Writing

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

If you’re ever been trapped in a car with whiny children (or adults) you’ve heard this before: “Are we there yet?” Well, I’ve been saying that a lot the last couple of weeks as we finish writing our non-fiction book Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media. It’s getting there, chapter by chapter, but [Read more...]

Workshop Notice! How to Write a Young Adult Novel That Rocks

  I will be offering a class on how to write YA novels in the Atlanta area in February. It’s FREE!!! ** Registration is required due to room capacity** YAWorkshopOliver  (click here for the flyer!) Saturday, February 1, 2014 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Library  Community Meeting Room 9560 Spruill Road [Read more...]

Something New!

Something New!

Before I wrote young adult stories I penned a few adult ones. Disclaimer: that would be “adult” in the sense that the hero or heroine is older than 20, not the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY type. I know better than to cross THAT line. So I am pleased to announce the e-publication of a contemporary [Read more...]

The State of the Jana

The State of the Jana

Just popping in long enough to let you guys know I’m on the downhill run on BRIAR ROSE which will be off to my London editor this weekend. It’s turned out to be a surprising story, one I hadn’t quite anticipated. Right now I’m cleaning up continuity issues because I came up with a nifty [Read more...]

What’s Next or You Heard It Here First

What’s Next or You Heard It Here First

The short version: My standalone YA novel,  BRIAR ROSE, has been contracted to my UK publisher, Macmillan Children’s Books in London!!! At present we’re looking at an early Spring 2014 release, though that might change down the line. The much longer version with all sorts of publishing backstory and deets: Now that FORETOLD (Book #4) [Read more...]

A Writer’s World: Part the First

A Writer’s World: Part the First

Every author receives questions from those who are beginning to put paper to pen or fingers to keyboard. Over the last month or so I’ve received more than one e-mail about the subject and had to say “Ah, sorry, no way I can answer this or I don’t make deadline.” Since Book #3 just went [Read more...]

Of Work & Play & Life

Of Work & Play & Life

I’ve been so quiet I figured I should catch you folks up on what’s happening in my world. Nothing major going on, just the usual but there have been some interesting moments. Work: Right now I’ve completed the following for Book #2 (entitled SOUL THIEF in the US, FORBIDDEN in the UK): Revisions and Copy Edits [Read more...]

Dead Robots’ Society Podcast

Dead Robots’ Society Podcast

Always a pleasure to do a podcast with the pros and the Dead Robots’ Society (Justin, Terry and Eliyanna) are not an exception. We talk about my writing techniques and my transition from self-pub, small press and big press. We chat about Jack the Ripper, time travel, demons and Lucifer. Something for everyone! Be sure [Read more...]

One Week to Demons!

One Week to Demons!

It’s always a big clue that my publication date is drawing near when a box of books arrives at my house. No matter if this is your first, tenth or your fiftieth book, an author always stops and smiles and then does a fist pump! The Demon Trapper’s Daughter debuts Feb 1 in the U.S. [Read more...]

The Swamp Tour

The Swamp Tour

Our tour began at 8 a.m. when we jumped in the van with Steve and Jo of Okefenokee Pastimes and headed over to the swamp where we got settled in the boat. At this hour of the morning it’s really quiet as it’s Sunday and, well, it’s off season. Luckily it was about 55 degrees [Read more...]