The Happiness Project

New year, new theme. Well, sorta. It’s Monday night and I’m sitting in bed, hanging out with the cats, trying to figure out a blog schedule and theme. Us authors have to brand ourselves if we want to be successful, you know. But what’s my brand? I write scary books, but as you can probably…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s Christmas morning and I’ve some time to get a few last minutes things done. Mainly, I forgot to change the name of my heroine in Outlaw, my upcoming release. So I knocked that out and uploaded the new version of the book to the online retailers. Phew. With only 7 hours…

2016 Lessons Learned

It’s been a minute since my last blog post. I can’t believe I didn’t even blog about my experience at HallowRead in Havre de Grace! That was one spectacular weekend. I did post pictures of the town on my Facebook page. Maybe I’ll do another blog post for the places I visited this year, as…

Writing with soul

Writing with soul. That seems like an easy thing to do, but it’s a lot harder than it seems. Stephen King (who everyone knows is my favorite author) and JK Rowling have mastered infusing soul into the books they write. That’s one of the reasons their books sell so well. For JK Rowling, she’s not…

Outline Killers

Plotter or Pantser? That’s the question asked in writer circles around the world. I am a proud, card carrying, plotter. My plotting method is a bit crazy, but it works for me. First, I plot out the beginning of the book. I go as far as I can easily get. Once I’m happy with what…

Creating Characters

I have a staring problem. Honest. I stare at people longer than I should. Sometimes someone catches me doing it, too. When it’s a man, often he thinks I’m flirting with him. But I’m not. I’m a writer and being curious about people is sort of my job. It’s what makes me able to create…

Re-calibrating

Since I’ve gone indie, one thing that I find myself doing a few times a year is…. reviewing then re-calibrating if necessary. What I mean by that is, I step back and look at all of my stats and decide if I like what I see. If I do like what I see, I continue…

The differences between writing horror vs. erotic romance

People have told me that they’ve read books I’ve written and had nightmares. This fills me with such joy. But I’ve also been told by readers that they’ve read something I wrote as Adrienne Kama and had to go find their husband after they finished the book. This also makes me happy. Some people think…

What’s with the free books?

One of the things people often ask indie authors has to do with book pricing. They wanna know what’s with all the free books. The thought is that if an author sells a book for $.99 or (gasp) gives it away for free, it’s because they don’t think the story is worth much. But that…

Before and After

I’ve always thought it would be fun to post an excerpt from a book when it was a WIP, then post the published version of that same excerpt, just to show how much the first draft of a book can differ from what’s published. You learn so much about your characters and what’s happening to…

Indie Publishing – Proofing My First Paperback

I’m proofing my book! Digitally for now. I have an actual paperback coming in the mail. I’m going to have to push back publication of the print version, but I’d rather do that than risk selling a book that doesn’t look the best it can possibly look. I already see a few things I’m going…

Indie Publishing – Adventures with CreateSpace!

I just finished formatting my first indie paperback. Whew! Feels like I had a workout. It’s so nice to wait for the box of books to come in the mail from the publisher! LOL! A few things that I had to consider that I hadn’t thought of before: 1. Book Size – You’ll notice the…