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Dealing with Piracy

Whenever I hear a recently-successful author say of their book’s achievement, “I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen,” I think one of two things: They’re lying for the sake of humility or Their dreams are rather bland. As someone who relies on their imagination for a living, I think it’s typically door…

On Behalf of “Literally”

You either are a “literally” abuser or know of one. If you’re anything like me, hearing the word “literally” used incorrectly causes a little piece of your soul to whither and die. Of course I do not mean that literally, I mean that figuratively. An abuser would have said: “Every time a person uses that…

A Villain’s Twist on Virtues

A villain doesn’t think of himself or herself as being a bad person. They have virtues and morals just like everyone else, only with a twist. Below are some of the common life themes Joseph Madrid, the antagonist in my novel Jaden Baker, lives by: Where there’s a will, there’s a way to break it….

Writing from Experience?

A tough one to answer. If you’ve read the book and you know me first hand, it’s obvious I’ve experienced virtually nothing in my novel–a good thing. So to say one should “write from experience” is kind of ridiculous. If we’re all supposed to draw from our experiences, then what’s an imagination for? Imagine someone asking J.K. Rowling…

Copyright 2015. Courtney Kirchoff.