A Call for Content Warnings

In the past two months, I've had to stop reading three different books because they "surprised" me with sudden and graphic rape scenes about one-third of the way into the…

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My Tips for Self-Publishing

Recently, I was contacted by an aspiring writer who wanted more information about my experience with self-publishing.  I'm still new and learning about it, too, but I tried to give…

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

So two years ago, I evaluated my writing goals and declared that I wanted to self-publish three novels by the time I was thirty. Today is my thirtieth birthday, and…

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Review: The Magicians

Goodreads Link: The Magicians (The Magicians #1) Author: Lev Grossman Genre: Fantasy Rating: 5/5 stars Wow, this is a powerful book. I saw the Narnia parallels early but it references many…

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Guest Post: World-building Names by Katharina Gerlach

Today, bilingual author Katharina Gerlach is touring for the release of her latest novel, Swordplay! I love Katharina’s detailed and unique worlds, so I asked her to tell me a little about how she planned her newest series, and she wrote this post about how she comes up with her names. Read on to find out more about the book, and make sure to go to the end for a giveaway!


Worldbuilding Names

Have you ever realized how important names in a novel’s world are? Take Harry Potter’s world as an example. The main character’s name is ordinary but not too blunt. It signifies how ordinary Harry sees himself. Brilliant Hermione, on the other hand, got a name to fit a character that’s unusually intelligent. What does that tell us about Ron? Yup, boring… but with hidden context. After all, Ron is really the shortened version of Ronald, and according to a baby name site, it means: Mighty counselor/ruler in Scottish. Another role fitting name, don’t you think?


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