The protagonist is the one character most writers dwell on. It takes a fine balance between making them likeable and having them seem either arrogant or totally worthless. A good protagonist usually makes or breaks a story, while the antagonist, or villain, is usually tossed in as a reason for the protagonist to exist. This […]

The Write Environment

Is it time to consider writing professionally, at least part-time? Writing professionally means writing as though you need to pay the rent – tomorrow. You need to devote time to your craft. You need to develop effective habits. Remember the old adage, Practice Makes Perfect? It’s wrong – practice makes improvement. Developing a good writing […]

The Horror Family

 One thing that still surprises me is how the horror/dark fiction genre authors treat each other. For the most part, I’ve decided that the genre is really one large family. Perhaps because the genre isn’t as fractured as others, it removes the cliquishness that can pop up in other fields. Science Fiction, for example, has […]

KillerCon 4: Mandy DeGeit

I had the good fortune to meet Mandy DeGeit (pronounced de-gate) at KillerCon 4 in Las Vegas. A force of nature in a tank top, she’s one person that does not blend into the background. Mandy, a new author on the dark fiction/horror scene, is currently known as the woman who spoke up after having […]

KillerCon 2012 Report

Tonya and I attended KillerCon 4, an annual horror-genre convention held in Las Vegas every September. We stayed at the Stratosphere, where the con unfolded over the long weekend. We drove our little “creeper” van, which probably cost us more than a flight, but we enjoyed each other’s company on the trip. Tonya spotted a […]

HWA’s Halloween Haunts 2012

Coming this October from the Horror Writers Association… Halloween Haunts 2012 31 days of special posts from members of the Horror Writers Association. Blogs, interviews, book excerpts, and prizes from top horror authors in the genre. All are free, stop by the HWA Blog starting Oct 1st.

QR Codes for Authors

I have a new, short ebook out called QR Codes for Authors. It’s listed at 1.95 on Amazon, but it is available for free right here. The password is qrcode.  [wpdm_file id=1] Learn how to use QR Codes to promote your work, build your platform, and reach your readers and fan base. This ebook is […]

Facebook for Authors

 Originally posted in the Horror Writers Association newsletter. The vast majority of an author’s fans have a Facebook page. Writing is a business, and savvy authors take advantage of this marketing tool. Love it or hate it, an author should use this avenue for connecting with their fanbase. There are three separate types of Facebook […]

Free Flash Fiction!

I submitted a story for the Lascaux (pronounced Las-coo) flash fiction contest. If you have the time, please stop on by and give it a read. Since this is a contest entry, I’d appreciate you posting a comment on my apocalyptic 250-word entry! Thank you in advance! The link:

Busy busy busy little bees…

My goodness, I need to get to the point where I can write full-time. I get emails 24 hours a day for my day job in IT, which makes it difficult to get large block of writing completed. I end up getting 4-6 hours of sleep between writing and fixing computers. Here’s what I’m working […]