Category Archives: fiction

Seven Fundamental Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Writer (So Far)

When I first started writing, my only goal was to write a novel, get an agent, and get it published. The way I figured things then, was that I’d gotten decent grades in my English classes in school, and I’d done plenty of writing … Continue reading

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DESTINY BLUES – Launch Announcement

Today is the official launch of my urban fantasy novel, DESTINY BLUES. Amazon:                    Paperback hardcopy Amazon:                    Kindle Edition Barnes & Noble:         Nook Edition Kobo:                        Kobo Edition Smashwords:             Smashwords Edition It’s the story of Shore Haven’s favorite meter maid, Mattie … Continue reading

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Graduation

I sold a short story this week; my first.   It’s a big milestone for any writer, and for me, I consider it a graduation of sorts.  After four years of study and applied learning, I have finally achieved the … Continue reading

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Openings: Into the Mythic

I’ve finished outlining my fourth and latest novel, and am now ready to start writing my first draft. It’s been almost a year and a half since I wrote the first draft of the opening for GLAMOUR.  I’ve learned a … Continue reading

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Name That Name

The more I write, the more I notice names. It’s sounds petty, but picking the right name for major characters can be frustrating.  First of all the name must satisfy the author’s inner sense of rightness.  As writers, we are … Continue reading

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Sharpening the Blade

Slowly but surely, I’m closing in on the final stages of my latest work on progress, GLAMOUR.  It will be my third complete novel in three years.  I am gratified to see that my writing is much better than the … Continue reading

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Perceptions

Fiction writers create new worlds and characters; or they give us a new perspective on people and places we think we know.  In my opinion, the best writers give us both.  Whether it’s Robert Jordan and his Seanchan continent of … Continue reading

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