Panorama (Contemporary Fantasy)
Abbey, the Lion-Tamer (Children's literature)
That Voodoo You Do (Urban Fantasy)
Books in Progress:
Werewolves of London (Urban Fantasy)
The Daughter of the Devil Himself (young adult)
Bridgespan (historical fiction)
Bio: I recently started my own film production company, if a name...(more)
GREAT MILESTONES IN
AMATEUR NOVEL WRITING
June, 2014: I officially became a published author, when my short story "Under Cover(s)" was accepted by commuterlit.com.
You can read it here:
May, 2013: I finished the first draft of my second novel.
January, 2012: I started my second novel, That Voodoo You Do.
January, 2012: Having received no response to my first agent query, I have sent my query to the Query Shark for critique.
November, 2011: I sent out my first agent query.
May, 2011: I finished the first draft of my first novel.
April, 2007: Reading Holly Lisle's suggestion on hollylisle.com
that your minimum word count, unless you're writing something like romance novels, should be
80,000 words. Just had my tangible goal increased by nearly double.
August, 2003: Reading Donald Westlake's Adios Shéhérazade; the main character is a writer of romance
novels, and explains that his system is to write 10 chapters of 5,000 words each, which makes one
50,000-word book. Voila! Christina Upton, master procrastinator, has a tangible goal to work towards.
FNAQs (Frequently Not-Asked Questions)
As an unpublished author, I never get asked any questions by young, hopeful authors.
Q: How can I learn to write a book?
A: I've decided in this process that the best way to learn how to write a book is to...
As an unpublished author, I occasionally go to literary functions so that I can peer at published authors:
Toronto Screenwriting Conference, April 11-12 2015, Toronto, ON
World Fantasy Convention, November 5-8 2015, Saratoga Springs, NY