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You’re Invited to my release party!


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Well, here we are! In another two weeks, A Book Without Dragons will be out in the world, and I am so excited! (Also, very sleepy—there’s a lot of behind the scenes work that happens in the home stretch—but mostly I’m just excited.)

And guess what?! I’m inviting you to an online release party. If you’ve never been to an online book release, check out my previous post Here. The party I attended for Coven was lots of fun, so I decided I definitely wanted to host one of my own when A Book Without Dragons was ready. Read the rest of this entry


Let’s talk about Titles


Titles are hard for me. (Very hard. Like, ‘do 50 chin-ups’ hard)

This is important because, let’s face it, titles are what cause most people to pick up a book, or not. Ideally we would read the synopsis for every book on the shelf before making a selection but who really has time for that?

Generally, titling my work is the very last step in my process. While I’m working on it, I’ll give it a temporary title so I can refer to it in my journals and goal lists. For example, the project I’m working on is all about clocks. I call it…Clocks. I also have a trilogy that I’ll get back to some day. I have these books brilliantly titled Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3. Read the rest of this entry

Books that Make me Chatty


Have you ever read something so good that words crawled unbidden out of your mouth? I have, and it’s one of my favorite experiences as a reader.

I’m not talking about the things I consciously say. “Oh, Frodo… it’ll be okay, baby!” “Yeaaah Alanna. You go, girl.” “Tsk. Hamlet. Get over yourself.” I’m referring to those moments where a book is so surprising no amount of willpower could keep me from saying, “Oh wow… oh wow oh wow…”
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Central PA Comic Con: In which Olivia meets some awesome people!


Time to break my rules again 😉 because I attended the Central PA Comic Con over the weekend, and I’m feeling way too jazzed up to wait until next Saturday to chatter about it.

There were the usual Con treasures (Klingon 101 was particularly delightful, as was listening to JG Hertzler from Start Trek Deep Space Nine give a surprise Shakespearean monologue…) but I was surprised at how many writerly-gems I found there!

I attended a workshop with the lovely Danielle Ackley-McPhail about using the five senses while writing. Read the rest of this entry

I’m rethinking “Page-turners”…


I’m not a very fast reader. I tell you this not only because my alter-ego gets annoyed when I confess such things (See my Fictional Author’s Bio for more examples…) but also because it will give you some context when I say that I remember the first book I read in one day.

It was The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, and before that book I didn’t even know I was capable of devouring an entire novel in one sitting. I even wrote a fan letter to Suzanne Collins to tell her that her books were my very first ‘one day read.’ Read the rest of this entry