Author Interview – Hallie Lee

Author Hallie Lee’s second novel in The Shady Gully Series, titled Wolfheart, released this past week! I’m so pleased to host my friend Hallie Lee for my next author interview! Hallie is the author of The Shady Gully Series of Christian Fiction books. Book Two, Wolfheart, released this past week. Welcome, Hallie! Q: Hallie, canContinue reading “Author Interview – Hallie Lee”

Coming Soon – Author Interviews!

It’s been a while! I am hard at work prepping for the release of Not by Sight: The Story of Joseph, but in the meantime, I’m exited to share that a new category is coming to The Writers’ Room portion of my website – Author Interviews! These interviews will be with published authors of allContinue reading “Coming Soon – Author Interviews!”

Keys to An Effective Book Launch

We’ve all heard before, “All’s well that ends well.” If you want something to end well, it helps to start well. As you create a strategy to release your book, you must figure out a way to start the daunting marketing journey well. But what do you do to give your book a good start?

Plotting the Dreaded Middle

Bridging the Gap Between Beginning and End By Claire Tucker Reading a good novel is like taking a road trip. The road winds between hills and forests and anticipation for the end of the journey is palpable in the vehicle. Then all at once the hills and forests fall away as you drive onto aContinue reading “Plotting the Dreaded Middle”

The Book Marketer’s Silver Bullet

By Tim Riordan Wouldn’t it be great if you could discover the silver bullet of marketing success? When I say silver bullet, I’m talking about the cream of the crop, the book marketers’ Mecca, the mother lode for marketers…you get the point. Let’s consider this from another perspective. What if I gave you an option ofContinue reading “The Book Marketer’s Silver Bullet”

Read Like a Writer

By Claire Tucker If you’ve been a writer for any length of time, then doubtless you’ve come across Stephen King’s advice: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, noContinue reading “Read Like a Writer”

How to Pick Character Names

Photo by Nighthawk Shoots on Unsplash By Lana Christian I get such a kick out of picking character names for my novels! It’s like going on a treasure hunt. And when you find a name with a hidden meaning to it, you get to decide whether you’ll ever reveal that tidbit to your readership. It’sContinue reading “How to Pick Character Names”

Writing From Life’s Lessons

By Stephanie Jaye We’ve all heard the phrase “write what you know”. And while some debate the legitimacy of that idea, I’ve found in writing that reaching beyond that simple concept into something a bit more heartfelt can make for a passionate work of fiction. No one likes trials (can I get an amen?). Yet,Continue reading “Writing From Life’s Lessons”

A Publisher’s Thoughts on Writing

Image courtesy of bigstock By Ferrel D. Moore I am often asked by writers, what is the one thing that they can do to improve their stories.  Can they make more interesting plots?  Did their plots fail because they failed to exploit the character’s strengths and show their weaknesses?  Are their plots not intricate enough,Continue reading “A Publisher’s Thoughts on Writing”

How Much Research is Enough?

Photo by Prateek Katyal on Unsplash By Lana Christian Sooner or later, novelists ask, “How much research is enough?” Good question. That begs a more basic question: why do research? We research so we can write plausible, realistic stories that exceed the limits of our experience. That applies equally to historical and contemporary novels. ResearchContinue reading “How Much Research is Enough?”