Archive for the ‘Indie’ Category

“The Woolf: Ranging the cultural landscape” is a fine cultural E-zine coming out of EU, edited by the lovely Jill Marsh, who is also an excellent novelist. Jill’s novel, Behind Closed Doors, is a psychological thriller in a Patricia Highsmith fashion. It is a mesmerizing first of four in the Beatrice Stubbs series. Jill asked some […]


Among the many invocations piled upon the aspiring writer, “write what you know” is usually close to the top. Like most of them, this one can be overly interpreted to the absurd (in either direction); but in the main, I think it’s pretty good advice for Big Issues. I know a lot about the law and […]


It looks like this Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season is going to be Full Irish. This political suspense novel marks the return of Paul and Shannon Forté, several years after they had moved to Carmel following Paul’s acquittal on corruption charges. It also introduces Finola McGee, the brassy political editor of the Irish Telegraph, Dublin’s second biggest […]


For my biannual post on writing craft, I shall simply repeat three sentences: Omit needless words. Resist the urge to explain. Value the reader’s time. Thanks for the reminder, Kristen Lamb.


A few weeks have passed since Susanne and I announced our collaboration, and I wish to report that the process so far has been superb. Through a series of emails and Skype conversations, we have tweaked and embellished the plot and put up >10,000 words. At this rate, we’d be done with a draft by […]


I suffer from a severe lack of efficiency in the novel writing process. And I’ve decided what to do about it. Some writers are story makers, some are story tellers. Some musicians are songwriters, some are lyricists. I’ve always felt free and exhilarated being the story teller, the lyricist. I struggle mightily to make the […]


Well, the Rice Petition has lost a lot of its steam as author after author continues to sign it with no apparent understanding of exactly what it proposes (based upon their own comments), but in the meantime, there has been a lot of discussion, and agreement, that Amazon’s review guidelines could use a few tweaks […]