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Thrilling News About My YA Audiobook

I have the most thrilling news about my young adult audiobook, which as you may have read has just come out! The book has gotten the most effusive 5-star review on Audible! ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it awesome? ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, you have until the end of the month to sign up for my 30-Day...

Do You Enjoy Fiction Podcasts?

One of the new ways of writing I’ve been exploring is the world of fiction podcasting. Someone has to write the podcast scripts for them, right? What I’d really like to do is write a parody of an old-fashioned radio play, like this one. But here’s a...

This Weekend’s Inspiring Tweets

This weekend, I happened across a few inspiring tweets that really summed up why I write my books the way I do. Needless to say, I’m inspired to a great extent by the world of hardboiled fiction! ๐Ÿ™‚ To wit: I often think about Raymond Chandler’s take on...

Have You Heard the News?

Have you heard the news? If you haven’t seen my tweets or my Facebook Page, then it’s time you found out … my young adult novel Invisible Me is now available as an audiobook! Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now hear this …! Get it? ๐Ÿ™‚ If Invisible Me is the first...

Regardless of Format, Writers Write

It has reached the point now where I’m exploring how to balance writing novels and writing screenplays. Or comic books or journals or coloring books. Or fiction podcast scripts. But no matter what I write, the bottom line is that writers write. That is the long...

My Crazy Idea for Supporting Local Bookstores

Hi! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  This post is about my crazy idea for supporting local bookstores by supporting authors all over the world. I’ve explained it in my vlog for the week.   And for those who’d rather read this than watch my video (or who’d like to read while...

Scenes on a Caturday

For your Caturday viewing pleasure! TELL ME WHERE THE CATNIP IS pic.twitter.com/KD1deFeLkA โ€” Emergency Kittens (@EmrgencyKittens) June 3, 2017 Happy Caturday!...

The Search Engine’s Guide to Reading

As an author, I write stories that I hope will interest readers. However, readers canโ€™t know if they like my work if theyโ€™re not aware of it. Thus, along with writing books, itโ€™s my job to make those books discoverable. To do this, I have to (essentially) think like a...

Things You Should Know About Prosecutors

Although the protagonist in my mystery series is a defense attorney, that doesnโ€™t mean that sheโ€™s constantly at odds with the prosecutor in her cases. Just the ones that I happen to write about, because it makes for a more interesting story. As a lawyer, I continue to...

You Need to Hear About This

It’s my great pleasure to say that I have a project in the works that you really need to hear about! Because, eventually you’ll be able to actually hear it! Yes, INVISIBLE ME, my young adult novel is being produced as an audiobook by Sara K. Sheckells of...

Telling Stories for Fun and Profit

You know, when you come down to it, most of us tell stories in one way or another. Some of us do it verbally, while others like to write them down. Telling stories comes naturally to most of us. But not all of us are equally skilled at how we tell them. This is where...

How I Plot Stories

This week, I’m sharing a behind-the-scenes view of my life as a writer. I’ve made a video about how I plot stories. As I explain in the video, some of us are “pantsers” and some of us are “plotters”. I tend to fall in the latter...

Researching a Novel About an Unlicensed Private Eye

So, while Sam McRae and Portia Maddox sit on the proverbial back-burner, I’ve been working on my next novel about an unlicensed private eye. Or novella. Or long book of crime fiction. Crime fiction with chapters. Whatever. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, Erica Jensen, a former Marine...

My Review of a Young Adult Novel

Since I enjoy young adult fiction and have written one YA novel, it seemed appropriate to include a book review of one young adult novel I recently finished. It’s called How to Build a Girl and the author is Caitlin Moran, who is both British and awesome!...

Based on a True Story (Kinda)

Often people ask me if any of the Sam McRae novels are based on a true story. The answer is no, none of the stories about Sam McRae are real. However, Sam’s sensibility is somewhat informed by my experiences as a solo practitioner. Keep in mind this was back in...

I Recommend You Read These Good Books

So many good books and so little time! But, as a writer, I’m a big advocate of reading a wide variety of books. Here are two that are currently and patiently waiting to be read on my GoodReads list. The Rise and Fall of a ‘Casino’ Mobster. Crime...

Return to ‘Twin Peaks’

Before I started writing fiction, I’ll admit to being captivated by the show Twin Peaks. This show was my introduction to the amazing work of David Lynch. After that, it was only a matter of time before I started watching his movies, including Blue Velvet,...

Friday’s Featured Thriller Reading

My Friday featured thriller reading for the day is The Messiah Matrix. Here’s a description: To what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power? A renowned priest is killed in Rome. A Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the...

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