By E. M. Youman
Before I decided that I wanted to be a writer, I was a reading carnivore. I usually went to the library and left with six books. By the end of the day I had devoured half of them and two days later I was back at my local branch, ready to devour more. I knew nothing of online review sites like Goodreads. Finding books to read was either by word of mouth, gifts, or borrowing a book from a cousin. Thanks, Christina! Continue reading
The summer I was ten, my mom handed me a towering stack of young adult books she bought at a yard sale. Judy Blume anyone? That summer I read so many books, by the end of the stack, my parents were begging me to go outside and close the page. This started a long battle of people telling me that I was spending too much time on things that made my heart soar.
“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.
“I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least – at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know.”
“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!” Continue reading
The fourth book in The Bowman’s Inn anthologies, Winter, is weeks away from being published. Which means all the stories have been reviewed by the editors, the authors have polished the works until they sparkle like snowflakes, and we’re looking ahead to another year in our mythical city of Anteros. Continue reading
What’s in a name?
Apparently, as I’ve been finding out, a lot.
As authors, we often like to use a pen name. And this requires a lot of thought, since the name is, or will become, part of your identity, part of who other people think you are and can say a lot about not only where you come from, but also the kind of person you are. Continue reading
So I’ve been thinking about this story idea since I was in college (for those who don’t know me well, that was 26 years ago) and I finally wanted to sit down and write the darn thing.
The story is a young adult urban fantasy with a dash of sci-fi and I’ve always envisioned it as one book. Recently however, I’ve been exploring the publishing world and wandered across an interesting approach: serial novellas.
As we step firmly into 2016, it’s New Year’s resolution time.
I used to do the resolutions thing. I’d make a long list of tasks I pictured myself accomplishing and start plugging away. You know…
Or, um, thirty. Continue reading
No, I’m not making a judgement call here. I simply wanted to talk about the differences.
It’s something that I think writers debate more than readers. But then writers are a touch more obsessive about stories than readers. If you can imagine. Continue reading