Still Getting Hit, Still Moving Forward: My Continued Journey Toward Full Time Writing

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This past summer, I wrote a post about the ups and downs of my exciting, thrilling (foolish?) decision to pursue a career as a full time writer. With a little inspiration from my friend, Rocky Balboa, I decided that if I was going for it, I was really going for it - with all the painful agony, but hopefully joyful rewards on the other side.Almost exactly one year ago, I finished the first draft of my debut novel, Hitting for the Cycle - the most challenging and fulfilling creative endeavor … [Read more...]

Taking on Scott Farkus: Standing up to Your Bullies.

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 In writing my YA novel, Against Her Will, I had to immerse myself in some sad realities. The story follows the struggles of teens in a psych ward who battle their inner demons in a place where not everything that happens is for their own good. As a nurse in a facility, co-author, Serita Stevens, has witnessed the sometimes horrific outcome when young people have been the victims of mistreatment. The book has strong themes about bullying and the dire consequences it can have.In … [Read more...]

Radio Free Geek: Interview with Dungeon Crawler Radio

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 (I  (Jo Schaffer) met Daniel Swenson(aka Revan)at the LTUE writing conference in Provo, Utah. He sat at a table with a bunch of microphones interviewing authors and attendees at the event. Curious, I stopped to chat with him. Turns out he runs the fabulously geeky, Dungeon Crawler Radio. I later had the opportunity to be interviewed on the show along with Jonathan Ryan. We talked a little bit about Teen Author Boot Camp, comic books and movies. (The Man of Steel debate got a bit dicey. … [Read more...]

JoJo’s Hollywood Stories: Interview with Clark Schaffer

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 (We at Geek Goes Rogue are...welll....Geeks. And, we love to hear behind the scenes stuff. Clark Schaffer is a wizard in all things artistic, prop development and other artistic things that make movies real. He's done over forty movies and is one of the most talent individuals we've ever seen. Jo Schaffer, our intrepid reporter for all things behind the scenes, didnt' have travel far for this one, as Clark is her husband.)I really liked the original Iron Man movie back when it came … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: 3 Gates, Awesome Kids, and Jet Lagged Author

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As I write this post, I’m a bit blurry eyed, tired, and my body isn’t entirely sure what time zone it’s in. However, I wanted to write this post without too much thought because I wanted to give my unedited feelings on my time at Teen Author Boot Camp.Let me get this out of the way; I had the time of my life.To refresh everyone’s memory, I instructed a class at a Teen Author Boot Camp on Saturday. This great conference is run by Writers Cubed, an amazing collection of ladies (read their s … [Read more...]


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