How to Name Your Characters

Naming your characters, especially your main characters, can feel like a daunting task. Some enjoy the thrill of it; others struggle a lot, and never quite feel like they found the “right” name.  I, for one, love naming characters. I often joke that baby name books are some of my favorite reads and, in fact, I’ve… Continue reading How to Name Your Characters


#MondayBlogs Writing Tips: Naming Your Characters

Naming characters is really important! It can also be fun…and a little daunting. Choosing them can take hours, and on top of that, publishers might change them anyway. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the process. In this article, I’ll list a few aspects to consider while naming your characters, and I’ll include websites… Continue reading #MondayBlogs Writing Tips: Naming Your Characters

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#SATurday: Authors, Be Yourself

#SATurday: Authors, Be Yourself As an author—but also as a marketer—I am constantly stressing the importance of being true to yourself and being true to your work. For instance, it’s a popular question to ask an author how long it took them to write a story. In turn, this has caused millions of debates about… Continue reading #SATurday: Authors, Be Yourself

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Authors Don’t Read – a guest post

Announcements:  Shannon, here, for one quick announcement and an introduction before we start today’s post. My latest interview came in, and you can read it by visiting Bonnie Brown’s Book Reviews. I talk about why magic can happen in even the smallest of towns (hence why The Timely Death Trilogy is set in Hayworth, Kansas).… Continue reading Authors Don’t Read – a guest post

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I Am Not My Characters

First, I would like to thank Honya’s Bookshelf for nominating ShannonAThompson.com for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I posted about it on my author Facebook, but here were the three blogs I nominated - A Writer’s Life, EBook Bum, Books are Delicious - and I would love for you all to check them out. …… Continue reading I Am Not My Characters


Website Wonders

Website Update: Minutes Before Sunset hit 100 adds on Goodreads with a 4.7 star rating!  So I want to share more websites I've come across for writing and/or writing tips. But I'm really interested if any of you have done any from the first list. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how… Continue reading Website Wonders

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Writing Tips: Character Chart

Over the past two days, I've had the pleasure of receiving two more reviews of Minutes Before Sunset and one interview about the behind-the-scenes of the work. And I'm here to share it with you all before I begin my "Writing Tips" sessions. ... On May 29, Nada Faris, author of Before Young Adult Fiction, Fame in… Continue reading Writing Tips: Character Chart

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Writing Tips: Naming Your Characters

2 days until the Minutes Before Sunset release! I'm feeling pretty supercalifragilisticexpialidocious about it all 😀 [And definitely not sleeping due to excitement] And I have one more announcement! Minutes Before Sunset will be available as an e-book through Barnes & Noble and Amazon for $6.99 on May 1st! Please help spread the word :] The… Continue reading Writing Tips: Naming Your Characters

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Writing Tips: Colors

4 days until Minutes Before Sunset is release! Don't forget: E-book will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble May 1st, but paperback will take a little longer. I will announce it when it is available.  The first chapter can be previewed by clicking the PDF file: First Chapter Preview Please Like Minutes Before Sunset… Continue reading Writing Tips: Colors