Writing a Novel: When to Research

For This Broken Earth I spent at least 6 months researching everything from super viruses to Syrian end games.  I interviewed a U.S. Army colonel, an astrophysicist, a biologist, police officers, a computer security specialist and several others in order to write a novel that was as believable as possible. Research is highly important to writingContinue reading “Writing a Novel: When to Research”

New Podcast Up: Writing Dialogue and Wearing Costumes

In this episode, Ryan and I discuss the ins and outs of dialogue and how to make your characters dialogue seem more realistic. What is it that makes great dialogue work and what are some pitfalls that all writers face?  They also discuss their years of costuming and the funniest moments while wearing these elaborateContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Writing Dialogue and Wearing Costumes”

Sending One Book Along, Focusing On the Next One

This week was exciting! I offered my book This Broken Earth as a completely free Kindle edition and watched as copy after copy was downloaded.  The final total was 689. So what now? I have raised the price of This Broken Earth to $2.99 which is still dirt cheap.  The point is, that if you are one ofContinue reading “Sending One Book Along, Focusing On the Next One”

My Post Apocalypse Novel 5 Day Giveaway – Day 3

I checked Kindle Direct Publishing and yet another 120 copies of the book have been downloaded.  Looks like this freebie thing is a great idea after all. It is exciting to know that a total of 427 people have grabbed up my book (even if it is offered for free) and soon will be readingContinue reading “My Post Apocalypse Novel 5 Day Giveaway – Day 3”

New Podcast Up: Where Have All the Good Writers Gone?

Ryan and I had a great time discussing the lackluster summer movie season and why most of the films to hit theaters this summer have been colossal duds.  Could it be that writing has taken a back seat to possible blockbuster “sure things”?  What if the “sure things” don’t fly?  They can’t if they haveContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Where Have All the Good Writers Gone?”

Why I Quit the Indiegogo Campaign

So you may have noticed that I cancelled the Indiegogo campaign.  It was an experiment anyway, and since I hadn’t heard a peep from anyone wanting to fund the print edition of my book I decided to not be embarrassed at the end of the 45 day run to find that no one had fundedContinue reading “Why I Quit the Indiegogo Campaign”

How to Revitalize An Overused Plot Line

One of the things I often lament is the tired plot line or the plot line that is completely overused.  There are many of them, but recently there have been two blockbuster films and one best selling book that are, in essence, the same plot as other well known films or books. Three cases proveContinue reading “How to Revitalize An Overused Plot Line”

Active Verbs: Words to Spice Up Any Prose

One of the biggest problems with amateur writing is the use of run of the mill verbiage.  I have seen it time and again when students write fiction or fiction writers pay me to edit their work.  How much better could a piece of prose be if we were to be more creative with somethingContinue reading “Active Verbs: Words to Spice Up Any Prose”

New Podcast Up: Some Agents Can Be A Con

On this podcast, we return to Hasting’s Books and Entertainment to talk about recent news about my “agent” and the important lessons learned about finding a literary agent. How do you know that your agent isn’t just a vanity press masquerading as an agent? We also discuss our love of science fiction/fantasy conventions in theContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Some Agents Can Be A Con”

New Promo Video: This Broken Earth

I put together the following promotional video for my novel This Broken Earth.  I spent a lot of time with public domain footage, iMovie, Garageband and huge headaches trying to get past the current error messages on iBooks Author (which I will be posting about soon).  I spent the whole day trying to get the iBooksContinue reading “New Promo Video: This Broken Earth”