• Author Insider,  Making Of

    First Novel Journey: Skyrim, Medieval Woodworking, and Izbas

    I’ve begun work on the first story in my book-length collection set in the world of “The Road to Fjallmark”, and I wanted to share both a brief synopsis and a glimpse of what is going into the project. With a working title of “The Woodworker’s Guest”, this piece tells the story of a young, talented woodworker who had a perfect life – a great business, friends, beautiful wife, young son – and lost it all in a fire. Now isolated and alone and struggling with grief, he may find hope and healing when a magical, unexpected visitor shows up in his home. As I work on this story, I’m…

  • Author Insider,  Making Of

    First Novel Journey: Returning to the World of “The Road to Fjallmark”

    I thought I knew where I was headed. I had my next novel plotted, characters formed, and a world fully fleshed out. But as I started on it, something wasn’t sitting right with me and I realized that it wasn’t what I needed to be focusing on at the moment. So I have my notes all tucked away and my world and characters stored in my heart for another more fitting time. What I’ve decided on for my next project is something I’m so excited about, something that makes my heart overjoyed, and something I wake up each day ready to dive into. I’m heading back to the world of…

  • Author Insider,  Making Of,  Voice,  Writing Craft

    First Novel Journey: Changing Course

    Last week I started working on the first draft of my novel. It’s an adult fantasy with a female protagonist that takes place in a Bronze Age inspired world. I got 1,200 words done and was quite happy with how much I accomplished that day. A few days later I started reading over it and playing with the words, rearranging things – all that typical revision business. As I was doing so, something wasn’t sitting right with me. After much thought, I realized it was a problem with voice. My voice was inconsistent. The parts where I was describing the setting, my voice tended towards the poetic, to the point…

  • Author Insider,  Making Of

    Crave a trip to Skyrim? Journey with me on “The Road to Fjallmark”

    I had been working on an action packed sword and sorcery story when I came across a call for submissions for a new magazine called Wyngraf. Its focus is on something they call “cozy fantasy.” As stated on their website, “Wyngraf was founded to promote and encourage fantasy stories that focus on the little things: friends, family, home, travel. Our authors create worlds that readers get lost in… and dream of someday visiting.” I didn’t have anything previously written or in the works that would fit, so I figured I’d just keep it in mind for another time. But I am all about cozy. I love to browse the CozyPlaces subreddit.…