On Being a Christian Novelist


We have a local store in nearby Norman, Oklahoma called Mardel’s Christian Office Supply, and in this store there is a rather large book selection of novelists of all types of genres within the Christian evangelical market.  Not only do they have my favorite novelist and apologist (C. S. Lewis), but they also have books by … Continue reading

Genre Blending


I’ve been reading a lot of different things lately in between writing my own stuff.  Namely, I’ve been working my way through Thomas Harris’s Hannibal series.  The first book, Red Dragon, was a masterful suspense journey that kept me guessing and even though I had seen many of the film incarnations of the novels, terrified me … Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue


It seems that the more current fiction I read these days the more dialogue I am seeing in the text.  As a matter of fact, most novels written today are heavy on the dialogue and lighter on the long paragraphs of detailed description. Dialogue is a tool used to further the action, to give us … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Road to Memphis Part One


In this special episode (excuse the road noise) Ryan and I decide to go to Memphis Tennesee on a road trip. On the way there we discuss the stories we leave behind. What stories have you started but never finished or had to abandon simply because they didn’t work? What do those abandoned stories teach us? We also … Continue reading

Some Writing Inspiration From Sun Studios


Currently I am on a road trip with a friend in Memphis, Tennessee.  Today we traveled to Graceland and saw some really cool excess, discovered some things about Elvis Presley via touring his mansion and viewing all of the different memorabilia on display. Elvis had some pretty cool threads. However, our trip to Sun Studios, … Continue reading

Short Story Writing Challenge #amwriting


I’ve been writing novels now since 2007.  I’ve written three novels and one self-help book. Frankly, I’m a little burned out. I decided that during the month of July I would try to write one short story every three days.  By the time I was done, I’d have 10 solid short stories to put into … Continue reading

Comedy Clip: My Son’s New Video


My son Conner is a little bit of a film nut, and we have recently set him up with a YouTube channel and given him the freedom to shoot his own bizarre little films.  His current effort is a little film called “Last Year’s Pizza”, something he directed and gathered props for, and then directed … Continue reading

3 Writing Rules to Enthrall the Modern Reader


So you’ve written the great American novel… or the next great British novel.  I suppose congratulations are in order.  You have indeed accomplished a grand feat.  Most people who call themselves writers are sitting around dreaming about writing something so grand. Now what? I have edited several novels over the course of my career, and … Continue reading

Experts Say Oklahomans Will Vote Republican By Default


Today is the Republican and Democratic primary across Oklahoma, but experts think Oklahomans will vote straight party Republican by default in November.  Researchers and political scientists at the University of Phoenix have come to the conclusion that Oklahoma should probably have a machine at polling stations that simply votes straight party Republican when each citizen … Continue reading