A Recent Interview on My Approach to Creativity

A Recent Interview on My Approach to Creativity

I recently had the opportunity to answer a set of questions from Jeff Leisawitz, the author of ‘Not F*ing Around: The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground.’ We went over some great topics, like how I define my creative mission, how I’ve learned from success (and failure) and even how art and creativity can help to heal and grow. Swing on over and check it out.

NaNoWriMo 2016? Time For Something Completely Different

NaNoWriMo 2016? Time For Something Completely Different

A few months back I had an idea for a new novel, one I was calling “the most depressing book ever.” I’d named it Happier, Forgotten and I planned on cranking through it this November as a kind of NaNoWriMo followup to my last novel, A Confession. As it turns out, I’ve completely changed my mind. One of the biggest issues I’ve had as a writer is that I’m also a dad … and of everything I’ve written, not a single one is appropriate for my kids to read. I have three boys,…

‘The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism’ by Kristin Dombek – Review and Thoughts

‘The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism’ by Kristin Dombek – Review and Thoughts

As the culture of selfies, live streams, Twitter updates, Instagram, Snapchats, sexting and all other forms of broadcasting ourselves to the world has exploded over the last few years, concern has grown that our new culture is breeding a society of self-involved narcissists. Books and blogs tell us that “personal branding” is one of the most-important things we can do, and we carefully curate a portrayal of ourselves to show the world the version of ourselves that we’ve determined is the one we want people to think we are. Looking…

That Aldous Huxley Quote Featured in ‘A Confession’

That Aldous Huxley Quote Featured in ‘A Confession’

“In silence, an act is an act is an act. Verbalized and discussed, it becomes an ethical problem …” – Aldous Huxley, from ‘The Genius and the Goddess’ If you’ve checked out ‘A Confession,’ you’ve come across this quote. I use it to open the book, before any of the story takes place. It’s been a favorite of mine ever since I read ‘The Genius and the Goddess,’ the novella from Aldous Huxley. One of my favorite authors, Huxley has obviously left a huge impact on the world through his writing, in…

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Review

Ghostbusters (2016) – A Review

Growing up, my favorite movie was Ghostbusters. I remember having a copy of the movie that we’d recorded off TV, and watching it like crazy. When I went to the library I always checked to see if they had a copy of Tobin’s Spirit Guide (yes, I now know it was a fictional book … but I did buy a copy of the tie-in product version they just released). I wanted to go to New York City, take pictures of the lions in front of the library, edit them to…

“Kind of Like ‘Catcher in the Rye’ for Middle-Aged Men”

“Kind of Like ‘Catcher in the Rye’ for Middle-Aged Men”

One of my favorite parts of writing is the communication I have with my readers while or after they’ve gone through one of my books. For the most part, when I write I try to touch on topics that are important – and sometimes uncomfortable to talk about. For the most part I don’t write likable characters, and that’s purposeful. But along with that I don’t try to write unlikable characters either. I just try to write characters that I think could really exist. As my reader said in our conversation last…

The Five Best Books Ever: A List

The Five Best Books Ever: A List

Over the past few years I’ve been making a concerted effort to dive in to a lot more “classic” literature. I’d already read a fair amount of it, mixed in with modern day thrillers and adventure stories, but until less than a year ago, I hadn’t even read a book by Steinbeck. Huxley has been a favorite of mine for quite a while, and I’ve slowly been working my way through his entire bibliography, but last year at a sale at the local library I picked up a few other…

Review of ‘Tree Spiker’ by Mike Roselle

Review of ‘Tree Spiker’ by Mike Roselle

As I keep working on various short stories to break up the writing of my next novel, I have quite a few ideas on the back burner. One of them involves a radical environmentalist who gets stuck in a tight situation, and as part of that I’m doing additional research on environmental agitators and extremists. I picked this book up at a big discount at a major retailer when I saw it in their used clearance section, hoping to get some research in to make this new character more fully…