What Exactly is the Gray Tower?

My story is a fantasy alternate history based on WWII, where the Nazis team up with warlocks and the Allies employ wizards, and there are several elements, events and characters that I’ve just really enjoyed creating. One of these is the Gray Tower. The Order of Wizards (according to the story lore) is an organization of wizards dating back to …

The Special Operations Executive (SOE)

SOE plays an important role in my story. My main character, Isabella (codename: Emelie), is employed as one of its agents or operatives. As I started researching the organizations and players during WWII, I was shocked that I had never learned about SOE. This organization (and its operatives) were a group of interesting and quite amazing people. Some operatives were …

Milton and Myth

Classes or lectures like these make me want to go back to school (almost)! Milton with Professor John Rogers It’s been a while since I’ve read Paradise Lost, but don’t we all remember that famous line? (paraphrase) Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven… I think my five-year-old told me that after I asked her to clean her …

Update!

I should finally have my cover ready by next week! I’m so ready to get the ball rolling on this. It will also feel like an accomplishment–because it’ll be DONE! Yes, I am filling up space with short sentences and not much news… But I assure you, more will be coming soon. Yipee!    

Almost There

I mentioned in an earlier tweet that I had a talented artist working on my book cover–perhaps I should also mention that this artist is also my husband. Despite immense pressure at work, he’s graciously taking his time in creating and delivering a quality cover design that will be both simple and attractive. To be honest, I never thought about …

What’s in a name…er, label?

This discussion had me thinking…what would my story actually be labeled as? I swear I’ve read so many definitions of what makes a novel “urban fantasy,” but then there’s also “historical fantasy” and then “alternate history.” I feel like The Tower’s Alchemist can fit into more than one of these. For some, just having the magical and fantastical in the …

Why I Write

I don’t remember how or why, but I do know that at the age of seven I wrote my first fictional story. I would show off my seven-page masterpiece (with illustrations in pencil and crayon) to my family, and they’d read it with amusement and encourage me to write more. By sixth grade I wrote a few detective stories, and …

ebook formatting rave!

If you’re gearing up to publish an ebook and have taken up the task of formatting it yourself, and you’ve been frustrated by the process and ready to breakdown and open your wallet…STOP! The Smashwords Style Guide is a life-saver! It is FREE of charge (just download it in your choice of format) and it will step-by-step take you through …

I’m done! Or so I think…

I’m thrilled to be finally done with my FINAL edit of The Tower’s Alchemist. I swear it seems like you can go over everything with a fine-tooth comb and can still find something to tweak 🙂 I think the best thing about seeing this project through is knowing that I’ve worked hard on it and I actually enjoyed doing it. …