Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Writing Process

Writing Process Blog Tour

Tag you’re it! Do you remember playing that game as a child? In the modern, cyber world version, Tag takes the form of a rolling blog tour where authors writing in all genres “tag” each other to blog about their writing process.

My thanks to Dee Bat, for tagging me!

What am I working on?

I am up to my ankles in alligators and swamp spells Image

as my Teen Wytche Saga takes an unexpected (I sure didn’t plan on it!) ride down the bayou for book four. The saga has evolved into a paranormal Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, with a spell book that gets passed among an expanding group of teens. The spell book keeps morphing into different forms of magic. In book four, the spell book goes voodoo. Ainslie Avalon-Bennett, the OCD driven heroine from Spell Fire, hopes cracking the spell book’s latest magic will lead her to her missing friend, Sophia. To do so, she must find someone knowledgeable in voodoo, powerful enough to control the grimoire, and trustworthy enough not to steal it. Easy, right?

(Photo credit: Loro Parque Alligator by Eistrerer, wikimedia)

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

A lot of paranormal Young Adult books are very dark and involve depressing worlds I wouldn’t want to visit. I write for the middle grade and high school kids who read to escape the angst and violence around them. My characters deal with tough subjects. Mental illness. Sibling rivalry. Death of a parent. Loss of a close friend. Secrets. But in my books, there is always hope, and usually romance. Magic doesn’t solve the problem. It usually creates more problems.I am a professional shaman and Reiki Master. My life is steeped in magic and energy work. I hope that authenticity differentiate my books from others in the genre. Book four presents new challenges for me because it involves voodoo, a system of magic I’ve never used. (I have managed to slip in one shamanic scene so far.) I’m looking forward to resuming work on book five in the Teen Wytche Saga, because the heroine of that novel is teen shaman.

Why do I write what I do?

I am incapable of writing a story that doesn’t contain paranormal elements. Believe me, I’ve tried! I think I write sweet teen romances because they represent an ideal. Teens are pressured to grow up so quickly. Their lives are played out in social media where every miscue, mistake, and violence against them is posted for posterity. My books contain serious and even heartbreaking situations, but they also contain hope and triumph.

How does my writing process work?

I like to have some idea where I’m going. Each book has three acts. A hot pink post-it reminds me how many pages should be in each act. One glance tells me if my plotting is off. With my current work, I’ve moved chapters around. So I have ten pages left to lead up to the cliffhanger that will end Act I. Because of the restructuring, Act II is partially written and is told in a different viewpoint than Act I. With each book in the series, I try to change things up a bit regarding Point of View.

Since my work in progress has proven to be such a challenge, my current process involves a lot of constructive procrastination. I think/plot best when I’m moving, so I’ve been dragging my two dogs on three long walks a day. We put in three to four miles daily, which is a lifesaver since I have a wicked sugar addiction.Image

I try to get the first walk, email, and social media obligations met by ten or eleven in the morning so I can accomplish some writing before lunch. After lunch, I do another Internet sweep then write before the second walk. If I can get in more writing before dinner, I feel particularly virtuous. On any given day, I may I run up against walls that force me to do more research before I can continue with the story.

In writing the Teen Wytche Saga, I need to keep the overall arc of the series in mind as well as the arc of each character and individual book.

My thanks again to Dee Bat, for tagging me. In my mind, I am running down the gravel road on Moon Drive where I grew up. Sneakers scrunch against the gravel as I chase a shrieking group of authors.

Yay! LaVerne St. George has stepped forward and said, “Tag me!” LaVerne will post about her writing process on March 31 at






Writers on the Writing Process

I’m participating in a rolling blog hop tomorrow, and would love to recruit at least one author to keep the tour rolling. For those with new releases, this might be good exposure. All you have to do is post the answers to the following 4 questions on your blog on March 31.

-What am I working on?
-How does my work differ from others of its genre?
-Why do I write what I do?
-How does my writing process work?

You then recruit an author(s) for the next week and tag them at the end of your post. Here is a link to you Dee Bat’s post to give you an idea of the format. Dee writes regencies as Vivian Roycroft.Vivian Roycroft

Interested? Please comment here, or email me at


Spell Struck Nominated for 2014 RONE Award

2013_RONE_Nominee_200I know you aren’t supposed to favor one child over another (I solved that by only having one), or one of your books over another, but Spell Struck, the second book in my Teen Wytche Saga has always been my favorite. Sure, I love my first born, Spell Check, and my most recent novel, Spell Fire, but Salem and Aidan’s story is my favorite. So I am particularly pleased to announce

Spell Struck has been nominated for the 2014 RONE Award in the Young Adult Paranormal category.

Public voting for this category begins April 14, 2014


Astraea Press One-Week Sale

Astraea Press, a niche publisher of clean fiction (including my Teen Wytche Saga), is in the process of raising its prices to bring them in line with other well-written, well-edited novels. To ease the transition, reward loyal readers, and introduce Astraea Press authors to a wider audience, AP is holding a one week, 50% off sale on Smashwords for all of its books over 99 cents.

You can find Spell Check, Spell Struck, and Spell Fire at

Be sure to use coupon code REW50.

To discover other Astraea Press authors, enter Astraea Press on the Smashwords home page. Happy reading!Image