• 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…

  • Magazine Reviews,  Reviews

    The Inaugural Issue of Wyngraf Has Arrived!

    Good morning readers and fellow writers. It is with the happiest of hearts that I share the news that the first issue of Wyngraf, a new magazine of cozy fantasy, premieres today! It is available to purchase as an e-book (and is free if you have Kindle Unlimited) or as a paperback. From the description on its Amazon listing: Fantasy fans, curl up and stay a while!At last, cozy fantasy has a magazine all its own. Wyngraf #1 offers nine snug stories in the tradition of Redwall and The Hobbit. Go there and back again with lush settings, caring characters, and dragons of all sizes. Contents “The Perils of Living with Your Human” by Nathan…

  • 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.…