Writing about mental illness without being exploitative

In my novel Red Haze, I have a number of characters who are experiencing extreme situations and have extreme reactions. At its base, the novel is a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. But for the formula to work, the characters needed to react to trauma appropriately: anguish, rage, delusion. These emotions make every muscle…

Writing GLBTQ characters

In a guest post on the blog of author Adrian J. Smith, I share my thoughts on writing GLBTQ characters in fiction. I decided to focus on the power of representation. —Excerpt— The power of representation Whether I have one reader or 100,000 readers, I take the power of representation seriously. As authors, we have the…