Posts tagged YA books

A Warrior-Strong Mindset, Part 1: Aisha

Months ago, I read a book by Sherry Jones about Muhammed’s youngest wife, Aisha. (The Jewel of Medina) It was a fictionalized account of a historical figure and her life which stirred up a lot of controversy in the Muslim community, controversy which I have NO interest in engaging. Let me be clear: no controversy […]


What is my Passion?

“Hello. Hello again…” Remember this 1980’s song by The Cars?  (Listen here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXpJ0bM5zbM ) That is what this blog is starting to feel like to me, and probably to you too, my dear pinballed readers. I know. I’ve been pinging around, up, down, and all over the place trying to land on a focus for this space. […]


We’re baaaack!

Yep, took a month or so off and spent some time evaluating where we’re at and where we’re going here at Strong Minds Publishing. Our first love is YA LITERATURE! Woohoo! So the decision is to start some conversations that matter to young adults. Of course, many adults will also find the conversations interesting, but […]


Shifting Paradigms = New Stories to Tell

A little background first: sitting in church the day after my daughter’s first karate class, I had a vision of a grand battle. The characters who introduced themselves to me were an elite mother/daughter team of warriors. Who were these women? Who or what were they fighting? Why? Because of the setting I was in […]


The Novel Implied

“Look closely at your book and make sure that you want to see the novel it implies.”   ~Walter Mosley, This Year You Write Your Novel I take this quote a step further. When I look at my book ideas, I make sure that I want to read the novel that is implied. I have […]


World-building for Readers

Science fiction and fantasy writers live in worlds of their own creation for every story. They are expected to create other-worldly rules, creatures, elements, and characters. Magic and charms are common. What about writers of other genres? Each story, regardless of genre, contains a unique world of its own. Writers use a variety of techniques […]


Focus on Good Writing

Well, I’m back after a bit of a hectic hiatus. I don’t know if that’s an oxymoron, or perfectly normal but no, it was not a vacation! After much soul-searching, I’ve had to admit that I don’t want to blog about academic writing. While teaching is… alright… and I have some incredibly fun students in […]


Do You Trust Me?

By now, you’re probably wondering who I am and why I’m so critical of the college system that provides my primary income. It’s not wise to “bite the hand that feeds you,” right? Yeah. Well, I’ve never been especially good at following the rules or living by platitudes, wise as they might be. (So how’s […]