Thriving not Surviving

There is a reason that my paranormal women’s fiction characters resonate with readers. They are usually at a point in their life where they are surviving and don’t want to do the hard work of thriving. I throw a few obstacles in their way or put them in precarious positions, but just like in real[…]

How’s the Writing Going? The Question all Authors/writers dread

How’s the Writing Going? The Question all Authors/writers dread by T.J. Deschamps How’s the writing going? An easy question to ask but a difficult question to answer. I always wonder how to answer this question. Sometimes people ask when I’m in the middle of editing or promotion and haven’t written in days or weeks. Do[…]

Marketing Monday: My First Fan Con as a Professional Author

Nothing like curing a case of imposter syndrome like having your first book signing. Unfortunately, we are still in a pandemic and this is Washington state so attendance was low. Another pro said that there were a quarter of the usual amount of attendees. Still, having a signing, reading, and sitting on panels with other pros was definitely a wonderful experience.

Indie Author: A Business and Art Balancing Act

When I first started writing, I thought I’d go the traditionally published route. I’d query an agent, sign a contract, and the agent in turn would sell my manuscript. My job was over the moment the art was finished. Sure there’d be rounds of edits, and I’d get to see what cover the art department[…]

Marketing Monday: Swag to Sell Your Books

If you write in a particular genre, that genre usually has conventions. The conventions can range from a small local one of a couple thousand people to tens of thousands (San Diego Comic Con). Newer authors might not be able to afford a table at a con, but there are ways you can market your[…]

Galaxy on Fire: Episode 4 Is Up

Episode Four of Galaxy on Fire is up in this Kindle Vella series. In this episode, Ishankhalit is no longer a young child but a teenaged cadet in training to be an officer. We get a view of Ishankhalit’s frame of mind regarding the empire and her role in it, learn a little more about[…]

On Genre: Where Does My Werewolf Story Belong?

Traditionally, a werewolf in a story earned a book a spot on the shelf of the horror section of a bookstore. However, today there are many genres that include supernatural, potentially monstrous creatures that are not inherently cursed or evil. Categorizing a werewolf story is depends on the plot, not the supernatural creature. For example,[…]

Writer Talk: Multiple Projects

Currently I have three documents open: Eastside Faerie, Warrior Tithe, and a new short story called Galactic Emporium of Delight. I’m working my way through, writing a chapter at a time on each. I have no prescheduled time dedicated to any of them. I do, however, have a time I sit down to write every[…]

Struggling with Imposter Syndrome? You’re Not Alone

After dickering around writing and doing nothing with it for years, about five years ago, I decided to take writing seriously. I started attending classes and workshops to improve. I had the audacity to assume that I could put out better work than what was out there. I thought I could be like Toni Morrison[…]