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So, Hidden is up for yet ANOTHER award–or two! I’m feeling very spoiled. Would you like to help me along with some votes?

First, it’s up for Best Book All Around in the 2018 Love Romances Cafe awards! I was stunned and flattered to get this nomination because I didn’t even know they were going on, much less that anyone had nominated me for book of the year. Voting in this one is super easy–just click on your favorites in each category and hit done! My book is the first one in category 6. There’s a lot of other great authors here, too. Click here or on the graphic below to vote!

Voting goes until the 21st.

 

Hidden is also up for best cover at Cover Wars this week. Again, a simple click and vote. Click here or on the cover below to vote!

Voting goes until the 24th.

 

As I said, I’m feeling very spoiled, and very grateful. If you vote, THANK YOU for the wonderful support! ❤

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Look at this lovely thing that arrived yesterday!

It’s my award for Best Suspense in the Evernight Publishing Reader’s Choice Awards! I won it for Hidden, which is just so awesome. THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me!

I have no idea where I’m going to display it yet, but these are the kind of writer problems I’ve always wanted to have. Isn’t it lovely? ❤

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Week #8: Worst writing advice I’ve gotten

Hoo boy, this is a doozy of a topic this week.

First of all, it’s important to remember that all writing advice is just that–advice. And advice is not the same as technicalities, which are the things that are actually the backbone of writing: things like grammar rules and spelling, plot construction, and the parts of a book that make it a whole, like your protagonist and antagonist, conflict, climax, and resolution. Yes, even some of those things can be bent a little, but I seperate those things from the creative part of writing. There’s a difference between how to technically write a book and how to artistically write a book–and it’s the latter we all tend to get advice about the most. The former can be learned.

What works for one author artistically may not work for another. One writer’s style is completely different from another writer’s style, and it would be hard for those two very different writers to give each other creative advice. Even when ‘experts’ dole out advice, take it with a big fat grain of salt. The trendsetters could tell you how books about sharks are gonna be SO huge next year, so you waste all year writing about sharks and then next year everyone’s into dolphins. Advice should be considered, but not necessarily held aloft to the exclusion of everything else.

That being said, a few of the worst pieces of writing advice I’ve ever gotten are:

  • Write what you know. Books would be insanely boring and repetitive if all writers only ever wrote about things they specifically know.
  • Never write about (various taboo subjects). Taboo subjects tend to make controversial books that sell well, because people love controversy. Taboo subjects can also be handled in a respectful manner that sheds light on the reality of the subject.
  • Read everything. Read good books that you like in the genre you want to write in. Also, it’s very easy to fool yourself into thinking if you’re spending all your time reading that’s also writing. You got to do the hard part, too.
  • Write every single day. Anne Rice made a GREAT post on her Facebook about this last week.

But, this is just my advice. Take it or leave it.

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The #evernighties Thursday Weekly Author Blog Challenge is a once-a-week blogging adventure brought to you exclusively by Evernight authors. Each week, we answer a new question (listed below and borrowed from MFRW.org) and the answers will be featured on the Evernight Reader’s Group on Facebook, as well as our own blogs and social media platforms. Check out the group or follow the #evernighties tag to see how other authors answered this week’s question!

Week #6: Five authors (alive or dead) I’d like to meet

This was a fun list to make!

  1. Stephen King – I don’t think anyone who has read my blog for any length of time is surprised by this. Stephen King was the reason I started writing at the tender and impressionable age of 13, wanting to be a horror writer just like him. I really want to meet him, and the fact he’s getting older makes me nervous that I won’t (and he makes far less public appearances now). I would love to just say to him “Mr. King, you’re the reason I started writing as a teenager, and now I have my own books published.” As eloquent as this seems in my head, in real life I’m sure I’d be a quivering, stupid mess and wouldn’t get the words out right.
  2. Anne Rice – She’s also getting older and it makes me nervous. I’d love to tell her what sort of impression her Vampire Chronicles had on me, even though I’m sure she hears it often. Her writing style and her boldness at a time vampire books weren’t a ‘thing’ yet, and her enduring impression and legacy as an author are things I really admire, and I’d love to just be in her presence for a few moments.
  3. Anne Lamott – My favorite author who writes about writing. She has a wicked dark sense of humor very much like my own and I think meeting her in person would be a delight.
  4. Edgar Allen Poe – Of course my black, morbid, horror-loving self would like to meet the old school master. I know in life he wasn’t exactly the greatest guy to be around, and possibly a raging alcoholic, but it’s a fantasy, I think, for anyone who writes or enjoys horror.
  5. Laurell K. Hamilton – The author who introduced me to urban fantasy, which is where my desire to write both paranormal and romance that’s a little more edgy and dark than traditional romance collide.

What writers would you like to meet?