So Where Did It Come From?

A question I often get is how did you come up with the story line for Fire of the Covenant. The reality is that it was an intentional accident. I was taking an on-line course with an author, Holly Lisle, and one of the exercises was to create three sentences, one each for three different story lines. Each sentence had to include certain components that I am not at liberty to share since it … [Read more...]

Dealing with the Unexpected

Have you ever been coming off an entrance ramp, onto a highway – one of those ramps where it starts out as two lanes, and then one of the lanes merges into the other so that the ramp narrows to only one lane before it dumps into the highway – and another driver next to you on the ramp, though further back than you and in the lane that is supposed to merge into your lane, suddenly guns their car … [Read more...]

If You Want to be a Writer — Write!

The title of this post is a quote from Epictetus, a Greek sage (AD 55–135). I figured he was pretty wise – it took a lot of street smarts to live 80 years back then. Especially when he was a slave. So taking his advice on writing seems like a good move. Another of my favorite quotes comes from a more recent writer, Ernest Hemingway. If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may … [Read more...]

Why Writers Write

I recently saw an Apple commercial that reminded me of one of my favorite movies. As I watched the commercial, it made me think about why Writers write. This isn't the first time I have thought about this question, but it was the first time I actually sat back and let my mind focus on it. We don't write because it is easy. Taking a year or two, or even longer, throwing all your energy into … [Read more...]

Author Getaway

I've always wanted to get away and do nothing but write. My wife actually gave me a birthday gift, a couple of years ago, of a week away at a hotel in the local mountains. I missed her and came home after five days. Recently, friends of mine, who live along a lake in the mountains of Montana, were going away and needed someone to dog and house sit, for two weeks, while they were in France. … [Read more...]

Podcast Interview for Fire of the Covenant

Recently I was contacted by an Australian Book Blogger, Dave Kearney, and he asked if he could interview me over Skype. After some coordination (there is an 18 hour difference), we spent an hour chatting about my writing experiences; about my first novel, Fire of the Covenant; my 40 year dream of becoming an  author and finally reaching it; along with more questions about my writing and my life.  … [Read more...]

When Characters Rebel

I finally got through with my yard work and sat down at the computer to work on one of my novels, when a screech sounded behind me. I nearly jumped out of my desk chair, but turned it instead to see what was making such a horrific sound. Willow filled the doorway, a scowl on her face, and she had something in her hand that I couldn't see around the door jam. The arm, the one that stretched out … [Read more...]

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