What the Publishers Didn’t See

Here’s a taste of what they said: “What a treat! A wonderful parable, inspirational, very moving. And the lessons really work.” “It made me tear up—and I love novels that evoke emotion.” “A life-lessons-through-food novel for a new generation. Owen is a sympathetic,...

On Death and Living

“I HAVE AN UNUSUAL relationship with death.…” So begins a saga, a story of war and training, of death and life, and also by any measure — certainly by word count — the biggest book I’ve ever written. I’ve written in this blog before about my partnership with former...

Puppies and Demons

This morning I had a battle with demons. It was quite gentlemanly. We all won. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I’m at work on the next book in the Go-Giver series. In that post I chronicled the process of coming up with the first paragraph, which consisted of a single...

Getting Better

In Steve Martin’s online promo for his master class in comedy-writing on Masterclass.com, Martin starts out like this: I was talking to some students and they were saying things like, “How do I get an agent?” and “Where do I get my head shots?” And I just thought,...

Creating a Person

You and I have a lot more in common than you might think. We are both involved in the same act of magic. I’ve been ruminating lately about what it’s like to write fiction. I’ve spent most of my life not being a published writer, so this whole “author” thing is...