January: Month in Review

I checked my blog’s stats today, and I realized that this past January was my best month since November 2019! I had hundreds of views, like, comments, and finally broke 350 followers, getting all the way up to 365. With that I’d like to welcome my new followers, and thank the old for sticking around …

3 Tips for Writing Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the most difficult parts of writing. On the one hand, you want the dialogue to feel organic, you want the reader to believe that this dialogue could very well be a genuine conversation. But on the other hand, real life conversations are full of pauses, filler words, and lots of slang, …

Behind the Characters, part 2: Hiamovi

Welcome back to Behind the Characters! Over the last two days I gave an in-depth look at Abby and how she appears in my latest book Their Names Were Many. You can check it out for yourself here! But moving on to today, we’ll be taking a look at another familiar character: Hiamovi. If you …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting some old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And …

The Tragedy of Boromir

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting my old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! Almost every character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece The Lord of the Rings is a giant in literature: Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn the King, Gandalf the Grey/White, they are all as famous and well-known as real heroes like Gandhi and MLK. But as for …

Creed: Mandate of Heaven

Good morning, readers! In my post yesterday I floated the idea of posting a sneak peek at my new work-in-progress, Creed: Mandate of Heaven. It’s the first book in a series that follows one Conner Creed, an ex-Army Ranger turned treasure hunter. The scene I’ve decided to post is an early one and sets the …

Back to the Grind

I took a brief hiatus from writing this month. Once I had Their Names Were Many ready to publish about four weeks ago (and available here for just $2.99!), I put my Creed series on hold for a bit. Bringing a book to market is a long, exhausting effort. Beyond the mere writing there’s the …

“…But said nothing.”

The other day on Twitter, I saw an author ask “If a character has nothing to say to another character, should the author write that the character said nothing or let the lack of dialogue speak for itself?” To me, the answer is obvious. Tell the reader that the character had nothing to say. If …

Advice on Self-Publishing

Hello again, everyone! As most of you know, I am a self-published author, and lately people have told me they’d like to see more posts with insight into the writing process as well as advise for budding authors. So here we go! Today I’m going to share a few things I’ve learned in self-publishing books. …

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