Friday, July 5, 2013


Great advice, Jean-Luc.

Autographed copies now available.
On occasion I get asked a question or two about the writing process, the projects I’m working on, marketing, and other writing-related questions. I thought I would share a few that have come my way recently. Check out Part 1 here.

"It was a dark and rainy night." Do you use weather to create mood in your writing? Has weather ever been treated as a character in any of your books?

Sometimes weather can play an important part in the story, certainly. In Evil Ways, rain played an important part in setting the mood of the story. There’s also something fun about having the characters do their action in the rain. It’s a bit tricky at times to keep track of when it’s raining, but it’s a nice tool for setting the scene.
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What questions do you ask yourself before killing off a main character?

Killing characters is not always easy. Sure, some characters are created specifically with the intention of killing them off. And I do so love writing a good murder. When it comes to the killing of a character, the first question is usually, does the death work for the story? If the death feels like a natural extension of the story then it works. If it feels forced then the readers will feel that and it could pull them out of the narrative I’m trying to establish. Shocking deaths that seemingly come out of nowhere are nice shock moments, but they have to also make sense… unless it being a senseless death is crucial to the story.

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Describe your life as a writer in 25 words or less.

Writing is a feast or famine lifestyle punctuated by bursts of excitement and energy followed by “How can I afford to eat this month?”

Is there anything you’d like to know? Feel free to leave a question in the comments below or email them to me at

Just a reminder that you can now purchase autographed copies of Evil Ways, Deadly Games!, Earthstrike Agenda, and Frontier directly from me. Just click on the "Buy Now" buttons in the novels tab or at I hope to add more autographed titles soon, including the anthologies and audio dramas to this program as well. Stay tuned.
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coming soon.

Evil Ways and Deadly Games! have been added to the website if you'd like to check them out here and here.

Work continues apace. I’m nearing the end of my Fight Card Books novel, Barefoot Bones. I’m also working on a series of short stories for an as yet unannounced project. After I finish Barefoot Bones, I start on a story featuring a new character of my own creation called Abraham Snow for a publisher that I have not worked with previously. I have to get it finished in August for the launch Moonstone Books before getting back to the delayed Evil Intent for BEN Books.
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of a new fiction line in October. I’ll post more details as I’m able. Then it’s on to the Honey West/Domino Lady novel for

There is a lot of fun stuff in the pipeline so I’d best get back to work.
So much to do, so little time.

Have a great weekend.


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