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Cover Poll

After starting with six options, the cover for Bobby Ether and the Jade Academy has been narrowed to just two. Check out the two designs and vote for whichever one you prefer! 😍 Koehler Books Cover Poll Voting will be live for the next two weeks, at which point I will...

Writing Projects

To All My Amazing Friends and Fans, Over the past year, a lot of people have asked me what’s going on with my writing and when they can expect books three (and four!) to be available. Given the truly wonderful support I’ve received from so many people, I...

Sadness

Hello everyone. I am so sorry for this incredibly long overdue post. Obviously, I haven’t blogged in quite a while. I am sure some of you have wondered why. Roughly six months ago, my older sister, Michelle Boyer Dykstra, tragically passed away. It was so sudden...

The Use of “Said”

I really like this post by Melissa Eskue Ousley regarding the use (and potential overuse) of said as a dialog tag. I am firmly in the camp of those who believe that dialog tags should typically be small and unobtrusive. Yes, said may be boring, but it’s very...

Love this article. Great reminder about the ways and reasons to control the pace of your story. I especially like her comments about big words slowing a scene (lol) and the use of staccato dialog in fast scenes. I rarely write long monologues, but its worth...