“Most Unnatural” thoughts

You may have seen that my next novel, Most Unnatural, will be published this Friday. Like Effusion, it'll be available on Amazon in both eBook (99 cents) and paperback ($10). But it won't be anything like Effusion. First of all, it'll be quite a bit longer (hence the increased paperback price). Secondly, it's not an adventure story. In fact I … Continue reading “Most Unnatural” thoughts

Examining the concept of the Great American Novel

The other day in writing about how the publishing industry has marginalized the value of the novella, I mentioned two books as being the seminal American books: Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song and John Steinbeck's East of Eden. I stand by that claim but I want to elaborate on the idea of the Great American Novel, a concept long discussed … Continue reading Examining the concept of the Great American Novel

The necessity of getting your work out there

The first of my work I tried to get published through a literary agent was Regression. It was the first novel I'd written, completed, edited, and was satisfied with and confident could get published. Obviously that didn't happen. I'm not bitter but naturally that rejection was difficult. Since then I've become used to rejection, to criticism--as … Continue reading The necessity of getting your work out there

The universality of Tom Ripley

I'm writing this to tell you a little about myself and more to encourage you to read the Ripley series--known by fans as 'the Ripliad'--by Patricia Highsmith. As is interestingly posited on Amazon's pages for the five Ripley books, Tom Ripley "is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that 'penniless young man without a past' who will … Continue reading The universality of Tom Ripley