How to Paint Layers into Your Writing

After watching my wife work on a couple of her oil paintings, I’ve  come to realize that producing a work of fiction is very similar to creating a painting. Too many new writers have unrealistically low expectations about how good a first draft can be due to an overabundance of writerly advice that suggests fixing…

Plot Outline Template

As a novelist, I’m firmly in the plotter camp. For some of my shorter stories, and, oddly, most of my novelettes, I tend to let the story unfold organically, thinking no more than a page or two ahead. But for novels, there are too many intricacies and loose ends that need tying together to just…

I’m Writing Six Books at Once

It’s stupid, I know, but I have a bunch of sequel and new book ideas and I’ve been struggling to decide which one I like the most. They all have working titles, but I’m not revealing them yet. It’s actually seven books, but that’s more a collection of stories, which is a distinctly different process….

All My Books Are Belong to You

I could write something to tell you about my books,  or I could just attach my prepared marketing materials, which say the same thing. Guess which one I’m doing here. Each of these books is available from Amazon for your reading pleasure now! Go to my author’s page (https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005O52SDS) to find easy links to purchase…

Short Story Anthologies, Coming Soon!

Panthera Press will be releasing two short story anthologies in early 2018. One contains 11 general literary fiction short stories and novelettes, and the other is 8 stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Look out for them!

Whence Ideas Come and Whither They Go

Those who’ve followed my blog for some time know that I think writer’s block is an (ironically) imagined disorder. There is no such thing as a lack of ideas. However, writers can make finding those ideas difficult, often by falling into inflexible routines. Let’s assume, for instance, a writer has always found their story ideas…

The Brooklyn Trace

I’d like to announce the availability of my latest detective novel, The Brooklyn Trace, an Eddie Daley Mystery. Eddie Daley’s got a sister problem. One sister is his girlfriend. The other has hired him to find her missing son. Now, both women think they’ve found their life match in Eddie. They may both be right—but…

FREE TODAY

For today, my novelette, Beyonder, is free on Amazon for the Kindle. You don’t need a Kindle to read it, however. Amazon offers free software to allow you to read Kindle books on a PC, Mac, iPhone, or Android phone. I hope you’ll check it out. Amazon Kindle for Android: Google Play Store; Amazon Amazon Kindle…

The McKinney Women

I’ve begun editing my novela-turned-novel, The Stubborn Life of Jesse Ed McKinney III. Part of that effort is deciding where the chapter breaks go, since I originally wrote it as a single piece of “short” fiction (47,000 words long). Editing is both a daunting process and my favorite step, at least this, the substantive editing…

The Little Burgundy

Those of you who know me from my photography know that I’ve not been around much. That’s in part because I mostly post photos to my 500px account, but its more because I’ve been busy getting back into the swing of publishing my books. Since I pulled all of my books from sale around three…