V is for Vampire

How do you like your vampires? Today, they come in so many shapes and sizes that you might as well be ordering off the menu at a drive-thru restaurant. “Would you like some sparkles with that?” They are now heroes, villains, and everything in between. They’ve come a long way from the black and white […]

The Cost of Editing

Being an editor isn’t the easiest of jobs, and part of the problem is that a lot of authors don’t see the “need” for us. (At least until bad reviews because of editing start coming in.) Many do, and I’m grateful for them–as are their readers, I’m sure–but many see what we do as a […]

Why Are Vampires Sexy?

Once upon a time, I was asked to write about why fangs in fiction are so popular. Why are vampires so sexy? The problem was that I don’t know! So, I traveled to Adelheid to ask the experts. Also known as the preternatural employees of the Stanton Agency. 😉 “Why are vampires sexy in fiction?” […]

The Genesis of Adelheid

The road to the creation of Adelheid and what is now the Blood Rights Series has been a long one, and with more than its share of potholes. While I’ve already talked about the city building specifics (and touch briefly on them again here), this is more about the evolution of me and the series […]

Redundancy, Part 2

Even if you’re not writing an action-packed, fast-paced book, a smooth and quick flow to your words is very important. You want your book to “carry” your reader along, which means minimizing places where the reader might get bogged down or tripped up. This is why editing is important, but not just in terms of […]

Building a City

The Blood Rights Series (formerly known as the Adelheid Series) is built on one basic premise: that a law has been passed that makes all preternatural creatures (vampires, werewolves and more) legal citizens. They don’t have to “play human” to have the same rights and privileges as everyone else in the United States. The series […]

Department of Redundancy Department

(As both author and editor, this post is part of the writing tips and helpful thoughts from an editor that you might find useful in your own writing!) Being redundant or repetitive in your writing can really bog down your readers’ ease-of-reading, and it can also make your story downright boring. The repetition itself becomes […]

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