Storyteller Academy’s 2018 New Year’s Sale

2018 is just around the corner! 2017 has flown by!

Wishing You a Wonderful 2018!

Today I’ve put two of my Storyteller Academy courses on sale until January 5!

Click on the images below to claim your discount, and have a wonderful 2018!

I’ve been working on my own storytelling during the last 2 months. I’m in the process of writing a new novel (my 35th) filled with the things I love: family, the ocean, island living, and the complexities and hidden mysteries of life, love, storytelling and human relationships.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget my wonderful Siberian Husky Winter, who earned herself a role in this story.  My working title for this (35th novel) is Petroglyph Island. 

My plans for the next 3 months are:

  • January: Complete the 1st draft of Petroglyph Island (I’m 2/3 finished now).
  • February: Create 1 or 2 new online courses for storytellers.
  • March: Revise Petroglyph Island (and revise, and revise, and revise again.).

For me, 2017 has been a year filled with changes, new goals, growth and learning for me. Productive, challenging, and fulfilling.

For the New Year, I’d like to offer you …


Brilliant Beginnings: SALE
~ 70% OFF until Jan 5, 2018

Discover the Craft of Brilliant Beginnings in Storytelling

  • Learn the powerful techniques great storytellers use to craft brilliant beginnings.
  • Discover the power of body language, dialogue, and narration in building intriguing characters.
  • Learn storytelling elements that stimulate reader anticipation and suspense, and invite your readers into your story world.
  • Understand techniques and elements for worldbuilding, whether your story world is modern, historical, mystery, romance, science-fiction, fantasy, or magic
  • and more…
  • Click the image below for your 70% discount!
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Playing with Time
~ 65% OFF until Jan 5, 2018

Pacing to Keep Readers Wanting More

  • Learn effective pacing techniques to fine-tune story rhythm while maximizing reader engagement.
  • Learn to identify 3 different kinds of time in storytelling, and the formula that cuts through the confusion of pacing.
  • Master the relationship between the 6 fiction delivery modes and pacing, and control pacing using Scene and Sequel
  • and more …
  • Click the image below for your 65% discount.
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For 2018, I wish you expanding abundance, success, and love.


Playing with Time: use pacing to keep your readers wanting more!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new multimedia course on pacing for fiction writers: Playing with Time: use pacing to keep your readers wanting more. 

I’ve had the course open for test readers for a while, and the response is very positive. I’d love it if you’d check out the free introductory videos and let me know what you think.

I hope you’ll check out the free introductory lessons to the course. If you like what you see and want to register, take advantage of my 50% discount coupon by clicking on the link.


Course Contents

In this course, you’ll discover how to use pacing techniques to build tension, emphasize important story events, and keep your readers wanting MORE.

In Section 1 we’ll explore story pacing with its three different timing clocks, and a formula that can help you control the relationship between time, speed, viewpoint depth, and emotional intensity.

  • Introduction – the Confusion of Pacing
  • The 3 Clocks of Storytelling
  • The Storyteller’s Pacing Formula

In Section 2 we’ll look at the way a reader’s perception of time fluctuates with the level of excitement, and study techniques you can use to fine-tune pacing and control your readers’ level of excitement.

  • Scenes, Sequels, and Pacing
  • Reader’s Perception of Time and Sequels
  • Pacing Techniques
  • Pacing, Emotional Intensity, and Viewpoint

In Section 3 we’ll study the effect different writing modes have on pacing, and how you can control pacing using these modes.

  • How to Control Pacing with Fiction Delivery Modes: Dramatic Summary, Dramatic Action, Dialogue, Narration, Description, and Exposition. (Dramatic )

In Section 4 we’ll explore the structure of Scenes and Sequels more deeply, examining the relationship between Fiction Delivery Modes and Scene and Sequel.

  • Scene and Sequel: the Building Blocks of Fiction
  • Scene and Sequel meets Fiction Delivery Modes
  • Practice Exercise: Analyzing Pacing using Fiction Delivery Modes

I designed this course for writers who want to improve their control over pacing to keep readers wanting more.  The only requirement for enrolment is a willingness to learn.

I’d love to hear feedback on the course.

Have a great day, and may the muse be with you.


If You Loved Me – IDEAS, from SPARK to FICTION


Where do I get my ideas?

I first got the idea for Emma, the heroine of my novel IF YOU LOVED ME while searching for a heroine for the “other man” in my novel CATALINA’S LOVER. I was fascinated by the story possibilities of Ricardo’s origins as the son of a turbulent multi-cultural marriage and his career as an archeologist. But when I created Emma as his hero, the requisite spark didn’t happen in my brain, and those two characters’ relationship ended before it began. But I’d given birth to Emma, and she wouldn’t leave me alone. Watch the video to see how a brainstorming session sparked the events that sent my heroine into the wilderness searching for her son – and finding love in the last place she’d ever expect.

I hope you enjoy watching this video, and if you do, I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my YouTube channel and share the video with others. A “like” would come in handy as well.

If you’d like to learn about special offers and upcoming releases of my videos, books, and creativity courses, subscribe to my mailing list on this page. I promise I won’t spam you.

Have a wonderful day!



Working to get the Storyteller Academy site back up…

I’m a fanatic about doing backups, so when I realized I’d broken this Website while tweaking the settings and couldn’t fix it, I thought I was covered.

I headed over to the BackupBuddy people to download my latest backup and restore it. And that’s when I got the bad news.

There were no backups available!

It seems I’d set up every site I have with daily backups, and I’d certainly installed Backup Buddy on my WordPress site – but I hadn’t set up any backup schedule.

Operator error! I’ve got nobody to blame but myself…

I fought with trying to import my old WordPress database into the new one for a few hours Tuesday, searching for tech articles on my situation, and kept running into hurdles. Yesterday I was fighting off a monster cold that’s been knocking everyone around me off their feet, so I gave myself a treat and downloaded the newest Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson book and spent the day in bed.

This morning, after another try on the tech research, I decided to go back to the beginning and set up the site from scratch.

[updated 6 Apr 2017 3:30] I’ve got the links to my courses and YouTube videos working, a few other details.

Tomorrow I’ll have to sit down and redo the blog I was about to publish when I broke my WebSite.

Sigh… I’ve been in computers since 1979 and I should know better.

Ah, well. I can always blame it on the cold virus!