Question Wednesday: Plotting

 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. Suzanne perreira asks: I have enjoyed the series so far and can’t wait for the next book. My question is, do you think of the entire story 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 [...]

Question Wednesday: The Screw Ups

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. Kristin asks:I love the series. My question is and I hope I’m not saying anytging I’m not supposed to, but in Married with Zombies, Dave’s Read more [...]

My Relay For Life Raffle

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may know that in November 2012, I agreed to be the Event Chair for Oro Valley Relay For Life in Arizona. Relay is the main fundraiser for American Cancer Society and funds raised through it help provide 100% free programs for cancer patients and their families, as well as fund Cancer research all over the world. It's a great organization and I'm very proud to be a part of it. But with my Event Chairing, also comes fundraising (as I'm also a walker for Read more [...]

My Life as a High School Outsider (and YAY for that)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in Idaho in kind of the middle of nowhere. Kind of the middle of nowhere had a lot of advantages. It was really pretty, for one thing, with a beautiful mountain outside the window. But the girl did not fit in. Her geekitude was not appreciated. At. All. Okay, no more fairytales. It's a story I'm sure many of you can appreicate, as I'm sure many of you have the same start to your fairytale. I was an outcast for most of my growing up. I flitted from friend 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 [...]

My Favorite Websites

As mentioned previously in my Time Suck post, I am a bit of an internet person. I swear, I really need an unplugged machine, but I would die. When the zombie apocalypse comes, I'm going to be the zombie sitting in an internet cafe, pressing a button over and over again while the tiny light of my previous light goes out. So here are the websites I visit most: 1. Facebook - I generally stop here several times a day. But I call it work because I stop by my Jesse Petersen Author Page. That makes it Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: When Do You Write?

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. Jennifer K asked: Do you find that you write better in the morning or late at night? The first thing you have to know about me as a writer Read more [...]

My Top 3 Writing Nightmares

As a writer, there are moments I have experienced that have made me cringe. Luckily there are more that have made me smile, but I can say there are things that make me... cringe-y. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night, cold sweat dripping off of me, after some horrible writing-related dreams. Want to know what my worst ones are? 1. Plagiarism. I have seen people having their blogs plagiarized, their books plagiarized and even being accused falsely of plagiarism. Any of the above are Read more [...]

3 Ways Writing Has Changed My Life

For most of my life, I wanted to be a writer. 5th grade is my first clear memory of it. I would have been ten at the time and I had won a Young Authors competition writing a fantasy story about a girl who was taken to another world by a pegasus named Tit. Yes, tit. My Mom advised me to change the name. It was a good edit. Anyway, I won and that was really when the writing bug took hold for me. Of course, that wasn't the end of the story. As I got older, I realized most people don't write books Read more [...]