Killer Opening Lines

I’ll be speaking at the Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference this weekend – Saturday, April 30th. I’m giving a break-out session on Killer Openings: Nailing Your First Five Pages. While creating this lecture, I was reminded of how terribly hard it was to craft an opening line, paragraph, and scene for my middle grade book, Doom &…

Lone Star Book Festival

Hey, guys! Just wanted to share a really cool Houston literary event. Yes, you read that right. A literary event. In Houston. Not Austin. I’ll be speaking on a Friday panel. Hope to see you there!

The Green Children of Woolpit

I first heard about the Green Children of Woolpit, England  while watching a UFO conspiracy show. The expert theorized, of course, that the children had come from another planet. But after reading the “historical account” for myself, I learned their origins were decidedly terrestrial, stemming from a middle earth philosophy. Then and there, I knew I had…

Simple Math: A Sci-Fi Thriller Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from my sci-fi short story, “Simple Math.” You can find the full story in Lethal Lore, my collection of suspense/horror tales. Since most readers know me through my cozies, I thought I’d introduce this new writing with a sample. Lethal Lore is FREE this weekend, so grab your copy before the price goes back up on…

Young Edgar Allan Poe – The Making of a Genius

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday today, January 19, I’d like to offer a rare glimpse into the childhood of one of my favorite writers. The formative years are crucial to everyone’s successful (or unsuccessful) adulthood, and Mr. Poe’s were no exception. As an infant, young Edgar’s nurse often fed him and his siblings bread soaked…