Wonderful Workshops

open bookLast week was awesome. I held a free workshop on hooks & stakes at our local library, and we had a full house. Not only that, I saw lots of new faces. That means that word is getting out. Our local writing community is reaching more people and bringing them into the writing fold, which makes me very happy.

So now… [drumroll]…

I’m offering an intensive, two-day novel-writing workshop.

Why? Simple.

I spent too much time writing badly.

I cranked out five novels while reading various craft books and attending conferences. I felt like the advice I got was hit and miss. I wanted a more comprehensive, interactive learning environment for writing the novel. I signed up for an MFA program, which was a chunk of cash.

I don’t want you to have to pay $40k to learn the craft of the novel. I’m bringing you all the best lessons I’ve learned over the past decade and boiling them down to 16 hours.

I’m also hard at work writing a workbook to go along with the class. And we’re going to have fun!

So, save yourself thousands of dollars and a decade of bad drafts and sign up for this two-day workshop here.

 

#BeforeTheyFindUs Blog Tour- Day 1

Today kicks off the Before They Find Us Blog Tour with Xpresso Book Tours! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an awesome group of book bloggers. Make sure to hit every stop. And, don’t forget to register for the giveaway!

March 24th
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile  >> Review
We Do Write >> Interview
Lose Time Reading >> Review
StarAngels’ Reviews >> Review
From the Shadows  >> Top 10 List
Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict >> Review
TNT Reviews >> Review
Pieces of Whimsy >> Review

The Unpublished Epilogue

I like happy endings. I don’t try to hide it. I figure there is enough tragedy and suffering in the world, and while we do often read fiction to learn about life, we also read as an escape from the things that bring us down. I write what I want to read, and I want to read something that ends with happiness, hope and the promise of a brighter future.

Hope is a common theme in YA, while “happily ever after” is frowned upon. A lot of people don’t believe in “happily ever after,” but I’m still a believer.

When I was work-shopping Before They Find Us with my MFA program, I knew how it would end. I wrote the ending Beck told me to write, even though I knew it would be unpopular with my professor and probably most of my writing peers. Still, I felt like I owed it to Beck to write the end of her story.

My professor came back to me and said, “It’s not that I don’t like it. I think it’s unnecessary. The book should end with the last chapter.”

Knowing that the Epilogue would probably get trashed when I sent the book out on review and with this insight from my professor, I decided to leave the Epilogue out of the final draft, much to the dismay of some of my beta readers.

I’m not ashamed of the ending. I know these characters. I know how they wanted their story to end, so in a way, I felt like I was protecting them by keeping the Epilogue out. But, I figure anyone who connects with the book well enough to head over here to my website deserves to have those final few pages.

So, I’m going to send the unpublished Epilogue to everyone who subscribes to my email newsletter. To subscribe, enter your email into the “Subscribe” box in the widget on the right. Subscribe before March 31, 2014, and you will receive the file, too.  (I’ll be perfectly honest here. To date I have only sent one newsletter. You don’t have to worry about his clogging your inbox—I’m just not that persistent.)

When you read it, I hope you’ll come back and tell me what you thought. Should it stay out? Or does it deserve to be put back in? Leave a comment and let me know!

Join Me at Barnes & Noble

I’ll be at Barnes & Noble at Columbia Center in Kennewick, WA from noon to 5:00 p.m. to sign books and talk with readers.

Seven other local authors will be in the store throughout the day, all to promote books and raise money for the Rivers of Ink Writers Conference.

Come out and join us! You can grab a copy of my new book, BEFORE THEY FIND US, and shop for all the readers on your Christmas list.

Hope to see you there!

#1 in Mythology

I wanted to share this screen shot from my iPod with a big THANK YOU!

That’s my book! Hanging with Rick Riordan on the Mythology list. Totally made my day!

It is still FREE tomorrow, too. Grab the download while you can.

If you prefer a print edition, you still have time to sign up for the giveaway:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The giveaway runs through December 13, so enter to win. You can keep them or gift them to a friend for Christmas. (US residents only, please.)

Seriously, what could be better than free books?

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