Seeing Comes First

In 1999, I lived for a brief time in an apartment about a block from a Barnes & Noble bookstore. I used to go over there every day or two to and stand at the front racks, imagining that there was a book with my name on it right on the front table. I would also go...

Quotes and Truths

A friend just sent me a copy of a book entitled Attitude Is Everything, by Jeff Keller. The subtitle reads, “Change Your Attitude … Change Your Life!” and the book’s introduction leads off with this famous quotation: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that...

Philosophy in a Nutshell

I love coming up with epigraphs, those little quotes, snippets of inspirational verse, bits of lyrics, or lines from a film that authors sometimes stick up at the top of chapters, like philosophical Post-it Notes, to set a certain tone or theme. Not all my books have...

An Unexpected Totem

Here is that passage I promised, from the last part of chapter 1 of The Red Circle (which launches tomorrow). First let’s set the stage: Having just turned sixteen, Brandon is out on the Pacific Ocean with a family of three (two young parents and their three-year-old...

Rite of Passage

With forty-eight hours to go to The Red Circle’s launch, I thought I’d share the opening of chapter 1: # # #Every culture has its rites of passage. Native American adolescents journeyed into the wilderness for days on end in vision quests aimed at gaining life...