Question Wednesday: In the ZONE

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Ben Buckley says: When you start to write a new book, what steps do you take to get yourself in the zone? Love the books! Can’t wait for Read more [...]

Joining Club Monstrosity by My Pocket Editor Adam Wilson

Hi everyone! Today we're joined by a very special guest, my editor Adam Wilson. Adam is awesome, but you'll see that soon enough:  If you’re like me, you read The BFG growing up and were enchanted by Sophie and her friendship with the world’s only kind giant.  If you’re even more like me, you owned not one but several encyclopedias (bestiaries!) of assorted monsters and beings. Some were D&D related. Some were just whatever pictorial endeavor was available at the library. Some were...ahem...self-made Read more [...]

Club Monstrosity Contest!!

We interrupt your usual Question Wednesday to bring you the following special announcement: Are you excited about the upcoming release of Club Monstrosity? Do YOU want to win fabulous prizes? Well, you're in luck! From now until April 29 (release day), we will be holding a contest here at that is just for you! You get multiple entries just for doing some cool things (like following my facebook or signing up for my newsletter or pre-ordering Club Monstrosity) and here are the Read more [...]

Swamp Dwellers: What the Hell?

When I started writing Club Monstrosity, I decided to create a monster that is semi my own. Linda is a Swamp Dweller. Now she may bear somewhat of a resemblance to some other monsters but for purposes of copyrighting and not losing my shirt in a lawsuit, she's kind of her own thing. Linda is a lizard or fish-type creature whose body is covered in scales. This means she has to wear heavy make-up to cover up who and what she is. I had a lot of fun with Linda. I wanted her to be a strong piece of Read more [...]

Introducing Kai: Mummy Businesswoman

Mummies are sort of an interesting monster to me. I've always loved Egyptian history, in fact my first published novella was set in Egypt (written under my Jess Michaels name). I never miss a chance to see the Egyptian area in the Met when I go to New York. We went to see the Tut stuff when it came through Chicago a few years ago (before we moved to Arizona). I've also always loved mummy movies. The Brendan Frasier/Rachel Wiesz movies from the 90s are some of my favorites (that is one sexy mummy, Read more [...]

Introducing Alec Dunham, Wolfman

Werewolves and Wolfmen legends have been around forever. One of the earliest comes from 1591 and involves a rape-y, murder-y farmer who liked to dress like a wolf and chase little girls. Charming. That, obviously, is not what I was going for when I created the character of Alec Dunham in Club Monstrosity. I wanted more Teen Wolfish (one of my favorite werewolf movies) than Killer Raping Wolves From the Middle Ages. So I made him sort of laid back, funny and obsessed with body hair. He's a ladies Read more [...]

Introducing Natalie Gray, Frankenstein’s Monster

There's just something about Frankenstein's Monster. Mary Shelley really created a truly sad and fearful creature in her 1818 classic, FRANKENSTEIN. The Creature is violent, but also confused. And the Doctor is both brilliant and utterly mad, with no thought for the consequences of his actions for either his creation or those that creation will encounter. It's truly a great book and I recommend it if you haven't done so. When I had an idea for a monster book, my Frankenstein's Monster character, Read more [...]

No Foolin’ April is Monster Month

Happy April Fool's Day! I'm not much of a prankster and I don't really liked getting pranked (last year my SIL and BIL convinced us our nephew had hurt his hand. Seriously. Dude. I still haven't forgiven you two. I will have my revenge. But it will be cold and you will never see it coming. Anyway, sorry, instead of pranking all of you, I thought I'd tell you what is going to happening here in April. April 29th is the release of CLUB MONSTROSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it, but we really, truly, Read more [...]

Collaborate and Listen

After thirteen and a half years of writing, I know a lot of other writers. A lot of my friends are writers, actually. Recently someone asked me why I'd never collaborated on a project with anyone. Now they didn't mean in an anthology, where I would write my own short story and then be a part of a collection, but truly collaborate. A project where there would be co-authors. It's an interesting question. There are certainly many authors who co-write books with authors. One of my favorites is Good Read more [...]

Tucson Festival of Books

If you live in the Tucson area, you may already know about the BIG event coming up this weekend. The Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB) will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Mall on the University of Arizona campus. Parking is free, as is admission. This is one of the biggest book fairs in the country and there are tons of authors and publishers coming to talk books. It's kind of like heaven, but warmer. Anyway, I will be there! I'm a guest of Saguaro Romance Writers and will be presenting twice Read more [...]