A lot of people tell me Monticello in Holland Bay and The Dogs of Beaumont Heights feels real. Little details… Read more How To Build A Fictional City
A Word About Pits
If you read The Dogs of Beaumont Heights, you might get the impression I’m afraid of pit bulls. In reality,… Read more A Word About Pits
A lot of people ask me who the main character of the Holland Bay series is. It is, of course,… Read more Jessica Branson
The Early Days
Once upon a time, I wrote for the helluvit. Writing was my happy place. I’d rather knuckle down on a… Read more The Early Days
A friend of mine is on a 1970s binge as he tries to finish a novel. It could be nostalgia.… Read more When?
Point of View
I attempted to write a second follow-up to Holland Bay this summer. It reached sixty thousand words when I realized… Read more Point of View
National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Whoever thought this up knew how to… Read more NaNoWriMo
The PI And The Pandemic
Recently, on Sleuthsayers, I wrote about the PI and how the archetype might work in the present day. Gone is… Read more The PI And The Pandemic
Writing the Next One
Holland Bay has only been out a couple of months, and yet the question always turns to “When’s the next… Read more Writing the Next One
Where Did Monticello Come From?
Holland Bay did not start out as Holland Bay. It came together from several aborted projects: A pre-9/11 thriller where terrorists… Read more Where Did Monticello Come From?