Robert Dugoni opened the Surrey conference I just attended. "On this day, I write," was the ending phrase of his speech. If you'd like to hear it, please click here. It is inspirational. Thanks to Robert Dugoni, I began the conference reminded of why I write. Thanks to Robert McCammon, and Robynn Sheahan, and Russell Turney, I left the conference reminded of why I … [Read more...] about On this day, I write
We all do what we feel we have to at any given moment and those actions we cannot justify, we rationalize. Notice I didn't say we always do what we feel is right. There's a big difference. BESIDES . . . what's right for you could easily wrong someone else (see my post What's your point . . . of view? ) There are always at least two sides to a story. The trick is considering … [Read more...] about I have my reasons and you have yours.
Ralph, a homeless man who lives in my novel, The Courier, has head lice. At one point, he explains how lice can sometimes be advantageous. That doesn't stop him from using an unconventional method to rid himself of them. I won't tell you what Ralph feels the upside is, you'll have to read the book when it comes out. What I will say is that-LICE-easily deserves its … [Read more...] about Itching away
The days are busy. So are the nights. You work. You write. It's what you do. You walk around with a notepad and pen all the time, a blue tooth attached to your ear, and a cell phone in your pocket. Your phone is almost always on. If you're not in the car, you're, most likely, in front of a computer. Once a week, you have dinner with your family (the ones who live close … [Read more...] about Busy signal
When I sat down to write The Courier, I knew who I wanted Cyrus Driskoll to be at the beginning of the the book. I knew who I wanted him to be at the end. I had a rough idea of how I might get him from A to Z. To me, the most important objective was exposing his guts so that we could really see him. Because The Courier was my first novel, I was surprised at the clarity of the … [Read more...] about Dreaming of Cyrus