Tytan’s origin story here! For those who have read the Bazaar, I’m sure you remember Tytan. How could you not? He’s one of my favorite characters, to be sure, and one of my main character’s biggest–and sexiest–headaches. I thought it would be fun to share my work in progress about Ty’s parents. But first, let […]

I already know what my boys would say. I don’t even have to ask them. “Clowns are EVIL.” They would site this excellent art as evidence. See it here. When I was a kid, clowns were great. I’d go to the circus specifically to see the clowns. They rocked. Funny. Goofy. Oddball. They did tricks […]

What does it mean to be feminine? Google says: having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness. Sigh. I write stories about kick ass women and oogy monsters. Says so, right here on my blog. You can check out my Kick Ass Woman’s Manifesto if you want to know how I define […]

Before I screwed up my website and blog, I was posting regularly about my Epic Writing Schedule. Basically, I sat down one day and wrote out all my writing plans and plotted them out on a two-year calendar. Yep. Two years. It was an ambitious schedule. It was exciting. And, damn it, it was motivating. […]

You may have guessed from my tagline: Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters, that I like strong female characters. I’ve read a lot of books in my lifetime and there have been many that have had weak, unimportant, or even non-existent female characters. When I read I want to put myself into that […]

The name itself should cause shivers to roll down your spine. (How many G’s are in it? N’s? My god, where do they all go?) The penanggalan is a type of vampire/witch mixture from Malaysia. She’s a witch who is able to separate her head from the rest of her body so that she can […]

Thanks for visiting! Just for you, here’s a sneak peek at my upcoming book, The Bug Queen: Vedalia Kirkaldy studied the directions on the insecticide, understanding in the deepest part of her she was only putting off the inevitable. Four trips to the grocery store for supplies. A break for lunch. A chat with her […]

Writing is a crazy thing. It’s exhilarating and at the same time spectacularly good at jabbing fingers into the open wounds of your inadequacy. Why can’t I write like that? Sell books like that? Have people weep over my words like that? Why indeed? Let’s say you’ve written something that even friends say is crap. […]

By Elle Boca, author of the Miami urban fantasy Weeia Series   Amy McKnight, new superhuman, is just right for the job of superhero. She doesn’t want it. Someone who wants it might be tempted to do bad things with so much power. It’s been a dangerous and scary journey during which she has been […]

Writers are always trying to make their novels better. BORING! Why make it better when you can make something so bad it’s good? Stop spending all those hours mulling over word choice, stop reading how-to books, stop sending your work to beta readers and editors and all that time-wasting bull crap. Don’t work harder, work […]