What My Very First Writing Desk Looked Like

Ah, my first desk. I suppose I feel about it like most teenage boys feel about their first cars. Recently, I was digging through old family photo albums (you know, the non-digitized kind) in search of something I wanted for my upcoming course How to Write Amazing Character Arcs. While in the midst of all those […]

A Sneak Peek at My Historical Superhero Novel Wayfarer

Last week, I finished off my first round of edits on my historical superhero work-in-progress Wayfarer. This book has been a wild roller coaster for the last couple of years I’ve been outlining and writing it. It was a tough one to write, mainly for personal reasons, but I had so much fun editing it. As many […]

6 Things I’m Watching, Listening To, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.) Book: Shadow Heart by J. L. Lyon I was lucky enough to have my dieselpunk aviation-adventure Storming nommed for the Realm Makers’ Christian speculative fiction award. Naturally, I had to take a look at some of the other books that were nominated. This one was […]

The Ultimate Shelfie: What’s in My Bookcase?

As you may know if you’ve watched any of my videos, my bookcase is my go-to background for photos and videos. A few weeks ago, when I posted its pic in the background of my successful editing celebration (below), someone asked for a bookshelf tour. Request granted! The Bookshelf First off, the bookshelf itself. When […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.) Book: The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford Edward Rutherford’s London was my top fiction read of 2015. It was a tour de force of a historical ride, interweaving multiple stories over the course of England’s legendary history. It was the book that finally helped […]

Want Exclusive Access to New Books? Become a Super Reader!

There are fans of my fiction and there are fans of my fiction. If you’re one of the latter, then this exclusive Super Reader group is just for you! You guys are why I do what I do, and I want to create a special “street team” group that will give you early access to my […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week?  (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.) Book: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev The major con of this book can be summed up in one word: manic. The pacing and the plot feel like they’re on a Japanese bullet train. But the prose and the imagery is beyond stunning. The […]

[TBT] William Wallace, Epic Adventures, and THE Book of My Childhood

(Okay, first off: I know it’s supposed to be Throwback Thursday, but, hey, it works!) For no reason in particular, I happen to be reading a lot about Scotland right now. As I’ve chronicled in recent “6 Things” posts, two books named Scotland happened to be lined up side by side on my shelf. I’m about a […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.) Book: Scotland by Magnus Magnusson It was by total coincidence that my two books titled Scotland — this one and Fitzroy’s MacLean‘s, which I talked about in a previous post –– were alphabetically filed, according to author last name, right next to each other on the […]

Make War, Not Love: Be Creative

I’m prejudiced, of course, but here’s what I think: one of the most honest, authentic, powerful, difficult things any human being can do is be creative. This is true whether you’re writing books, painting pictures, choreographing dance moves, or baking pastries. It’s true of nail art, it’s true of interior decorating, and it’s true of carpentry. […]