A Strange and Alien Universe

Back in January, in my first post of the year, I promised to take you behind the scenes of my forthcoming novel STEEL FEAR over the next few months. That series of posts starts right here, right now. #  #  # You may have heard this common advice to writers: “Write...

You Are a Metaphor

“COMMAND MASTER CHIEF Robbie Jackson glanced down at his cooling coffee. Master Chief Jackson was not a patron of Jittery Abe’s, the onboard Starbucks. He liked his coffee the traditional navy way: from the mess, black and nasty. A description that he himself had...

How to Write Good

If I asked you, “Are you a writer?” your answer would probably vary depending on what your definition of “writer” is. So let me ask it this way: Do you use words to communicate with other human beings? If your answer to that one is “yes,” then I wrote my latest book...

Nine Resources to Rock Your Writing

“What advice can you give me on how to get my writing published?” For years, whenever people have asked me this question, I’ve hemmed and hawed and stumbled and fumbled and generally improvised my way through something that may have sounded like a good reply but...

Ten Books That Rocked My World

“It is cold. See the snow. See the snow come down.” Eleven words, and I was off and running. These are the opening lines of Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik, with illustrations by the immortal Maurice Sendak. Little Bear was the first book I ever read to myself....