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Alane Adams Winter Olympic Champions

In the spirit of this month’s Winter Olympics, I wanted to share my thoughts on what I consider medal-winning series for middlegraders that you might not yet have heard of. Of course everyone on the planet is familiar with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. But what are some other podium-worthy series? I present to you [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00February 15th, 2018|Fantasy Books for Kids|

Alane Adams’ Holiday Reading Guide

This time of year is one of my favorites for creating special memories around reading with your children. There are just so many great stories to choose from, some of them classics, and some of them freshly released. The wonderful thing about holiday-themed books is that they usually share an important message of family, [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00December 4th, 2017|Alane Adams|

Why I Love Being an Indie Author

I have been an indie author for the past three years. Being a writer was a lifelong dream that came to fruition when my son asked me to write him a book he could  read. At the time I began the Legends of Orkney series, independent publishing was really taking off. It offered unlimited opportunity to publish your work [...]

2017-09-28T09:56:17-07:00September 28th, 2017|Writing Life|

Finding Inspiration

One question I frequently get asked is where do I get the ideas for my stories from? It made me wonder where successful authors draw their inspiration. The answers can be surprisingly mundane! Believe it or not Stephanie Meyer claims the inspiration for her Twilight series came after she awoke from a vivid dream about [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00May 30th, 2016|Writing Life|

Happily Never After

After watching the series finale of The Good Wife, I was prompted to reflect on why we crave happy endings, and why messy unresolved ones leave us feeling deprived and let down. I first wrote about this in a blog post back in 2015. I recalled reading a John Grisham novel that had a terribly [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00May 10th, 2016|Writing Life|

Still Waiting to Be Published? Ten Things You Can Do Today To Feel Like An Author

One of the most frustrating thing for aspiring writers can be claiming the title of author. If Harper Collins hasn’t come calling yet, and your completed manuscript is buried deep in a drawer, or languishing in slush piles, are you really an author? Even self-published authors struggle a little with the question that inevitably comes [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00April 16th, 2016|Writing Life|

Top Twelve Amateur Writing Mistakes

Imagine finishing your first novel and proudly showing it off to an agent, hoping that lightning will strike and your fabulous talent will be discovered. The problem is your fabulous manuscript is riddled with amateur mistakes that could easily be fixed, allowing the gem that you created to shine through and convince agents and editors [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00April 8th, 2016|Writing Life|

The Art of Writing a Great Series

  Imagine sitting down one day and thinking up an idea for a series that would take over two million words to write…How would you convince readers to come back book after book, year after year, and remain as avidly committed to the story line in the last hundred words as they did in the [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00April 1st, 2016|Writing Life|

Review of “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas

  After finishing Crown of Midnight, I was really excited to leave Aderlan behind (finally!) and have Celaena explore more of this magical world Maas has beautifully created. I knew I would miss the interaction of Celeana with Chaol and Dorrian, but I was growing tired of her need to emotionally flog Chaol for Nehemia’s [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00March 25th, 2016|Book Review|

The Writer’s Promise

If you’re an author, there is nothing more exciting, or daunting, than starting a new book. It’s like stepping onto the deck of a ship and heading out to sea for an undetermined amount of time. Months, maybe even years. You step on board, prepared to invest your heart and soul into the characters you [...]

2018-03-22T12:13:17-07:00March 17th, 2016|Writing Life|