ike-portraitI love a good story. I love a good story so much that I'm often frustrated when I'm reading something that doesn't add up. Perhaps the book has a continuity error, where a character loses his favorite sunglasses and then puts them on again two scenes later. Perhaps the book ends while we're still wondering what happened to Susan. More often than not, I'm just frustrated when a good book takes a completely trite, predictable turn.

For all these reasons, I decided to start writing. I wanted to take my ideas and turn them into stories. I wanted to control the pace and the twists. I wanted to weave together several outrageous ideas into one story.

My first book, The Vivisectionist, was fairly well formed before I wrote it. I'd been thinking about the story for years, wondering if it should be a movie or a book. I hadn't read many movie scripts, so I decided to turn it into a book. I read Stephen King's On Writing, in which he counsels that the best way to learn to write is to write. I wrote every day for about six months and I had that book. I ended up rewriting it several times, but I learned that it was possible. 

Years passed, and I wrote five more books while I was working a 9-to-5 job (including The Hunting Tree, and Lies of the Prophet). Eventually, I learned that nothing would come of my writing until I dedicated some time to it. I reduced my hours and set about publishing Viv, then Lies, then Hunting Tree. They each found an audience. Hunting Tree has done the best.

Now I do nothing but write. I'm always working on a new novel. I put down at least 2,000 words a day. My books average about 120,000 words, so that's about two months to write a first draft of a book. In the afternoon, I work on editing and rewriting. I think I've learned a lot about telling a story, and I have no doubt that there's still a ton left to learn. I've been surprised to find reviews complaining about my continuity errors and people wondering what happened to Susan. 

With luck, I'm hoping that each new book gains a little more audience than the last. That's where you come in: if you like one of my books, please tell a friend. If you've never read one, but would like a sample, you can click through to any of the novels here and find the first chapters. I'll even send you an electronic copy of one of my books for free if you This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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