Category Archives: Writing Advice

Writing Challenges

Before I began to create fiction, I anticipated that the hardest thing for me would be writing believable dialogue and — for this series of novels — creating a credible romance between Dylan Hunter and Annie Woods. I worried about … Continue reading

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Interview with Russell Blake — NYT Bestselling Thriller Author

  Folks, this interview introduction will be longer than usual, because the author I’m spotlighting deserves a proper build-up. One of the most humbling experiences any writer can undergo is to encounter another writer whose output and success put one’s … Continue reading

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Ten Most Important Ways to Market Your Ebooks

  On March 12, 2016, I gave an informal presentation before the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. My topic was “Ten Most Important Ways to Market Your Ebooks.” A YouTube video of my … Continue reading

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How I Do It — An Interview

  THE ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT AUTHORS (ALLi) has just published an interview with me as part of their weekly series: “How I Do It: Indie Authors Share the Secrets of Their Success.” Writers struggling to write, publish, or break through … Continue reading

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Interview with John Clarkson — Author of Crime Thrillers

  Back in the 1990s, browsing in a bookstore, I happened upon an intriguing-looking thriller titled And Justice for One, written by some fellow named John Clarkson. The back cover copy opened with an irresistible teaser: “If someone you loved was the … Continue reading

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Your Book of Gold

A message to struggling and discouraged authors: “If you only write one book in your whole life, and only sell 600 copies or less, nonetheless, I assure you, I solemnly assure you, that this book will be someone’s absolutely favorite … Continue reading

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Interview with Vincent Zandri — Bestselling Mystery-Thriller Author

  Vincent Zandri is the acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 16 novels, including The Innocent, Godchild, The Remains, Moonlight Rises, and recently, Everything Burns. He also is the author of numerous Amazon bestselling … Continue reading

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So, You Want to Write a Thriller…

  What, exactly, makes a story a “thriller”? What are its essential elements? Is there a formula to building a suspenseful page-turner? How can you craft characters compelling enough to carry an ongoing thriller series? Drawing examples from my own … Continue reading

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How I Write Fiction — A Talk

In this videotaped talk, recorded on April 16, 2015 at the Grasonville, Maryland, Senior Center, I discussed the art and craft of storytelling with a local audience of avid readers and budding writers. I addressed such questions as: * Why … Continue reading

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My Upcoming Workshops on Writing and Marketing Books

I want to give you a heads’ up on my upcoming public workshop presentations about writing and marketing books. * On Saturday February 28, I’ll be giving a workshop on thriller writing at the annual Bay To Ocean Writers Conference, … Continue reading

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