My New Novel Comes Out This Week

My novel, The Life Of Colin Phelps goes live on June 25th. A sweeping historical novel tracing a boy’s journey into manhood. Set against a backdrop of poverty in 1855 London to America where he is shaped by events leading up to and including the Civil War. Slavery, shipwrecks, treachery, and enduring romance make this…

North Korean Style

“North Korea’s Foreign Ministry says talks with Pompeo “regrettable,” accuses the US of unilateral demands for denuclearization.” AP July 8, 2018. My novel, A Time of Lies: North Korean Style sheds light on what life is really like in the Hermit Kingdom. A love story is shattered when a US Intelligence Officer finds himself in…

How Did She Say That?

Writing should be a visual endeavor. Let your reader get lost in the pictures of your story. If your protagonist is a young woman with something to say, don’t stop with the dialogue. If she says: “I’ll need to think about that.” Show her saying it.  Does she put her hands on her hips, staring…

Write a Horrible First Draft

Among the best advice I’ve received on writing is the admonition to give yourself permission to “Write a shi—y first draft.”  I believe it was Stephen King’s advice in On Writing, but it could have been Anne Lamott (whose Bird by Bird is a wonderfully entertaining discourse on the writing process, authors, and publishing – highly recommended).  The point…

Who Said This About Writer’s Block?

I recall that an author made the following observation about writer’s block, but I can’t remember who it was.  If you know, please tell me.  It goes something like this: My father was a truck driver. Every working day, for over thirty years, he climbed behind the wheel, adjusted his mirrors, started the engine and…