I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

MOST RECENT: PUBLISHED OR WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON

How much rewriting should an author do?

A newbie author asked me how much rewriting should be done. I had a hard time keeping a straight face because the question almost made me double over with laughter. Because there is no right answer and because every writer struggles with how much rewriting to do.

Every writer. Every time.

That said, I’ve had enough experience that I have a way that I rewrite and it’s relatively simple and it works for me. Just for me. Not saying it’ll work for anyone else.

Every time I sit down to write, before I type a single word, I re-read the previous chapter. I do this to remember where I was and so the story will flow.

As I re-read that chapter, I make changes. Usually they are minor changes because I plot ahead of time. But there are always things that need changing. Reworking. Improving. And that’s what re-writing is.

So I do a lot of rewriting but I do it as I write instead of after I complete a first draft. I like it that way because when I finish the book I’m truly done.

Like I said, it works for me. Other writers develop ways that work for them and no two authors have the same system.

 

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