Announcing the release of “First Moon”

I’m pleased to announce the release of my contemporary fantasy adventure story, First Moon. This novel is the first volume of my new Ternion Order series. For a limited time, you can get First Moon for the introductory price of just 99 cents at the major ebook retailers.* First Moon The Ternion Order – Book One […]

The Obelisk Portal: A Fantasy Adventure Short Story

For our latest exercise, each member of my local writing group created a montage. The goal was to clip anything that appealed to you from the available magazines and then paste the images onto a sheet of construction paper in whatever manner you wanted. Some of our writers were amazingly artistic with their blend of […]

Write the Book You Want to Read (Beta Lessons 7)

I’m currently going through the beta reader comments I got back for First Moon. I’m happy to say that I have a great crew of beta readers who have done a lot to help me make my books better. The feedback for First Moon also helped me clarify some things about what I’m trying to […]

Fairy Dust: A Fantasy Adventure Short Story

I recently attended the first meeting of a local writers group that is starting up in our area. We spent the first half of the meeting getting to know each other, but we used the second half to do a couple of writing exercises. It was fun to see how differently everyone approached the exercises. […]

Announcing “Finite Fantasy” – a free fantasy anthology

I recently put together a collection of my short fiction works and titled it Finite Fantasy. Three of the four stories have previously appeared on the Internet somewhere, but I thought it would be fun to collect all of my short works into an ebook and offer it as a free download to my readers. […]

The Werewolves of North Idaho

Given some of the stories I’ve written, anyone would think I have a fascination for werewolves. If that’s true, I’m certainly not alone. The number of movies and books featuring werewolves is mind boggling, and their continued popularity attests to a widespread public interest. As a dedicated fantasist, I’ll admit that I enjoy a good […]

Back into the Throes of World Building

After completing the third book of the first Vaetra Chronicles trilogy, I was itching to work on something completely different. As they say, be careful what you wish for. After three years of working in the same story world, I forgot how much work it is to build a new one from scratch! First Moon […]

Magic in Vanessa Finaughty’s Wizard of Ends Story World

If you are a fan of magic systems like I am, you’ll enjoy this guest post from magical fantasy author Vanessa Finaughty. Vanessa is doing a blog tour to promote her new Wizard of Ends series, and she agreed to share a bit about her magic system with my readers here at the Vaetra Files. […]

Release Announcement for “Vaetra Unleashed”

I’m happy to announce that Vaetra Unleashed, Book Three of the Vaetra Chronicles trilogy is now available! I’m thrilled to publish the final volume of the trilogy that has been three years in the making. Thanks to all of you who supported me with your purchases of Vaetra Unveiled and Vaetra Untrained. I appreciate that […]

How I Manage Book Projects

This post isn’t meant to be instructional. Everyone has their own process for writing books, but one of the ways we come up with our own unique methods is by seeing what other people are doing and adapting what we learn to our needs. I know I’ve done that. I’d like to share my approach […]