I did an interview recently and one of the questions asked what my background is and whether it influences my writing. My response explained that I come from an Italian immigrant family and that, yes, it does influence my writing. Children of immigrant parents often have to grow up quickly and take on certain responsibilities… Read More Speaking of Representation…
Good Afternoon on this sunny Monday. Nothing like the weather in Texas. It can drop twenty degrees in thirty minutes or the opposite. Not a ray of sunshine to be found for a week and today I have the windows open. I posted earlier on Facebook I couldn’t decide WHAT to blog about because I… Read More Free Admission to Vonnie Land
I’ve been the bully, the new kid, the thief, the asshole, the whiner, the class clown, the freak, the brainiac and more.
I couldn’t write as well as I do or understand characterization without my educational history. … Read More And Now For Something Completely Different…
We love to hate ’em. They stir the plot pot so well.
They scheme, they connive. They make plans and actions to trip up the beloved main characters.
But someone has to love the bad guy (or girl!) … Read More Love Your Antagonist
Hey, peeps! As some of you know, my first mystery, the Goldie-winning Land of Entrapment, is no longer available new. It has eased into retirement, like a lot of books do, and it did so with not much fanfare. So what does this mean? Well, besides that it’s no longer available new? It also means… Read More Land of Entrapment: a chat with Andi’s characters
Point of view is a huge area of discussion for fiction writers. It’s a complicated topic, one that goes beyond who is telling the story. Within each kind of narrative—first person, second person, third person, and omniscient—there are different rules to be followed. Then when you decide whose point of view you’re going to write… Read More Did I Blush?
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I live vicariously through my characters. A typical question that comes up during author Q&As is “What made you decide to write ___?” It especially comes up for writers of paranormal because paranormal stories are outside of typical human experience. Romance is something that almost everyone… Read More Living Vicariously Through Characters