All your character wants is a meatball sandwich

E! True Brian Story: Though the meatball marinara sub  sandwich at Subway isn’t the greatest in the world, I still REALLY wanted one the other day. My wife set me up with a text, describing it as “hot,” and “fresh.” I so wanted that. Instead, my mother, who is in town, made me a homemadeContinue reading “All your character wants is a meatball sandwich”

Plotting: I’m a believer. Are you?

I’m in the midst of writing my sixth manuscript. It’s the third in my Reject High teen series. I got stuck. Like all four wheels spinning helplessly in the mud stuck. I didn’t want to try writing out my plot. For my first three novels, I created my characters, wound them up and let themContinue reading “Plotting: I’m a believer. Are you?”

Writing in a time crunch

My writing process is insane. Don’t try it at home. I envy those writers you read about who can flick their muse on and off like a light switch. I have, what my editing Jackie Rodriguez calls “writing jags.” Imagine if your writing muse had the stomach flu. One moment, there’s nothing, and the next,Continue reading “Writing in a time crunch”

Editing: really, it’s nothing personal

In another life, I was a professional journalist. Steve Berlin, my copy editor, tore my first article to shreds and made me redo it. If I told you what I imagined doing to him, you’d think I wrote scripts for the Saw franchise. Prior to Steve, no one had really bloodbathed my journalistic writing before. InContinue reading “Editing: really, it’s nothing personal”

What are you willing to pay?

People who don’t value their time don’t care how they spend theirs and will probably waste yours, if you let them. With every business decision, I sit down and do the following equation: X x Y =Z where X = time I would spend to do it myself Y = my hourly rate; Z = totalContinue reading “What are you willing to pay?”

The point of pricing

I’m an advocate of indie publishing, if you didn’t know. Here’s one BIG reason: price points. Most authors don’t control their price points. If you go through most self-publishing companies, that means you too. Hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and yes, e-books. And it’s about to get worse. In one of my Facebook groups, I asked the e-readerContinue reading “The point of pricing”

Sometimes, the best closure is worth waiting for

Anything you regret doing or not doing in your life? I’ve got two. Here’s one of them: In 1992, I attended an out-of-state funeral. Until then, I rarely knew the deceased. My cousin Lizzie died; the one with a mustache who always wanted to kiss me on the lips. That’s not the regret, though IContinue reading “Sometimes, the best closure is worth waiting for”

First look at The Anarchists!

Thanks for your support of my work! Below is the ARC version of the Prologue and first chapter of The Anarchists. NOTE: If you have not read The Lost Testament (and intend to at some point), you might not want to read this. Enjoy! PROLOGUE Bound at the feet and hands, Noor straightened his posture.Continue reading “First look at The Anarchists!”

Definitive time travel rules

For my next book, I spent A LOT of time researching time travel, quantum physics, and alternate realities. All of it is theoretical, of course, which presents a number of obstacles. I found a solution that seems to work, and I’ll share a little bit of it with you. Some Debbie Downer chaos theorists sayContinue reading “Definitive time travel rules”

Characterization: real people with real issues

How do you write real people with real issues? I write inspirational fiction and shy away from calling it “Christian fiction” because of the genre’s tendency towards squeaky-clean people or the other side of the spectrum: wrong-side-of-the-tracks bad boys or girls. My preference is for a multi-cultural cast of characters. They have screwy childhoods andContinue reading “Characterization: real people with real issues”