Why a Middle-Aged Protagonist?

In fantasy, protagonists tend to be 10-25 years old, untested and learning a life lesson. Those stories teach us that adults know it all and the young are the only ones who need to keep learning. That’s bull crap. You must keep learning and unlearning in life. Human minds continue to grow and develop, evenContinue reading “Why a Middle-Aged Protagonist?”

National Redhead Day: Miriam Diaz

It’s #nationalredheadday! I thought I’d celebrate by sharing an excerpt from Eastside Faerie, featuring my favorite redhead besides yours truly. It’s rough and will likely change in the final draft, but here’s a sneak peek: Phyr jerks back, pulling me with him. Something zips too fast for my eyes to track through the space whereContinue reading “National Redhead Day: Miriam Diaz”

NaNoWriMo Day 4: How It Went

Today started with checking the internet for election results. I realized that was only an anxiety-inducing spiral, so I started up a virtual write-in for my writers group. The story took a bit to get started, but then the words flowed from my fingers. A subplot developed, and I wrote two scenes that weren’t evenContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Day 4: How It Went”

Troublesome Tropes in Urban Fantasy, Romance, and Paranormal Erotica and How to Subvert Them

Alpha Male/Rich Asshole: The concept that a man who is power-hungry, aggressive, violent, stalkerish, possessive and territorially jealous as a romantic lead is worrisome. It not only promotes toxic masculinity, but might encourage readers to seek abusive or codependent relationships. It’s not just toxic for individuals, it’s toxic for humanity in general. We live inContinue reading “Troublesome Tropes in Urban Fantasy, Romance, and Paranormal Erotica and How to Subvert Them”

Research: The Devil is in the Details

When you write a novel, you’re going to run into research. Whether it be about diet or hygiene of a certain era or mythology and religious texts, doing your research will add a layer of depth to your world building. Hopefully, you won’t go into detail to the point of boring just to show howContinue reading “Research: The Devil is in the Details”