Five Things to Consider When Leaving a Starred Book Review

December 20, 2020 | The number of stars you give a book has more impact than you may realize.

The most important thing to get out of a book is entertainment. That’s what we are all looking for when we pick up that promising title, read the book-jacket blurb then flip it open to page one. But we also want to be entertained in a way that’s pleasing to us. In other words, the style of the writer plays a huge part in our experience.

Some Pitfalls of Writing Advice

December 6, 2020 | Don't let advice derail your writing.

Over the years of climbing my way up the ladder in the world of writing, I’ve read and heard countless pieces of advice on how to be a writer, and here’s what I’ve concluded: be wary of advice. There is no lack of information on the best practices of writing, but is it all good? Absolutely not. Why? Because we all have our own writing practices that work for us.

Is There More to Color Than Meets The Eye?

November 29, 2020 | The Personality And Character of Color

The symbolism of color in life and in stories is interesting and even fascinating. The title of my current work in progress uses color in a symbolic way with a double meaning. In this case, my title speaks to both the issue of depression as well as an unexpected death and the unburying of secrets and a shocking revelation that follows. Are you trying to figure out what the title could possibly be that would hint at all of that?

What Makes Pumpkin Spice Magical?

November 15, 2020 | The draw of pumpkin spice

Okay, so pumpkin spice isn’t exactly magical, but it does hold a certain kind of power. I’d go as far as saying pumpkin spice even has a certain element of romance to it.

Could The Frightening Premise of This Dystopian Fantasy Ever Happen?

November 1, 2020 | Sometimes dystopian fiction has a message that resonates

Although the chances of what happens in the book “Vox” by Christina Dalcher ever happening in real life are low, the premise is not. And women’s history around the world, as well as in some countries today, shows us how real this story could actually be.

Have you read any of these six well-known authors from San Francisco?

October 18, 2020 | San Francisco authors to read.

I have compiled a list of six authors whose books I’ve read and enjoyed. They are all from either San Francisco specifically (my hometown), or the Bay Area. Of course, there are so many more authors, dead and alive, famous or not, from the area, but these are the ones I know I’ve read and enjoyed. So far!