Body Language

Marie here. Recently I have been reading web comics obsessively. As in, being distracted from my own writing and reading of novels, obsessively. As a lover of art, I spend hours finding new stories on certain sites that catch my eye with their unique style. The art might draw me in, but the story isContinue reading “Body Language”

Nostalgia and Lazy Writing

Marie here. Fair warning that this is a half rant post and half please-don’t-write-like-this post. I’m going to be talking about the Netflix show Cobra Kai so if you haven’t seen all the seasons: SPOILERS! I started watching the show with my husband because it looked interesting. Let’s take these characters from a hit 80s/90sContinue reading “Nostalgia and Lazy Writing”

To Suffer or Not to Suffer? That is the Question

Marie here. Reading back over my second part of The Brave Blacksmith tale, I realize how much I like the story. As authors, we tend to be our own worst critics, going over and over our work and never being quite satisfied with it. I know I have certainly read over plenty of my storiesContinue reading “To Suffer or Not to Suffer? That is the Question”

Critical Reading and Watching

Aurora here. I often have authors, or people in general, ask me “Where do you get your inspiration?” Aside from the obvious fairy tales and folklore, I like to consume a lot of fiction. Sometimes, after reading all day for work, I do not want to read more. I want to stare mindlessly at Netflix.Continue reading “Critical Reading and Watching”

Representation

Aurora here. We’ve discussed relatable characters in previous blogs, but today I’d like to take a look into another aspect of characters being relatable: representation. A character’s anxiety, impatience, penchant for bad jokes, or strained relationship with family members can make us see parts of ourselves in the character. But what about characters who lookContinue reading “Representation”

Why Are We Ruining Relationships?

Marie here. I’m a huge movie and television buff but I am pretty picky about my drama preferences. I usually like something with a paranormal, horror, or sci-fi spin to it, but on occasion I will find a regular drama on TV that I enjoy. I say on occasion because some writer always has toContinue reading “Why Are We Ruining Relationships?”

Author Interview: Michael James

Today we will interview one of our authors who released a middle grade book with us. Michael James is the author of Junior Paranormal Investigators: The Haunting of Room 909. Welcome, Michael. HH: What inspired you to become a writer? MJ: I feel like I’ve always been a writer in one form or another. WhenContinue reading “Author Interview: Michael James”

Repression

Aurora here. Sometimes it’s difficult to write and not feel repressed. No, that’s not a typo. I meant “repression,” not “depression.” Despite it being the year 2020, America has still clung to its deeply puritanical values. Mention sex or anything related to sex, and adults gasp and giggle. How and why is this a tabooContinue reading “Repression”

Writing Believable Women in Fiction

Aurora here.     Many times, men approach me and insist, “I just don’t know how to write women.” I can’t help but wonder why. Surely they know some and associate with them on a relatively regular basis. Is there a certain way they think all women are supposed to behave? If so, that just confusesContinue reading “Writing Believable Women in Fiction”