My Confession

Okay. I confess.

I always say — and I mean it — that I write uplifting, comfortable, clean romances that end happily.

When I say that, I lie — sort of. A little bit. A teeny, tiny little bit.

Because, in my long career as a writer, I have been known to write some stuff that can be classified as horror — or dystopian — or simply scary. Not much, but it has happened.

I’m confessing this because I plan to include some of that stuff as free reads on this site. Mostly sci-fi, and my short story type sci-fi isn’t romantic. And at least one short horror story.

So that’s it. The truth. The ugly truth? Anyway, the not-so-happily-ever-after truth.

Watch for them. They’ll be here as soon as I can squeeze in the time to get them uploaded.

Here’s where to sign up to enter the Ne

Here’s where to sign up to enter the New Year’s drawing for a Kindle 8 and lots of random prizes just for signing in to win.

Happy Holidays everyone and how long do

Happy Holidays everyone and how long do I have to wear this thing?

I’ve always like the philosophy behind

I’ve always like the philosophy behind Alfred Hitchcock’s stories. So much so that I’ve copied his philosophy and made it my own.

He took normal, well-adjusted, reasonable and reasonably happy people and threw them into situations that stretched their abilities, changed their priorities and increased their view of the world until they became different people.

That’s what I try to do with my books. No angst-driven heroes and heroines for me, I prefer people who are well-adjusted and intelligent. No horrible childhoods or terrible situations to overcome during the course of the story.

No, I like to set nice, normal people in situations that somehow change them and, in the process, I write a story that people like to read.

The result falls easily into the ‘clean and wholesome’ romance genre and I take the ‘clean and wholesome’ tag to mean not only no describing sex scenes, but also to refer to the characters themselves.

Yes, it’s harder to write such a story. I realize that the easiest story to write is one filled with horror and suffering. But I choose not to write that story. I choose to write stories about people everyone knows and likes. Normal people. Nice people.

My stories may be considered ‘light’ reading because there are no tragedies inherent in them. That’s fine with me as long as readers come to know and like my characters and to enjoy the story.

After all, that’s what storytelling is about. Interesting characters thrust into interesting situations. I think my stories qualify. My readers seem to think so.

The day after Christmas and minus 22. Gu

The day after Christmas and minus 22. Guess winter is really here.

How do I rewrite my novel using the outline I already have?

Rewriting involves rereading. And then rereading it again. And rereading it still again. And so on.

Each time you read your manuscript you’ll find something that can be done differently. Better. Deleted. Added. Whatever …

So simply sit down at your computer and start reading what you wrote. Soon it’ll change and become better and better. And perhaps — and only perhaps — you’ll discover major changes that should be made. If that happens, then make those changes.

What do I need to make a good horror/thriller story?

I’d normally not answer this kind of question because I’m not a horror writer, but I see that, so far, you’ve gotten few answers so I’ll say a couple thing.

  1. Mystery and horror are, more than most genres, driven by specific guidelines. Find a book/class/mentor who can teach you the correct way to write horror— the craft of it— and follow their advice to the letter. Follow it absolutely even if you think it’s silly, because that’s what will get people reading what you write. (Maybe this is the place to mention that when I started writing, I didn’t sell until I ran across an article in a writing magazine that laid out the specific steps to writing a short story, after which I started selling immediately.) Even if you self-publish, readers subconsciously, like editors consciously, recognize whether a piece is written correctly or not.
  2. Remember that the most important aspect of horror is suspense. Learn how to generate suspense and then do it. Overdo it. Overdo the overdoing.

Previous Older Entries

Mimi On Life

It's always a story with the Hendersons!

Elan Mudrow

The Ridges of Intertextuallity

Florence Witkop's free stories

a gift for signing up for my newsletter

Oscar Relentos

Welcome to my catharsis

Clean Indie Reads

Home of Flinch-Free Fiction

A mom's blog

“A child is God's opinion that the world should go on.”

Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Life with Tess

Living, Loving and Sharing Life ...

Love Conquers


Pamela D. Beverly

Just my opinion!

Folio and Ink

Literature, Poetry, Commentary, and Literary Criticism


And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds HEB. 10:24

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Kristen James

Top 100 Bestselling Romance Author

Pepper Phillips

Southern sass with a touch of heart...

C.S. Wilde

Epic battles & love stories larger than life.


easy reading is damn hard writing


Photographs from my world. - Product Reviews

Clean romances with hunky heroes and resourceful heroines