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Why I Write Books: World Book Day Inspired

Know myself A lot of people become writers because they're avid readers first. Not me. I only became a big reader later in life. I read when I was younger, but not much. I'm actually ashamed of how little my have-read pile is compared to the must-read pile. I love TV and film and I… Continue reading Why I Write Books: World Book Day Inspired

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World Book Day: 15 Mental Health Reads

These are books that I've read or want to read that relate to mental health or bettering your life (and in turn your mental health)... *Warning, some of these books may deal with heavy subject matter* Reasons to Stay Alive Notes on a Nervous Planet It's Kind of a Funny Story Turtles All The Way… Continue reading World Book Day: 15 Mental Health Reads

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World Book Day: My Favourite Reads

Here is a list of some of my favourite books (by no means an exhaustive list!): Harry Potter series Big Magic Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race Percy Jackson series What I Know For Sure Heroes of Olympus series The Hate U Give Children of Blood and Bone Becoming Mom &… Continue reading World Book Day: My Favourite Reads

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Book Format Comparisons: Kindle, Paperback, or Audiobook?

Kindle (or other e-Readers) Pros: Can store millions of books without worrying about space Can't decide which book to bring on vacation? Your Kindle has a horde ready and waiting on one device. Easier to hold than a heavy book or a book that you don't want to ruin the spine of Can highlight and… Continue reading Book Format Comparisons: Kindle, Paperback, or Audiobook?

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How to Be a Healthy Writer

Don't isolate yourselfIt is very easy as a writer to become isolated. Your work involves you, a laptop or a notebook and pen. Yes, of course, there's the characters in your head - but I'm sorry, they don't count. Make a conscious effort to be around real people, at least now and then. Don't let… Continue reading How to Be a Healthy Writer

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How to Be a Better Storyteller

All writers are storytellers. Whether you are writing a novel or a blog post, you are essentially telling a story. But how do you become a better storyteller? How do you ensure that your narrative and characters aren't dry and boring? How do you make it all feel real whether it is a non-fiction or… Continue reading How to Be a Better Storyteller

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Inspiration Tools for Fantasy Writers

Hey, fellow fantasy writers. Today, I wanted to share with you a few perhaps lesser-known ways to find inspiration for your fantasy worlds and characters... Pottermore Anyone who is a Harry Potter fan will know of the site Pottermore, which is rich in extended content about the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe. I've recently… Continue reading Inspiration Tools for Fantasy Writers

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What A Panel of Black Authors Meant for Me

On Tuesday this week, I was able to hear authors Tomi Adeyemi (pictured with me above), Yomi Adegoke, and Elizabeth Uviebinene talk at a bookstore. These authors all had one thing in common - they were black, and they were Nigerian. It was a euphoric experience! I'm not the kind of woman (and never was… Continue reading What A Panel of Black Authors Meant for Me

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How I Know I was Meant to be a Middle-Grade Author

Hopefully you know by now that I've made the switch from writing YA fantasy to now writing MG fantasy. I've been thinking lately that it's always been obvious that I am better suited to children's fantasy than young adult or teen fantasy, and here's why... I can be poetic and whimsical and silly with my… Continue reading How I Know I was Meant to be a Middle-Grade Author