Originally posted on The Writer in Black: Available on Kindle Read this story. It’s not long. I read it in a sitting last night. And frankly, I cannot recommend it highly enough. There is no slap-bang action in this book. No chase scenes. No daring rescues. No climactic battles. It is no spy or resistance…
Today is the day! The most awesome collection of alt-history ground warfare stories called Trouble in the Wind is out from Chris Kennedy Publishing. I’m honored to share space with such a great group of writers. Here is an excerpt from my alt-history story about Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, one of theContinue reading “New release: “The Heretic” in Trouble in the Wind”
To celebrate the launch of my new space opera series, I’m pleased to present Enemy Beloved: A Novella* — a stand-alone prequel to Ravages of Honor: Conquest. It is the first of three novellas in the Ravages of Honor universe.
I blame my new fascination with German musical theatre for re-kindling my interest in the Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot love triangle, and as with all things that resonate with me, I binge on it and you, dear reader, get to hear about it. On the upside, it’s not been a full binge (like going back to re-read theContinue reading “The Arthur Myth-When it works and when it doesn’t”
Let me start by disclosing that I absolutely loathe the Bechdel-Wallace Test. The fact that someone thought this was a concept we needed speaks more of their own neuroses than anything else, but it keeps coming up. Basically, the Bechdel Test attempts to measure how women in fiction are portrayed. If a work features atContinue reading “The Foster Test”
Yesterday I got a message from an acquaintance asking me if I had any good exercises that I could suggest since he was getting back into writing after a two-year hiatus. I didn’t really have an answer for him, although I did point him to The Other Side of the Page. But then, this morning,Continue reading “The music in your prose”
I recently attended the LTUE Symposium in Provo, and one of my favorite panels was the one on getting your firearms right. Now, you may not be a gun nut, and you may not care, but I can practically guarantee that just about every author who’s written about guns has gotten some–ahem!–feedback on what theyContinue reading “What does a character know, and when does she know it?”