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Writing An Ending First


My latest work in progress, Come Apart, has been a year long experiment to see if I could write the final chapter of a book first and then build the rest of the novel around that final chapter. I can tell you that the progress has been a challenge. This all started when I read Pines  by Blake … Continue reading

Book Review: Pines by Blake Crouch


As a writer, I read a great number of books in all genres.  However, science fiction is near and dear to my nerdy little heart.  I don’t just love any type of science fiction, but love the type that not only has sound science but also a message that comments on humanity. This is why … Continue reading

Research and the Period Novel


I spent the better part of six months researching biblical end-times scenarios, possible ways that the world could fall apart geopolitically, super-viruses, and another six months outlining my novel to incorporate all of that knowledge.  One of the biggest problems that period novels have is when the research takes over the novel entirely. For example, … Continue reading

The Slow Start: How to Open Your Novel With a Bang


One of the most annoying facts about inexperienced novelists is that they often will open their novels with tons of backstory about some character or place.  The novel might begin with something like “The war was ongoing” or “this is the reason these two people did not get along with one another” or some other … Continue reading

The U.S. of After Chapter 1


Since the first installment of my new novel This Broken Earth: The U.S. of After was intended to be free to the public anyway, I have decided to post one chapter a day so that those of you who have not downloaded it yet can get a taste or possibly read one chapter a day if … Continue reading