It’s Dark Inside: A review

As a female writer of dark fantasy and the occasional horror piece, I enjoy reading dark fiction from other women authors.

We tend to be underrepresented in these genres, so if you haven’t read any dark fiction written by women, It’s Dark Inside by Karen Heard is a good place to start.

Delightfully dark
Delightfully dark

Read the full review here:

Another place to find information about women in the horror genre is Women in Horror Month (WiHM). They assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education.

Can Women Write Science Fiction?

Author Allen

Uh oh. It makes me cringe to think of how many people that title just offended. Honestly, it was meant to get you in here. Yes, I’m still going to talk about women writers in science fiction, but in a completely respectful way. Some of what I discuss might make you mad, but trust me, it makes me mad as well. I’m going to talk about the male slanted bias in science fiction and I’m going to be completely honest about what my thoughts are about women writers in the genre.

Until I opened up Destiny Allison’s book Pipe Dream, the only female science fiction author I recall reading was a Star Wars book by Christie Golden and Suzanne Collins. Honestly, I’m not sure I would have gotten Golden’s book if it wasn’t the next in a series that I had already started or Hunger Games if it wasn’t…

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How Star Trek Helps Us with Showing Rather than Telling

Having trouble with show versus tell in your writing? Allow Star Trek to help…

Kristen Lamb's Blog

While I’m running my tail off in NYC spreading the WANA love, Marcy offered to step in and help. She knew the two words that instantly would capture my heart. Star. Trek.

Take it away Marcy!


You’ve heard the advice show, don’t tell until you can’t stand to hear it anymore. Yet all writers still seem to struggle with it. I think one of the reasons is we lack a clear way of understanding the difference between showing and telling. And that’s where Star Trek comes in to save the day.

Showing happens when we let the reader experience things for themselves, through the perspective of the characters. Jeff Gerke, editor-in-chief at Marcher Lord Press, explains showing in one simple question: Can the camera see it?

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While I love that way of looking at it, we’d have to really say, can the camera see it, hear it, smell it…

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Within This Garden Weeping: A Review

I haven’t been posting much and for that, my apologies.

I have been working frantically and sorry to say, not only on the novel.

One thing I am happy to say is that I’ve been reviewing some fantastic books for Hellnotes and this is one of them:

Surreal awesomeness...
Surreal awesomeness…

Within This Garden Weeping is Book Two in Lee Thompson’s Division Mythos series, and while I am usually a stickler for reading a series from beginning to end, I didn’t feel cheated not having read Book One, Before Leonora Wakes.

Here’s the link to the review:



Miss Indie-pendent

As I sipped my morning coffee last week, I scanned my Facebook news feed. After squeeing over a kitten picture or two, I came across a blog post from author Chuck Wendig (via a post from fellow indie author Dale Eldon) regarding independent bookstores.

The full blog post is here:

I encourage you to read the entire post if you have time. The gist I got from it speaks on promoting your local indie bookstores. This article somehow penetrated my sleep-fogged brain.

As I make an effort to buy the work of independent authors and artists, the post struck a chord with me.  And I realized—to my shock—that I have never shouted about my support for local bookstores.

I read a lot of work by indie authors. (Also I read work from large publishers and the back of cereal boxes. Everything, really.) Since I’ve been published, three bookstores that I know of here in Charlotte have closed.

One of the survivors is Park Road Books. Park Road was where I had my first book signing back in 2010. I shared a table with fellow local authors Darin Kennedy and Matthew Saunders for the release of the now-defunct Pill Hill Press’s anthology “Flesh and Bone: Rise of the Necromancers”.  The staff was welcoming and friendly. And accommodating to the point of stocking the table with chilled bottles of water—important when you’re reading and talking for hours. About necromancers.


If you’re ever in Charlotte, stop by and say hello.  If you’re not in the area, you can visit them here:

Or check out this link to find your local bookstore and support your favorite independent authors:

Guest Post from Author Lee Allen Howard: Using Your Day Job in Your Writing

Not crazy about your day job? Use that to your advantage…

Sally Bosco

I’m very happy to post this guest blog from the fabulous Lee Allen Howard!

Using Your Day Job in Your Writing

LeeAllenHowardVery few fiction writers earn enough from their creative efforts to support themselves. I don’t—yet. So we have day jobs (or night jobs). Anthony Trollope, one of the most prolific English novelists of the Victorian era worked as a clerk at the General Post Office. Stephen King once labored in an industrial laundry and later taught school while he wrote.

I’ve got a day job, too. Since 1985 I’ve been a technical writer, primarily for the software industry. Although I’ve made a good living at it, writing user manuals and help systems ain’t the most exciting work, let me tell you. But my day job has:

  • Taught me advanced use of writing and publishing tools
  • Enabled me to work with huge amounts of text (one of my many user…

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Famous Rejection Letters

So inspirational to read about classic works that received rejections. Keep writing and submitting!

Cristian Mihai

letterFor any aspiring writer, a rejection letter, regardless of the provenience of said letter, is one of the most dreaded of objects. In this line of work getting rejected is considered a sort of literary murder – people are knowingly destroying something you’ve spent time on, and a lot of it. But the thing is everyone got rejected, more or less. I can think of very few instances when writers found publishers/agents from the first try. Or the second, or the tenth.

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