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The Vital First Line

Back when I was working on writing the finale to book 3, The Immortal Rider, I started thinking about how it all began. So I went back and read the first chapter of book one again, just to revisit where Aimee started and how far she’s come. Then that got me thinking about the start

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The Life of a Sky Rider

The Life of a Sky Rider For the last few blog posts I’ve been sharing some world-building and Sky Rider ‘behind the scenes’ with you, and I’d love to share some more. So, read on for a look at the Riders’ home and their training. I  wonder, does this make you want to live up

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History of the Sky Riders

History of the Sky Riders In my last blog I shared with you a fun bundle of dragon facts which I hope you enjoyed. This time I thought it would be fun to share with you some more of Aimee’s world (taken from my book-planning notebooks) with a brief history of the Sky Riders themselves.

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Dragons of the Sky Riders

Dragons of the Sky Riders Most writers will have a pile of notebooks full of scribbles and ideas. Not everything from our notebooks makes it into our novels, sometimes because it’s nonsense (I found a shopping list in the margin of one of mine!) but also because especially with fantasy a lot of it is

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? While I was working on the first draft of The Immortal Rider, book 3 in my Sparks series, I was thinking a lot about names. In this book there are some new characters come to join the fun, and of course they all need names. One of the things I’ve always

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How to Plot a Book

How to Plot a Book I was out running with a friend one weekend, we were chatting about books (while we walked up a hill too steep to run up!) and he asked me how I go about planning a whole book. It’s a great question and I imagine every writer will give a different

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Aren’t Women Awesome!

Aren’t Women Awesome! Note: this post was originally shared to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 I thought today would be the perfect day to talk about female characters in books. If you’ve read The Sky Riders you’ll know I’m all about having more female characters in fantasy books—almost all my characters (major and minor) are

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