Live & In Person

*When Christopher Paolini was nineteen, he sold his debut novel Eragon by making personal appearances at hundreds of schools and bookstores dressed in medieval costumes. I also personally sell my books at libraries, bookstores, and festivals, but I don’t wear...

Eleven Years

In the summer of 2007, as I drove around northern Illinois, I listened to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and wondered why novels with futuristic societies portray those societies as evil, dystopian. I thought, why don’t I write a book about a culture...

A Confession

Authors are often told that they should write every day. This seems obvious. Daily creating helps us hone our craft, develop new stories, and finish our works in progress. It’s part of the reason why NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, began. NaNoWriMo...

Bursts of Inspiration

It takes an average of five years to complete a debut novel. J. D. Salinger and Margaret Mitchell spent ten years writing Catcher in the Rye and Gone with the Wind while J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in six (check Infographic: How...

First Words

Welcome to My First Newsletter! I’m officially starting my newsletter today, this minute, with these words. For several years I’ve considered starting a newsletter or blog, talked about it with other writers, received advice, and conducted research. Now I’m actually...