On Improving the Magic of Inspiration


Front Cover RedI’m drawing to the close of my second draft of Murklin Wood and I am nowhere near done with the revision process.

My first drafts are almost always about inspiration. I am largely an adventure writer … I like to give my characters their heads and let them show me where they want to go.

When my first draft is completed, it’s time to move away from inspiration to perspiration. Aren’t I afraid of killing my darlings? No. I don’t consider myself so brilliant that my darlings don’t need some discipline before they are let out into the world.

Revision is crucial to successful writing.

I enjoy the rewriting process. The first revision is about adding the stuff that got left out of the first draft. How could I have completely bypassed that character who was so great in the first book? What motivated my character to travel THAT road?…

View original post 360 more words


Interview with Claire Stibbe


Claire Stibbe Author PhotoLELA: The 9th Hour is the first in a seven-part mystery series set in Albuquerque. Published by Crooked Cat Publishers, UK. It released yesterday, November 17, 2015

Claire has published short stories and once ran a newspaper for two local businesses in Albuquerque. She is currently working on the second and third books in the Detective Temeke series in which she explores how even in the darkness of criminal depravity, the light of faith is never entirely extinguished.

So, Claire, I loved your historical fiction. What prompted the change in genre?

Claire Stibbe 9th HourCLAIRE:

After completing two historical fiction books I felt it was time for a change. I read an article about a child who was snatched from a tent on a camping trip. Needless to say, it left an indelible mark and I decided to write a story dedicating the book to her in my own way. Most of us will…

View original post 480 more words

Kindle Countdown Deal


Willow Branch Blue White Recreation CoverThe Willow Branch is on Countdown starting tomorrow 11/3/15 thru 11/9/15.

Get ready for the next book in the series by reading the first. Read epic fantasy at its best.

“A healer must mend a fractured kingdom and bring two enemy races together before a greater enemy destroys them both.

Fate took Prince Maryn by surprise, leaving Celdrya to tear itself apart. A century later an army amasses against the warring remains of the kingdom as prophesy sends a half-elven healer on a journey to find the nameless True King. Padraig lacks the power to put the True King on the throne, yet compelled by forces greater than himself, Padraig contends with dark mages, Celtic goddesses, human factions and the ancient animosities of two peoples while seeking a myth. With all that distraction, a man might meet the True King and not recognize him.”

View original post