I would like to extend my thanks for your visit and invite you to look around my website. I write. And I love sci-fi and fantasy.
I live in the expanse of the Mid-West
with my large family. Only
recently have I discovered the giants and founders of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Now I write
incorporating the spirit of the classics with my own twists. Pulp
fiction as well as the SciFi giants of the 80s and 90s are my exemplars. Most importantly, I want my readers to have a fun ride.
This is a must read if you have never studied fiction. While the text is dry (it was written many decades ago and serves as a textbook in many creative fiction courses), it is invaluable. Firstly, it lays out fiction wonderfully. Swain has a treasure trove of do's and don'ts lined up in all areas, be it character, setting, or the middle of the story. Be prepared to highlight. I never ever ever mark in my books. Ever. It's the 8th Deadly Sin. But still I found myself thinking "Hey I need to mark this." This is great for indie authors who are just setting out or those who are experienced and want to improve their craft. I find myself referencing it even when I'm not writing. I literally (sorry for word choice, but it's true) cannot go into how much value this book is on your bookshelf. It's almost entirely made up of information, as opposed to other books that promise that simply retell their experiences and market it as "expe
If you look on my Goodreads account, you will see that I gave The Forest for the Trees a two star review. I gave it so because I felt it did not deliver what was promised. However, this book is still good in some sense, and I recommend that indie writers (particularly fiction writers) read this. The Forest for the Trees gives insight to the publishing world from the perspective of an editor, but it is crammed full of anecdotes of literary uppity-ups and how they were full of themselves in this way or that. The examples of the publishing industry are few and far between. However, the examples and stories about how the publishing industry works is invaluable. For that alone, I recommend reading this. One example is that (at least when the author of this book was an editor) there was no market research done on the artwork for book covers. It consisted of the artist going around the office and asking his/her coworkers of their opinions. And author agreement (getting the autho
This past week I unpublished the three books in my Civil Tribulation Series. I had been wrestling with this idea for a few months and ultimately decided to pull the trigger. I realized this was the right thing to do, in part, for all the reasons Expedition to Eden author J. Manfred Weichsel said: I wrote most of these books when I was an undergraduate. This was before my first fiction sale, before I studied craft or prose or became an avid reader. My marketing was nonexistent for these books and I bet if you follow me on Twitter , you didn't even know I had self published three books. Collateral Damage changed everything. I'm currently working through the edits to this project. It will be the best thing I've written so far. And my biggest fear was that a reader would love Collateral Damage , pick up one from the Civil Tribulation Series, and be disappointed with the product. With all that being said, I fully stand behind the story in the Civil