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vikings with guns attack a 7-11 in africa, or why you shouldn’t look at a writer’s browser history

Many of the authors I know like to joke that if the FBI,  CIA, NSA, or any other 3-letter federal agency looked at the search results in Internet browser history, they (the writers, that is) would swiftly be hauled away … Continue reading

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why hand-sell books?

Last Saturday, I participated in the 20th annual “Heck With The Malls” artisans’ fair in Centreville, MD, peddling my books alongside jewelry-makers, painters, woodcarvers, knitters, etc.  If you’re an author, you might wonder why I would try to sell books … Continue reading

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“the song remains the same”…

…but the name changes.  As you might know, I’m working on a new young adult modern-fantasy/horror novel.  Alexandra “Alyx” Williams is a rebellious Korean-American high school senior who loves motorcycles, sketching, retro hard rock, and her boyfriend Sam.  When Sam … Continue reading

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storytelling on a 3rd thursday

I’m blessed to live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which has a thriving community of authors, musicians, and artists.  Recently, I was invited to headline an evening of readings and music that’s held on the third Thursday of the month at a … Continue reading

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researching “ill”ness

One time, I was at a book signing, sitting next to my writer buddy Brent Lewis.  A lady came up, looked at the books we had available, and asked prices.  “How come that,” she said, pointing to Brent’s 120+ page … Continue reading

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selling e-books: what’s worked for me

A budding author I’m friends with asked me for some tips on selling electronic copies of books, so I’ll pass along what I’ve learned; consider this a companion piece to my post from last year about selling physical books at … Continue reading

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on the way to lonely lands

Part 2 of ? I’ve been steadily working on In Lonely Lands, a modern-day fantasy/horror novel that I described previously.  I outlined the plot using an Excel spreadsheet (which I’ll share with you–sans spoilers–some other time, for the benefit of … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful, part 2

Previously, I had discussed what it is about monsters that (when done correctly), they frighten us.  And though you and I could sit here for hours and name numerous monsters from film, literature, myths, and legends, there are really only … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful

In Lonely Lands, my next novel, is a modern-day fantasy/horror piece, so–of course–it will have monsters.  I’ve loved monsters since I was kid back in Phoenix, AZ: one of the local TV stations would broadcast old monster movies (Godzilla, Rodan, … Continue reading

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on the way to lonely lands

Part 1 of ? Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on my next novel, a modern-day fantasy/horror piece with the working title of In Lonely Lands, and I’ll share with you some of my progress in this and … Continue reading

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