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 Do You Begin a Novel?

I was asked the question: How should one begin to write a novel if he/she has the basic plot but stuck on the way of presentation?

In other words, how do you begin a novel if you don’t know how to start?

You start where the protagonist first engages with whatever problem the book deals with.

Not with the back story. Not with the setting. Not with a description of the characters, no matter that they are undoubtedly interesting and deserve a lot of space in the story. That’s not what you do. You start with the hero setting forth on the journey that will be the bulk of the story.

Yes, you’ll need all that other stuff eventually. But not at the beginning because the beginning has a couple of jobs to do and there’s only so much that can be accomplished in the brief part of the book that is the beginning.

First the beginning must put forth the premise of the story. The theme. The over-arching idea that is behind the story.

Second the beginning must draw the reader into the story so they don’t put the book down in disgust and not read another page.

That’s a lot. Enough to keep any experienced or beginner writer busy until they are past the beginning and deep into the story itself, which will flow much easier and better because of a good beginning.

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