Title announcement and how it happened!

Many of you may know that my upcoming book just received it’s official title — Forbidden Faith. But you may be wondering how novels end up with their titles and who gets to decide. When […]

Press Release: New Book Coming out for R. H. Roberts and Mechel Wall!

So…I received some fabulous news recently. I was on a trip to Hawaii with my husband’s brothers and sisters and their spouses. Plus Grandma came along with one of her friends. We had a great […]

Seven Scene Purposes You Don’t Wan’t To Miss

Part of the How to Craft Killer Scenes series Every scene must have a purpose. Otherwise, the story will wander and feel as if it is not building (because it’s not). Purpose drives your story’s momentum and […]

How to Craft Killer Scenes – 10 Essential Tools

Sometimes reading can be dead boring. We’ve all been there, wondering why in the world someone recommended a book that makes us want to gouge our eyes out. Sure there’s a great underlying story or some […]

The Bold Truth of Fairy Tale Families

Everyone wants to have a fairy tale family. The smiles, the glitter, the happy, happy ending. But when you stop for a moment and examine fairy tales, even the oh-so-happy Disney brand, fairy tale families […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Danyelle Ferguson

I met Danyelle Ferguson at the Johnson County Library writers’ conference last year, where she taught a fabulous class on how to use music to inspire creativity. Her many books are evidence of her enthusiasm […]

Writing on the Fly at Middle Grade Minded

These days authors write everywhere, in the park, at doctors offices, even poolside. In my latest post at Middle Grade Minded I explore the perks of writing wherever and whenever you can. Check out my tips to […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Ann Christine Fell

Ann Christine Fell writes powerful, moving literature. Her memoir, In the Shadow of the Wind, is widely read in book clubs and serves as a beacon of inspiration amid harrowing trials. Her novel, Sundrop Sonata […]

What is a Dream World and Why You Should Want One

Dream worlds can be super-cool, super-scary, or just plain strange. They commonly pop up in sci-fi and fantasy stories as a plot device created for specific purposes that can only be met through that world. […]

Secrets of Successful Authors: Featuring Christine Taylor-Butler

  Christine Taylor-Butler knows what it takes to succeed. As the award-winning author of more than 75 children’s books, she’s created a meaningful body of work through her consistent efforts and determination. Her passion for writing and […]