Author Archive

Social malaise” or “shit happens”? #52essays2017

I used to live in Montreal, so I like to keep tabs on the city's big news. Recently, there was quite a hubbub when 300 cars were stranded overnight on a Quebec highway, due to a snowstorm. People kind of lost their minds over this, and now the inevitable "think piece" from Maclean's has arrived. After reading the article, I can't say I agree with this author's conclusions. Maybe it's because Continue Reading...

2017 A to ZChallenge Theme Reveal #AtoZReveal

Today's the day: It's time for the annual A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal! In the past, I have tackled guidebooks to my various hometowns (Chicago, Montreal, San Diego), using the A to Z style to give some unique perspectives on the whole travel guide concept. But this year, I'm doing something a little bit different. So far I've written two books about finding a career for ReferencePoint Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Diane Hinds

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Diane Hinds, a PR expert from the UK. She spoke to the group about how to promote your book as an independent author, and gave us lots of great information – including tips for contacting the media. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from her speech: 10 – Indie Authors Lack Continue Reading...

Love Letters: Accountability Group check-in, week 6

It's the end of the sixth week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 2/4 - 2/10 February 4: 603 February 5: 1,170 February 6: 760 February 7: 765 February 8: 1,180 February 9: 0 February 10: 830 Weekly Total: 5,308 words Another Thursday zero! This one I'm chalking up to being double-booked at my day job, which Continue Reading...

Writer to Watch: John Van Roekel

Normally, when I see those "Writer to Watch" interviews in glossy magazines, I cynically wonder how much money those authors had to shell out to big-deal publicists to get them featured in said magazine. But recently I was flipping through a local publication and spotted a familiar face. It belonged to John Van Roekel, author of a trio of historical fiction books, and he was being featured as a Continue Reading...