• A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    Literary Fiction And Life – POP-UP POST

    POP-UP POST EXPIRED Every now and then, when the writer side of me is in a deeply contemplative mood, I’ll make a pop-up post. But just as the name suggests, pop-up posts only appear for a short time before the mood strikes me to delete them. I do save them for collection though. I’ll use them to write stories. So this pop-up post has been expired. If you missed this one, I hope you catch the next one! And now I’m off to a day of writing. I’ve been thinking of writing a hot genre book for Kindle Vella. That way I can publish as I write. Hmm… I take…

  • A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    Her or Her – Zoey or Z.L. The Final Answer

    Okay, so I may have spoken too soon. Today, I received my first round of edits back of Crossing the Line from the editor. Yay!!! The good news is she noticed that I’m going more “straightforward” romance. But the thing is, the voice and style are still the same. I’ve been pondering something in the past few days. I’ve been asking myself, “What if one of my favorite authors just upped and changed her name because she’s changing something about the sort of story she tells?” Frankly, I’d be confused. And probably turned off too. I’m thinking… Yes. Turned off. So, sorry about my last post. I didn’t mean to…

  • A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    Un-publishing and Revising Backlist Books

    The Reason Last week I finished a 3-book series by an author whose previous two books I enjoyed. The 3-book series that I last read started fine but then ended awfully. So here’s the deal. I know that I would’ve never read the first two books for certain if I had started with that 3-book series first. And this series was his earlier work. The books I enjoyed were his later works.   How That Applies to Me For so long, I’ve been grappling with revising the bad stuff. Currently, my mom is helping me scrub out all the foul language and overwritten sex from everything I ever published. I’ve…

  • A Message From Z.L. Arkadie

    Giving Them A Scrubbing!

    I mean my books, that is. So, if you’ve been with me since 2011, then you know I started with no curse words or strong language in my books. I figured I don’t speak that way, so why add it. Then, I started seeing reviews criticizing me for not being bold enough to use the P-word or D-word. So, I started using them. There’s something about stepping out on a slippery slope. At some point, we’ll slip and tumble down the rabbit hole. I feel as if that’s what I did. And even though the vocal readers, which is the smallest amount of readers, changed me–it’s taken a long time…