Mediums and Spirit Cabinets (Research for Cusp of Night)

I love hosting authors here, and I'm never happier to do it than when I know the writer and her work---and LOVE both. Mae Clair has been here before, and she's always entertaining and always offering a fascinating story. Today is no exception. She's releasing her latest novel, Cusp of Night, the first of her newest... Continue Reading →

Light My Fire (Says Author Joan Hall)

I can't tell you all how happy I am to be hosting today's guest. We've been friends for years and have had stories published in the same anthologies, but I don't think we've ever released novels so close to each other before. Today, let's celebrate Joan Hall's latest release, Unknown Reasons, and welcome her back... Continue Reading →

City Sidewalks

♩  ♪  ♫  ♬   City sidewalks, busy sidewalks...  ♬  ♫  ♪ ♩ That's all I feel safe in saying. That's a common enough phrase, but beyond this could be copyright issues. Still, if you want to hear the song and get in the mood, here you go: Okay, so what's the point in all this? Well,... Continue Reading →

Writing Inspiration Comes from the Strangest Places

I was diagnosed with a congenital back condition when I was eighteen. I'd been having more and more pain, and finally I had to undergo a series of tests to determine the problem. One such test was the dreaded MRI. To the average observer, it looks like a medical machine. The knocking sounds it makes... Continue Reading →

Do You Believe in Curses by Mae Clair

I'm thrilled to welcome friend and fellow writer Mae Clair back to my little slice of the blogosphere today. She just released book three of her Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour, which I reviewed not long ago. Today she wants to discuss curses, and I can't think of a better person to dive into... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Name?

Do you have trouble naming characters? Joan Hall at Story Empire has written a great post about it, and there are even more suggestions in the comments. Check it out…

Story Empire

Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names.

A couple of months ago, while outlining my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”

He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”

Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.

A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”

Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…

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My Grandfather and My Inspiration

February 7 is a difficult day for me. My grandfather—my hero—passed away on February 7, 1986. It's been 31 years, and I have long since come to terms with the loss, but in some ways, the pain is still raw. Memories of him usually result in smiles or laughter, but sometimes they still bring tears.... Continue Reading →

It’s Element-ary, Watson!

Okay, I admit it. The title of this post is hokey. Way hokey. But in honor of my dad’s peculiar sense of humor (Bob jokes are bad enough but his puns are dreadful), I had to do it. Today I’m talking about elements. Not the metals and noble gases that gave us all headaches in... Continue Reading →

Two Mythologies, One Post

As you know by now, Love Set in Stone deals with the mythology of the gargoyle—the stone creature who perches on the tops of buildings and watches over humanity, scaring away evil and protecting the innocent from any harms that might come their way. But there is another mythology referenced in my novel, one that... Continue Reading →

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