On Writing About Sensitive (Trigger) Topics

Trigger warning: This post mentions potential trigger topics. I love writing happily-ever-afters (HEAs) for my characters, but in order for them to get there, they have to go through quite a lot. The following quote from one of my favorite reviews summarizes this nicely: My stories always include hard and stormy issues (This post explains why it helps to … Continue reading On Writing About Sensitive (Trigger) Topics

Writers Are Readers: Best Lessons from Middle Grade Books

I strongly believe that writers must be voracious readers. Read widely, read critically, read for fun, and definitely read as many books as possible in the genre you're writing. It's definitely helpful to read new releases to get a sense of what's selling (or what was selling a year or two ago), read classics to … Continue reading Writers Are Readers: Best Lessons from Middle Grade Books