Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep


One night, days after finishing my novel Dream Reaper, I was in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering what to write next. I considered going back to the Crimson Cove series but I felt like there was a different story in me trying to get out. The trouble was, I didn’t know anything about itContinue reading “Behind the Book: Sleep Savannah Sleep”

Dashes of Dark Fiction


Today, I completed the first act of my current work-in-progress,”TAA,” which places me close to the halfway point, give or take a few thousand words. This deeply in, I can state with relative certainty that this is not a horror novel. Not exactly, anyway. Because “TAA” is all about temptation, greed, and the battle betweenContinue reading “Dashes of Dark Fiction”

Writing Surprises: Things I Didn’t Expect to Find Out About Writing…


From setting a good scene, to creating believable dialogue, there’s a lot to learn about writing, but writers aren’t always in the student position. Writing is also a great teacher; storytelling is an age-old practice that has shaped and inspired us since the dawn of time. A while back, I started a list of thingsContinue reading “Writing Surprises: Things I Didn’t Expect to Find Out About Writing…”

Walking Fine Lines… and Writing Them, Too


Even as a kid, I loved writing and spent hours composing poems, song lyrics, and scribbling out short stories. As I grew older, my interest in the craft continued to build, but none of these formats gave me the room I needed. For me, writing novels was the next logical step. Between 1997 and 2005,Continue reading “Walking Fine Lines… and Writing Them, Too”

The End Is Upon Us


  If you had told me ten years ago, when I really got serious about this writing thing, that I would one day write a novel with Tamara Thorne – one of my longtime horror heroes – I would have scoffed, chortled, guffawed and otherwise vehemently disbelieved you. But as I’ve always said, life hasContinue reading “The End Is Upon Us”

110,000 Words… and Counting…


Tamara Thorne and I are kicking literary ass these days. A few hours ago, we hit 110,000 words on our collaborative project (not Belinda, and not Grandma’s Rack, but the other book). Had this novel been content to conclude itself at the average length of 80,000 to 120,000 words, it would be complete, but asContinue reading “110,000 Words… and Counting…”

On Writing: Extreme Collaborating


A radio interviewer asked Tamara Thorne and me how we write together and that was one of the most eye-opening questions we’ve ever had.  She was amazed when we told her our method and said she’d never heard of anyone writing like that before.  Evidently, many writers split things up with one brainstorming and theContinue reading “On Writing: Extreme Collaborating”

Rackin’ it Up


Grandma’s Rack, the short story turned novella turned full-length collaborative novel is bouncing right along with enough speed and determination to rival a pair of smooth, round, metaphorical melons bounding down a steep and obstacle-free figurative mountainside. Today, my co-author – veteran horror novelist Tamara Thorne – and I spent three hours brainstorming new scenesContinue reading “Rackin’ it Up”