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The Girl in Gold

The new Vox Swift mystery is up on Amazon!  The Girl in Gold is book 2 of the series and wow was it fun to revisit the world of Thornbury. I knew that I wanted to return to find out what Vox and Even and the others had been up to since the end of Thornbury Confidential. And I know that I will return again — book 3 is already brewing in the back of my mind. I was fortunate to have the help of the very talented Taryn Costello for the cover. She’s agreed to redesign the cover for Thornbury …Read more »


It’s 2015! and I resolve to do several things in the next 365 days. I’m usually not one for New Years resolutions, but Debbie and I both have big goals for the year and I like the idea of setting down my intentions. The first one is the obvious one — Write! I don’t think I can write more than I do now — not while working 40 hours a week at a day job. NaNoWriMo near about killed me. This picture is of me and our cat Dagma during November. It was probably 5am — I’ve got a death …Read more »

Teaka Mote: Thief, Soldier, Spy

The main character of The Soul Thief is Teaka Mote. She’s a former soldier and spy and currently working as a thief in the capital city of Tolount. Even though I played Indira as a character in World of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons, I made Teaka the main character of the novel. It was a conscious decision, (obviously) but at the time I wouldn’t have been able to tell you exactly why — it just felt right. I think I know why I did it now. Although I love Indira (and she’s a little too much like me), it …Read more »

Character Focus: Indira Burningwood

My novel The Soul Thief will be out soon and so I wanted to give a glimpse into one of the main characters — Indira Burningwood. She’s the healer in my thief/healer combo. Indira has a long history in my life. She first came to life as my paladin in World of Warcraft in 2005. I quested with her to the original level 60 cap and then quit the game cold turkey. Missing WoW brought me to Dungeons & Dragons. My wife and I played 3.5 edition D&D with the same group of women for over 3 years. I wanted to recapture …Read more »

The Earth Hypothesis

I’ve been working on a science fiction piece — a novella — called “The Earth Hypothesis”. It’s been taking my time for months now, but I’ve truly enjoyed the journey. I was inspired (spoiler alert!) by reading an article about gorillas in the wild disarming poachers’ traps. It captured my imagination, and I turned the idea over and over in my head. One day, while I was walking, a character popped into my head. She was a scientist, and a visitor to our world. I had to decide about 8 million things about Jhilly and the world she came from. Being …Read more »

Welcome to the Liliverse

I’ve written about it before, but I want to tell you a little more about the Liliverse. That’s my make-believe America where Hurricane Lili destroyed Houston and helped make the world vegan. It’s a simple idea really and a plausible one, too. What will motivate people to change? Personal experience. For President Thompson, my fictional president, it’s having a city he loves be torn apart by a super storm. It’s possibly a sad commentary that a politician would need a personal event to help him or her make a change for the greater good, but it’s just the plain truth. …Read more »

Solace in Make Believe

I’ve been indulging in a lot of make-believe lately. Every chance I get I’ve retreated to my own fantasy world. Not the one you might expect — not the one with the magic, although I love that world, too. This fantasy world has a lot in common with the America I live in now. With one slight difference: people don’t eat animals. In my fantasy, starting in 2006 climate change was taken seriously, and it started a food chain reaction that slowly built as factory farms were eliminated and animal products become prohibitively expensive. In my fantasy world, by 2016, …Read more »

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