Announcing The Shadow Walker

The second book in the Last Colony series is published! This one was quite a challenge, between the length of the novel (548 pages compared to Brothers‘ 289) and the scope of the plot.  Needless to say, Steve and I are happy to see this one reach the finish line. If you have not already seen the book, you can read …

A Word of Thanks

So it’s been a few months since I published my first novel, Brothers.  I’ve had a modest number of sales, but the bulk of my revenue has come from the KDP Select Global Fund. The fund works like this: Every month there is a fund distributed to authors of books enrolled in KDP Select.  When people read your book through Kindle …

Authors’ Q & A

Where did your ideas for Brothers and the series as a whole begin? Will: Coffee.  Pacing.  Hours-long phone conversations.  Those are the phrases that come to my mind when I think about how this story began. When you sit down to write, a lot of your first ideas come as what some people call “top of the head” thinking.  Most of …

Introducing Brothers: Book 1 of the Last Colony series

What if the world you knew fell apart?  What if the only person you cared about was stolen from you? After a mysterious crop-killing epidemic leads to food shortages and unrest around the globe, two brothers, Victor and Dante, retreat to a remote cabin in the New England countryside, hoping to ride out the storm.  But when a stranger arrives …

The Black Ice (Michael Connelly)

I wrote a review of the first book in the Harry Bosch series on the 24th, six days ago, and finished the second book last night.  Not bad.  Stephen King wrote in On Writing (which I am re-reading) that he read seventy or eighty books a year, which comes to finishing a book every 4-5 days.  So I’m running a little behind his …

The Black Echo (Michael Connelly)

(This is an audiobook review, since I am in the habit of listening to books far more than I read them.  If you want to know a few reasons why, read this.) The Black Echo is the first book in the Harry Bosch detective series.  It was Connelly’s debut novel, published in 1992–years before I first exercised my writing instincts …

Some Thoughts on Audiobooks; or, Throwing Words into the Void

Headphones

The best thing that ever happened to my reading life was my purchase of an Audible membership. Before I go any further, let me say that nobody is paying me to write this.  This is not an advertisement. When I was in college, a point of emphasis was how every person has a different method of learning.  Some people learn …

When the Words do not Come

Some mornings the words flow like water from a hidden spring, without stop or visible source, and I drink and drink until I have had my fill. Some mornings the spring is no more than a trickle, so small I can hardly press my hands low enough to catch the water. Some mornings I wander about searching for the spring, …

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The Lost Art

Thinking is a lost art. In the movies we see him sitting in his chair at the end of an eventful day. A fire is crackling in the hearth; the rain is drumming on the roof — or perhaps there are snowflakes drifting down to kiss the windowpanes. The house is cavernous and silent as he sits alone, nursing a cup of …

You are a Writer

You are a writer. If every day you devote time to your craft; If you systematically eliminate distractions so that you can focus on one thing; If you burn with a desire to be better at your craft every moment— Then you are a writer. You do not need to be published. You do not need to have a crowd …