A. E. Reads: Clay’s Ark [Book Review]

The novel by Octavia Butler, Clay’s Ark, originally published in 1984, was written last in the 4-book Patternist series, however it comes third in chronology. The story takes place after Wild Seed (1980) and Mind of My Mind (1977.) However, as much as I’ve enjoyed Octavia Butler’s other works, Clay’s Ark was honestly such a disappointment…

Dream to Reality Part 4: Design

Welcome! This is Part 4 of the series on how The Other Side got published. Check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 if you hadn’t read them already. So jumping in. The biggest thing to design…was the Book Cover! BOOK COVER So the book cover. I did research on how to make a book cover…

Dream to Reality Part 1: Conception

Welcome! This is the first of a five-part series about how my debut novel, The Other Side, came to be. From Conception to Publication. Today’s post is the origin, the beginning, the Conception. Writing and publishing a debut novel was the very first step of my novelist career. I wanted to make a singleton story…

A. E. Reads: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Book Review]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was published in 2011 by writer and filmmaker Ransom Riggs. The story is about a boy named Jacob Portman who finds out the fantasy stories his grandfather used to tell him were actually reality and the adventure Jacob goes on to find out the truth. Miss Peregrine’s Home for…

NaNoWriMo: Day 1

Day 1 The goal is 2000 words a day. Today I wrote six words. That is not the goal set by the NaNoWriMo team. That word goal is 1,667. I chose 2000 because Stephen King in his book On Writing explained he writes at the minimum 2000 words a day, and won’t end the day…