Category Archives: Joys of Writing

The City of Smoke & Mirrors Writer Commentary (Part 1 of 3)

With the upcoming release of THE DAME WAS A TAD POLISH, I thought it might be fun to pull back the curtain on my debut novel, THE CITY OF SMOKE & MIRRORS. I don’t know if this is something writers … Continue reading

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The Joys of Writing: Learning From My Mistakes

This year, my second novel – The Dame was a Tad Polish – is coming out. That I can say “second novel” still feels surreal. When Pro Se Press published The City of Smoke & Mirrors two years ago, it … Continue reading

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The Joys of Writing: On Responding to Criticism

I’ve seen some authors liken their work to raising a baby. You work on it for so long, help make it the best it can be, then send it off into the world to sink or swim. Sure, you can do … Continue reading

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The Joys of Writing: A Description of Dilbert Pinkerton

Recently, I contacted an artist friend to about drawing an artist profile of Dill. This is in order to get the right look and details for a plushie designer that my girlfriend has contacted for a Christmas gift for me. … Continue reading

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The Joys of Writing: Characters Taking Over

While I’m blanking on any names off hand, I’ve read interviews from writers where they discussed a character taking over. That character will surprise them, throw a wrench into the works, or do something so unexpected and yet totally in … Continue reading

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The Joys of Writing: Idea Bouncing

A common question asked of many writers is “Where do you get your ideas?” Inspiration, of course, comes from multiple sources. Sometimes, a dream inspires a new story. Seeing a movie or reading a book sparks an idea. Just seeing … Continue reading

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The Joys of Writing: Toe Wart

If it wasn’t for a toe wart, I may not have figured out what to do with my first murder mystery.

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