Writing and publishing my first novel.

Seven Things I Learned Writing and Publishing My First Novel

I knew I would learn a lot by writing and publishing my first novel, but I didn’t know exactly what I would learn. Would I make discoveries about my writing process or the craft of writing and storytelling? Would I learn broader life lessons? Perhaps all of the above? Engineered Underground isn’t the first book…Read More

Thoughts on Transcending Genre

I’m a huge fan of science fiction. When I go shopping for new books or when I’m surfing for new movies and TV shows to watch, I almost always hit the sci-fi section first. But I don’t limit myself to this one genre. On any given day, you can find me reading historical fiction, children’s…Read More

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Interview on Buddy’s Writing Show

If you have any interest in writing–and especially in pursuing a career as an author–you should check out Buddy’s Writing Show on YouTube. Buddy is a naturally skilled interviewer who asks thoughtful questions and makes his guests feel right at home. I was recently interviewed on Buddy’s show and had a great time discussing my…Read More

My NaNoWriMo 2013 stats

Reflections on NaNoWriMo 2013

I first heard about National Novel Writing Month, which is more affectionately called NaNoWriMo by its supporters, about seven or eight years ago. I thought it was crazy. Write a novel in a single month? Please. A decent novel takes years and years to write! Everybody knows that. But then I looked into it and…Read More

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