Tag Archives: YA fantasy

What’s Your Story’s Logline?

In the writing world, there is a lot of talk about creating stories that are high concept, especially if you’re writing YA fantasy, like I am. Basically, if your story is high concept it has a compelling idea that can … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Cursing in Young Adult Literature

After six books that were curse free, I’ll never forget my surprise near the end of the final Harry Potter book, when Mrs. Weasley calls the woman who killed her son a bitch. I remember wondering – can she do … Continue reading

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How to Kill the Villian in Your YA Fantasy Series (with Style)

The time has come, now that I’m wrapping up my YA/Middle Grade fantasy series, The Conjurors, to say goodbye to my favorite character – the villain. I hope it’s not a spoiler to say that he’s going to get the axe. … Continue reading

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When to Include an Epilogue in Your Novel

Unlike prologues (which I covered in last week’s post) epilogues are a much less controversial concept in the writing community. Everyone from J.K. Rowling to James Dashner uses epilogues to wrap up loose ends and generally give a novel a … Continue reading

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Best YA Fantasy Books for Your Book Club

One of the best parts about being a YA author is the fact that I get to read all the latest and greatest YA fiction in the name of research. As fun as it is to dive into a new world, analyzing … Continue reading

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How to Create a Great Setting for Your Fantasy Novel

Creating a believable, compelling setting is a key ingredient in helping readers to immerse themselves in your novel, regardless of the genre. But I believe that in fantasy novels, setting is even more critical. The rules of the world you … Continue reading

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Free YA Fantasy Ebook: The Society of Imaginary Friends (The Conjurors Series)

If you’re a lover of teen/young adult fantasy, check out the first book in The Conjurors Series for free on Amazon March 14-16. The Society of Imaginary Friends is available on Amazon if you’re interested in checking it out. I … Continue reading

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