Writing: Excessive Character Syndrome

Characters are a necessary--and perhaps the most important--aspect of a novel. Their thoughts, motivations, and actions drive a book forward. But as important as characters are there is such a thing as having too many characters, something I like to call Excessive Character Syndrome. When is a character unnecessary? When he/she serves no effective purpose … Continue reading Writing: Excessive Character Syndrome


Book Review: The Crimson Crown

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana'Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between … Continue reading Book Review: The Crimson Crown