The Writer’s Nest 2016

A Full-Day Workshop on World Building for Fiction Writers!

Creating the Fictional World

Join me for Creating the Fictional World at the Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference April 30, 2016 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I’ve put together a world-building workshop for fiction writers in all genres.

Florida Writers Association

World building is an essential skill for any author writing in any genre. I’m all about reader experience, and the reader’s experience depends on the believability of the world in which the story takes place.

“In a world where…”

We’ve all heard that line at the beginning of a movie trailer or book pitch. It’s the quintessential world-building summary, the proof that world building and premise go hand in hand. Authors in this workshop will explore the components of a believable fictional world including the physical setting, the fictional society, the belief systems and values of the characters, and special physics related to magic, technology, and the supernatural.

How do you introduce readers to a complex new world without overwhelming them with information or leaving them confused? This workshop will help authors develop a realistic context that is so organic to the story that readers won’t think twice; they’ll enjoy the ride.

In Creating the Fictional World, we learn how to spot and avoid common world-building pitfalls that stop readers cold. Authors in this workshop will create an immersive experience to keep readers hooked and turning pages. We will also cover stylistic techniques to imbue fictional worlds with the depth of real life.

FWA LogoThree things attendees will learn:

  1. How to create a believable world
  2. How to avoid world-building pitfalls
  3. The key components of a created world

Sign up for The Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference

Altamonte Springs, Florida, April 30, 2016

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January 2015–Reenie Gyse

When I was young, I spent a lot of time on the water. My family had a sailboat and my parents were teachers, so we spent the summers sailing around Florida and the Caribbean. Most of the stories I dreamed up as a child took place around salt water.

This story is a sort of remembrance, a memorial for a group of dear sailing friends that met regularly during the seventies. My parents went out sailing with their friends every Wednesday night of my childhood unless the weather was stormy and sometimes even then. I remember one night so cold that we children huddled around a kerosene heater in the cabin in a futile attempt to get warm. So much for balmy Florida winters. The characters are not the same, but I drew on a few memories to color in the details. I hope you enjoy reading about Elof and Reenie Gyse’s struggle as much as I enjoyed the writing.

The novella, Reenie Gyse, is now on AmazonKobo, B&N, Smashwords, and other sites. You can read more about Reenie Gyse on the book page here. A paperback version is in the works.

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January 2015–The Jaguar Key

Jaguar Key Kindle CoverIt feels wonderful to finally have a paperback version of my first novel The Jaguar Key. It has taken far longer than expected and many more iterations that planned, but the result is worth the wait. The matte finish on the cover has a pleasing touch, the cover art is gorgeous, and the story, well, I really like it. I hope you do too.

The Jaguar Key is also available in eBook format on Kindle. At the end of January, when my exclusivity deal through Kindle Direct expires, I’ll release the eBook on platforms other than Amazon to make it more widely available. I thought the ability to download free copies through Amazon Prime would help readers, but I received many comments from people who are not Amazon customers–proof that not everyone reads the same.

Artist Kathy Park agreed to let me use her Blue Jaguar painting as the cover art. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Is it possible to be in love with a painting? The beautiful watercolor wraps all the way around the cover.

The book won first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards before it was published. Just knowing that other writing professionals approved of my work was a huge confidence boost. It also gave me a bit of swag for the cover–great for a writer just starting out. There’s more about The Jaguar Key, here.

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