I recently came across a question on Facebook from a reader who wondered why the characters in YA pony fiction, in particular, all seemed to have absent, uncaring or incompetent parents. Describing these characters as “almost orphans”, she wanted to know if this was deliberate on the part of the authors, and whether there was… Continue reading Almost Orphans: the absence of adults in YA fiction
I wrote a blog post for Horse Crossings this week that talks about the importance of a good cover. And it got me thinking. While I’m super happy with the Dare to Dream and Pony Jumpers covers, the Clearwater Bay ones leave a little to be desired. I didn’t design the cover of Flying Changes… Continue reading Judging a book by its cover
As originally posted on Horse Crossings. Today has been a big day. I have finally finished, and published, my fourth full-length novel. It wasn’t supposed to be my fourth novel – it was intended to be my second. But my best laid plans didn’t quite turn out the way that I’d expected… After I wrote… Continue reading Finding a way to the finish
2015. A new year. I’m hoping for a good one. Fifteen has been my lucky number since I was a kid, when it was the number of my winning raffle ticket at a school gala. I took home a big basket of junk food, the kinds of things my mother wouldn’t usually buy, and although… Continue reading Twenty-fifteen
After I finished writing Dream On, I knew that was the end of that series of novels. What I had to say about Marley and her sisters was done, and there is no third book in the series. (If there ever is anything, Van might get herself a spinoff, but it’s so vague in my… Continue reading You only know you love them when you let them go
I’m sitting in the middle of Chapter One of Dream On, methodically making my way through as I check for typos, sense, flow, and other little bits and pieces that will make the story read more smoothly. In the back of my mind as I read are the bigger questions – does this scene need… Continue reading Finding your story and setting it free
Here’s a little sneak peek at what the cover of Clearwater Bay #2 – Against the Clock might look like…what do you think?