As the 2016 election kicks into high gear, the supporters of each party will become more vocal and fierce. This isn't a bad thing. It's great that we are free to express our opinions in the U.S. Much like the election or the 24 hr news cycle, there is another topic that is hotly contested, finding readers and authors on both sides of the aisle. I am referring to genre-specific authors. Should an author stick to one genre? Must they? A large benefit to sticking with one genre is the trust that develops between reader and author. Readers come to know the author and trust the author to give them an experience worthy of their money and time, which is even more valuable. Not only this, but an author refines her craft as she continues to write in that genre and improve, futher enhancing the author-reader trust cycle. On the other side, the sentiment is that an author shouldn't be pigeonholed into writing one genre. The argument is that the fans are of the author and wi
Alright, so my book has been making headway into the markets, people are reading it and such. Without giving any spoilers away, you readers may be wondering if there is another book in the works. I have been writing the direct successor to A Spark in the Darkness comprising of short stories to help build the world in a way that leaves the reader more engaged with the (actual) New World that which is Ceres. And I don't want to give away anything at the moment, so I will just say to expect the Crusaders that you know and love, but also be prepared for new characters, challenges, and...points of view. With that, I am done with the hints for now. Follow on Twitter for updates in the moment...I may end up dropping more hints as to what to expect.
Currently, my stories involve the US Military. It's a huge part of the universe I built, be it the branches of the Army, Navy, or Marines, or even a made up branch like NASA. I've got protagonists like Ishmael, Pummel, and Justice, and I have antagonists like Jensen and all the spies, traitors, and defectors. You can see my point here. There's a reason we say that those in the military serve (or have served). Presently, the US Military is an all-volunteer force, which means that people like me (and quite possibly you) never have to enlist. Others have taken the burden to fight in wars, battles, combats, and skirmishes while I can sit here comfortably and type this on my phone. This is in stark contrast to conscription, or a draft based way, to fill the ranks of the military (though this is what Vietnam Vets had to deal with, among other hardships like disrespectful protesters). I grew up seeing soldiers return home. I witnessed the Walter Reed Hospital scan