Fictional and Real Pirate Women that Inspired my Character

Meriden Cummings, the main character from Death Island, is living her life during the Golden Age of Piracy (1650 to 1730). It’s during this age that women made their mark at sea. Some you might have heard of while others you might have not, such as Mary Read, Rachel Wall, and Cheng I Sao. Many … Continue reading Fictional and Real Pirate Women that Inspired my Character

Gods of the Dead: A Comparison of Anpu (Anubis) and Ah Puch

Looking at how different cultures perceive death, we can start to understand how they embrace it. Especially when it comes to how they shape their afterlife, the gods who run it, and the roles those gods play in everyday life. From first glance, one can detect several similarities between ancient Egyptian and ancient Mayan perspectives … Continue reading Gods of the Dead: A Comparison of Anpu (Anubis) and Ah Puch

{Guest Post} S.M. Hineline: Inventing a Creation Myth

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember, I loved it so much that once my father grounded me from reading in an effort to get me to do my math homework.  Everything about sinking into a book and exploring a new world, or visiting a well-loved world, speaks to me.  Books are … Continue reading {Guest Post} S.M. Hineline: Inventing a Creation Myth

November Writing Inspiration

Okay, things have really turned around this month and now my mind is buried under more awesome ideas and concepts for novels. I’m, of course, focusing on Death’s Curse (DI3), which is coming along nicely. As I had also mentioned I’ve also been outlining chapters for my book on the Lost Colony, another single novel, … Continue reading November Writing Inspiration

The Strength of Characters: Esther M. Friesner Novels

I have always been drawn to strong female characters. I can relate to them. I can understand the battles they face. I even wish to be more like them in strength. During these pass couple of months, I have found the strength of character in four historical, young adult novels, all of which are by Esther … Continue reading The Strength of Characters: Esther M. Friesner Novels

Words of Battle

  A few days ago, I finished writing my first draft of a battle scene for my next manuscript. I thought finding the right words would come easily after writing and revising Death’s Island. However, I guess it has been so long that I forgot how difficult the process can become. It’s like playing chess, … Continue reading Words of Battle