#amreading – Best Books of 2016

As a writer and budding novelist, I love to read. This year, I have gotten to read some pretty awesome books both fiction and nonfiction. Some truly great novels and books have come out this year. Here is my list of favorite books to come out in 2016. Fiction: Liberty’s Last Stand by Stephen Coonts…

Christmas Hiatus 2016

This year has been one adventure after another with this blog. It went through a name change, format change, and the blog even got a new look. One of the most exciting additions was the interviews. Originally, I was only going to do them for Women’s Appreciation Month, but so many incredible women responded, I decided…

Michelle Griep’s eBook Giveaway Infograph

Michelle Griep is a friend of this blog. She is a novelist who has written several historical romances including Gallimore.  On her own blog, Writer Off The Leash, Mrs. Griep uses her experience as an author and writer to create awesome resources including free inforgraphs that she allows other bloggers to borrow. Today’s graph shows…

Author Resource: Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins has written several novels in her Seatbelt Suspense style including, The Chelsea Adams Series, Double Blind, Dark Justice, Over the Edge among others.  In Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets A Novelist Can Learn From Actors, she shows us how method acting can help us build unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters. Using examples from…

Michelle Griep’s 6 Traits of a Writer Graph

Novelist Michelle Griep is a friend of this blog. She published this graph called 6 Traits Of A Writer. It is an interesting and informative. Look it over and then click on the graph to head over to her blog Writer Off The Leash for more great insight for writers and authors.  Don’t forget to…

Michelle Griep’s If-Then Chart For Writers

Michelle Griep is a great writer and novelist. She also has a blog that is a great resources for authors. She posted this chart of “If/Then” Chart. She gave permission for others to use it. I put a link to her blog Writer Off The Leash in the chart. You should check it out. 

Interview with novelist Michelle Griep

  March 2016 is Women’s Appreciation Month! Most of you know I am editing my own novel, so I was excited when one of my favorite novelists, Michelle Griep, author of Brentwood’s Ward and Gallimore, agreed to participate in an email questionnaire with me. You can check out her official website at michellegriep.com and her…

Writers Doubt Is A Real Thing

I am a writer. I am not a fledging writer or a budding writer, I am a writer. It is true most of my works have been published on this blog, but I have written one novel and two novellas, though they have yet to be published. What few people know is that in between…

#DearLaura Response!

Check out the author blog All the Way YA it is a great blog for people interested in Young Adult fiction. There are so many great authors and editors on there. You will love it. They feature a column called #DearLaura where author and educator Laura Lascarso answers questions from various writers interested in taking…

#NaNoWriMo- Making the halfway point!

Hopefully, those of us participating in National Novel Writing Month are at the halfway point, 25,000 words. I made it barely.  That’s right, NaNoWriMo is all about writing a 50,000 word manuscript by the end of November. I am reading on Twitter how many participants have already reach the goal and I am impressed. I’m…

Some Encouragement For #NaNoWriMo

As most of you know, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I am 10 days into it. I am following several Twitter accounts that offer encouragement to authors participating. They all have been extremely helpful in this process. The goal: write a 50,000 word story, something that can be turned into a…

#NaNoWriMo has begun!

National Novel Writing Month has begun! It is a rallying cry and goal setting opportunity for writers and authors to sit down and just write. The goal is simple: write a novel of at least 50,000 words. That’s about 1,700 words a day for a 30 day month like November. They do not have to…

1 Down 4 To Go- Blind Queries

Writer’s Digest is a magazine that has been really helpful in developing my craft as an writer and I highly recommend, if you’re an author, that you subscribe. In fact, they have many writing contests and prompts to try out to help you further. This past month, they were extremely helpful at giving leads to…

Resources For Authors Part 3

Seriously Write is a blog for Christian writers that provides great insight, pointers, knowledge, and wisdom to all aspects of writing. Live. Write. Thrive is a great website from author CS Lankin. She provides some great resources as well as an awesome newsletter for authors.  

Resource for Authors: A Novel Idea

For those of you who like writing inspirational fiction, this book is amazing! It has great advice from some of the heavyweights of Christian and inspiration fiction. It has chapters written by Francine Rivers, Jerry B. Jenkins, Randy Alcorn, Robin Jones Gunn, and so many others. It does not give advice for just inspiration writers…