Why I Wrote My Novel, Small As A Mustard Seed

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I am somewhat obsessed with war. My grandfather fought for the Germans on the Russian front during World War II. My grandmother, in the middle of 1940s Germany, held their little family together by herself for more than six years. My dad had the formative years of his childhood in a war-torn environment and was […]

My Favorite Writing Advice ~ Trust The Story

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Favorite writing advice: “Trust the story.” Who said it: Patricia Ann McNair, creative writing professor Why: The story knows what it wants to be. You just need to get out of the way ~ with your thoughts on what it should be or what you want it to be, trying to make it sound a certain […]

The Preeminent Emotional Reading Experience

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This lovely 5-star review of my novel, SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED, comes from Tom Clementson over at the Kindle Book Review. Tom’s an American military guy, currently stationed in Afghanistan. We met on Twitter (find Tom: @TCAbn) & I mentioned my book, that the story, among other things, dealt with a Korean War veteran. He […]

A Novel Excerpt: Small as a Mustard Seed

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November 1965 “I ain’t afraid this time.  I ain’t some kid don’t know shit from Shinola,” my father hollered as he stood in the driveway. In the curve of his chest, pressed tight against the denim of his overalls, he clutched a black revolver.  The other hand combed through the short dark hairs of his […]

Someone Who Believes In You

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So this is my two cents worth, but I think the most important thing a writer can have going for them is not talent, not desire, not sheer will. All those things, of course, are great, but 10 years down the line (maybe more/maybe less) & you’re not where you want to be, you’ll think […]

Some Writing Advice ~ Consistency

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Well, I can write about this one because I took the last 2 months off to work on turning my first novel into an e-book. I sat down the other day to start writing my latest novel & couldn’t remember where I’d been, which character was doing what, & any thoughts I might’ve had about […]