Writing—Everybody’s Doing it! So Can You

Everybody’s Doing It – I saw a statistic in a recent blog – “85% of readers dream of publishing their own book.” This may or may not be accurate, but I wouldn’t be surprised. The trick on this planet is turning a dream into reality. Most of us are here to do just that—turn dreams […]

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A Rose By Any Other Name . . . The Zeitgeist Of Writing Style

A Rose is a Rose – Or so the story goes. As mystery writers, our craft involves more far than mystery. There’s that all-elusive element of style—highly subjective, to say the least. Of course, there are basics which every writer worth his or her salt incorporates into their prose. Then we get down to choices. […]

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Self-Published Writers and the Shiny Object Syndrome

DISCLAIMER: At one time or another I’ve been guilty of all the things I deride below. Every now and then something hits me like a bolt from the blue and I can’t repress it. In an idea session at Starbucks with a long-time friend, the Shiny Object Syndrome came up and KABOOM! S.O.S. – Debilitating […]

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Drone Takes Down ChinaAir Flight 5026

ChinaAir Flight 5026 –     Cflow darts across the intersection, squinty eyes scanning for anything unusual or out of place, his scrawny arms awkwardly laden with a large cardboard box. He spots Tabu scurrying across Av. Belo Campo from the other direction, trying to look inconspicuous, a plastic carrying case gripped firmly in his […]

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One More Grey Daze Excerpt

Pounding on the Publisher’s Door – Grey Daze, the third book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series, spins a murder into new realms of gritty realism, paranormal mystery, and international intrigue. Lance and friends ride a wild underworld roller coaster, slammed through ups and downs as they face drug dealers, corrupt police, and a gunrunning […]

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Lance Underphal Mystery Books: Research Notes

Making It Real – In one of my early forays into manuscript submission I happened upon an article by bestselling author, L. Ron Hubbard entitled Search for Research. Hubbard begins by acknowledging that all writers want to sell and write more and better stories. He proceeds to state that writers are the laziest people on […]

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The Next Excerpt From Grey Daze

Peering Into the Chasm – The third book in the Lance Underphal mystery series, Grey Daze, is another hardcore paranormal mystery novel. While still a murder mystery, it’s a very different labyrinth, indeed. Back from my editor, Linda Seed, the manuscript is deep in the editing process. Next steps are another run-through with Linda and […]

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Channeling Poe

Dragging the Past Into the Present, Kicking and Screaming – Widely considered the father of mysteries in English literature, Edgar Allan Poe died destitute at a relatively young age—his work hardly recognized for what it is today. If you haven’t already partaken, you may sample one of Poe’s renowned mystery stories here:  The Murders in […]

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Breakin’ for a Few FAQs

Blog Hop, You Say? –   At the risk  of severely dating myself here, the last time I did a “hop” it was a sock hop. Anyway… A new author friend of mine, James L’Etoile, graciously invited me to answer a few questions commonly asked of authors in the form of a blog hop. Who […]

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An Excerpt from the Upcoming Lance Underphal Mystery Novel, Grey Daze

Into the Mystic – The third book in the Lance Underphal mystery series, Grey Daze, is another hardcore paranormal mystery. While still a murder mystery, it’s completely different from the first two mystery books. The polished manuscript is in the editing phase, about ready to be shipped off to my editor, Linda Seed and my […]

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