The Cupids Playlist
Feb23

The Cupids Playlist

  I have a soundtrack for each aspect of my life; workouts, road trips, cleaning, and writing. When writing, I begin a new playlist with every new story. The Cupids inspired a healthy balance of light-hearted tunes and heart wrenching harmonies. Bon Iver, The Paper Kites, Hozier, Sam Smith and more…     “How Did I Get Here” by Odesza is the kind of song I’d want to wake up to in Heaven. I have a feeling Evelyn...

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Indie PUB podcast & Co-Writing
Jan12

Indie PUB podcast & Co-Writing

This week, Amber Beuschel and I talk about co-writing on Indie PUB Podcast with S.M. Boyce and J.N. Chaney. You’ll learn what it is, why you should consider it and how to set up the collaboration that will add a little spice to your writing...

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Indie PUB Podcast
Aug11

Indie PUB Podcast

I’m so thrilled to be on Indie PUB Podcast this month! What do the terms beta reader, critique partner, and developmental editor even mean? What the heck is an alpha reader? Why should you care? As we so often hear, writing is rewriting, and it’s the editors, CPs, and readers that help make a story great. Listen in for insights on the editing process, secrets and tricks of the trade, and tips on how to FIND these people to begin...

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Love to Hate… Villains
Feb24

Love to Hate… Villains

Wicked snarls, cackling laughter, and goading, greedy intentions… Villains can be misunderstood and even evil. We all have our favorite bad guys, and we love to hate them. A few of the villains that have resonated with me in my lifetime are Maleficent (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), Loki (Thor), Agent Smith (The Matrix), Hannibal Lector (The Silence of the Lambs), Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter Series), Gollum (The Lord of the...

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More Help, More Words in 2015 #LoveWriteCreate
Jan10

More Help, More Words in 2015 #LoveWriteCreate

During this Hangout Gaby Robbins, Morgan Wylie, and I (Kallie Ross) are discussing all the avenues we seek (and will be seeking) help with writing this year. Conferences, webinars, articles, writing groups… Maybe one of them can help you write more words in 2015! The following are links to specific websites we mention during the show. Writer’s Digest Free Webinars: http://www.writersdigest.com/free-book-webinars The...

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What’s in a (character) name?
Sep02

What’s in a (character) name?

This week Morgan Wylie, Gaby Robbins, and I talk about the importance of character names. Do they need to have meaning? Or, can they just be trendy? We discuss otherworldly names, and argue over what our favorite existing character names are. If you’re struggling with naming your characters, places, or creatures then this is the hangout for...

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#MusicMonday DESCENT Playlist
Aug03

#MusicMonday DESCENT Playlist

Writing Descent was one of the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life. Life would disrupt my writing time, whether it was a welcome or not. This playlist is what I listened to during those early mornings writing at the coffee shop, as well as while I graded papers after teaching all day at school. These tunes carried me through Ollie’s story, and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to them while you read Descent!...

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Finding the perfect CP, with S.M. Boyce!
Jul28

Finding the perfect CP, with S.M. Boyce!

I asked S.M. Boyce a killer question recently: “I wanted to ask you some advice about Critique Partners. I don’t have anyone reading my current WIP, and really want to try to find someone that can work consistently with me on it. Is there a place/writer’s group/website that you’d suggest I look into for some honest feedback?” The answer is worth sharing. S.M. Boyce’s Contact Info...

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