
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