Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cover Reveal // "The Devil's Right Hand"

Readers of The Night Walk Men will remember Sperro's penchant for untruths and bending a lie until it sounds like it might be true. However, he's not here. I am instead. So I will be honest and straightforward with you when I say this is the new cover artwork for the forthcoming Night Walk Men novel, The Devil's Right Hand.

Also included, for those of you uninitiated into the Night Walk world, is the updated cover for the novella that began the saga. It's a free read, by the way, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and everywhere in between.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Behind The Words // Steena Holmes

I first met bestselling author Steena Holmes about two years ago when she and I connected on the web. Since then, she's been a wonderful supporter of my writing. And this year, she published a novel called "Finding Emma" which has won the Indie Excellence Book Award and has become an Amazon bestseller. And guess what? She continues to support my writing and the work of other writers as well!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Write Drunk

Ah, here I go again. I said I wouldn't give any writing advice but I have something else I wanted to say about it. Forgive me. It's not that I think I really know how to write. I just tend to do it, on occasion.
You've heard that quote attributed to Hemingway? "Write drunk, edit sober?" It's amusing, sure, but I actually try to use it. Well, at least the first half of it...when I'm working on a story. Now I don't mean literally. I'm rarely on a bender when I sit down to pound out a chapter. For starters, I can't afford it, and secondly I'm the kind who loathes a hangover more than even sour weather.

What I take Hemingway's phrase to mean is this. When I'm writing, I try to go for that level of elation you might have when you have been hitting the bottle. Whether you have a social drink now and again or not is likely irrelevant. Even a tea-totaler will get what I'm saying here. You remember those times, I'm sure. Your inhibitions are weakened. You might go and ask someone to dance--even if you never do that. Or, you might share an opinion you know won't be popular. Maybe, here's hoping, you'll try something you've never tried before.

The metaphor is the same when telling your story in novel form. Do all those things when you're writing a scene...or a whole book. Try stuff. Let the cautious 'you' take a holiday. Write like you're drunk. And worry about the editing in the morning.

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