Book Cover Design

Why do people pick up the books they do? Have you been into a bookstore recently and looked at the shelves and shelves of new books? Or searched on Amazon for your next rainy day adventure? There are so many options out there for readers, which is fantastic and exactly how it should be, butContinue reading “Book Cover Design”

Interior Book Design

Have you ever really looked at a book? I don’t mean just the cover of it, but the interior of it too. As a reader, much of the design of a book goes unnoticed, which is what you want as a book designer. You want the reader to focus on the story and not onContinue reading “Interior Book Design”

Count down to Halloween

The costumes began appearing in stores a few weeks ago. The Spirit store and Halloween Store have opened their doors. The haunted houses have begun operation for the greatest of holidays, Halloween. I love Halloween. I get so excited the closer it gets. I’m not sure what I should be this year, last year IContinue reading “Count down to Halloween”

The Catcher in the Rye and Coffee

As I drove to Barnes and Noble, I knew I had to have a plan and I went in with determination and a plan. I was getting a copy of Catcher in the Rye, a coffee, and leaving. No browsing, no other books. I needed a classic book written in first person for ideas onContinue reading “The Catcher in the Rye and Coffee”

Hook your Readers

Five to ten pages, that’s it. If you don’t hook them into your story within that time, most readers will put the book down. In order to hook a reader, you have to grip them emotionally with action and a specific character. Throw them into the middle of some action. It doesn’t have to beContinue reading “Hook your Readers”

When is your WIP ready for publishing?

Let’s admit it, you could change your work in progress (WIP) endlessly. Sentences can be rewritten in a bunch of different ways. You can spend days choosing the perfect word to describe one moment. Paragraphs and scenes can be reordered, added, deleted, and amped up on crack. So how do you know when your bookContinue reading “When is your WIP ready for publishing?”

Relentless Call to Love

Hope nestles warm against frigid stone. Joy and happiness found in the solitariness of a dark life. Like a silver blade slipped between ribs, the soul seeks a twin harmony. Its incessant song grates against reason and objectivity. No amount of desolation or isolation can silence its call.  

Dangerous Deadly love

Honor and virtue blind you to the wickedness that fuels my soul. My demon is nourished by the anguish and misery I visit upon myself. But your smile unravels the walls built to protect the world around us. An aching desolation inspires my self-destruction. My skin crawls with the devastation it longs to reap. SearingContinue reading “Dangerous Deadly love”

Tri-Writing

A triathlon is composed of three parts: the swim, the bike, and the run. As a triathlete, you have to train in all three of these areas to prepare for the goal, a specific race. Most people have their strong areas and their weaker ones. Writing can be broken down into three parts as well:Continue reading “Tri-Writing”

Three keys to keep the creative flowing

There are three keys to keep the creativity flowing, the boys in the basement active, and the muse at the quill. First is to read, read, and read. Second is to learn as much as you can. Third is to write even when it sucks. Reading in the genre that you write in is important.Continue reading “Three keys to keep the creative flowing”