Inspiration from Unlikely Sources: The Hellbound Heart

Before I get back to discussing The Magician’s Child (releases 11 April!!!), I wanted to talk about how I found inspiration for the romance novel I’m currently drafting from an unlikely source: a classic horror novel, The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. The inspiration for the film Hellraiser, this novel tells the story of Frank […]

Writing Music: Crossroad Blues Inspiration

Usually, I listen to dark, somber instrumental music when I write. It’s always been my thing, since if music has lyrics, I find myself dancing and singing instead of working. However, for Crossroad Blues, I actually made a playlist on Spotify. For this book, I actually felt the need for a soundtrack of sorts, mainly because […]

Writing Advice: Finding Inspiration

A frequent question writers and other creatives receive is “Where do you find inspiration?” Often, the querent wants to know the inspiration for a particular work. And that’s fair. I’ll be talking a little bit about that in this post, specifically with my current work in progress, Crossroad Blues. But today, I want to talk […]

Let’s Talk Theme: Mental Illness

So, for this blog post, I’m going to talk about one of the major, recurring themes in my work. For those unfamiliar with the literary concept, a theme is usually defined as “an idea that either recurs in or pervades a work of art or literature.” When I teach literature classes, I usually define theme […]

Inspiration Strikes: Liam’s Doom

I’m going to try to be more active as a blogger. And with today being 1 October, or The First Day of Halloween, I thought it would be a good time to really go into the inspiration for my debut novel, Liam’s Doom. And like many author’s, I take inspiration from many sources. However, one […]

Writing Music

I’ve always written. I remember as a child writing Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins fan fiction. I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time, but looking back on it, that’s what it was. As a teenager, I would write short stories based on the adventures of my Dungeons & Dragons characters and really bad Goth […]