• Book Recommendations,  Writing Life

    What Writers Should Be Reading

    This is yet another super requested post and though I love to talk about the books I’ve read, I generally don’t tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t be reading. Mostly, that’s because reading taste is a personal preference. For instance, my fiancé won’t pick up anything that falls under fiction. He reads all the time – though it’s incredibly rare to see us ever reading the same book. With that said, writers should always strive to read beyond their comfort zone. Read experimental works. Read novels in verse. Read the books your grandmother can’t stop talking about. Or books about the history of a country you know nothing about.…

  • Book Recommendations,  Fantasy

    Writing with Diversity in Fantasy

    “I’m annoyed with fantasy media’s lack of diversity sometimes. I am striving to include a colorful cast of characters in my writing. Including members of the LGBTQ community, people with mental disorders, a large range of religions, cultures, ethnicities, and ages. I like writing such a wildly diverse cast, but sometimes I feel like I’m trying too hard to make every character “special.” Or that my decisions are not realistic. Do you have any tips on this topic?”