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Hannah Sandoval
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Manuscript Editor, How-To/Fiction Book Ghostwriter, and Web Content Proofreader
Manuscript Editor, How-To/Fiction Book Ghostwriter, and Web Content Proofreader

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Giant Centipede? Check. Reluctant, snarky warlock? Check. Deadly saliva? Let's hope. The Scarlet Warriors (Part 2) is here. Read the climatic showdown with the legendary Omukade.

Continued from Part 1 … Scarlett ran. Never in her six years as a hunter had she run from a fight, but as the ground began to shake beneath her feet to the thundering beat of hundred shifting legs moving in time, terror won out over training. Her cloak…
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  Good horror is about more than making your reader afraid to walk through their house in the dark (though that’s fun, too). It’s about addressing the unknown, examining your worst fears, and grappling with the concept of death, all in the hopes of…
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A covert meeting between a warlock and a monster hunter turns deadly when the legendary Omukade monster emerges from its mountain home in "The Scarlet Warriors (Part 1): A Short Story"

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the third installment in my Order of Perseus series. All three can stand on their own, but if you’d like, you can read Scarlett’s story here and Taiyō’s here. In “Scarlet Warriors,” the two characters come together.) …
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If your reader does not understand your villain on some level, you're in trouble. If you can make your reader empathize with your villain, you've created a gem. Read more in Literary String Theory Part 3: Empathy Trumps Entropy

  Ensuring that your readers understand the actions and feelings of your characters is the only way to endear them to readers’ hearts for the long haul. Empathy for characters also keeps readers more invested in the plot. It’s pretty easy to have readers…
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  In the Forest of Artemis, a kingdom unto itself where the stag prince wore a wide fan of creamy prongs as his crown and usurper wolves were the sole cause of unrest, a baby cried. Hares perked their ears and the birds grew silent, the foreign sound…
Queen of the Forest: A Short Story
Queen of the Forest: A Short Story
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If your novel had no conflict, you have no story. If your character has no internal conflicts, he/she can fall flat. Learn tactics to map out realistic and engaging conflict in "Literary String Theory Part 2: Characters Collide"

If there is not conflict in your novel, you don’t have a plot. You have nothing for the characters to solve and nothing for the reader to look forward to or dread. Similarly, if your character has no internal conflict, he or she cannot change and thus…
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Do you fall in love with characters first, or the plot? Characterization has always been my favorite part of reading and writing. A great plot is dulled if I don’t care about the characters undergoing the plot’s hardships. But what makes a phenomenal…
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$100 bills with inked mustaches, top hats, and bubble pipes appear on sidewalks and in bushes in suburbia. Little Penny Baker thinks she knows where they're coming from. Read more in Song of the Cuckoo Bird.

Some days are just the rise and fall of the sun. Others form you. You remember those, sometimes start to finish. I don’t remember what I had for breakfast that morning—probably Lucky Charms, the ultimate favorite of my eight-year-old self—but I remember…
Song of the Cuckoo Bird
Song of the Cuckoo Bird
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A feud between neighbors. An unforgivable crime wave. An incompetent sheriff? Edmund pores it all out in a letter to his oldest friend in A Drain on the Neighborhood: A Short Story

  My Dearest Friend, Phillipe, I hope this letter finds you in good health, you old egg. I myself have been under siege of late. But of course, that is what happens when you are forged from a different mold, as are you and I. The feeble-minded still…
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Fantasy is about making the impossible possible, and even commonplace, in a world that doesn’t live by our rules. It is the ultimate escapism genre. But fantasy is a large genre. If you’re writing or planning to write a fantasy novel, and you plan to…
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