Writing Advice #48: Parents

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to Writing Advice, a once-weekly, now ad hoc series of BLogs on, well, you figure it out. 🙂

I was recently asked this question over on Tumblr:

For writing teen protagonists, do you have any advice for creating the character’s parents? It seems to have become usual to make the parents absent or neglectful somehow. It may not be a realistic portrayal but it gives the teen protagonist a better chance at getting the freedom to get stuff done. What do you think?

Yeah, this is definitely A Thing, as far as I’m concerned. [Read more…]

This Week in Rejection!: Bellingham Review

I don’t know why, but the little partial-slip rejections tickle me. Especially when they’re a color other than white.

Bellingham Review

This one stung because I have a good friend who lives in Bellingham!

(BTW, the handwritten bit — “Here Comes The” — was the title of my submitted/rejected story.)

Today’s Tumblr – August 21, 2013

Here’s what I posted recently on Tumblr… [Read more…]

The Official Barry Lyga Facebook Page is Up!

Facebook page screenshotHey, gang! I’ve put up an official Barry Lyga Facebook page. And to welcome everyone to it, I’ve posted “Neutral Mask,” the special Connie prequel story to I Hunt Killers!

In “Neutral Mask,” we zoom in on a time one year before the opening of I Hunt Killers. Jazz and Connie have just started dating. And Connie wants her new boyfriend to try acting. Of course, she doesn’t realize he’s always acting…

Yes, there is plenty of Howie, too. 🙂

To read the story, just visit the Facebook page and “Like” it. Then you can click on the “Prequel” tab and start reading!

Interview: Kelly Smith Reviews

Another day, another interview! Today, discussing a range of issues, from why I interlinked the Brookdale Books to crossing over into adult.

Check it out!