Avily Jerome

To Curse or Not to Curse

To Curse or Not to Curse

The topic of using profanity in novels came up for discussion in a group I’m part of on Facebook. This is a topic that is diverse and can be very divisive, especially in Christian writing circles. People have strongly-held beliefs about language, on both extremes. There are those who say “words are just words, they […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 6: Time and Technology)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 6: Time and Technology)

I’m wrapping up my series on world building with something that in some ways goes without saying, but is still something that it’s good to be mindful of: the time period in which your story takes place and the technology that is available at that time. If you’re just joining me, come check out Part […]

Censoring Books

Censoring Books

Every so often a news article or something will pop up about a “banned” book and there will be a huge controversy surrounding those who want the book boycotted and those who think it should be embraced. Sometimes it’s a classic, like Huckleberry Finn, and one side wants to ban it because of its cultural […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 5: History and Landmarks)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 5: History and Landmarks)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Come check out Part One, Part Two: Stereotyping, Part Three: Building a Religion, and Part Four: Climate and Clothes History and Landmarks Another thing that will help shape your world is its history. Just as your characters have rich and complex backstories that shape their personalities and influence […]

The Great Roach Hunt

The Great Roach Hunt

“There’s a giant roach loose in our house. On an unrelated note, we have insurance, right? In case the house accidentally burns down?” That was the text I sent my husband one morning. Anyone who knows how I feel about crickets (Cricket Warfare 101: Subtlety, Sabotage, Misdirection, Psychological Warfare, Treaties and Allies) can well imagine […]

The Imposter

The Imposter

The Amulet Saga Volume Two: The Traveler What Came Before: Seeing     Escape     Bandit     The Road     Beggars     Healer The City     Spy     A Place to Stay     Outlaws     The Camp      Trader The Wedding       The Third Son     The Search   The Imposter   “We’ve found her!” Ada looked up from her mug of tea at the […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 4: Climate and Clothes)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 4: Climate and Clothes)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Come check out Part One, Part Two: Stereotyping, and Part Three: Building a Religion. Climate and Clothes When building your world, especially if it extends beyond your character’s main place of residence, a map is extremely helpful. I have a rough sketch of a map that I drew […]