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" I really can't think of another series that tied the world of fantasy and sci-fi together so well since Pern... a truly original viewpoint of fantasy, and I loved it."
~ Riley Westbrook

Whisker Smile Wins Prestigious IBBY Award

I had some great news a few days ago: my illustrator, Dimitris Fousekis, called me late at night, sounding really excited: our children's book, Whisker Smile (available only in Greek for now) had won the prestigious IBBY award! Whisker Smile is our second children's...

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5 Dramatic Techniques to Transform Your Writing

ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, recently published a post on dramatic techniques by Jules Horne, author of Dramatic Techniques for Creative Writers. With a background in scriptwriting, Jules is perfect for explaining how the dramatic techniques used in...

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Happy April Fools’ Day 2020

It's April 1st today, also known as April Fools' Day. While past years I wrote about highbrow pranks like the 7 best literary hoaxes, this year is a strange affair. Lockdowns and quarantines feel like an endless prank the universe is playing on us. So, I thought I'd...

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A Heaven for Toasters: Chapter 9

After relaunching A Heaven for Toasters, complete with new cover, I promised to publish it here in installments. Here's the next chapter. Note: You can find a link to all published chapters at the end of this post or read more parts on Wattpad. A Heaven for Toasters...

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Atop the Super-Duper High Hill of the Mountain

Greece is in lockdown mode because of COVID-19. We're urged to avoid getting out of the house for anything that's not essential - basically, doctors and supermarkets. Even the churches have closed down, to avoid spreading the virus. This past week has been pretty...

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Well-crafted “Mary Sue”/”Gary Stu” Characters

There is a fascinating discussion right now on Quora on Mary Sue/Gary Stu characters. People argue in favor and against the possibility of writing a well-crafted, enjoyable character like that. For anyone not familiar with the Mary Sue term (Gary Stu or Lary Stu are...

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Infographic: Selling your Business with Ebooks

Did you know that a great way to promote a business is through an ebook? As regular readers of this blog know, I have been focusing on freelance writing this past couple of years. So, this is a tip that may be of particular interest to non-fiction writers and anyone...

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Five myths about Jane Austen

Jane Austen, the writer of Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility (among others) is widely considered ignored in her lifetime--and a bit of a prude. As Devoney Looser explains in The Washington Post, these are just two of the persistent myths surrounding...

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A Heaven for Toasters: Chapter 8

After relaunching A Heaven for Toasters, complete with new cover, I promised to publish it here in installments. After neglecting it for a while, here's the next chapter. Note: You can find a link to all published chapters at the end of this post or read more parts on...

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OIRWA 2020 Workshops

Last week, I started attending Creating Great Villians, a great workshop on villains from OIRWA - the Outreach International Romance Writers Chapter of RWA®. Taught by Rayne Hall, one of my favorite writing aids authors, it is just one of four courses OIRWA offers...

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