Going Deep

My friend, Marek Biernacinski, is an original thinker and a talented wordsmith in his own right. Recently, he crafted an Amazon review for my new Las Vegas ghost novel, “The House Always Wins,” that goes much deeper than the typical feedback authors tend to get on these types of sites. I love it because he…
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If I Die Tomorrow . . .

I’ll be pissed. But I’ll also be satisfied. Because I crossed “writing a novel” off my bucket list. Four times. Plus a bunch of short stories and other forms of fiction from flash to serial. I know how hard it is to do something many people talk about but few actually achieve. I know the…
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Writing is the Easy Part

With the launch of my fourth novel, “The House Always Wins,” in October, 2017, I’ve been in full promo mode for the last four months. Luckily, I’m a marketing guy in real life, which may give me a leg up but doesn’t make the task any easier. Still, as they say in the Farmer’s TV…
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Meet Guest Blogger Steven Urenda

One of the Facebook groups I enjoy most is the appropriately-named “Writers Helping Writers,” a peer group that does exactly what it says. This morning, I ran across a post from Steven Urenda, author of “Against My Religion,” that is at once funny, powerful and spot-on. In responding to a series of threads about what…
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A Tale of Two Reviews

I don’t remember much about the classes I took in college. Four decades have come and gone, after all. But one of my favorites, a course on criticism, has stayed with me. One of the most important lessons is that criticism is about much more than personal taste. Saying “I liked it” or “I didn’t…
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The Obligation to Write

Sometimes, when I read my old stuff, I don’t remember writing it. And sometimes I think it’s good. I’ll marvel at a particular word choice or phrase, pondering “Where the heck did that come from?” It’s a wondrous feeling, knowing I was in the flow at that moment, the mysterious lightning-in-a-bottle process in which we…
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Quote This!

I’ve been a fan of hard-boiled detective fiction ever since taking a noir class in college (easy A). So when a book reporter recently asked me about my favorite quote from a work of fiction, this one from Raymond Chandler’s “Farewell My Lovely” sprang to mind: “I needed a drink, I needed a lot of…
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Mr. Titleman

I love naming stuff. Albums, books, movies, businesses, pets, you name it. (Actually, I name it.) My goal is to someday retire and get people to pay me for this. I even have a name picked out for the company: Mr. Titleman. While I’m waiting for the big bucks, here’s a list of titles I’ve…
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