Category Archives: New Adult & College Fantasy


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Is Traditional Publishing All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

cat on skateboardI feel like I have a split personality — To indie pub or to go traditional, that is the question.

In fact, it’s a question I often ask myself. Like A LOT. Could I do it? Would it help my career? Would I learn more about my craft? I wish I had a crystal ball.

Minus some scrying skills, I just waffle around like a drunk cat on a skate board. As I griped to my published friends about it, one asked, “Why not do both?” Hoo, boy. A third option was not what I needed. Can you say, “double the writing?”

Being a hybrid (as they call it) means three for me and three for you, which sounds pretty daunting. What if disaster strikes and I can’t keep up?

Then as not coincidence would have it, I found a podcast on indie pubbing that lead me to an article about this very topic.

Dean Wesley Smith

“For me, there is no chance in hell I would ever even send a novel to a traditional publisher as long as the publishing landscape is what it is at the moment.”

Well, dang. Guess I’ll stay on that skateboard a while longer.

Magical Shifters Unite!

Magical Shifters

A readers’ club for fans of the Shifty Magic world and New Adult Urban Fantasy

What’s that about?

Magical Shifters are readers who love urban fantasy and particularly the world of Addison Kittner from the Shifty Magic series. We share books we’re loving, help with any pressing Shifty Magic book questions (which title? how about this name?), are the first to see new covers and to know when a book is coming. Members of my readers’ group also get the opportunity to be Beta Readers, which means they read the newest book for free and give feedback. Yay! Plus we have a lot of fun.

If you want in, email me at or send a request through Facebook and I’ll send you an invite!

Interview with Best Seller, Rebecca Chastain!

Author-Photo-1-smallToday I welcome a fellow New Adult & College Fantasy author, Rebecca Chastain — Her book A Fistful of Evil being #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list in our category! Yay!

Post a question for her below and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win an eCopy of her book! Double yay!

Rebecca is the author of two internationally selling novels, A Fistful of Evil and Magic of the Gargoyles. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old, and she’s incapable of stopping. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

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Now here’s the scoop on this fun book:

A Fistful of EvilA Fistful of Evil:

Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

A fantastic read and not to be missed.

How does she do it? Let’s find out…

Rebecca, what time of day are you most creative? In other words, how do you organize your various author tasks on a given day?

Though I spent many years squeezing in writing whenever it would fit, I prefer to write first thing in the morning. I love getting up, taking my breakfast to my office, and falling back into the story right where I left off the day before. The second most creative time is about an hour before bed, but I typically only jot down ideas so I can sleep, and save the writing for the next day. I get more fidgety in the afternoon, so I save that time for all the ancillary author tasks, like updating my website, writing blog posts, and social media. Though I often will take a peek at my Facebook page in the morning, I try to save it until after my daily word count has been reached as a reward.

That sounds like smart writing. Hmm…I might have to borrow some of those strategies! Do you have any specific writing rituals?

All my rituals are centered at my desk. I have a series of programs that I set up before I write, including my music, Scrivener’s progress bar and session target, and an eye-break program that reminds me to stand up and look away from the computer every 30 minutes. Before I write, I read through the next two scenes on my outline and back through the last few pages of text I wrote the day before. Usually that’s enough to get the story tumbling out, and off I go.

I’m sensing you’re a wonderfully organized writer. No wonder your stories are so tightly plotted and fun to read. What level of noise can you tolerate (or prefer) while writing?

I used to require complete silence when I wrote (and did a lot of writing late at night as a consequence). However, I really wanted to be able to write anywhere, which would mean I could write while traveling, so I started training myself to be able to focus even with auditory distractions. It took a few years of listening to classical music, then musicals and vocalists like Enya and Sarah Brightman, but now I’m able to write with regular music in the background. I still have trouble focusing when the TV is on or when writing in public, but I’ll get there.

How do you inspire yourself to write on days when you’d rather check out?

This is where outlines and Scrivener’s progress-tracking bars are incredibly useful. Reading through my outline re-energizes the story and reminds me of the scenes I’ve been looking forward to writing, which is usually enough to motivate me. But if the prose is dragging, watching my progress bar creep from a red smidgen to a full bright green bar can keep me going. When those fail, I use a marathon runner’s trick, and tell myself lies, like “Just two more paragraphs, then I can stop.” Of course, having accomplished that, I lie to myself again and again, until I’ve finally reached my 2,000-word goal.

I do the same kinds of things. Funny how I keep believing myself. 😉 How do you refill your creative well?

I need a balance of non-demanding entertainment (books, movies, TV shows) and visual stimulation. For the former, I watch and read a lot of fantasy, romance, science fiction, and adventure. For the latter, I go on walks and hikes, attend art shows, and search out local events.

Cool. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and hearing more about your writing process.

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