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Gunslinger Witch Query and Stagecoach Mary Fields

I commented on Twitter about the recent decision of Netflix to cast a young, slim, light-skinned actress as Stagecoach Mary Fields. I first came upon her when researching Black Females in the Old West and from the moment I saw her, I knew I had to write about her. Hence my western fantasy, Gunslinger Witch.… Continue reading Gunslinger Witch Query and Stagecoach Mary Fields

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Mini-Musing 8/27/21

We've all heard it. Genre writers, in various forms or another. "Why don't you write something serious?" "Why don't you write a real book?" "Fantasy (science-fiction, horror, romance...) isn't real writing." Even with all the genre fiction being made into movies and TV out there, you still have people asking these questions. Recently, The Neverending… Continue reading Mini-Musing 8/27/21

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Musing 8/22/21 ~ MORE BLACK FANTASY, PLEASE!

I believe it's wonderful how there are so many production companies being created with the sole purpose of bringing BIPOC works to TV, movies and streaming services. Most recently, the production company Higher Ground, owned and operated by the fabulous Barack and Michelle Obama, are bringing Blackout to Netflix. Published by Quill Tree Books, an… Continue reading Musing 8/22/21 ~ MORE BLACK FANTASY, PLEASE!

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Did COVID-19 Kill the Publishing Star?

Is the industry dying? Are people just not reading anymore? Are we fighting an uphill battle? Never start your work with questions. But I’m sure my fellow writing peeps have noticed YA Imprints are being dropped and jobs go with these decisions. I feel bad about it all. I was listening to a recent episode… Continue reading Did COVID-19 Kill the Publishing Star?

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Musing 05/31/20 The “Who and Where I Am: Rooting Writing in Identity and Place” Panel

I had the immense pleasure of attending the SFWA 2020 Nebulas Video Conference. Check my Twitter feed for everything I took part in. This panel however got me thinking. How does one decide identity? I asked in the panel chat but there were hundreds of people there so it didn't surprise me that they didn't… Continue reading Musing 05/31/20 The “Who and Where I Am: Rooting Writing in Identity and Place” Panel