Linda Windsor’s Interview

Posted On Dec 9 2005 by

Make sure you catch Gina Holmes’ interview of author Linda Windsor. Her latest novel, Fiesta Moon, is available now. She’s a great writer and a really neat lady. I sat with her at the ACFW conference in Nashville. You can read her interview on Gina’s blogsite at If you’ve never experienced Gina’s blog, you’re missing out. She’s a stitch and a great writer. If you’re into demons and other nightmarish stuff, you’ll want to keep your eye on this lady. I’ll be playing catch up to her real soon.

Out of Egypt

Posted On Dec 6 2005 by

I’ve started reading Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. You know, her “Jesus book.” While I respect her newfound desire to write for the Lord, I can’t help but wonder what an editor would have told me if I came up with the idea of writing a novel from the viewpoint of a teenage Jesus. My first warning to my Protestant bretheren is: Anne’s Catholic. And that’s how she’s writing it. Not that I have a problem with Catholics. I’ve been in “mixed” bible studies and we overcome our differences by simply leaving them out of the discussion (the differences, …

Seven Sevens

Posted On Dec 2 2005 by

I’ve been tagged by Gina Holmes AND Robin Miller. Here are the questions: Seven Things to Do Before I Die (Lord willing): 1. Publish a best-seller (aim high, people!)2. Write for a living.3. Go to Alaska.4. Take my wife to Hawaii.5. Be first in line at Robin’s, Gina’s, Ronies, and Dineen’s book signings.6. Read in the bathtub without getting the book wet.7. Watch my son pilot Blue Angel #5 over Traverse City. Seven Things I Cannot Do:1. Read in the bathtub.2. Take the auto industry seriously.3. Vote for a pro-abortionist.4. Turn my back on my Savior.5. Stop writing (I tried, …

15 Book Preference

Posted On Dec 1 2005 by

My pal Dineen has tagged me with my list of 15 book preferences. So here’s what I came up with: 15 Facts and Personal Preferences about books: 1. Nothing written by bad ex-Presidents.2. No gay vampires.3. I like to read in bed with my wife.4. I usually have at least two fiction books going at the same time.5. Never use the phrase “her near perfect features.”6. Nothing by Al Franken (what, exactly, does he do?)7. Fiction that teaches me something new.8. You get to use a writer as your protag once during your career, then move on.9. I check out …

Christmas Wish List

Posted On Nov 26 2005 by

My wife I are really doing it this year. We’re chopping the Christmas budget to unprecidented lows. We’ve already achieved somewhat of a Scrooge status by bowing out of the annual family gift grab. I mean, really, what’s the point in buying gifts for my cousin’s kids? I don’t need to launch into the ridiculous height of “stuffness” that Christmas has become, we’re all fully aware I’m sure. As I near my 39th birthday (Dec. 30th), I find that there’s nothing left that I want anyone to buy me, other than books, because you just can’t have enough books. But …

Writing from the Inside Out

Posted On Nov 23 2005 by

I think I understand. For as long as I’ve been writing, I’ve been told to “just write.” Turn off the internal editor and get it on paper. I’ve tried, but my brain still gets in the way. Leave it to a screenwriter to get it through to me. Robert McKee talks about “writing from the inside out” in his book, “Story.” For a novelist, it’s second nature to write from the viewpoint of one character and stay in that character’s head. For the screenwriter, it’s a little more difficult. McKee actually includes a scene from “Chinatown,” where the hero is …