Embracing Failure: The Writing Process

Over on Horror Tree, I talk about my newly released novella The Rampant and why many many failures were necessary before I could complete this particular work.

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Baby writers are never all the same. It is just the broad strokes–no sense of marketplaces or paths or realistic goals—that give new writers that patina of predictable and homogeneous. What a baby writer has to offer is, by definition, unique and as yet unrealized.

In my twenties, I spent years on journal writing, along with attempts at poetry and fiction that were all imagination—my imagination—but definitely lacked discipline and craft. … Read more

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Welcome to My Macabre Food WEB

Over on Speculative Chic, I talk about my newly released novella The Rampant, how research informed the creation of the story and the macabre food web I designed in order to make the underground flesh-and-caterpillar field make sense.

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Your My Inspiration

So where do all good stories start? In my case it’s often that fingers-half-covering-eyes thrill of something macabre or erotic or strange playing out on my mental stage. If I’m lucky such a moment (or feeling) triggers one of my obsessive neural pathways and then, well, I’m off, racing down the rabbit hole.

Which is my roundabout … Read more

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Book GiveAway: The Rampant

The Rampant

After months of fear & anticipation, The Rampant has finally arrived! I knew what I wanted to write from the beginning, but it took a few years of abandonment in a darkened electronic drawer, before I found it ready for completion. Writing for me is like that: fermenting, disassembling, pickling, buffing, and finally burial with a moldy wet sock.

I’m thrilled at how well it’s been received. It’s gotten lovely reviews from Publishers Weekly and the Book Smugglers. And the early reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads include some really kind words.

If you haven’t had a chance to … Read more

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