Facing Rejection…Again

Well, I finally heard back from the publisher I’d queried and they’re going to pass on my His Name Was Zach series Not gonna lie, I was pretty disappointed about this one. I thought it was a great fit for what this publisher wanted, and they even requested the full manuscript, but in the end …

Advice for Budding Authors

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post like this for a while, offering some advice to new authors. Because it’s hard to write a book. Fiction or non-fiction, YA or Adult, it’s a daunting task to enthrall a reader with little more than the written word, especially with the tremendous capability of other mediums …

Writing Updates: A Slugfest

Hello everyone! I’d like to apologize quickly for my unannounced hiatus. I occasionally lose all motivation to blog due to working full-time, parenting, and writing. But I try to keep these occurrences few and far between! Speaking of writing, I’m making some slow progress on my new book series, tentatively titled Creed. It’s a treasure …

Behind the Scenes and a BIG announcement!

You ever wonder what the writing process is like for your favorite authors? How do they come up with their stories? How did the first few drafts look compared to the published work? Well, you’re in luck! Today will be the first of a regular feature where I discuss my books and how they got …

Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt. 2)

Welcome back to another edition of Military Friday! This week, I’ll continue discussing a few particulars regarding Marine Corps boot camp that writers without a military background may not know. First off, the so-called sir sandwich is a thing of the past. Made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, it used to be that …

Military Advice: Muskets and More!

Welcome to the first installment of my new series: Military Friday’s! Each Friday I’ll try to offer some advice for how to write military characters or scenes in your books, using my own experience as a rifleman in the United States Marine Corps. This week, I’m going to stick to the basics and tell you …

Author Interview with Joshua Lee Ronin

Welcome back to another Author Interview! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and today’s guest is Joshua Lee Ronin. I ran into Josh in the Writing Community on Twitter and he’s been a super positive, supportive voice there and I really appreciate his presence, so conducting an interview with him just …

Writing Advice: Was Adolf Hitler a ‘Morally Grey’ Villain?

In the last couple weeks, the Writing Community on Twitter has been talking about ‘morally grey’ villains a lot. Villains that aren’t mustache-twirling, top-hatted gentleman tying damsels in distress to railroad tracks. And now that I’ve got your attention (apologies for the click-baity title) I’m gonna delve into this issue and explain some problems with …

1st Person vs 3rd Person

Ah, the age old debate, as classic an argument as GIF vs JIF, Coke vs Pepsi, or 9mm vs .45 caliber (it’s GIF, Coke, and .45, by the way). So which is truly better to read? Well, that answer is different for everyone. As for me, I tend to prefer 3rd person, and here’s why. …

Should You Use Real Presidents in Fictional Worlds?

The office of the President of the United States is arguably the most powerful, influential position in the world at this time in history. That makes whoever holds that office a pretty easy target for the authors of fiction. But should you pluck this low-hanging fruit? I recently read a dystopian book in which a …

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