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The Island

There's nothing more satisfying than working with a wonderful author. S. Usher Evans has been a friend of Backlit Web longer than I can remember, twitter time, but now she has a new book! Let's hear the news from Ms. Evans herself:   Introducing the...

Decision Time

Three years ago I started a novel. It turned into Rock Hopper. Half way through Rock Hopper, I wrote Olivia’s Field, but I kept returning to the Trojan War universe to write more about Rock Hopper’s characters. They had reasons for the choices they made. Most of those...

Planning and Plotting

I’m a planner. I have a plan b, a contingency plan and then a couple more besides. The decision tree never ends, why should the planning? I write, after all, and this planning is really plotting. There are many plans in action at one time, too. Sometimes the plan...

Prejudice, Experience, and Education

I can’t afford the price of selfishness. Seeing more of the world, both in person and through the eyes of new-found internet friends, educates me and makes sitting in my comfortable life a little less easy. Sometimes it adds discontentedness to the equation, for...

Effect vs. Affect: On Character Agency

Agency is a big issue for people writing young adult and new adult novels these days. Sometimes it’s described by writers as the main characters ability to make choices inside the plot. More interestingly, a character’s agency is most often described (or defended) as...

Calluses: Horses & Keyboards, a mixed metaphor

I have calluses. We all do. Some on the feet or elbows, maybe on your hands if you’re the outdoorsy type. I’m not the out-of-the-house sort by nature, but I’ve worked in barns for years and earned some calluses. I work in t-shirts when it’s technically freezing...

Resolution: Doing

We're all singing the song of doing these days. We have things we'll do better, stop doing, things we do that we'll improve upon. We've cleaned out houses and minds and are ready for the days ahead. Fresh attitude. Fresh outlook. Fresh To Do list. I have a...

Vote for a cover

Rock Hopper is in its penultimate editing phase, which means we need to pick a cover. These are not the final versions, but are edging that direction. Which style do you prefer?          ...