Tag Archives: Little River

Writing California Interview & Book Signing Announcement

Recently, I had the opportunity to contribute to Sydney Avey’s blog series, Writing California. The Golden State has much to offer as a setting in contemporary fiction, yet most of California is overlooked. Los Angeles, San Francisco and the palm tree encrusted costal beaches serve as the backdrop to hundreds of books each and every […]

That’s My Favorite

You know what’s really fun? No, not that. I was in a local bookstore to finalize some arrangements on an upcoming book signing and a woman came up the counter carrying a few mystery novels in her arms.  She asked for recommendations on similar titles. I struck up a conversation with her about mysteries and […]

The After Life

I have this new story idea bouncing around in my head.  It refuses to leave me alone.  The damned thing left a ransom note in a dusty corner of my brain, threatening to hold my attention hostage until I do something. So, here goes…the background. During the years I worked inside maximum security prisons, I […]

Resolution – Smesholution

Less than a week into the new year and I’m already lagging on the resolutions that were supposed to make me a lean, mean writing machine.  Not lean, not mean (maybe a bit pissy) and the writing machinery is missing a few cogs and gears. But I have excuses, honest I do. My writing room […]

Pipe Fitting Bookends

My daughter gave me a set of really cool bookends for Christmas.  They’re made from iron pipe fittings and make a great addition to the new writing space.  We’ve finished the install on the new wood floors and found the salvaged wood for the “new” desks in the room.  The wood comes from a barn […]

Newspaper Marketing for Your Novel

Getting new eyes on your work is what it’s about. No…not in a creepy way. It doesn’t matter if you choose to self publish, or go the traditional route through a publisher – getting attention about a book means looking at every possible marketing avenue.  Much of that will fall on the author.  In October, […]

Readers Know Best

You release your hand-fed, carefully crafted book out into the wilds and you’re bound to get feedback.  Reviews, critiques and comments from readers come in different flavors – Loved it, Hated it, or the worst feedback of all, the sound of crickets. By the time your book hits the streets, at least a dozen sets […]

Conspiracy Theory

Pssst… Come here… There is a conspiracy out there, I tell ya.  A cabal of ruthless, black-minded villains put in overtime this week to keep me from writing.  They’re cagey, these evil-doers.  At every turn, they construct a barrier, obstacle, or canyon, so deep and wide that I have no choice, but to retreat and […]

Don’t Let the Y.A. Label Fool You

I had the chance to read a Y.A. paranormal novel, The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos.  I’ve known Brenda for years and much to my embarrassment, I hadn’t read her work.  We write two different types of fiction.  I write crime and thriller novels like Little River and she creates paranormal beings living in with […]

The Stuff That Binds

You need something to bind your story together. No I’m not talking about adding more fiber to your literary diet.  What I’m talking about is the thing that makes your story stand out in a field of similar work.  There are a finite number of story lines and when you filter down to stories within […]