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the best thing ‘bout BTO…

…had nothing to do with the two seminars I conducted. But let me back up a smidge.  Bay to Ocean is a one-day writers conference held by the Eastern Shore Writers Association every March.  BTO has been going strong for 21 … Continue reading

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yes, i do give a @#&%

I didn’t mean for her to say it.  It’s not my style.  Nevertheless, toward the end of This Wasted Land, the young adult dark fantasy novel I’m writing, Our Feisty Teenage Heroine Alyx drops the “f-bomb” for the first time.  Then … Continue reading

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“have you heard how she talks? she’s a real character”

One of the challenges in creating characters for stories is developing a “voice” (or way of speaking) for each of them.  In real life, people don’t all sound the same, and neither should well-crafted characters: they ought to be distinctive, … Continue reading

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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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