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V. M. Black

V. M. Black is the creator of Aethereal Bonds, the sensual urban fantasy world that takes vampires, weres, and faes to a place they've never been.

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Who (else) am I?

Filed in Writing Life by on April 14, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2666
Who (else) am I?

I’ve been asked if I’d share the old name under which I used to write. And while I understand why readers would like to find these books, I have refuse for now. First, readers who like my old books are very likely to like my new ones—but the reverse isn’t true. I don’t want people […]

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My day was made….

Filed in Writing Life by on April 10, 2014 2 Comments • views: 3238
My day was made….

I stopped writing under my traditionally published name almost exactly six years ago. Today, out of the blue, I got the sweetest, most enthusiastic email about a book that hit shelves…oh, eight years ago now. I thought it would be contact form spam, but nope, it was fan mail. It was a book I had […]

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The curse reversed!

Filed in Writing Life by on April 8, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1279
The curse reversed!

When I had a publisher, I was constantly frustrated because I couldn’t get anything like full time work. It took me approximately 400 hours to write my first published book, and that gradually reduced to about 200-300 hours. A full time job is 2000 hours per year, or 5 to 10 full-length books per year […]

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What’s coming up?

Filed in Writing Life by on April 6, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2455
What’s coming up?

It turns out that the Cora’s Choice story arc is going to take a solid 6 novellas.  I haven’t firmed up the names of all of them, but for now, I’m committed to this publication schedule: Life Blood (Cora’s Choice 1) – March (already out) Blood Born (Cora’s Choice 2) – April 15 Bad Blood […]

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Writing Schedules

Filed in Writing Life by on April 4, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1362
Writing Schedules

There are as many different writing schedules as there are writers.  I’ve got kids that I homeschool, so mine’s a little more intense than most. I work seven days a week except on special occasions.  During the week, I get the kids up at 10am and go back to bed until noon.  My oldest feeds […]

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My biggest fear

Filed in Writing Life by on April 2, 2014 1 Comment • views: 1711
My biggest fear

Ready to hear a confession?  My biggest fear as a writer isn’t that someone will hate my book.  It’s that they’ll be bored from it.  That they’ll find that it drags or that they lose interest partway through. That’s one of the reasons I try to keep my writing so tight.  I try to keep […]

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Some things just don’t work in ebooks

Filed in Writing Life by on March 31, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1180
Some things just don’t work in ebooks

You’d think that the ebook and the print book writing experience would be entirely the same.  But it’s not. Less text fits on the average screen than on the average printed book for a number of reasons.  Given the choice, most people like large print.  (I am apparently a freak!)  There is greater spacing between […]

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Here’s a secret for you:

Filed in Writing Life by on March 28, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1170
Here’s a secret for you:

I have no natural talent for scene breaks and chapter ends.  Naturally, they’re really, really awful. When I started writing, every chapter ended with sleep, and every chapter began with waking up! This comes as a surprise to a lot of people because many think that’s one of my strengths.  But I have zero natural […]

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My internet got hit by a car.

Filed in Writing Life by on March 27, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1245
My internet got hit by a car.

No, literally.  The phone company was stringing FiOS across the highway, and the worker lost his grip.  It fell into the road, and BAM! So I’ve been (mostly) without internet for two days.  I’m going into withdrawal. Anyhow, that’s why there hasn’t been any updates.  I’m not dead.  I’m working my backside off.  I was […]

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Worldbuilding

Filed in Writing Life by on March 24, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1288
Worldbuilding

When you create a unique world for your character to live in, the process is called worldbuilding.  I both love it and dread it! I love it because if you do it right, you reach the point where there is a cascade of consequences that occur because of your set up.  A simple “what if?” […]

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Outraged!

Filed in Writing Life by on March 23, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1259
Outraged!

It’s funny, but I’ve never been deeply upset by poor reviews of my books.  On the other hand, if someone really pans one of my all time favorites, I feel a flash of irrational outrage.  I’ve been adding books to my Goodreads account, and when I went to add Island of the Blue Dolphins, I […]

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It’s a vampire ball!

Filed in Writing Life by on March 22, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1057
It’s a vampire ball!

Today, I’m writing and embellishing a vampire formal.  It’s lots of fun to make up what people would be wearing and doing at such an event!  I’m starting with the image of Tim Burton let loose on the Academy Awards and building from there.

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