Halloween is gone. Winter is creeping closer. The world is slowly going to sleep for a fourth of the year. It's the time of year when everything seems to hibernate and life becomes quiet and I find myself asking the same question I ask every year. Why do I write? Honestly, I'm not sure I… Continue reading Naked
Let me start by saying this: When I started my career by writing gay erotica and then gay coming-of-age, I got death threats in my email and DMs. I've had a well-liked gay male member of the Writing Community DM me daily to get onto me for everything I did and tell me that I'd… Continue reading Trolls
Saturday night, I lost my shit. That's simply a cute way to say I nearly had a full-fledged panic attack. For a solid half hour, I was a woman on the verge. Couldn't breathe. Couldn't think. Almost unable to move. I was spiraling. It was kind of scary, but I'm a writer, so I also… Continue reading Panic
The Tragic Backstory
Recently, with the release of Hocus Pocus 2 and The Rings of Power, a divisive discussion has arisen once again on Twitter. Not that it ever really goes away... Villains. Bullies. Douchebags. Do we want to know why they are the way they are? Do we care about their origin story? Should we bother to… Continue reading The Tragic Backstory
What Took You So Long?
My babies. Those are my books. I think that's how all writers feel about their creations. The stories they write and the characters they breathe into life are their little babies they want to protect with every bit of strength in their bodies. Although, writers also want to send their creations out into the world… Continue reading What Took You So Long?
Recently, the topic of writers having a great first line in their novels popped up on Twitter. It gets discussed monthly on the bird app--like a million other writing and reading topics. Writers are told by publishers, editors, and even readers, that the first line can be of paramount importance to the success of a… Continue reading First Lines
I have what some might politely refer to as a "fascination." No. I'm not talking about food. Or raccoons. Or cross-stitch. Or murder and murderers. It's not about rare, fatal diseases or unique poisons. Be quiet. There are places--in between--here and there. Places where time and reason and reality seem to...shiver. Liminal spaces. The literal… Continue reading LIMINAL SPACES
I'll try to keep today's blog post short and sweet since it's not a "typical" blog post. Not to worry, the next blog post will be "typical!" A life event--a wonderful life event--has occurred for me. One that requires a lot of my time and attention. Something that I can't half-ass with any good conscience.… Continue reading Life Happens
In THE WARMTH OF OUR CLOSEST STAR (ENZO & PETER #2), a character named Alex says: “Hope is the belief that some course of action we take—some decision—will make our lives better. You know, we’ll say or do the right thing that fixes everything. But that’s not really what hope is. It’s the resolve to… Continue reading Hope/Possibility