How to Write a Compelling Book Blurb (With Examples!)

The dreaded book blurb. This is the text you find on the back or inside cover of a book. It’s how you entice your reader to pick up your book and turn to the first page. It is the fundamental building block of book marketing, and writing one is no easy task. How do youContinue reading “How to Write a Compelling Book Blurb (With Examples!)”

What to do When Inspiration is Nowhere to be Found

It sucks to admit it, but I have landed in a dry spell. Inspiration is nowhere to be found, and while I know I should be writing, I can’t seem to gather the impetus to actually start. This got me thinking of ways I (and anyone else who ends up in this horrible quagmire ofContinue reading “What to do When Inspiration is Nowhere to be Found”

Why I Went with Self Publishing

When I started writing (I was fourteen when I wrote my first book), I dreamed of becoming a traditionally published author. I spent hours imagining the moment when I’d get an offer from a major publishing house with a million-dollar advance (I mean, haven’t we all?). However, like Rainey discovered in Chasing Fireflies, I quicklyContinue reading “Why I Went with Self Publishing”

Collins’s Family Recipes: Blueberry Crumble and Caramelized Onion Risotto

For those of you who have read Chasing Fireflies you will know that Maverick loves to bake. Baking and cooking is actually one of my own passions (to be honest, the passion stems from my love of eating rather than making, but that is neither here nor there), and several of the dishes I referenceContinue reading “Collins’s Family Recipes: Blueberry Crumble and Caramelized Onion Risotto”

Criticism and How to Respond to a Negative Review

This week, I wanted to talk a little about criticism. Let’s face it, criticism is unavoidable in almost any field of work, especially in the creative disciplines, and in the current age of the internet, it’s positively rampant thanks to the safety of anonymity. The reason creative disciplines are such common targets is because theyContinue reading “Criticism and How to Respond to a Negative Review”

The Search for the Best Halloween Read

This past week, I went on the hunt for the best spooky story I could find to mark this Halloween season. Disclaimer: I’m not claiming to be a horror aficionado. In fact, I tend to avoid horror because I hate being scared. I am a massive scaredy-cat, and never understood the thrill of fear. However,Continue reading “The Search for the Best Halloween Read”

The Reality Behind Fight Scenes

We’ve all experienced the thrill of epic battles, high-speed car chases and gut-clenching gun fights on the big screen. Explosions, sound effects and a plethora of camera techniques come together to create a kaleidoscopic visual experience that sets off an explosive adrenaline rush, but when it comes to those same action sequences in books…things canContinue reading “The Reality Behind Fight Scenes”