Cheating paperback lover

Being Human in e-book has been out for a little over a week and now I’m preparing to publish the paperback edition, working even harder to make sure the print version will be a great reading experience. I, myself, love print books. Holding a printed book in my hands somehow makes the story more real, maybe because the book itself feels more permanent and personal. It’s not on a cloud; it’s solid matter and my … Read on …

20 Questions for readers

Twenty questions about life and The Fountain series. Answer as many as you wish in the comments at the bottom of this page. If you had a sure fire way for a do-over, would you take a chance? What would you sacrifice to follow a dream? If there was a fountain of youth, would you sip from the pool? If you could make a new career choice/change, what would it be? List one to-do on … Read on …

It’s true, my characters are me … and you

It’s been a while since Flash Back was released. Six months later Second Nature (originally published as Regeneration X was published, four months or so after that Being Human was released. When I wrote the first book, unlike many authors of a series, I didn’t have a series planned. I thought Flash Back would be a standalone novel. While none of my stories end in a cliff-hanger, it wasn’t until two chapters before the end … Read on …

Science fiction as reality

There are some people who will think it’s wrong to do something before that something has even begun, and there are others who think it’s not wrong at all, or still others to say, “Eh, what’s done is done, no harm no foul.” For example, we all use technology, whether we’re tech savvy enough to have and maintain an active presence on every social media outlet or we use a dial up connection to check … Read on …

Humbling praise

Yesterday I received this message from a reader and author, Owen O’Neill: You write with the incisiveness of a clinician deeply informed by the sensibilities of a poet. This is rare. Flash Back is one of the most poignant reflections on the human condition I have read, and personally, I would place it among the top ranks of the literature with which I am acquainted. Needless to say I was humbled by such praise. Your … Read on …

The importance of storytelling

Let’s talk about storytelling and what it does for us as humans. Throughout history, scribes, bards and yarn-tellers have been entertaining, as well as, inspiring us with the same ideas, but with words strung differently. Because while philosophically, “There is nothing new under the sun,” “nothing new” becomes a new something when an idea is shared and the voice behind it makes it unique. Long time ago, I earned an English degree in literature, before … Read on …

An ominous future is nigh

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but as I look around, it’s hard not to notice the world is getting pretty scary—from global warming to genetic engineering, governmental politics to political humanity, save the rhinos, whales, and dolphins to the pending doom of the planet come September. Some of the fantastic posts I see are not too far-fetched now. And although they may not be entirely true, there is some underlying truth between the lines. There … Read on …

And really, here’s to the real next generation

Today I received an invite to my niece’s high school graduation shindig. Being the single-minded new author as I am nowadays, I thought, “Amidst the excitement of the end of senior year and this bittersweet last summer before going off to college, I hope she finds the time to read Flash Back.” Generation Next Although fiction, Flash Back offers a lot to consider for the soon to be independent next generation—going off to college—and even … Read on …

Reason(s) for reading?

I’m curious to know what people are reading nowadays. And why? That might seem like a strange question and it’s vague enough to be misunderstood. What I mean is why do you read: to escape, to relax or the reverse, to inspire, to learn? We’ve heard it a thousand times, “Times have changed” and “Who has time?” This makes it even harder to find exactly the right book to appease the soul for those in-between … Read on …

Physical descriptions?

Recently I finished reading Divergent and then Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I was struck by the difference in her description of one or more of the characters from my imagination. For example, Roth describes Four as “handsome” several times as well as having “ears which stick out” and a “hooked nose.” Personally these descriptions seem incongruous with “handsome.” So at first it kind of stunted my mental vision. Then as the story progressed, I found … Read on …