Tosca Lee on Movie-Worthy Writing

NY Times bestselling novelist Tosca Lee’s book THE PROGENY is in development as a TV series! Here’s the article: In this episode, Tosca will be one-on-one with Christie Stratos to share what makes her novel prime to come to a screen near you, what suggestions she has for authors who want to make their novels TV/movie marketable, what could be holding your novel back, and more.

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Rebekah Jonesy on How to Research Legends

Ever wonder how writers do in-depth research, especially into very old, handed-down stories? Rebekah Jonesy has been kind enough to share her approach, including how she uses Wikipedia (correctly), getting to the bottom of legends, and choosing exactly how to include those legends and myths in her writing.

One of the things that every author has to do is research. This is a great way to waste time while still telling yourself that you’re working. But that doesn’t mean it’s not needed. Especially when you’re writing about a mashup of old beliefs and legends, like I am for my new series, Mab’s Doll.

Gaelic legends in itself are convoluted and twisted. It started its existence as an oral tradition. And of course over the years with wars and conquerors and famine and blight and the resulting chaos, a lot of the stories were lost. Or became confused.

People like Shakespeare came and heard the stories and adapted it for their own use. They

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crafted their own stories and wrote them down. Those written stories were shared farther and faster than the oral stories passed down through the generations. While I have used this bastardization of the stories as a plot point, it makes finding the original stories much harder.

Wikipedia has actually been a great help with this. I looked up the character or creature I wanted to know about, then I ignored most of what was written on the page and instead check out the source links at the bottom. Because the creatures of the fae are so similar to the creatures from other cultures, I tried to focus at least my origin story for my MC, Gilian Gilchrist, on the Irish and Scottish legends about the Sidhe.

And I realized right off the bat that I did not know nearly as much as I assumed.

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I didn’t even know how to pronounce Sidhe. It’s actually pronounced Shee. So it has been a wonderful trip through the Underhill for me. I’ve started separating out the origins of each type of critter I had planned on using for my series, even knowing that I’m later going to mash them back together. But my plan for now is to make sure that everyone knows the origin of each type of character I introduce through my series.

Even my first book, Moss and Clay, which deals with a siren, is a mixture of Irish and Greek lore. And from that combined lore, I came up with a creature that had lived for centuries in Ireland, Greece, and ancient Rome. But even knowing where she came from I still had to decide whether or not to give her wings. Because my research told me that while sirens in Ireland started out as snakes, the sirens in Greece had bodies of birds and heads of women. Or maybe they had bodies of women and heads of birds. Or maybe they were women who just had wings. Or maybe they were men and women who could be any bird-like combination thereof. So while my research gives me a lot of ideas, in the end it’s up to me how to put the pieces together to make them fit into the story line my main character insists on.


Rebekah Jonesy knows stuff about things and isn’t afraid to talk and write about it. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse. Inside the literary world she is a devourer of books, publisher, and mentor.

“Rebekah has the best kind of rabies”- JD Estrada

You can follow author Rebekah Jonesy at Twitter, Facebook, join her reader’s group, or her blog Heart Strong.

And of course you can find her books here for the free prequel to Mab’s Doll or grab your copy of the first book of the series, Moss and Clay

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Developing Prolific Writing Prowess

The more books you publish, the more attention you receive from readers – that’s a fact. So how do you go about becoming a prolific author? And how often is too often to publish – or is there no such thing? Join us for secrets and strategies that could change your writing game.

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Uncommonly Common Writing Questions

There are loads of common writing questions whose answers overload the writing atmosphere. But what about the common ones you can’t find answers to? Or that are too hard to phrase to ask online? Fret no more! The experts are here to help. Bring your questions to the chat, and if there are loads of questions, we can do this more regularly!

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Poetry in an Age of Prose

When prose is so popular – novels, fiction series, short stories – what part does poetry play? What can be accomplished with poetry as opposed to prose? This month we discuss poetry’s place in the modern, technology-driven world.

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Turning a Book into a Series…Or Not

Series can be a distinct draw for readers, so how do you go about turning your single novel into a series? Should you? Join The Writer’s Edge in discussing all the ins and outs of creating a series – or an alternative to one.

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The Writing-Job-Life Balance

Everyone can relate to the struggle of fitting in writing time when your schedule is already overpacked. Join The Writer’s Edge in discussing the art of balancing work, family, and even your author platform while still allowing your creativity to flow.

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