Failure Is the Only Option

Finishing up work on Among Heroes, my next book with my Navy SEAL sniper buddy Brandon Webb, getting it ready for its release this coming May. A scene late in the book gives us a chance to talk about what it means to fail. It takes place at a tournament for top high...

Bigger on the Inside

When I was a kid, I was into Batman. Really, really into him. Had a huge stack of Batman comics. When I grew up, I thought it would be very cool to be Batman. Then one winter day, as she sat in the dining room working on some play she was writing, my mom looked up and...

The Ordinary Moment

Tucked into moments here and there throughout my day, I’m slipping in snippets of reading in Spencer Quinn’s latest Chet and Bernie book, Paw and Order. I love the Chet and Bernie books. Bernie is your classic, noble-but-always-broke, hapless-good-guy private eye....

Death and Birth

Two weekends ago we held our memorial service for Sylvia, Ana’s mom. It was at the church where Ana was baptized, where we said goodbye to Ana’s dad eight years ago, and where we were married six years ago. The following weekend was my mom’s birthday. Carolyn Owens...

The Meaning of Memories

What is your favorite sound? Mine is a train whistle in the distance. As a kid, I used to lie awake at night, hearing it in the distance, hauntingly beautiful, like the mating call of an ancient and extinct species of giant bird or mythical airborne whale. My second...