New Podcast Up: Checking Out Demon Sharks

New Podcast Up: Checking Out Demon Sharks

In this episode, Richard and I discuss the amazing writing of Bates Motel, and how we think the departures from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho were smart and well-written.  We also discuss Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga and Nestor Carbonell, three actors who pulled off Emmy winning performances in this series.  We are sad to finally check out of the … Continue reading

3 Reasons Why I Wound My Characters

3 Reasons Why I Wound My Characters

I’m currently working on the third book in a space opera trilogy. One thing I learned early on is that characters must be believable and that readers must have a stake in them if you are going to get very far. …Especially if you plan to write a multi-part book series with them…. One trick … Continue reading

Conventioning: A Promotion Idea

Conventioning: A Promotion Idea

This summer I will attend SoonerCon 2017 as a media guest. I attended two years ago in this capacity, and I had a pretty good time, but I don’t think I utilized my market potential very well.  My appearance this year will be a bit more useful to building a brand because I’ve hit on … Continue reading

On Using Memes to Market Books

For self-published authors, one of the most difficult hurdles is marketing that new book.  Most of us use the go-to of the Kindle freebie or the .99 cent mark down, and using one of those services that will tweet out your book details to their army of tweeps can be useful most of the time. … Continue reading

Warring Villains as Plot Device

Warring Villains as Plot Device

Unlike many Americans, I’m watching NBC’s Timeless. I say this because it has been announced that the show will not be renewed for a second season. But, folks, you need to watch it.  It’s really good. If you do not watch the show, and want to watch it, the following contains spoilers but it taught me … Continue reading

Use Everything to Promote Everything

There is a solid reason I haven’t released my short story compilation recently.  In fact, I’m brushing on some finishing touches before it is released very soon. The fact is, I was ready over a week ago to release it, but after talking to a friend who had one of his brilliant ideas I realized … Continue reading