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Horror is Woman

There is a myth that Horror is a genre only men and boys read and write. I think this stems partially from an outdated idea that women cannot handle blood and violence. Talk to anyone who has given birth and I think there isn’t any question as to the level of blood and violence women can stand.

Writing accurate medical scenes can be a challenge. They’re not always easy to research, and Hollywood seems to make up their own rules about what’s realistic. Writers have a challenging time trying to tell truth from fiction when it comes to what really happens in the trauma bay. As a Fantasy author, I had this same puzzle, but luckily, I had help.

Recipe For Success

You've brainstormed an original plot, created memorable characters and sprinkled intrigue, romance, and humor through your story like it was a delicious ice cream sundae, but if you want a truly delectable confection, you should follow this recipe for success: Step 1.

Formulaic? You Bet!

If you’re a reader of Romance novels, you’ve probably heard the complaint that Romances are just too formulaic. They follow too strict a pattern: boy meets girl; girl and boy are attracted; boy and girl face obstacles; girl and boy get each other in the end and live—wait for it—happily ever after. Okay, I won’t argue there isn’t a formula, but I will argue with complaining about it.

Confession: There was a time when I had an attitude about self-published authors. For years, I assumed these writers self-published their books because they’d been rejected by all the traditional publishers. I assumed their books weren’t any good—at least not good enough. But, we all know what they say about those who assume, right?Flashback to October 2013.