Writing

Illustration of a cat in a space helmet for Pets in Space 6

SF Pets, Podcast, and More Occasionally I escape from the writing cave, or as I think of it, my own little pocket universe, and visit the world at large. Recently, I wrote a guest post on SF pets, appeared on a podcast, and more. Pets in Science Fiction The folks over at Shepherd were kind […]

Woman standing in the surf with magical sparks from her staff and in the sky

Looking Forward to New Beginnings I’m not generally introspective, but recent changes in my life, some planned and some quite unexpectedly sudden, have me reflecting a bit. Mostly, I’m looking forward to new beginnings. Previous New Beginnings I began my solo author career in 2014 with the publication of Overload Flux, book 1 in my […]

The Tropes Less Traveled - illustration of a book, a compass, and a path toward a tree

The Tropes Less Traveled A reader on Facebook asked the authors in the science fiction and fantasy group about tropes for their books, which sparked a lively discussion. We discussed hot trends, old favorites, and those we hope never to see again. This got me thinking about my own books, and how some of them […]

Escape with Pets in Space 5!

Escape with Pets In Space® 5! Pets in Space® 5 is back for the fifth amazing year! Escape with 12 of today’s top science fiction romance authors and 12 original, never-before-released stories written just for you. Escape into action, adventure, suspense, humor, and romance—plus pets!—that will take you out of this world. The giving doesn’t […]

Looking for fresh new stories? Make the leap to science fiction romance!

Make the Leap from Paranormal to Science Fiction Romance I love science fiction and fantasy, and I love romances. I especially love it when the two genres blend to bring me the best of both worlds. (Probably why I write them, eh?) If you’re a paranormal romance fan, I’d like to invite you to make […]

Revisiting World Domination

Revisiting World Domination: Revised Plans for 2020 This time of year, I usually look back at the grand plan I create in January and make minor adjustments. Funnily enough, while my World Domination Plan hoped no calamities would arise, it didn’t even contemplate the possibility of a global pandemic. How terribly unimaginative of me. So […]

IN GRAVES BELOW Spotlight

Spotlight on IN GRAVES BELOW Today, I’m shining a spotlight on In Graves Below, the first standalone paranormal romance I ever wrote. May 3 is the book’s publication anniversary. The story came about because Amazon invited S.E. Smith (Susan) to participate in the Kindle Worlds program. Authors opened a story universe to other authors, and […]

Ghosts in the Books

Ghosts in the Books The other day, my cat saw a ghost in my bookcase. At least I assume that was the cause of the suddenly fluffy tail and startled look before he bolted. Just because I’m a skeptic and can’t see ghosts in the books doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Cats have far better […]

Journalism in the future. Central Galactic Concordance series. Space opera, adventure, romance.

Journalism in the Far Future In my space opera series, a free and independent press is one of the founding principles of the Central Galactic Concordance. In the far future, journalism has developed new methods, tools, and outlets. But the fundamental purpose is the same: to shine a bright light on the truth. The previous […]

Author Life: Character Naming Secrets

Character Naming Secrets A reader recently asked if I have any character naming secrets, and where I came up with the name of Mairwen Morganthur, the heroine of Overload Flux. I’ll tell you the same thing I told him, but first I must dispel the notion that there any secrets to naming characters. Just as […]

Cat lying at the top of the stairs

3 Tips from Carol’s Cats for Living in Uncertain Times Hello. We’re Carol’s cats. We see that the Interesting Times Fairy has descended, rudely and uninvited, for an extended visit. It’s like the old saying, life is what happens when you make other plans. We felines feel your pain and want to help. Therefore, these […]

When real life overtakes (science) fiction, the future is now

When Real Life Overtakes Fiction I write science fiction and fantasy, so I get to create imaginary things and events all the time. I also love reading about scientific advances, historical events, and fascinating people. They spark my muse, especially when they make me think, “Cool! What if….?”. However, sometimes this comes back to bite […]

Pets in Space is back again - mark your calendar for 8 May

Pets in Space is Back Again! 🚀 Woo-hoo! PETS IN SPACE® is back, and I’m one of the authors! And just look at the fantastic group of authors I’ll have the honor of working with in Pets in Space 5: S.E. Smith Michelle Diener Veronica Scott Pauline Baird Jones Laurie A. Green Carol Van Natta […]

Authors of Color Write Paranormal Romances

Authors of Color Write Paranormal Romances Note: Contains opinionated author opinions and book recommendations I’m a sucker for a good story, regardless of who wrote it. Sometimes the author becomes the story, in both good and bad ways, which is a topic for another day. Today’s topic is that authors of color write paranormal romances. […]

Shifter's Storm, an Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance

Shifter’s Storm Excerpt Chantal Hammond is the heroine of Shifter’s Storm, the latest book in the Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series. She’s a modern and independent-minded leopard shifter. She’s also a sheriff’s deputy on loan to another jurisdiction. Cougar shifters run the tiny Barron County, Florida sheriff’s department, but they haven’t been very welcoming. […]