While CHASER is my third novel (launching on March 2, 2018), it is my first one to come out in paperback. So yesterday when I received the proof copy in the mail, it was truly a thrilling moment. It felt real in a way my first two books didn’t. I guess you can tell from … Read more The Proof Copy of CHASER Has Arrived
A few years back, I started working on a memoir about my gender transition. I got about a third the way through the rough draft and quit. In this post, I wanted to share some of the reasons why. What Can I Add? For starters, there are already a ton of wonderful, insightful, and entertaining … Read more My Abandoned Memoir Project
A few years ago, I write a post about why I chose to have my first two books traditionally published. Now with a couple books under my belt, I made a 180-degree turn and now choose to publish as an indie (self-published) author for the foreseeable future. So why the change? In short, my needs … Read more Why I Now Choose to Be Indie Published
One of the great things about fiction is that we get to see the world through another’s eyes. We can slip into the skin of a Caribbean pirate, a bounty hunter in Jersey, a spaceship captain, a child dealing with cancer, a vampire, a person living in the ghetto, a circus animal trainer, or a … Read more Into the Skin of Another: The Gift of Fiction
It surprises some people that know me personally that I write such dark, gritty, violent fiction. Because generally speaking, I’m a very upbeat, positive, nonviolent person. And I must admit, I have from time to time wondered what it is to draws me to this writing style. Healing Through Creativity A big part of it … Read more A Light in the Dark
Recently, I was asked by Barbara Winkes of Word Affair to talk in depth about writing Iron Goddess, and specifically about my main character Shea Stevens.
I was a young teenager when I first started writing, pounding out poorly structured stories on a manual Smith Corona typewriter. Lawrence Block’s fiction column in Writers Digest was my monthly gospel. I would spend hours scanning Writers Market searching for magazines that might be interested in my stories. I even collected a few rejection … Read more What Happened to 30 Years?
People familiar with my writing know that the characters in my stories are diverse. The majority of my characters are women or girls. Many are gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. They run the gamut in terms of race and ethnicity. Some live with a disability or mental illness. The diversity of my characters is a deliberate … Read more Diversity in Fiction
Every year offers its ups and downs. Some years are certainly better than others. But 2016 will be a banner year for me for three very big reasons. 1. I Turn 50 Years Young Yes, this November I will hit the half-century mark. And I’m not sad about it. Sure, my body hurts in places … Read more Why 2016 Will Be My Banner Year
I read a lot of articles and blog posts about how it is so much harder to make a living writing now than it was a few decades ago. Most point the finger at “big, bad traditional publishers” who no longer pay big advances or take chances on emerging writers. Or they blame Amazon or … Read more The REAL Reason It’s Harder to Make a Living Writing