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Re-reading the Vampire in the City series

Last week I finished writing Fresh Blood, the sixth and final book in the VitC series. The next day, I left for a vacation to Cape Cod. 250 more words

Make Your Own Book Covers: Overview

Today, I wanted to talk about my biggest project of the last month. Book covers! My books is out to one of my editors to read so I’m waiting for it back. 1,361 more words

Writer Tips

Digital Graffiti 2015

Last year I talked about attending the 2014 Digital Graffiti Festival on behalf of Emerald Coast Magazine. EC Magazine was once again responsible for putting on the pre-event reception tent. 39 more words


Learning what NOT to do from Grossman's The Magicians--Part One: World Building

Series Introduction

I have rarely encountered a more widely read and praised novel that had so many faults as Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Many people who make books their business should, in my opinion, have taken a much harder look at this novel before praising it so completely—faults are so dominant throughout the work that I could hardly finish it and, every few pages, made note of absurd, unnecessary problems with the plot, characters, and fantastical elements. 2,629 more words


The List

This Writing Exercise is an old favorite. It is geared towards character development, but I have found that this exercise often gets me thinking about world building, and even quirky plot twists!  150 more words


Editing Tip #97 - Beta Reading for Others Pt.2: Intent (likability)

What’s not to like about getting to read new, upcoming books for free? Well, I guess as a beta reader we’re spending valuable time and the gift of our literate opinion, then again we wouldn’t have accepted a beta book in the first place if these things didn’t already appeal to us. 464 more words

M.J. Moores

Stranger Than Fiction

I spent a fair amount of time this weekend reading in the name of research. I’ve been struggling with a dialogue heavy scene so I turned to Oscar Wilde for help. 224 more words