Volume 2 of the Something in the Water series arrives Tuesday, January 30!

Archives: authors

Should Authors Write Reviews?

I recently finished reading my first book of the year. It’s the first book I’ve read solely for pleasure in a long time. Knowing the importance of being a reader as the foundations of being a writer, getting back to reading after an almost decade-long hiatus has been high on my to-do list. I was delighted to get back to reading, and I truly enjoyed the story.

How Much Tech Does an Author Need?

How Much Tech Does an Author Need?

These days, it seems like everyone fancies themselves an author—and who wouldn’t? With advances in technology, self-publishing has never been easier or cheaper. A process that once cost tens of thousands of dollars now costs next to nothing if you want it to. You can literally write something in Word, hit a button, and boom-bang, you’ve got yourself a book.
Can Men Write Female Characters?

Can Men Write Female Characters?

Ahhhh, I love the smell of misconceptions in the morning. One of the common ones in the world of writing is that if you’re not x, you can’t write about x.
I saw this crop up again the other day. The author expressed the sentiment that men aren’t “allowed” to write female characters any more. The argument is men have reductionist understanding of women. Since they’ve never experienced the world as a woman, they can only write through tropes and stereotyping. Any female character a man writes would either be a misogynistic interpretation or a fetishized, sexualized female object there for male pleasure.

Does the Nobel Prize Mean Anything?


Man, people sure love to get worked up about the Nobel Prize. Last month, the panel caused a stir when they announced that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Dylan has since been accused of being arrogant and undeserving by members of the panel, as they haven’t been able to reach him to actually give him the award; his website has removed mention of the win.)