TABC 2015 Wrap Up: A Story about Mr. Potato Head

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 Hey Everyone,I could bore you all with my navel gazing self important reflections on my time at Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. I could brag about my class or meeting Brandon Sanderson and Jessica Day George? Really, are you all that interested in that? Do Brandon and Jessica need the hype (amazingly nice people though they are, staying two hours after the event to make sure everyone's book got signed). I thought not. Instead, I'm going to give you all an example of what it's all ab … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Matthew Kirby

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(Back In September at Salt Lake City Comic Con, I had dinner with a bunch of awesome authors, including Matthew Kirby. We talked about a lot of things from C.S. Lewis to the struggles of being a writer. Really appreciated him and his take on things. So, it's a pleasure to present this interview for Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. His new book series, The Arctic Code, comes out April 28th. )What was the one event in your life that got you into writingThe single most important event to my own … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: Co-Founder and Author Lois Brown

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(The countdown to Teen Author Boot Camp is now at ten days. Rumor has it, over 625 teens have signed up for this conference. Lois Brown, one of the co-founders, has written an amazing book, Robbed of Soul,  that she is really launching at the camp. Below, she gives us her thoughts on writing, never giving up and working to be a better writer)  What was the one event in your life that got you writing?I really didn't think I'd become a writer professionally until I started college. On a whi … [Read more...]

On The Road with the Dark Bride….(on second thought, that might be a BAD idea) and a cool contest!

 Well, it's been a long and strange road to get here. But, finally, the second book of the 3 Gates series, Dark Bride is here.To that end, my excellent publisher, Open Road Media, my agent Amy Jameson, and myself are planning sort of an epic book road trip/launch/craziness.Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Dark Bride Crazy Road Tour of 2015. And you can participate too!So, all this madness will begin on April 8th, when I leave my day job at Ave Maria and drive west. Yes, … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 2 of 5

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SO, what was it that changed me from a Star Wars prequel-hater to a... well... something different? As I debated "Jessi-Wan Kenobi," (AKA Jessica the Uberfan) on many occasions, she consistently drew upon Star Wars "stuff" not contained in the films---the Expanded Universe.Here is the definition of the Expanded Universe (now called "Star Wars Legends") from Wookiepedia: The Expanded Universe (or EU for short) encompasses every one of the officially licensed, fictional background stories of … [Read more...]

Musings on the Future of the Catholic Imagination Conference

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It’s been one year since I was confirmed in the Catholic Church with a bunch of junior high school kids. That glorious day brought to completion a long journey that began in my intense love for novels. While it’s true that my time with atheists at Ohio State had a significant impact on my faith journey, it was not the spark that ignited the inferno. Rather, my journey to Rome began in my own imagination when I realized that all my favorite fiction writers were either Catholic (Percy, O’Connor, an … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 1 of 5

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Are you ready for the new Star Wars movies? Were you ready for the prequels? Or does your spacefaring heart beat only for the original trilogy? You see, something weird happened to me. Something which may cause me to lift the ban preventing the prequel movies from getting within 100 feet of my house. And lest you think this is just some tired old rant, this little blog series will include interviews with Bryan Young (recognized guru and Con fixture who writes for starwars.com), Mark Fordham … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2014

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To say I love to read would be an understatement. As a writer, soaking up stories of all kinds is not just a personal pleasure, but also a necessity. But as I’ve talked about before, it wasn’t always easy, and still presents its challenges from time to time. But that’s neither here nor there.These are the books I enjoyed most in 2014. To be perfectly clear, not all of these books were released in 2014, but I read them all for the first time this year. And, well, a good story is timeless and w … [Read more...]

HWA Scary Writers: Leigh Lane

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 (So, here is our next HWA writer. Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided between different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the outskirts of Sin City. Her traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in horror. Her other novels include World-Mart, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut, and the dark al … [Read more...]

Horror Writer Goes in Seach of Michigan Dogman…Will Said Author Return Alive?

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Sometimes, writers hit a wall. It happens to the best of us. I won’t call it “writer’s block”. This frightening tale is an urban legend used to scare young  and developing storytellers. Anyone with a work ethic can find a way to put words on a computer screen. Maybe what a person writes is bad, but it can always be rewritten. There's no such thing as not being able to write at all.However, at some point, a writer comes to a point where the Well of Imagination from The Mystical Realm of Creati … [Read more...]


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