“Be Not Far From Me”: A Survival Novel That Broke My Book Fast

Mindy McGinnis’s YA survival novel, Be Not Far From Me, centers on the character of Ashley Hawkins, a working-class, high school girl growing up in Tennessee with her single father. While on a camping trip with a group of friends, Ashley wakes in the middle of the night to find her boyfriend, Duke, cheating onContinue reading ““Be Not Far From Me”: A Survival Novel That Broke My Book Fast”

The Joys and Pains of Re-Reading My First Novel—Part 2

My task for February was simple. I wanted to re-read The Changelings, the 530-page epic fantasy tome I published back in 2015. But the challenge proved greater than I thought. For most of February, I hemmed and hawed, read a few chapters out of order, got inspired to write the sequel novel, stopped reading… andContinue reading “The Joys and Pains of Re-Reading My First Novel—Part 2”

The Joys and Pains of Re-Reading My First Novel—Part 1

My task for February is simple. I must re-read The Changelings, the 530-page epic fantasy tome I published back in 2015. I want to publish the sequel book, The Originals, by 2023, and although I have already done a ton of writing for it, putting it together isn’t easy. A refresher course will be helpfulContinue reading “The Joys and Pains of Re-Reading My First Novel—Part 1”

What Makes a Hero? My Archetype Analysis

I originally published this piece on my “News and Reviews” blog in May 2019, shortly after Avengers: Endgame came out. Although comic book movies presented heroes of all shapes and sizes, I had trouble connecting with them, so I decided to create my own definition of a hero, using the few characters I liked. I’mContinue reading “What Makes a Hero? My Archetype Analysis”

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