Writing Workshop: Build Your Story World at the Turner Cassity Literary Festival

For those in the Douglasville, Georgia area, I'm doing a worldbuilding workshop at the Turner Cassity Literary Festival on July 12th. There are events and gatherings all weekend where guests can mix and mingle with the presenters, so it should be a lot of fun. 

The Turner Cassity Literary Festival provides aspiring writers in West Georgia an opportunity to develop their writing skills and prepare their works for publication under the guidance of expert and experienced authors. There's a full weekend of Workshops, Critiques, Readings, and a special performance of the winning verse play! They also honor the poet Turner Cassity whose work and dedication to literary excellence in Georgia inspires their endeavors.

Just Released: Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure

It's here!

I'm thrilled to announce the release of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, book one in the Foundations of Fiction Series. It's been a long time coming and I'm excited it's finally out and in the world. (See what they're saying on Goodreads)

There's so much information on my writing site (Fiction University), and one of the challenges of crafting books to support it was figuring out how to organize everything. I wanted this series to be more than just a collection of articles, and to accomplish the same goals as the site--to offer writers tips they can apply right to their works in progress and see results.

Upcoming Events

Coastal Magic
Panels: TBD
When: February 6-9, 2014
Where: Daytona Beach, FL

Coastal Magic Convention is a super casual, weekend party for authors and readers of urban fantasy and paranormal romance fiction. There will be panels, meet & greets, and random tomfoolery. The schedule will be designed to give readers plenty of time to hang out with their favorite authors, and chat about the stories with other fans. A charity book signing will be open to attendees and the public. Please check the event website for a list of Featured Authors (over 50 of them) and other information. 

I'll post my panel schedule when it's finalized. 

That's it for now, and I'll update any new news as it appears.

Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July everyone. It'll be a soggy and wet day here in north Georgia, so I'll have to bring the picnic inside. Hopefully we'll get a little dry weather before it gets dark. You see, Cadaver Dan is all ready for the fireworks. He really loves the sparklers.

Are You Up for a Teen Writing Workshop?

Hey guys!

If you're a teen writer and live in the Canton, GA area (or within driving distance), then come on down to the Hickory Flat Public Library on June 25th. I'll be answering your writing questions and leading a writing workshop. Bring pen, paper, and your creativity!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
TIME: 4:00pm
WHERE: Hickory Flat Public Library
             2740 E Cherokee Dr.
             Canton, Georgia 30115-9250

This writing workshop is open to the public, but it's for for teens 12-18 only. So no grownups allowed.

Happy Spring!

So I bought this great costume for my yard zombie while Christmas shopping this past holiday. I've been waiting ever since for spring to arrive so I could dress him in it. I think he looks just spiffy, don't you?

Welcome Spring, from Cadaver Dan.

Sadly, he only gets to be a flower for another week. Then he has to change into his Easter ears.

Heading to an Old City (for a New Con)

So I'm gearing up this week to head down to Florida for a great new paranormal romance and urban fantasy convention. I'm excited about this one, because I get to hang with some writer friends (always fun) and will get to  meet some folks I've chatted with online (also always fun). This is one of the best parts about being a writer--getting out and meeting other writers and book lovers! (And ghost tours. Did I mention there will be ghost tours?)

It's also a reader-focused event, which is different from a writer-focused event. Reader events are all about favorite books, series, characters, etc. Everywhere you go, there are groups of people talking about a series they adore. Writer events are more about craft and the technical aspects of writing, and the easiest way to open up a conversation is with, "So, what do you write?" Both are a blast, but they each have their own vibe.