Next Time On…

Dragons have come to Londinium. At the end of Dragons of the Ashfall, Patty shoves her way onto the Gear, the ruling council of the city. She and her dragons aren’t leaving. The city needs them. Some kind of conflict is coming. The Well-Dressed Man lurks in the shadows. All that takes place at theContinue reading “Next Time On…”

Don’t be cruel.

Last week I said that authors can’t be kind. In case you missed it, let me spell it out to you as clearly as I can: Authors cannot be kind to their characters. Authors, please be kind to anyone who is not your character. Okay. Just wanted to get that out of the way. IContinue reading “Don’t be cruel.”

How to Confuse a Writer

If you want to derail a writer, ask them what their book is about. “Well, you see, it’s about, um, there’s a girl, and she does some things, but it’s really awesome, well I think it is anyway, and I want to tell it to you, but I don’t want to give anything away, butContinue reading “How to Confuse a Writer”

Dragons of the Ashfall

It wasn’t always a novel. Once it was a short story. One of the first that was published that bore my name. It premiered in Wings of Change. Its title: “A Dragon Bigger than My Stories.” It was about a girl in a clockwork city. She was ground down. She longed for solitude. And thenContinue reading “Dragons of the Ashfall”