Making Misaki (or How Not to Create a Protagonist) (Guest Post Sample)

A post in which I discuss the creative process behind the character of Misaki from The Sword of Kaigen. (Header artwork by Tiffany Jones) With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe… Continue reading Making Misaki (or How Not to Create a Protagonist) (Guest Post Sample)

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25 African Sci-fi & Fantasy Books

I had so much fun last year putting together my list of 25 Asian-inspired fantasy books for the launch of The Sword of Kaigen that I've been looking for an excuse to post a similar list of African sci-fi and fantasy ever since. While I don't have a new African-inspired book coming out (yet), I… Continue reading 25 African Sci-fi & Fantasy Books

CHARITY MONTH – $1 from every book sale goes to charity!

Dear Readers, It's hard to believe that the great planet wheel has already brought us back around to December. But here we are, and it's time to be thinking about charity. If you're familiar with my books, you know that a great deal of my world-building inspiration comes from West Africa - specifically the Mande… Continue reading CHARITY MONTH – $1 from every book sale goes to charity!

World-building Between the Lines: a close-reading of the propaganda in The Sword of Kaigen (Guest Post Sample)

A post in which I explain my model for the construction of propaganda and show how I used that to inform the 'history lessons' featured in The Sword of Kaigen. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t… Continue reading World-building Between the Lines: a close-reading of the propaganda in The Sword of Kaigen (Guest Post Sample)

The Swords of Kaigen (Guest Post Sample)

A visual guide to the katanas featured in The Sword of Kaigen. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe I’ve ever mistaken myself for a blogger or led anyone else to… Continue reading The Swords of Kaigen (Guest Post Sample)

THE SWORD OF KAIGEN is a SPFBO Finalist!

For those who don't follow indie publishing, SPFBO stands for Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, a yearly competition created by fantasy author, Mark Lawrence. The contest begins with 300 self-published fantasy books (one submission per author, all standalone books or first in a series), which are then allotted across ten judges or judging teams and gradually whittled… Continue reading THE SWORD OF KAIGEN is a SPFBO Finalist!

Writing Fighting: Action as Character & Conversation (Guest Post Sample)

A post in which I review what I learned about writing action scenes while working on The Sword of Kaigen. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe I’ve ever mistaken myself… Continue reading Writing Fighting: Action as Character & Conversation (Guest Post Sample)

On Writing Young and Old (Guest Post Sample)

A post in which I discuss self-awareness in continuing to write young adult stories as a no-longer-that-young adult. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe I’ve ever mistaken myself for a… Continue reading On Writing Young and Old (Guest Post Sample)

Letters From the Past (Guest Post Sample)

On West African scripts and the real-world origin of the Yammaninke Alphabet. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe I’ve ever mistaken myself for a blogger or led anyone else to… Continue reading Letters From the Past (Guest Post Sample)