Two Bits of Advice

1. Read your work aloud 2. Write flash fiction (generally stories 1000 words or less).

Playing with the Big Boys

This past Sunday night, I was invited to read a passage from Diary of Bedlam at the first Noir at the Bar L.A. Eric Beetner, Stephen Blackmore, Josh Stallings, and Duane Swierczynski also read. I suppose it's appropriate to ask… Continue Reading

Patience, Young Grasshopper

I attended the California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena this weekend. What a great time. I met a lot of new people and got to know several people better. We all talked incessantly about writing, books and careers, and everything… Continue Reading

It’s June. Already.

June is my birthday month. When I was a kid, I hated having a birthday in June because school was already out for the summer and it meant I couldn't be celebrated at school the way other kids were when… Continue Reading

You Always Remember Your First

At least that's what author Darrell James said to me on Facebook today. I believe him. The first of which I speak is sending out my first agent query for DIARY OF BEDLAM. I did that yesterday, and I've sent… Continue Reading

Plotting (My) World Domination

So yeah. You may have heard I finished DIARY OF BEDLAM. After giving it a good read-through, I can confirm that I love it. It is everything I wanted it to be. Sure, it still needs some polishing. I have… Continue Reading

The End.

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I'd just typed THE END on the latest draft of my novel, DIARY OF BEDLAM. What does this mean? It means that I've got a finished novel, folks. A complete manuscript that tells a… Continue Reading

A Chat with Eric Beetner

Eric Beetner and JB Kohl are the authors of One Too Many Blows to the Head and the recently released Borrowed Trouble. Just to get you in the mood, here is the trailer for Borrowed Trouble:  Not bad, eh? This… Continue Reading

2011 New Year’s Resolve

I really, truly thought 2010 would be the year of Bedlam. While it certainly was a crazy year in some respects, it wasn't, sadly, the year I finished my book. I have to be okay with that. I have every… Continue Reading

October Deadline

I haven't been updating my blog in the last few weeks because I've been spending my writing time revising my manuscript. After I finished my first revision, things unexpectedly took off for me–I still find it a challenge to keep… Continue Reading