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

Is it possible to write about a situation very precisely without even going through it?

I’ve been asked:   Can you write precisely about something you’ve never experienced?

Writers do it all the time and some of them do it very well. But there’s a caveat and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a big one.

You can picture the situation and imagine what it would be like and then you can put those imaginings down on paper. You’ll probably do a pretty good job if you’re writing a work of fiction and it’ll be okay because there’s some leeway in fiction.

On the other hand, if you are writing non-fiction or if you want a work of fiction to be realistic, then in addition to using your imagination, you must put in a lot of time doing research. A lot of time. A whole lot.

I’m not that ambitious. I love research but only about subjects that I’m truly interested in and then only in those aspects of those subjects that ‘grab’ me. But I know writers who spend hours, days, weeks and even years doing generalized research in order to get a specific situation right.

Are you willing to devote a potentially large portion of your life to learning about a general subject well enough to be precise about a part of that subject when writing about it?

Or are you comfortable learning just enough to get you through your manuscript and letting your imagination take over where your research leaves off?

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