Terry Pratchett’s Final Book: The Shepherd’s Crown

Sir Terry Pratchett’s death in March 2015 left a huge hole in the hearts of fantasy readers. Pratchett had been entertaining us with his wonderful Discworld series since he wrote The Color of Magic in 1983. Pratchett’s Discworld was populated by delightful characters such as recovering alcoholic Sam Vimes, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Nobby Nobbs,…

I’m an Adult, and I read Young Adult Novels

A couple years ago Slate published an article by Ruth Graham in which she criticized adults for reading Young Adult novels. The Young Adult market was designed for teenagers, but a surprising thing happened on the way to the bestseller list. Research has shown that 55% of Young Adult novels are purchased and read by…

Writing a Modern Romance

A friend of mine recently approached me about her plans to write a romance novel. Many writers get their start with romance novels. It is a genre that never goes out of style. A lot of aspiring writers denigrate romance writers, assuming that it is simply a matter of writing soft-core porn (harder to write…

Why Aren’t You Writing?

I have often heard people who want to be writers complain that they could get more writing done if they didn’t have to work at a normal job, didn’t have to finish all their school work, didn’t have so many activities that take up their time. When I talk to them I discover some interesting…