Posts by Steph

What scares me

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 | 0 comments

As a horror fan and writer of horror, I’m often trying to drill into what could scare my readers. But the deep, dark secret of writing horror is tapping into what scares ME and then writing about it, and maybe, if I’ve done my job well, what scares me will resonate with readers. On Tuesday, a 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City. I’m all the way up in Edmonton, Canada, and if you know your geography, you know there’s no way in hell, I felt it the tremors. But I did feel absolute terror for about 24 hours because my dad was in Mexico City that very day on a business trip. I had no idea where he was or how to reach him, or if he was safe, and as the body count went up as city...

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Your first page is boring—here’s how to fix it

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 | 0 comments

I won’t link to it, but I just read a blog post out on the interwebs about writing your novel’s first page. The advice was the standard stuff, so I won’t repeat it here. But it was the comment section that made me roll my eyes. A few folks shared what their first page was about, and not to judge, but one person said that their story started with their young protagonist dreaming of an adventure to escape their boring life. BORING. To me, this author has just described every lame first page ever. Sure, your protag is relatable. Who hasn’t been a bored teenager dreaming of excitement? The problem is I don’t care. Other readers don’t care. Because now, on this first page,...

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Recommended read: Riley Sager wants you to “write what you feel”

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Aspiring writers hear this “gem” all the damn time. Write what you know. Well, if we all followed this advice, we wouldn’t have Lord of the Rings (I’m sure Tolkien knows nothing about being a dwarf or hobbit), Star Wars (space cowboys, really), or any horror/fantasy/sci fi and most detective/lawyer dramas/mysteries. So it was refreshing to read Riley Sagar’s thoughts on this topic. Sagar’s Final Girls is the next book on my TBR pile. (Not to be confused with my own series, Final...

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Yoo hoo! Summer sale!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Final Girl is free (for a good, short time) on Smashwords! And you can download Final Girl Part II for 50%! Get your summer read on, final girls and guys! (And why the hell not? Killer Celebrity Island is also free!)

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Back in time

Posted by on May 8, 2017 | 0 comments

During these rocky political times, I think about how people never have the vision to look at the world around them and consider how they could make a better place for everyone through simple actions (like, for starters, not voting for rich, hyper-conservative, out-of-touch goblin butts). Instead, we dream up scenarios of time travel and imagine rocketing back in time to kill Hitler. And when I think about that, I also remember a crazy, fantastic story (in five parts) that a friend of mine, “Joe Wet Cow,” wrote (and I that I hope he won’t mind me sharing here): Anonymous pamphlet found in bus shelter, part 1 of 5 Anonymous pamphlet found in bus...

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