14 Things I Thought You Should Know

There should be a nursing mom superhero who busts out of her shirt Incredible Hulk style when it's time to feed the baby. The Hooter Hider could be her cape. Someday I want to visit the Land of Missing School Supplies so that I can sneak into the pen and pencil huts that the trolls there … Continue reading 14 Things I Thought You Should Know

Ozark Magic and Folklore

Awesome book, and a great resource for my research on Freedom City!

My New Year’s Writing Resolutions

I've actually never written New Year's Resolutions before, but I do like setting concrete goals, so I thought I'd give it a try this year. Here are a few things I hope to accomplish this year with my writing: Write at least 5,000 words a week until I finish the first draft of Freedom City. … Continue reading My New Year’s Writing Resolutions

‘Til the Shoutin’s Over and They Gather up the Singin’ Books: Writing in Character Voice

I like to write my novels in first person character voice. (Some people call it writing in dialect.) I do it for a few reasons. One, I enjoy reading novels written this way. Two, I think I'm pretty good at it. And three, I absolutely LOVE distinctive human voices, particularly those of the American South. … Continue reading ‘Til the Shoutin’s Over and They Gather up the Singin’ Books: Writing in Character Voice

Waiting for The Aha

So here I am, about 8,000 words into my first draft of Freedom City. I started working on this novel a few months ago, but I got stuck. What I'd written so far wasn't working, so I had to scrap most of it and go back into my outline. Now, when I say "most of … Continue reading Waiting for The Aha

Fun things I’ve learned through novel research

John and Marlena have been talking divorce! But he only wanted to get Kristen to sleep with him so Brady would break up with her!   To detect a witch, put a Bible under her mattress, put a broomstick in her path, scratch across underher chair, or put a little pawpaw in her tobacco. Any … Continue reading Fun things I’ve learned through novel research

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