Something Happens

I navigated the turbulent waters of high school with my head down and my guard up. I was poor. Most of my clothes were old hand-me-downs from a cousin. Despite my best efforts, I could never fit in—whatever the hell that was supposed to mean in 1991. Instead, I...

Year Two Review, Year Three Preview

Another year in the books…whew! I launched this little podcast on March 18th of 2015, and here we are, two years later, and my-oh-my has the journey evolved. At the end of the first year, Lore had been listened to 12 million times. By the end of the second year,...

Words Count

Writers love to count their words, and that’s a good thing. Let’s just get that onto the table right away. I count my words. So does my friend Harry, and my friend Kelly, and my friend Rachel. If you spend a lot of time writing, sometimes it’s the only way to measure...

The Uncontrollables

I’m not one for end of the year posts, the kinds that summarize all of the things I might have succeeded or failed at. But I do use the end of a year as a chance to glance backward. Sometimes it’s just to take a moment to breath. Sometimes it’s all about saying...

Why I Created Lore

My new podcast, Lore, is something that seems to make sense for me. I’ve had a lot of friends tell me that it fits really well with my other projects, namely my fiction writing. Surprisingly, it wasn’t an easy idea for me to arrive at. Originally, the stories that...

New Release: Consumed

I’m excited to announce the release of my latest novel today. Consumed is a thriller with a supernatural flavor, and is one heck of a ride. You can read more about the novel here. Consumed is available in paperback and ebook format, on both Amazon’s Kindle...

The Magic Prefix

One of the items that jumped out at those who watched the big Apple event on Tuesday was a change in the naming of their new products. In the past, it was almost guaranteed that a new device, and certainly one that opened up a new product category for the company,...

Indian Summer: Week One Report

I wanted to check in and reflect on the first week of sales for my new novel, Indian Summer. I posted a Day One report, and it was amazing how many people found it informative, useful and even encouraging. In the spirit of transparency, here is my (humble and meager)...

Launch Day Results

I released a new novel yesterday, and I thought I would share how the process went and what my numbers looked like. The voyeuristic nature in many people might find this bit of the self-publishing adventure especially enlightening. First, let’s start with what I...

Announcing Indian Summer

I’m very excited to announce that my new novel, Indian Summer, is finally available. The advance reviews have already been humbling to read: “This book had me hooked from the first page of chapter 1. I couldn’t put it down. It was the perfect pace...

Good-bye

My maternal grandmother, Jean, passed away about an hour ago. She was a strong woman. After raising five daughters and helping my grandfather build his own successful business, she became a widow at the young age of fifty. When my grandfather passed away, she sold his...

Self-Publishing 101 Resources

More and more writers are turning to self-publishing as a way to get their creative projects into the marketplace. Say what you want about self-publishing, if your book project is done right and held to the same standards as traditionally published work, there’s...

The New Book Is Done…Almost!

I wrapped up the final portion of the first draft of my new novel this past Friday afternoon. What a relief! Of course, the work isn’t done yet. I made a huge mistake with my first two novels by only putting them in front of just two proofreading “beta...

Should You Plot Your Novel, or Pants It?

Here’s a great post from by pal Harry Marks, discussing the difference between writing a novel by the seat of your pants and plotting it out in-detail before beginning. Both methods have created amazing results. For example, Marks mentions how J.K. Rowling...

Here’s What I Think

The internet, and more specifically the world of social media, is akin to a vast room filled with people, all of whom are jumping up and down, waving their arms and shouting “Look at me! Look at what I did!”. You are one of those people. So am I....