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January 15, 2021

When I was building the website for The Mice Storm, I did a quick Google Image search. I was hoping to find a wintry farmhouse photo that looked very similar to the one in the final act of the book. And I found it. The photo was on the DeviantArt site and was taken by…

Family Friendly Fiction
January 8, 2021

The job of the author to tell a story to the readers. The writer must amuse the reader, inform them, or maybe even persuade them. A big part of telling the story includes writing descriptions of the people that readers meet and the places they take them. When you start reading a book, the author…

Teen Action Adventure Novels
January 6, 2021

There’s a quote attributed to Saint Augustine of Hippo that states: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” The lesson behind that quote is that if you don’t ever go anywhere then your view of the world is limited. I truly understand that lesson – it is…

Middle Grade Adventure Novels
December 29, 2020

The expectations you create for yourself when you set out to write the sequel to your debut novel are overwhelming. All my life, I’ve heard about a phenomenon known as the sophomore slump. Supposedly, after you make something original – your freshman debut – there’s a big letdown when you try to recreate the magic…

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