Open Letter to online reviewers

Dear Reader, I read your review, the one where you gave me one-star and compared the first few chapters of The Lost Testament to an “eighth grade assignment for a short story.” You’e not alone. Another one-star giver said it was “just bad” and “uninteresting.” Someone else called it “not worth finishing.” I’m not going toContinue reading “Open Letter to online reviewers”

When do you break the rules?

I’m a recent devotee of Margie Lawson’s deep EDITS system. She recommends that you use highlighters to code different aspects of your writing. Whenever you see too much of a color, that lets you know your writing is out of balance. It also shows your tendencies. My writing tends to drift into thoughts, action, andContinue reading “When do you break the rules?”

Seven Essential Things to Remember About Very Important Characters

I’m all for original content, but I’m also for not reinventing the wheel. I came across this blog post and thought it insightful enough to re-post. What do you think: good advice or not? Stories revolve around protagonists and antagonists and it is a good idea to introduce them in the first chapters of your book.Continue reading “Seven Essential Things to Remember About Very Important Characters”

Here’s an idea: HOW you can get to 100 Beta Readers

Last time, we talked about Beta Readers (a test audience for a book) and their importance. Boy, are they important. Too often, you get the “do-this-and-it-will-work-for-you” and not the how. Like, “Get 100 Beta Readers.” You know 100 people, but they may not want to sit down, read your book, and rate your chapters, right? My friend LisaContinue reading “Here’s an idea: HOW you can get to 100 Beta Readers”

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”

You market yourself. . .how? (Part 1)

Recently, a friend asked me, “How do you market yourself [as an indie/self-publisher]?” Aye, there’s the rub. Indie and self-pubbed authors want to sell books, but don’t necessarily know how. Witness almost any self-publishing outfit that will offer you bookmarks, business cards, placards, postcards, and the like as marketing collateral (don’t fall for it — do itContinue reading “You market yourself. . .how? (Part 1)”

What’s in a name?

Shakespeare famously said in Romeo and Juliet, that “A rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.” So, why are the names of your characters important? They’re probably not terribly pivotal, but I try to make them meaningful in my novel-writing. To me, it’s like naming your child — if you happen to have 20+Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

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”