For those of us who appreciate a fantastical tale with more meat on the bones, Shower of Stones delivers that in spades. Here is novel that simultaneously causes us to examine the context with which we view family, the gods, and the world around us, and it asks us to keep asking questions.Read More
Chapter 1 of Without Light or Guide is now live. No password necessary.
Have a nibble before taking a bite. If you enjoyed In Midnight's Silence, then the adventure continues in Without Light or Guide. Diago Alvarez is now working hard to prove his loyalty to Los Nefilim, but there are many who do not trust his daimonic nature. All around him, events conspire that only fuel the other Nefilim’s suspicions--including the fact that every mortal Diago has known in Barcelona is being brutally murdered.Read More
If you missed the announcement over the weekend, I just wanted to let you know that I will be joining several best selling authors at The Supernatural Underground. We share everything from news to writing tips to methods for writing darker fiction.Read More
A few of you have expressed an interest in seeing some of the books I've used for research. Most of the titles listed here are historical in nature, much to the disappointment of my demonology fans, I'm sure. Still, those of you who enjoy exploring alternative belief systems might find some interesting information under the Religion heading. You will also see some overlap between this bibliography and the one I used for Miserere.Read More
Just a few things going on behind the scenes:
First up I join several other authors for a Mind Meld at the most excellent SF Signal on The Most Memorable Deaths in Science Fiction and Fantasy. That was a fun Mind Meld.
The next piece of news concerns the ebook Miserere, which is still on sale for $1.99 at most online retailers. How long this will last, I do not know, so if you haven't read it, and you want to read it, go out and get it, BUT ...Read More
You see me now a veteran of a thousand Hugo wars
I've been living on the edge so long, where the blogs of limbo roar
And I've read so many blog posts, I can barely see
All the scars are on the inside
I'm not sure that there's anything left of me
Recently, I saw a tweet in which an individual professed s/he would never read a novel that used the word “mankind” in the blurb. Since the tagline of my Los Nefilim series has the word “mankind” in it (not once, but twice, mind you), the comment sort of drew me up short. I knew the tweeter, and the prejudice made me kind of sad, because I thought the individual might have enjoyed Diago and Miquel’s story.Read More
Books which are given to me for review get bumped to the head of the line. Right now I have two such books. Shower of Stones got to the head of the line, not because the author asked me to read it--for in the interest of full disclosure, Zachary and I know one another from our online interactions--but because I requested this particular novel.Read More
Trolling around online last night, I jumped over to Reddit and didn't have to look any farther than the first page for an interesting article about Ray Bradbury. Turns out Bradbury was something of a social justice warrior, or as they were known in the late fifties, a communist.Read More
Congratulations to the Hugo winners! Congratulations also to the fans, who have spoken. Let us honor their wishes and conduct ourselves accordingly from this point forward.
While everyone else was at the Hugo ceremony, I received a very lovely review for In Midnight's Silence by author T.O. Munro. This one contained a couple of paragraphs that simply made my day:Read More
[Note: If you are one of those people who refer to themselves as pantsters and just make things up as you go along, I have no help for you. I cannot write a story on a deadline using that technique, so I've abandoned it. Feel free to move on to another site, I'm cool with that.]
Now that we have, more or less, decided that no one really knows the true definition of "good" as in "How to Write a Good Story," let's just discuss some ways to make the storytelling process easier on your audience and you.Read More
This all sort of falls from a tweet I made, which went something like this: People ask me how to get published, or how to get an agent, or even for marketing advice (e.g. "Will you review my novel?"), but the burning question no one ever asks me is how do you write a good story?
I made the tweet in jest and several people replied, some of whom actually wanted me to write a blog post on the subject. What I learned from this experience is to be careful what I tweet.
However, you said you wanted such a post and I said I would write one, so here we are.Read More
Always holding themselves aloft from the affairs of mortals, Los Nefilim have thrived for eons. But with the Spanish Civil War looming, their fragile independence is shaken by the machinations of angels and daimons ... and a half-breed caught in-between.Read More
The second hand crawled around Señora Ferrer’s art deco clock with excruciating slowness. Blue, brown, and orange geometric shapes decorated the base and did little to help Diago’s headache. From where he stood beside the grand piano, he counted the seconds as they ticked across the clock’s face: fifteen, fourteen, thirteen …
All the while, Enrique Ferrer—a vindictive boy who hated his stepmother and piano lessons—executed a murderous attack on the sonata Diago had assigned. The child didn’t play the piano; he tried to kill it.Read More
When people ask me what I read, I tell them everything. I read non-fiction, literary fiction, genre fiction, graphic novels--all of these things are expressions of who and what we are. The characters within our stories are reflections of us. Sometimes we don't want to see our prejudices mirrored back to us, but if we pause and examine what the authors are saying to us, we might just learn a little bit about being a better person.Read More
The thing is, we all have a little bit of darkness inside us – and sometimes more than a little. Human nature is at once a wonderful and a terrifying thing, capable of both the most depraved atrocities and the most selfless acts of courage. That’s what it means to be human: we are demon and angel in one. And if everyone around you is behaving demonically, yet you can still listen to your angelic side … well, maybe that’s the true meaning of heroism. It is in the darkest night that the light shines most brightly.Read More