A Russian Reference for Transient

Oddly enough, one of the most common questions I get about my novel Transient has nothing to do with the plot or characters. On a somewhat regular basis, I receive a message asking “What does [some Russian phrase] mean?” For anyone needing a non-spoiler...

The Music Industry Made Me a Better Writer

I often credit the music industry for making me a better writer, but not in the way you may think. Yes, I wrote a ton of music, but that didn’t do much for my penmanship. To be honest, I look back at the lyrics I wrote in my twenties and cringe. I thought I was...

Rethinking Editors and Critique Groups

I’m about to anger a lot of writers and editors, so strap in and enjoy the rage tornado. Are you ready for a horrifying admission? Here goes … I publish novels without using content editors or critique groups (dun dun duuuun). And, my novels are better off...

About the Author, Extended Edition

Each one of my novels has a short “About the Author” section. Like, really short. We’re talking two lean sentences and a website. I have never been one to vomit my backstory onto readers. They are there to read a story, not learn about my...

An Author’s Guide to Comic Cons

As an author, what if I told you that there are places in the world where your core audience gathers in large numbers to buy your books? They listen to your spiel, ask fun and interesting questions, and even thank you for your time. Seems like a pipe dream, perhaps an...

The Long Fought Story of Transient

When I mention that my debut novel Transient took 10 years to write and publish, people give me funny looks. I’m not being cute or overly dramatic, just stating the fact that I spent the better part of a decade building the world behind the words. It then...