One of the things that has become very obvious to me in my journey as an author is how difficult it is to get a 100% clean manuscript when it comes to typos and grammar errors. I read through Killing Adam at least 10 times on my own, my editor did two passes, and then her proofreading partner did a pass. But even with all three of us working on it, there were a handful of typos that made it...

Before I became a writer, I had already self published six books. Kind of a strange things to say, I know. I ran a software company, and a big part of what that company did was provide educational materials to stocks and futures traders. Those resources almost always took the form of a book. So back then, the way I would do it was to have a bunch of copies printed up and shipped over. The more you order, the...

If you've ever studied writing or stories, one of the big techniques you'll be familiar with is what is called the character arc. This is the change that a character undergoes in the story. For example, most people are familiar with Charles Dickens's famous character Ebenezer Scrooge. The guy was completely stingy and cold-hearted in the beginning of the story, but then becomes generous and loving at the end. That's his arc, and it was a dramatic one. I like arcs,...

I spent over a year living in Tennessee, and during that time I really fell in love with country music. I know the songs sound the same on the radio no matter where you are, but somehow, living outside of Nashville, that kind of music had some extra power. I dare anyone to live in that part of the country for any period of time and not come away a fan of that kind of music. Anyway, there's a funny...

I realize that the viewership of this blog is only two people at this point in time (me and my web designer) but I can't resist the urge to write something here and celebrate the birth of this website! It's been a long time coming. Had someone asked me what I wanted to do with my life when I was fifteen, I'd have answered "to be a writer" without any hesitation. But had that question been asked one year later...