Evidently, there’s a tag going around. Sounds like some kind of illness; beware you don’t catch it. My Pixie-in-law did a ‘come one, come all’ forward on the tag… and I’m coming forward.

It is #writerstag. Now, it that ‘writer’s tag’ or ‘writer stag’? Mmmm. The former sounds straightforward enough. The latter implies something along the lines of a majestic creature which strides through moss-eaten woods, sparking magic from a massive feather quill pen, and leaving color in the empty footprints trailing behind. Which, as we all know, is exactly what most writers do look like.

In addition to the art challenge this conundrum presented, I decided to do the tag. Here we go!

1. What Genres, Styles, and Topics do you write about?

Genres: *bashfully* well, funny you should ask. I’m a dabbler. I dabble. My current portfolio contains fantasy, action/adventure, historical fiction, non-magical fantasy, and contemporary fantasy. I may be finding my niche in contemporary fantasy, however.

Styles: lots of wit, a fair amount of machiavellian scheming, and it’s not complete without some stabbing and/or good food. Third-person, past tense. Always and forever. (Unless I’m outlining, which I weirdly tend to do in present tense – no idea why.)

Topics: I’m not a crusader writer, for the most part. I don’t take up a cause or pound home an issue, so I suppose it might be best to change this to ‘themes’. In which case, my themes are very often along the lines of the God and faith, loss, the importance of loyalty, finding bravery, and being tender.

2. How long have you been writing?

Since I was thirteen – so upwards of ten years, now. My brothers and I were homeschooled and hated our grammar course, so our mother (a former English teacher in her own right) bartered us down to writing fiction in exchange for editing/teaching-us-how-to-not-use-so-many-commas.

3. Why do you write?

Therapy? Escapism? Joy and exhilaration of the craft? Community? Creation? Let’s just go with ‘keeps me happy and closer to sane’.

4. When is the best time to write?

a) When I feel the words bursting out of my skin and I know if I don’t write, I shall injure myself for neglect. b) In the evenings.

5. Parts of writing you love vs. parts you hate.

I adore all of it, really – even the difficult parts. I have less of a fondness for editing, but it’s growing on me.

6. How do you overcome writer’s block?

Striped socks and hot chocolate. Also, I think about the next shiny part of the story I want to write. If I’m blocked, figuring out the shortest route between me and the shiny is a pretty good strategy.

Also, I’ve found that writer’s block sometimes strikes when my creative pantry is sparse. I might need to watch a new tv show or read a book to fill it up.

7. Are you working on something at the moment?

Hahahahahahaha! I am planning my 7th and 8th novels, writing my 6th novel, revising my 5th novel, and editing my 4th novel. So, yeah. You could say I’m working on something.

8. Writing goals for this year?

  • I want to write the second and third books in a contemporary fantasy series (am almost done with book #2!!)
  • I want to write the second book in my non-magical fantasy series (this summer, so many pirates)
  • I want to finish editing the first book of that non-magical series (why with the adjectives and commas?)
  • On the art side of writing, I plan on creating six book covers in Photoshop and finish illustrating a children’s story for my niece.


If you’re a writer, and you somehow stumbled into this blog, consider yourself tagged.

And @MirriamNeal – your comments section inspired the above art.