Anatomy of a Scene

Anatomy of a Scene

This is the opening scene of New York Minute– the event that starts everything in motion heading toward a bloody showdown a week later, when the Blackout occurs on 13 July. Thursday Night, 7 July 1977WEST VILLAGE, MANHATTAN On the far side of a lot cluttered...
A World-Wide Pandemic?

A World-Wide Pandemic?

The Hot Zone was a #1 bestseller when it came out in 1995. It also got me thinking. When we deployed overseas one of the things our team medics had to study and brief the rest of the team on was the medical threats in our area of operations. I was on my sixth Dave...
Goodfellas; and Barge?

Goodfellas; and Barge?

Since every idea has been done, a job of the writer is to absorb as much idea and story from the world around them. Not to plagiarize: it’s research. It’s our job. In the evening, my wife and I, and our dogs, pile into bed and watch TV. My wife always has...
Write What You Know?

Write What You Know?

We hear that all the time. Since I was abducted by aliens, I wrote the Area 51 series to describe the mothership and what they were like and it did rather well. Or write what you want to know? The bottom line is write. For my fifth book, Cut Out, the idea was a...
On Writing: Dumb and Dumber

On Writing: Dumb and Dumber

I mentioned in a previous post about ideas that title is important and how my first book published, Eyes of the Hammer, failed in that regard? As did my second book: Dragon Sim-13. By the time my third book rolled around I was much smarter. Not. I got cute. I invented...
Clear and Present Danger?

Clear and Present Danger?

Great title, eh? I listened to Mary Higgins Clark speak one day and she said a title must invite the reader into the book. It seems so obvious now, but when I was a newbie writer, I didn’t know this, nor did I focus on it. As my wife and psychologist will tell...