#AuthorLife with Chris Cannon


Being an author is interesting. Allow me to explain the creative process using The Good Place gifs. It’s like there are all these ideas zinging around in your head. You play with them…cultivate them…until you find the singular idea which you are sure will make an amazing story.


You sit down at your computer and write like a crazy person. The words flow from your fingers and then you hit the dreaded middle and the words stop. They disappear. Where did the words go? What happened to them? You sit and stare at the screen waiting for the words to return.



After some quiet rocking in the corner and a good amount of wine, the story returns to you, but the new direction it has taken means you need to rewrite other parts of the story.


You cut and paste your chapters, moving them around until everything fits. And then a few hours or days later you realize how you could have made it work with the original material which causes this reaction.


After you have your emotions under control, you forge ahead moving bits and pieces around returning the story to its original track. You forge ahead and finish your novel.


At this point it’s best to let the story rest and let your brain recover before moving onto edits. Because edits…they look like this. But that’s another story.




If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Directorate’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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