A. E. Pennymaker

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The daughter of a Presbyterian minister and an artist, A. E. Pennymaker has been writing seriously since the age of twelve, and studied English and Secondary Education in college. (Back when the earth was young.)
Anna currently resides in Wisconsin, USA, with two gigantic dogs, five children, a forest of assorted houseplants, and her globe-trotting husband. (Not necessarily in that order.)
She enjoys: adventuring through the countryside; soundtracks, classical music and a random selection of rock; anything coffee related; tea; and doing the laundry. (Also, sarcasm.)

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A. E. Pennymaker I am currently working on Shadow War, the third book in the Shadows Rising trilogy.

I'm also doing a final edit on Shadow Dance, the second book, to b…more
I am currently working on Shadow War, the third book in the Shadows Rising trilogy.

I'm also doing a final edit on Shadow Dance, the second book, to be released in December 2020. (less)
A. E. Pennymaker There are a few things I have noticed as a beta reader, and learned as an English major with a bit of writing experience under my belt:

1. Plot. Even i…more
There are a few things I have noticed as a beta reader, and learned as an English major with a bit of writing experience under my belt:

1. Plot. Even if you pants most of your scenes, sit down for a day or two and plot something. Know where you're going ahead of time, and what milestones you need to hit in your story. It will help keep your pace up and your arcs cohesive, and your readers will thank you for a story that doesn't stagnate or end with a fizzle.
2. This also applies to world building. Resist the urge to world build entirely on the fly. I have seen writers with great imaginations get bogged down in explaining this or that thing they just came up with (i.e. info-dumping), or worse still, have their concepts change as the story goes on because they didn't take the time to nail their elements down. This is especially true for fantasy and magic. Get some of the basics settled, make notes, do a little of the legwork up front. You won't be sorry you did.
3. Don't give up. If you hit a wall, try opening a window. If you're struggling to write a particular scene, find another scene that's more interesting and draft that. Half the time, working on the easier scene will kickstart something for the scene you're struggling with, and you'll find you've solved your problem. The added bonus: you're still getting work done.(less)
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Pennymaker: *smiling broadly, turning to face the camera* Hello, and welcome to the Sporadic Interview with a Dead Author Blog. That's right. Everyone on the other side of the table has pegged it, and that is indeed part of the selection process, so please, let's just stop whining about discrimination against the living, accept that sometimes a line is drawn, and move on lik Read more of this blog post »
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Mordkapelle by Carla Berling
"Ohne Zweifel hat sich Frau Berling redliche Mühe mit diesem Krimi gegeben, aber was am Ende raus gekommen ist, ist nicht mehr als Durchschnitt. Netter Durchschnitt, aber immerhin Durchschnitt. Ich werde nicht noch einen von ihr zur Hand nehmen, leide" Read more of this review »
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I loved this story as a child. Now, as an adult, perhaps I'm jaded. The ending was just too convenient, and not hard enough won. And the 'romance' between Corlath and Harry was basically not there until suddenly it was all poured out on the reader in ...more
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“To feel that way about a person; to search until you can search no more, until even the place that should be searched is gone; to go from the frantic madness of possibility and panic to the futility of knowing, deep down, that the chances of finding that person had dwindled away to a shred of a half-chance in a million; to finally sink into dumb acceptance that there was now an ever-changing, unforgiving wall of water between you and that beloved person...”
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