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Hunger

Thank you to Kim Iverson for inspiring this little piece with her search for smexy stock imagery. The video share of “Animals” by Maroon 5 put the final nail in the coffin of my resolution to write it.

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Fear

I was honored recently to be asked to review an ARC of a collection of short stories by Michael Chambers. It made me remember how much I used to love writing them myself and it sparked a desire to write a new one. Then fellow author Lincoln Farish pitched an elaborate idea for a psychological thriller and it spawned this little baby.

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Character Development: Aiden and The Break of Chapter 26

Have you ever been asked to do a character analysis in English class as a student? I don’t remember much from the ones I did, but I do enjoy the concept. Obviously, not every character ever written is worthy of the bother, but every once in a while you get one you could spend hours on the couch with (in psychoanalysis…). You think you know them, but the more you look, the deeper you see. Part of why I love reading, re-reading, and writing is that all three allow you to revisit a certain situation, a certain place and time, a certain sentence spoken, and look beneath the surface in a way you can’t do in real life. Nuance and subtlety are the most irresistible lure for any hardcore bookworm. Yes, we enjoy action and passion, and witty dialogue, but what really keeps us coming back isn’t the obvious, it’s the things you have to dig for, think about, and chew on.

Why would you do that to a person??

WolfenNot too long ago, I was confronted with a reader’s question that gave me pause. The question was about Aiden from Wolfen and a certain thing that happens to him about halfway through the book. My answer was going to be simple and to the point: it was a test for him and another character, and their arcs hinged upon how they responded to it. But I paused because as I was typing this answer out, my mind veered off to a place I hadn’t gone before, even while writing this book, and it completely changed what I wanted to say. That place was Aiden’s past.

“Why would you do that to a person?” they asked.

Here’s my answer:

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#IndieBooksBeSeen

Today (I am told) is a day for Indie authors to show their pride and their self-published books. The hashtag is trending all over, and social media is getting flooded with photos of authors and their books. I like it!… Read More »#IndieBooksBeSeen

Post-Apocalypse and our Fear of the Unknown

WolfenA brief announcement before I begin this week’s post: Wolfen is well on the way with edits, and doing great! I should have a release date to share in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! =)

Having said that, and on counsel of my editor and betas, I have amended the genre classification for Wolfen from Horror to Post-Apocalypse (which, at least on one storefront is filed under Horror, so I’m not sure how much difference it will make, but there you have it). This is because as shudder-worthy as many scenes in the book are, none of us felt it was frightening enough as a whole to warrant a full horror standing. I blame Aiden’s relentless sense of humor. The guy just can’t take anything seriously for most of the book…

Anyway, this got me thinking, because Post-Apocalypse seems to be all the rage these days, especially in YA fiction, and often combined with dystopian themes, and it kind of begs the question why? Contrary to the bandwagon theory which suggests authors hop on to make a buck, I don’t think that is the case. I think the theme is one that is on everyone’s mind these days, world wide, at least in some subconscious capacity. Again, why? Well, in my humble opinion…

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Wolfen Update

I’ve been a little MIA lately, but wanted to give you a short update on where things stand. My self-edits are all finished on paper, just need to type them into the main file, and then Wolfen the novel is… Read More »Wolfen Update