Authors Jekyll and Hyde: The Two Faces of A.M. Rycroft

If you’ve ever talked to me at a book event and someone asked you to describe me later, you'd probably tell them I’m friendly, talkative, outgoing even. But, the truth is, you’ve only met Hyde. There's another side, one much less people-friendly. The other side of me, the state I revert back to after a book event, the person I am "when no one is watching", as they say, is Jekyll.

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The No Good, Very Bad, Stupid Day When Book 3 Needed a Change (Again)

Shit happens. But, it never seems to happen to my books half as frequently as when I send a "sneak preview" to my newsletter subscribers. Last Friday, I sent out my end of month issue about the value of a good first sentence. The hook. By Sunday, I'd realized the first line I sent from The Joy Thief had to go. Well, not just it. Most of the first chapter, which I'd stared at again and again for days. It's at this point I started to wonder (again) if I would ever finish the book at all.

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Teaser Thursday: A Killer Opening

I realized that I haven't done a Tuesday Teaser in a while. Unfortunately, I've been getting reading for a convention next weekend and revising The Joy Thief to go to beta readers next month. I missed Tuesday. So, this will be Teaser Thursday. On offer this time is the opening to Part I of Corruption of Honor, The Burning.

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What a Week. No, What a Month

Just two weeks into February, and I feel like it's been four. That's what I get for juggling as many projects as I have been. So, today's post is just going to be a quick rundown of some things I've been doing this week and last. If you're looking for some new reads in horror or dark fantasy (who isn't?), then definitely read on.

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You Don't Own Me

A friend of mine asked me the other day whether they HAD to build an author website to be successful. I told them no. I know some of you reading this are now gasping in horror. An author without a website?! This friend already has a Facebook page with a sizeable audience, so why redesign the wheel? Let me say this plainly: no matter whether you're talking about, there's no reason that something MUST be done a certain way to get success.

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What's Eating A.M. Rycroft?

I haven't been to the gym in almost 10 days. For me, this is unusual, and totally unacceptable, given that I've spent most of that time in a chair. I'd like to say that I was just being lazy, but really, I just didn't have the time or the energy. Corruption of Honor has honestly eaten my everything, and the spoon too. If you know about the Spoon Theory (not to be confused with String Theory), then you know what I'm talking about when I say that.

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Balancing Out the Plot Load

I was accused once in a book review of the plot progressing too quickly. That was a first. Especially since, in my younger writing days, I tended to write very long chapters and was accused of the story dragging too much. Because I got tired of those reviews, when I wrote The Taming and then the re-released Into the Darkness, I flipped that habit on its head. Now, my books' reviews say things like, "I couldn't put it down" or "I kept reading it well into the night". Here's how you can get that too.

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Throw Away Your Handbook

I recently got into a small argument with someone who told another writer --  a young writer, no less -- they weren't actually writing a story, but rather a conglomerate of meaningless words. I immediately pushed back and stood up for this young writer. The basis for this person's smackdown? The definition of a story they pulled right out of a writing handbook.

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