The Art of the Short Novel

I’m fascinated, obsessed may be a better term, with word count. I want to make sure I reach the magical number of 50,000 words when writing a novel. Native Moments is around 95,000 words. Perhaps a bit on the long side. As of now, Panhandlers is just above 58,000 words and I’m working on paring it down to get it as tight and precise as … Continue reading The Art of the Short Novel

Panhandlers, A Novel in Stories Book Cover Reveal 

It’s been a few days over a year since my debut novel, Native Moments, was published. It’s been fun. The best part is seeing the reviews or having people tell you that they read it and liked it. When it was first released, it was #1 on Amazon’s new release list for Surfing. It reached as high as number #7 in Surfing after it was … Continue reading Panhandlers, A Novel in Stories Book Cover Reveal 

Making your Family Vacations a Work Trip

After visiting Costa Rica in 1999, I told myself I wouldn’t return until I wrote novel and got it published. 17 years later, I’m returning. It took much longer than I expected. Many years of self-doubt and work and starting a business and starting a family made writing increasingly difficult. But on January 24th, I’m heading back to Costa Rica with my wife and daughter. … Continue reading Making your Family Vacations a Work Trip

Another Alternative Setting for a Book Signing

I set up a book signing at Waterboyz surf shop in Pensacola, FL for Saturday the 24th. Again, trying different settings as opposed to a book store for selling books. In these alternative settings – breweries, surf shops, etc – there isn’t direct competition like in a bookstore where people have thousands of other books to choose from. And books from authors they have heard … Continue reading Another Alternative Setting for a Book Signing

09/15/16 – The Day I Became a Published Author

After months of sitting on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Surfing and Costa Rica categories, today is the official release date of Native Moments. All three versions are now avaialble on Amazon: Paperback, Kindle and Audio.  If you subscribe to this blog using your email address, you’ll be entered to win a free audio version of Native Moments.  Also, in a few days I’ll … Continue reading 09/15/16 – The Day I Became a Published Author

First Amazon Reviews In and Books Are Being Shipped

What a great week it’s been. The preorders of Native Moments started getting shipped almost a month early and the first three Amazon reviews have been posted.  The first picture someone tagged me in on Facebook was a good friend living in Kenosha, WI and he was holding a copy of my book. It came as a surprise, and then more pictures started popping up. … Continue reading First Amazon Reviews In and Books Are Being Shipped