There are a few books that have influenced me greatly in different ways. There are some like the little board books I read as a small child that started my love of books. There are also some children's novels that have done the same. In terms of books I find inspirational as an adult, the… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What books have influenced you the most?
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another… Continue reading Book Review: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own… Continue reading Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Ha! I can be a bit of a villain in real life, so it’s not as difficult as you might think. I find it really easy to ‘think’ my way into another person’s mind-set, so I can attempt to understand their train of thought and their motivations. In The Moon Rogue, there are a number… Continue reading Getting to Know You: How do you write a convincing villain?
It’s a lengthy process! Honestly, the characters that I have now are a very far cry from the characters I had when I first conceived the story many years ago. Emmy used to be a much darker character, and she committed suicide in the narrative, only to be brought back to life. She was a… Continue reading Getting to Know You: How do you develop your plots and characters?