Articles, Writer's Advice

Beyond the Coffee Shop: Finding Character Inspiration at Events

Your lips press against the warm, thick rim of your fragrant mug of coffee. The woman in the corner booth has kinky-curly hair. It keeps falling into her brown eyes, and she brushes it back to reveal a healed-over eyebrow piercing–wait a moment. You’ve written about her before. What does a writer have to do to get fresh meat in a coffee shop full of regulars? What you need is a muse, a character model. You need the fire of your creativity to bloom hot in your head and crackle down your nerves until it reaches your fingers and urges them to write, write, write.

Surviving the World of Events

Supporting Local Charities

These days there seems to be a lot more good causes to support and a lot less money to do so with. I like to help, but my wallet doesn’t always agree. As an author, however, I have a unique opportunity that other people don’t. After doing a bit of research, I have found there are ways to raise funds for a worthy cause without dipping into personal reserves. In fact, I can actually make a little money, gain important exposure and help at the same time. It’s only a matter of thinking outside the box. Whether you have a large budget set aside for donations, or nothing at all, you can make a difference.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Waterfall by Lisa T. Berge

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

-back cover of Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren.

This is one of the few books that I feel has something for everyone. It has action, romance, a pinch of fantasy, and a strong family element.