Spotlight: The Walled City

“There are three rules of survival in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife.”

Jin is living off the streets and her own speed while searching for the sister her father sold into slavery.

Dai tries to escape his past even if that means running drugs for the ruthless kingpin who holds the city in sway.

Mei Yee has been trapped in a brothel for two years, until freedom is nothing more than a dangerous dream.

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5 Tips to Create a Deep Character Voice

There’s no single ‘perfect style of writing.’ Everyone connects to words a little differently, and what grips me may not grip the next person.

Be that as it may, one of my personal passions in both writing and reading is building a deep emotional connection between the reader and the character. One of the main ways I do this is by developing a unique voice around an already distinct character.

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Don’t Focus on Christianity

It isn’t a new idea. It isn’t revolutionary.

But it bears repeating.

As Christians, we should not sit down to create the next great Christian piece of art, be it a book or painting or movie. It’s a terrible idea and if that’s all we have to go on it will end up stilted, cringy, and dull as a rusted coin that’s lain in a gutter all winter.

Here’s why.

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Three Things I Learned From Red Rising

When I read something I love, I can’t just enjoy it. I have to study it. Pull it apart to see what worked. Put it together again just to see if I can do it too.

It’s how I process and it’s how I learn. And it’s something I did recently with a new favorite series, Red Rising. Continue reading

Spotlight: Red Rising Trilogy

Have you ever read a book that claws through the foundation of everything you ever thought you knew about fiction?

And when the ground finally gives way, you find yourself falling through the abyss of space and you can’t breathe but at least you’ve never seen stars like these before. Then you realize they aren’t stars at all but flaming wreckage hurtling silently toward you and there’s nothing you can do but hope that something will survive the storm. Continue reading