Hello 2018!

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Welcome back. It’s 2018! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday! I start Year 6 as an indie author with 15 (yes, I can’t believe it either) books in three different genres. As I’ve said in the past, I don’t make New Years’ resolutions in January. I always plan out everything in the November and December …

Signing Off For 2017

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For 2017, I’ve gladly lived in the rainy world of Liquid Cool with its mega-skyscrapers, hovercars, cyborgs, and off-world colonies. We’ve gotten to watch our hero detective, Cruz, solve his crazy cases from Blade Gunner (Book 2) to the recent release of A.I. Confidential (Book 6) –all with tons of action and even laughs. What’s next in 2018? There will be …

18 Months of Liquid Cool: What I Learned

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I started my published author career with the After Eden Series and then added The Sleepy Hollow Horrors series two years later. It was the end of 2014 when I mapped out what my next series would be. I had planned four of them, one of which was the Liquid Cool series. So far it has been overwhelmingly the most successful …

And the Winner Is? (My Next New Series)

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Last month, I had asked my readers and fans by email and in (my previous) blog post to help me pick the project that would be my next series. I have three now: The After Eden Series (sci-fi), The Sleepy Hollow Horrors (classic horror/paranormal), and Liquid Cool (cyberpunk/detective thriller). Overwhelming, the choice was for…fantasy! I was surprised but one respondent …

#TWD Returns and Help Me Pick the Next Big Thing!

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Now it’s time for something scary. No, I don’t mean America’s presidential election. I mean tomorrow’s return of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Yes, I’m a big fan and have been since it began seven seasons ago. Here’s a past blog post from two years ago about the series: Top Five Reasons Why The Walking Dead Is Great Drama! What’s Next? …

A Writer’s Retreat in August 2016

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When I lived in Paris for year as a young 20-something I was introduced to a perennial European custom – the “Grandes Vacances.” During the month of August, it seemed like everybody vacated the city, except for the tourists. Well, I’m doing something similar this August. The first half of 2016, I have spent more time on the business of …

Thy Kingdom Fall and Prophecy

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April 4, 2013 is when I became a published author. I hadn’t written a word of fiction in over 15 years and then I released Thy Kingdom Fall, Book 1 of my epic, international, science fiction After Eden series (subtitled: The Genesis of World War III). Four months later, I released Stars and Scorpions, Book 2 of the series. These …

World building Part II: The (Sexy) Cyberpunk Way of Liquid Cool

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Atmosphere In my futuristic After Eden series, there are no hover-craft. Terrorism concerns prevent any future of flying cars in cities—except for quasi ones that simply hover above the street. However, in Liquid Cool, it’s quite the opposite. Hover-cars, hover-trucks, hover-bikes, jet-packed police—the sky is filled with something or someone flying around. Both are futuristic realities and believable, but completely …

World building Part I: The (Sexy) Cyberpunk Way of Liquid Cool

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a WGF (Writers Guild Foundation) event here in Los Angeles. It was a live sit-down interview with writer-producer Frank Spotnitz. He produced/executive produced eight of the nine seasons of THE X-FILES, including writing more than 40 episodes and oversaw the writer’s room.  He worked on multiple series, but of particular interest to me …

The Writing “Vacation”

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Ah, the Writing “Vacation.” It reminds me of old movies where the writer arrives, settles into some beach bungalow–a cool breeze blowing, the backdrop of a crystal blue ocean, and plants himself in front of typewriter (that thingamagig we used before laptops, and even desktop computers) to immerse himself typing away at his latest novel. I believe a writer should …