Read: Ron Base’s “Dame”

It’s fun, don’t you think, to read a book set in a place where you are. I walked through the Fort Myers (Florida) airport the other day and saw an author standing at a table trying to sell books to people in a hurry. As an author, I immediately felt empathy for him. I had to…

Inspiration: Collected Letters

  Sometimes, writing feels like this, a thousand letters (and not all of them familiar) come piling down on top of me. I can be driving down the Beltway, walking through the produce aisle, running on the treadmill. A thousand thoughts pile up on me, letters, words, sentences, paragraphs, Stories. It’s a miracle. Does it…

Still so much to learn

While I focus most of my attention on better language, better structure and better story, sometimes I have to focus on the business of books. When you have a book out there—or will soon—you have to be ready to sell, sell, sell. In the course of my studies, I’ve learned a smidge about some new…

For my next act…more writing

How do you follow up your debut novel? I would love it if the next step was to be flown to Hollywood to discuss with Meryl Streep how to turn my words into cinematic excellence. That would be one way. A very good way. It isn’t gonna happen so I’m writing. A lot. In fact, I…