So, what's it all about?
It's about stories. How do you create them? How do you shape them? How do you assemble dreams when the world is so busy trying to stomp on them and take them away from you? That's why I dissect political opinions of Superheroes, or examine bad comic book storylines, or try to predict where things are going. That's why I look at faith in fiction, to see just how much of the writer goes into the story, and how much should go into the story. This blog will also address the Catholic faith in particular because, well, I'm Catholic -- it's part of me, and part of who I am, and part of my stories, so it comes with the package.
But, as fiction is not just about how a story is made, but also about the process of selling it. That's why I look at women in fiction, or the politics of publishing, etc.
Also ... it's still about marketing. Because I need to make money.
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Where can I find you online?
On social media I can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Gab. You can also find me at The Catholic Geek blog, The American Journal and CatholicMom.com.
Where can I find your books?
You can find my books at Amazon.com or you can get signed copies directly from me. Contact info is above.
How can I get your book at my local store?
Order it through the customer service desk.
Have I ever heard of you?
Oh, shut up...
The really really short version? I take The Da Vinci Code out to the woodshed. I am the anti-Dan Brown.
The Pius Trilogy is about the war on God, only with real bullets.
Codename: Winterborn is about betraying a team of spies, then killing the bastards behind it. Who happen to be senators.
And Honor at Stake is about making coherent vampires.
On the other hand, I'm perfectly happy to let other people indulge in whatever half-assed stupidity they like ... as long as they don't take anyone else with them when they inevitably win themselves a Darwin award. That's the long version.
How do you choose your character's names?
Picking names out of a hat, usually. Or the phone book. Occasionally, I go to baby name websites in order to find a nice meaning. Lately, I've taken to looking at who's online in Facebook Messenger.
What steps should writers take when they disagree with the publisher's choice of a cover?"
Take it up with the artist. Or shut the hell up and thank God you have a publisher. One or the other. Depends on your relationship with them.
Readers of thrillers appreciate realism. How much can writers play fast and loose on politics, foreign relations, technology, careers or personality traits?
Only enough to make the story plausible. Or, as much as you think you can get away with it. But usually, try to keep it as real as possible. Honest. Though if you try too hard to keep up with politics, it'll just drive you insane. Don't believe me? Think "Arab Spring."