Murder Your Darlings

As the sky darkened the ocean’s surface began to exhibit a strange glow. Patches of otherwordly light shimmered and danced. Finn had studied this. Bioluminescence, from squid, crustaceans, and plankton. Generated by a light-emitting molecule called luciferin,...

A Novel in Need of a Name

A deserted city street. The distant ruckus of drunken revelers, laughter, Christmas carol fragments. Under the faint glow of street lights a flurry of snowflakes drifts to the frigid cobblestone surface, then swirls aside as a girl’s bare feet sprint past. She darts...

Believe

One year ago, all we had was a manuscript. A title, STEEL FEAR, followed by a hundred thousand words. No publisher. No contract. No clue whether anyone else would think it was any good, let alone good enough to take a chance on it. We both believed in it. But hey,...

Mystery on a Floating City

“Finn felt the shift in the soles of his feet. The ship was pulling around…” — Steel Fear, chapter 19 It was a cold Tuesday morning on January 8, 2019, when I set foot on board the USS Abraham Lincoln, a 90,000-ton Nimitz-class US Navy aircraft carrier. A warship...

Knock, Knock

A few years ago my buddy and coauthor Chef Charles Carroll had a crazy idea. Let’s organize a trip to Afghanistan. Bring along a troupe of celebrities, entertainers and cooks, a few tons of food, dozens of pallets of gifts, drop in on a forward operating base (FOB) in...