September Twitter Writing Challenge

Stormseer Acknowledgements to Twitter Writing Challenge friends

I‘ve written about the Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge before. It’s an amazing community of writers that has grown up around YA author Kristy Acevedo’s challenge to write 500 words or edit for 1 hour each day. People write in all genres, from memoir to historical to fantasy & science fiction. The positive energy and dedication to encouraging each other is amazing. It was a big part of why I wrote every … Continue reading

Current Reading

My current library haul of YA fantasy books

Two weeks ago I went to Midwest Writers Conference in Muncie, Indiana. It was an amazing time, and I need to do a proper conference writeup at some point soon, but I’ve been working my tail off since the conference, and in the best way possible. I’ve been reading. :) After a brief conversation with a very insightful agent, I realized that a lot of what I write is really young adult … Continue reading

Stormseer Post at Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit

I’m so excited! Today I have a guest post over at Mary Robinette Kowal’s website, talking about My Favorite Bit of Stormseer! You might remember that I read Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour in Glass series recently–think historical fantasy along the lines of Sorcery & Cecilia–Magic meets Jane Austen. Well, I’m also a faithful reader of Mary’s blog, and she has this fabulous feature where writers can talk about their favorite parts … Continue reading

Stormseer Release Day

So today is the day! Stormseer is available now! You can buy the e-book on Amazon, nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. Print books will be available soon from Amazon. Today I wanted to talk about some of the music I listened to while writing Stormseer. Before I go into details about playlists, I should explain that when I sit down to write, I can’t do it in silence. Or I can, but … Continue reading

Stormseer Book Trailer

I have a book trailer! I’ve been wanting to try this since Stormshadow, and thankfully Laura VanArendonk Baugh is an experienced video editor and was willing to spend the time and energy making it happen today. Check it out, and if you like it, please share far and wide using the hashtag #Stormseer! :D Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ … Continue reading

Interview with Stormseer Cover Artist Nicole Cardiff

A close-up of Azmei with her coin scarf

In addition to being a fantastic artist and a professional, Nicole Cardiff is a fun and interesting person. I had a few questions I wanted to ask her about her process, which gave me an excuse to do an interview with her for the blog. So without further ado, here’s my interview with Nicole Cardiff! Q: When we agreed to work together, you sent me four possible layouts for the cover. … Continue reading

Stormseer Cover Reveal

Cover of Stormseer by Stephanie A. Cain, art by Nicole Cardiff

Here it is!   Isn’t it gorgeous? The Stormseer art is by the amazing Nicole Cardiff, who has been a dream to work with. I’m happy to say I’ll have a Q&A blog post with Nicole coming up soon. I love this art! I think it fits the story perfectly–I hope after you read it, you agree! What do you think? … Continue reading

POLL: Help Me Decide What to Write Next!

Revisions of Stormseer are chugging right along! I’ve heard back from one of my critique partners and am about to sit down and chat with another. I have a cover artist commissioned and have seen early line art of the cover. (SQUEE!) I’ll be announcing a release date on my email newsletter soon. In the meantime, I’ve been working on a short story set in Amethir, which I hope to submit … Continue reading

Book Review: Business for Authors by Joanna Penn


Back in March I finally finished Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn, and here it is May and I’m finally finishing my review of the book! I had owned this book for months, and I think I was subconsciously intimidated by it. Why else would I have read all kinds of other books but resisted picking up the book about business? Turns out, I didn’t have as much … Continue reading

Quick update on life

Spring has finally arrived in Indiana. Arrived, and whooshed straight into 80-degree days, because that’s how we do spring in Indiana. Next week we’ll probably drop back into the 40s. I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this past April, and thanks to that and the Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge, I wrote 47,355 words in April. I’m thiiiiiiis close to being finished with the first draft of Stormseer. I’m actually considering this Draft One-Point-Five, … Continue reading