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October 13, 2019

I had lost my way for a while, not realizing it as it was happening. I think the only life I allowed myself was through writing. I am not saying I did not live just not to the fullest while I hunkered down and wrote Rebel’s Edge. All three manuscripts were completed as I travelled for work. The chaos of modern life was forg...

June 13, 2019

Doubt is the mind killer just like its cousin, fear. In the past, I hated the idea of someone judging my writing. The flaws stuck out and tormented me. There was no way it could be as good as others’ work, or so I thought. I always saw images in my head like a film playing out behind my eyeballs. I used to want to make movi...

May 13, 2019

Real life events impact my writing. I have used random meetings of unique individuals, places I have seen, and research of history and true crime to put my fiction in real spaces. One of the most personal aspects came to pass in Lane Bowden 1973. In the unreleased novel, Lane’s mother, Ellen, is dying of cancer. I based her...

January 13, 2019

Life is in constant flux. Right now I am writing the final part of my Rebel’s Edge series, Over the Edge. I started on it right after finishing the second one last summer and, with work and other commitments, it has taken longer than I had originally planned. The important thing is that it is almost done and will mark an en...

March 13, 2018

One of the most important aspects of becoming a better writer is reading vast and wide. Reading informs of how the craft works. The fundamental goal of a writer is to tell stories — to intrigue the reader enough to follow the characters on their journeys of discovery. The basic tools of shaping the protagonist and antagonis...

February 13, 2018

Change is always happening — there is no stopping the onslaught of time. I find it best to embrace it. Writing sometimes leaves me with a foot in two worlds — the present and the realm I am writing about. In the case of Rebel’s Edge, one foot is in the past, over thirty years ago. Working on a project based on true events i...

October 13, 2017

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Shortly after the equinox, it truly began in the town of Naperville, Illinois. I felt it with the moon rising as I waited in line for an event on the campus of North Central College. Only a little warm outside, yet the falling leaves and wind brought a welcome psychological chill. The...

September 13, 2017

The Evolution of a Story 

On the streets there are sharks and dolphins. The sharks are street punks of different sorts, dangerous and aggressive in form. The dolphins are runaways who play in the street surf — carefree and unaware that sometimes sharks eat dolphins. 

So begins the story of Escape from Dolphin Street...

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