Frozen_medI’m a firm believer in the need for a writing ritual. With each new book I write, I reaffirm this belief. And it is based in sound psychological science. It doesn’t matter (much) what the ritual is, the point is to have various stimuli you come to associate with the creative process. Like Pavlov’s dog, drooling the second it hears a bell, your mind can come to salivate in eager anticipation of drafting the next chapter!

My personal ritual engages all five senses. I prepare a steaming mug of tea (touch, taste, smell), light a scented candle carefully selected for each new book (sight, smell). Frozen was pumpkin spice. I settle into the dark silence (sound) of my basement office. Then I spend a few minutes reviewing yesterday’s work before moving to new material.

Starting in 2017, I set myself a daily word count maximum of 1,500. Prior to that, I typically wrote with a word count minimum of 2,000 in mind, but that goal kept me in the habit of writing past the point of inspiration. I did more rewriting and more revision. I struggled, lost the joy of writing, and often dreaded my writing sessions. Now, I let myself settle into the scene, taking the pressure to perform down a notch, and stop when it feels right. Ironically, I have begun drafting books faster by going a little slower.

Every author has to find a speed and ritual that works for them. Some only have 500 good words in them per day, others have 5,000. Many prefer music to silence, coffee to tea, and sunlight to a dark basement office. You might like to sit at the park, or at the library. Whatever works for you, making a ritual out of it can greatly improve your mental focus.




Apparently, life doesn’t end when you get married.

When a couple freezes to death on a fifty degree day, Cassie is called in to investigate. The couple ran a daycare out of their home, making preschoolers the key witnesses and even the prime suspects.

Two of those preschoolers are Cassie’s youngest siblings, suggesting conditions at home are worse than she feared. As Cassie struggles to care for her family, she must face the truth about her mother’s slide into depression, which seems to be taking the entire town with it.

Then Cassie, too, is attacked by the supernatural cold. She has to think fast to survive, and her actions cause a rift between her and her husband.

No, life doesn’t end after marriage. All hell can break loose at any time.

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Print Release: July 15, 2018

Audiobook Release: TBA

The Cassie Scot Series

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot Book One)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book Two)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3)

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot Book 4)

Madison’s Song (Cassie Scot Book 5)

Kaitlin’s Tale (Cassie Scot Book 6)




Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a mom and freelance editor.

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