There is so much wrong with this dismissive, judgmental article about people's reading tastes/habits that it's hard to know where to start, so it's time for a list! 1) A good story is a good story, regardless if it is written for a child, a teenager or an adult; powerful themes/narratives transcend age/demographics. 2) The quick and blunt dismissal of genre fiction as "trashy" is woefully misguided (as someone who ekes out a living intelligently writing about and investigating horror, this makes me want to sit this journalist down and give 'em a literary lesson or two). 3) Books take us on adventures: sometimes they take us back in time to our younger, more naive years; sometimes they take us to places in the world (or on other worlds) we have no chance of ever experiencing; sometimes they guide us through tragedies and traumas we may never have to face first-hand. By limiting the ... [read more]
RULER [Blood Magic, Book 3] Chapter 7 - Into the Mouth of Madness - is now live online, read it at BLOOD-MAGIC.NET!
Okay folks, I did it! I tweaked Chapter 9 of BLEEDER (“Keel”) to plug a glaring plot hole in the story and have now entered both that book and its completed sequel, LETTERS FROM NEW YORK, in the Wattpad Prize 2014 contest (just under the gun too). If you loved the series, any support you could give it during the next few months would be super awesome (if you haven’t already voted for the chapters, please consider doing so, for instance). I just hit the third trimester of my pregnancy yesterday, and I’m trying really, really hard to get you all some new RULER chapters, so any cheerleading/word-spreading about the Blood Magic saga that you guys could do while I’m pounding away at that would be much appreciated. [read more]
New interview with me hits the web! I talk about how I got started writing, why I'm so drawn to the dark stuff, and offer some (hopefully helpful) advice to aspiring scribes. Read it at http://www.betweenthe-lines.com/#!deathofcool/c210v. [read more]
A few weeks ago, while we were having our Valentine's Day dinner, my husband asked me what I would do with my money if I was extremely wealthy. I said, after buying a modest house and modest car and setting enough aside that I could live comfortably off the interest for the rest of my life (so I could write fiction full time), I'd participate heavily in charitable actions. But not by actually giving money to charities, instead I'd keep my eye out for news stories like this one, where society has either let someone down or a family has stumbled upon a patch of insurmountable bad luck and I would anonymously give them the money that would once again improve their quality of life. As I explained, that would be a million times more meaningful to me than some stupid $10,000 handbag or a lot of the other dumb things ... [read more]
Tomorrow is gaming marathon day. Me + a whole bunch of gamers from around the world will be aiming to play for 25 hours straight to raise funds for sick and injured kids. As promised I will be doing hourly updates on my progress, mental/physical condition, and what exactly I'm up to, but I won't be doing them here. The best way to follow along is to subscribe to my Tumblr (http://monicaskuebler.tumblr.com/) or to my Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/deathofcool). If you'd like to sponsor me (and help out the SickKids Foundation here in Toronto) - it's not too late! - visit http://www.extra-life.org/participant/monicaskuebler This is going to be fun... [read more]