Rethinking the Strong Female Character

It is great that nowadays we are seeing more female heroes in books, film, and TV. However, I don’t think (and many agree) that the strong female character is actually doing what it’s supposed to do. Let me explain. A strong female character is supposed to show young girls, and even women, that they can…

Why Newt Scamander is the Best (Popular) Hero Out Now

I hope anyone who reads my blog and is a fantasy writer has already watched Fantastic Beasts and has seen the new one this month! I had mixed feelings about the new film, but in general, Newt and the beasts were…fantastic! (See what I did there?) But why do I think that Newt Scamander is…

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…

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…

What I Learned from the Harry Potter Series

As a writer: Detail Detail is key. Not George R. R. Martin level of detail, right down to the petal detail on every flower in a meadow, but real detail. Character detail. Room detail. What people are really like and think about and talk about and do. Details matter; it makes the difference between a…

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…

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…

How I became a fantasy author

Today I wanted to just kind of ramble about the fantasy that I love and how they have definitely been detrimental to my being a fantasy author myself now. Here we go… Cartoon Network I think it’s safe to say that my fantasy-love journey started with this beautiful children’s TV broadcasting channel. Carton Network showed…