Erica Converso

Erica Converso is a former librarian, and forever champion of stories. She loves chocolate, horses, cats, rabbits, anime, musicals, and lots and lots of books – though not necessarily in that order. At the age of six, she realized she could never be an Olympic gymnast without mastering cartwheels, and decided instead to imagine her dreams for a living. She lives on Long Island with her husband Chris. She has an adorably hyperactive cat named Aria to brighten her day, and a sensible gray rabbit, Shadow, to keep the house in order.
dfw-ec-its-cover-mid“Five gems there are to act as keys
For the gate to the land of death.
In silver, over mountain, beyond the trees,
At journey’s center, across the seas,
To pass the door where no man draws breath.”
Alcione wants more than anything to join her father and brother as one of the Talaria, the riders who defend the King on their flying mounts, the arion. She dreams of soaring up into the sky to protect her land. But as a girl, she will never have a chance to become a hero. After her family is killed in a revolution, Alcie is determined to bring them back. She sets out with Romi, her brother’s arion, towards the capital, where it is said rests a legendary crown with the power to enter the land of the dead. But if she can’t conceal her identity as a former noble, her quest could end before it even begins. Alcie must hide everything she is to survive in this new, dangerous world. But only as her true self can she ever hope to find the crown of five stones and bring her family home.
20 Questions Designed to Build Great Characters

Plot is important. You’ve gotta have a great setting. Evocative imagery, strong dialogue, prose that stands the test of time… All of these things are important in the quest to…

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The 10 Writing and Editing Stages of the Successful Novel

When you’re in the midst of writing a novel, it can frequently seem like you’re never going to make your way out of the weeds. How long do you spend…

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5 Keys to a Thriller Readers Can’t Put Down

In Gregg Hurwitz’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller TRUST NO ONE, the action starts in the very first scene, and doesn’t let up until the end of the book, without sacrificing character…

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He Said, She Said: The Key to Writing Great Dialogue Tags

I’ve been doing some experiments lately with dialogue tags, because I think as writers who have grown up in a visual age, we tend to ascribe more action to a…

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Ten Tips for Teen Writers

This was first published on my personal blog in May of 2011, but I think still holds just as true today, as more and more young writers realize just how…

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