Blog, How to Write Fiction

How to Self-Publish a Book

Whenever I am at an author-related event, I’m bound to be asked this question: “How do I self-publish a book?” There are a lot of people who want to have their novels published. In fact, an article by Justine Tal Goldberg via Publishing Perspectives notes that 200,000 Americans want to publish a book.

Blog, How to Write Fiction

Writing a Novel: How-To Guide

You’ve decided: you are writing a novel. No matter what obstacles stand in your way, this is the year that you’ll succeed in your dream. Whether you plan on writing a novel in 30 days or taking your time and spending the rest of this year on it, the task ahead is challenging.

Blog, Personal Notes, Research

Behind the Scenes: Thriller Books, Mental Asylums & Stranger Things 3

Research that goes into writing thriller books such as Silence in the Woods, fascinates me. In fact, if I’m not careful, it can overtake the writing process completely. But researching the Vermont Hospital for the Insane was a remarkable and eye-opening experience. Where to begin? I started at the very beginning: a visit to the Vermont State Archives.