Saturday, March 18, 2017

FIRST DRAFT IS FINISHED!

The rough draft for BALOR is complete! just under 80,000 words, almost the same length as THE AGE OF APOLLYON. It took me 51 weeks to complete this manuscript, my longest yet. I've said many times before that this was an incredibly challenging story to write, and I'm glad that the first phase of construction is over. I'm taking a break from writing for a week to let my creativity recharge, then I'm jumping head-first into the editing pool. Should be a bloody good time!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

QUICK UPDATE

Sorry for not posting an update here in a couple of months. If you're signed up for my monthly newsletter, you already know what's been going on :-) If not, please sign up below. But just to let everyone know what's been happening, I am about to write the climactic scene of BALOR. Yep, I am almost done. 11 months, my longest germination for a 1st draft. It hasn't been all sunshine and roses, but this is such a grim and dark book, it's fitting that I should be a bit traumatized from its creation. The cover art is sweet too. The manuscript will be done by the end of the month, and then comes the editing process. I'm hoping that once that's all wrapped up, the book can be published in May or June. My publisher, The Crossover Alliance, will be attending the Realm Makers conference in Las Vegas this year for the first time, and we can't wait to put our hard-hitting books in front of a larger audience. Hopefully BALOR will be the newest baby on display :-)

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Monday, December 26, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to next year. 2016 was a big year for me, with the birth of our third child, moving into a new home, and releasing NIKOLAI THE PENITENT. It was a big year for the USA and for the world as well, and no matter what happens, God is still the Lord of creation and He still loves every one of us. John 16:33 says: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (KJV).

I'm almost 3/4ths of the way done with BALOR, and I'm hoping to have the first draft done by the end of January. The gears have been cranking in my mind over the past few months for my next project, the first volume of my scifi/fantasy epic THE EMPYREUS TRILOGY. That means I have to discipline my imagination to stay focused on BALOR and get it done right before I can let myself get too involved in the next book. The mind of a writer never rests easy :-)

I hope that 2017 finds you happy, healthy, and nose-deep in great books all year long!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Five years ago, while sitting in my office during my lunch break at the Chinese university where I taught English, I started writing my first novel, THE AGE OF APOLLYON. Four months later, I finished it, and I realized that I had more stories to tell. Five years later, I am now the proud author of seven published novels (and halfway through my eighth) and eight published short stories, totalling more than six hundred thousand words.

During these five years, my wife and I have had two more children, moved three times (including moving from China to the USA), built a house from the ground up, changed jobs, and found ourselves busy with all of the hustle and bustle of suburban American life. My writing time is usually one or two hours at night, though I sometimes still write on my lunch break at the university where I now teach.

I have self-published and signed with two small presses during these five years, and while I hardly make any money from my writing, my love of writing is what keeps my fingers tapping, not dreams of wealth and fame. I know I have many more stories left to tell, and while my pace may vary, I expect to have quite a catalog when I am done. I am especially thankful to God for this passion and I hope my writing honors Him.