“The Love Interest’s Name Means WHAT?” and Other Lessons in Double-Checking Your Made-Up Words

I’m not someone that thinks about names a great deal. The meanings behind given names and surnames are kind of nifty, and sometimes I think that someone fits their name really well for no particular reason, but beyond that I don’t consider names very much, even in writing.  If I’m writing something more contemporary, I’ll … Continue reading “The Love Interest’s Name Means WHAT?” and Other Lessons in Double-Checking Your Made-Up Words

The Story Behind the Story: Inspiration for “Kingmaker”

I’m normally really guarded about my writing projects while they’re in progress. I’ll discuss them with close friends when I’m really stuck, and I’ll do “soft promo” kind of stuff where I vaguely allude to that fantasy novel I’m writing, but actual details I keep under lock and key until I’m about ready to show … Continue reading The Story Behind the Story: Inspiration for “Kingmaker”