speaking engagement

Writers Conference Presentation

On Saturday August 17, I’ll be presenting at a writers conference on Writing With a Tight Schedule—Tips and Ideas (plus Writing With Kids).

What Those Stars Mean to Authors (Or when should I give 5 stars)

Reviews: What Those Stars Mean to Authors (or When Should I Give 5 Stars)

As an author, I occasionally read the reviews of my books on Amazon, and sometimes this is a torturous event. Here’s the scoop on what those stars really mean to authors.

Romance without erotica

Romance Without Erotica

Can novels be romantic without containing erotica? I was on a writing panel to discuss this issue.

Adding the Start Tag in a Mobi (Kindle) File Using Calibre

Adding the Start Tag in a Mobi (Kindle) File Using Calibre

Can’t get your calibre-formatted mobi file to open on Chapter One? Here’s the secret to getting that Kindle ebook to open right where you want it to.

Making Imaginary Characters Real

Making Imaginary Characters Real

Get to know your character! One of the things I’m often asked to speak about is how to create realistic characters. Here are some tips I’ve learned over twenty years.

Backstory: How Not to Tell Too Much

Backstory: How Not to Tell Too Much

Don’t kill your book’s chances by including too much backstory. These tips will save time and help you create a better novel.

Writing a Compelling First Person POV

Writing a Compelling First Person POV

Many people assume writing a first person POV is easy, but here are some things you’ll need to watch for.

Gun Control: An Eroding of Individual Rights?

Gun Control: An Eroding of Individual Rights?

Will enacting stricter laws keep guns out of the hands of potential criminals or will they make America even more vulnerable?

Life, the Universe, and Everything

I will be a panelist at the Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium on science fiction and fantasy in Provo, Utah on February 14-16, 2013. See you there!