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May the Fourth be With You on Star Wars Day

As you may know, today is Star Wars Day! Those of us who enjoy the “Star Wars” movies celebrate the occasion with the phrase: May the Fourth be with you! Get it? Because it’s Star Wars Day, my vlog for the day is about why it’s cool to be old...

Authors Rock the Books Alive Conference

This weekend, I had the most awesome time at the Books Alive writers’ conference. It reminded me once again why I want to be a writer. I arrived at the Bethesda Marriott in plenty of time to catch the panel on self-publishing and ebooks. Among the panelists were one...

Awesome Raymond Chandler Quotations

Here are some of my favorite passages written by the awesome Raymond Chandler! I am (and will always be) a great, big fan of the hardboiled mystery genre. On that note, here we go! :) “From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she...

I Celebrated World IP Day

Last week (Wait! Two weeks ago … How time flies when you’re having fun!), I did a vlog about the importance of intellectual property (or IP) rights. However, there were a few things I failed to mention. So, since yesterday was World IP Day, I made a video about...

I Keep Trying to Make a Living as a Writer

This weekend saw so many amazing things happening to me. As one who is trying to make a living as a writer, you realize I don’t actually spend my weekends doing nothing. I’m always reading or writing something. Or trying to organize my messy office. Not...

The Awesome Thing About Being a Fiction Writer

One of the things I like most about being a fiction writer is the research I get to do. The old saw about writing what you know isn’t the best advice really. If that were the case, I’d have to know a hell of a lot more than I do. As a fiction writer,...

Should You Publish Through KDP Select?

I have all sorts of mixed feelings about making my work available on KDP Select. On the one hand, so many readers shop at Amazon, a company that’s become so HUGE, it’s about way more than books now. So, why wouldn’t I want to go with KDP Select?...

The Weekend Documentary Film Project

Tomorrow, I plan to do the most idiotic bizarre fun-filled and amazing thing I’ve ever tried. I’ll be on a team of documentary makers, working on a time-limited documentary film project. I even tested out my awesome camera today. Even managed to focus the picture!...

IP Rights Are Important

One great thing about the SinC Hollywood conference is that I learned so much about so many things, including why IP rights are important. I’ve always taken the position that knowing and controlling the IP rights to your material is essential for anyone who wants to...

Back From Hollywood, Which Was Awesome

I’ve been gone for a while, but have been running excerpts from my young adult novel. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. However, I’m back now from an amazing conference in Hollywood that I attended thanks to Sisters in Crime. Here are a few photos from the...

Check Out Chapter Three of My YA Novel

Here’s the third chapter of my YA novel INVISIBLE ME! Funny thing is, I didn’t intend for this to be the first in a young adult series. But now I’m leaning toward writing a sequel. We’ll see how well that works out! :) In any case, here’s...

Check Out Chapter Two of My YA Novel

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend! :) Without further ado here’s Chapter Two of my YA novel! CHAPTER TWO After seventh period, I wander by the gym, half-wondering if I’m being set up or about to be the butt of another practical joke. Lingering by the...

Check Out Chapter One of my YA Novel

The odd thing about writing a series of mysteries, then writing one YA novel is that it’s kind of hard to know how exactly to brand yourself. Am I mystery writer or a YA writer or what? For what it’s worth, I’ll publish a few chapters of INVISIBLE ME...

Why Do I Write?

Although I wasn’t chosen to be part of the WordNerd crew, I was invited to submit a video of my writing space and to answer the question, “Why do I write?” Now, there’s a question that I could ponder for a while. But I only had 30 seconds, so I...

Online Marketing for Writers

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how marketing as a writer is supposed to work. I keep reading about how content is the most important part of blogging. On top of that, every time I turn around there’s some new article or blog post out about the...

My Unconventional Attempt to Write Spy Fiction

I’ve been a great fan of spy novels for many years. When I started writing fiction, I waffled a bit at first about whether to write mysteries or spy fiction. As a life-long mystery fan, I gravitated naturally toward that genre. However, I still harbor an interest in...

Big Announcement About the Crime Cafe, Etc.

Hi there! :) Since you’re reading my blog by either some great fluke of luck or because Google is being kind or whatever, I have a big announcement to make about the Season One, Crime Cafe Story Package. I’ve made a vlog about this, so I won’t bother...

Read Here About my Budget and GoodReads Giveaway

As an indie author, even one with a series being published by a small press, it’s my job to handle all the aspects of marketing and selling my books, along with writing them, of course. Over the course of time, I’ve learned that one of the best ways to promote one’s...

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