Crime, contacts . . . CRAFT! Killer Nashville was amazing. Above, see the featured image with Max Allan Collins, the master writer behind Road to Perdition and about a million other projects, plus now Quarry. The workshops were just . . . well—like POISONS, State Department protocols, Noir, Police Procedures, Contracts and Humorous Thrillers. Because you NEED humor when you figure out what this contract will … Continue reading Unreal
Writing. In daily life it feels selfish. We all have jobs, commitments, and FAMILY. We all have to give ourselves permission to “waste” hours that could have been better-spent cleaning house, studying up for a promotion, or going out with the kids. In my case, having just separated, I feel the pressure to be both parents. When the separation first happened, I felt guilty about … Continue reading Permission
Writing for me boils down to one thing: passion. The drive to tell my stories. And a craving for time to put more of them on the page. In the final stages of revising my next book, I’m savoring every moment of living in this story world. Perhaps my brain surgery and a period of not being able to write made me appreciate the art … Continue reading Embracing the Story
(reblogged from 6/2013 while I revise Paradox) What makes a writer? Not English degrees. Not publishing deals. Only one thing defines us: Words on paper. That’s it, really. Yes, if you want someone to actually read the words, you have to do more. If you want to make any money at it, you have to do more. But all writers have to begin in the same … Continue reading What makes a writer?