A Modern Twist on a Medieval, Scottish Halloween Story

October 1st is the launch of my novella Tam Lin: A Modern Queer, Retelling. The story of Tam Lin dates back to 16th century Scotland. It was traditionally a Halloween story since the climax takes place on the eve of All Saints Day or Samhain, in the Gaelic tradition. In the original tale, a youngContinue reading “A Modern Twist on a Medieval, Scottish Halloween Story”

Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling (Excerpt)

Edit: Tam Lin, A Modern Queer Retelling has launched! Here is an excerpt: Tom had barely closed his eyes when Aoife was suddenly ripped from him. He sat bolt upright and screamed in terror. Two hideous creatures, with long teeth and leathery, lizard-like skin dragged the kicking and screaming Aoife away. She clawed at theirContinue reading “Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling (Excerpt)”

Another Draft Finished

I finished the rough draft of Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling last night and will think of a less on the nose title soon. In the meantime, I’ll send the draft off to alpha readers. They’ll look for things like pacing, tension, seek plot holes, and analyze the character arc. I ended the storyContinue reading “Another Draft Finished”

Test, Allies, and Enemies–A Hero’s Journey Plot Point Featuring an Excerpt from Tam Lin: A Modern Queer Retelling

With a hero’s journey style plot, after your protagonist steps out of their ordinary world and into the new world, they’re going to meet some people along the way. These are little mini adventures that will give your character tools for the ultimate challenge. They’ll get pieces of advice too. This is an excerpt whereContinue reading “Test, Allies, and Enemies–A Hero’s Journey Plot Point Featuring an Excerpt from Tam Lin: A Modern Queer Retelling”

Hero’s Journey Plot Point The Threshold and How I Used It in Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling

In all myths, the hero goes to distant lands Sometimes to several while on their quest. It’s when they venture out from their everyday life and into fantastical settings or into any unknown. It doesn’t have to be filled with monsters, but it has to be a place that challenges what they believe in theContinue reading “Hero’s Journey Plot Point The Threshold and How I Used It in Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling”

Excerpt from Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling–Chapter One

While I’m querying Eastside Hedge Witch, I thought I’d post excerpts from my current WIP. This one is based on the Ballad of Tam Lin. The original Beauty and the Beast is loosely based on Tam Lin, so is Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. In the original ballad, a young womanContinue reading “Excerpt from Tam Lin: A Modern, Queer Retelling–Chapter One”