Archive | June, 2013

Behind Every Good Man…

26 Jun

Writers are solitary creatures.  We create worlds out of nothingness from the comfort of our recliners.  We dream big dreams and paint our visions with words.  Empires rise and fall in the corners of our mind, and we direct the course of imaginary lives with little more than a thought and a smattering of keystrokes.  And we do all of this alone.

However, that doesn’t mean that writers are successful all by themselves.  Quite the contrary.  We have help.  In most cases, lots of help.  

Behind every good writer, there is someone who believes in them, encourages them, motivates them, pushes them to do better and work harder.  Most writers have that special someone who helps them through the disappointments and celebrates their achievements, who reads every first draft and tempers every honest criticism with love and gentleness, who pushes them to write when the urge isn’t there.

The writer works hard, obviously, to hone his/her craft, and the hours spent in pursuit of the craft often take their toll.  But what about that special person behind the writer, the one who supports them no matter what?  What kind of price do they have to pay?  What about the spouse who spends so many evenings alone while their partner slaves away on some new epic in the cave-like atmosphere of the office?  How many relationships struggle because of the demands placed on any writer who wants to make it? 

Writers are solitary creatures, but sometimes, those who support writers lead a solitary life too.

A few years ago I was ready to quit writing altogether.  I was prepared to walk away from all of the stories I had imagined and devote my time to something more worthwhile with more obvious rewards.  Yet, I had someone who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.  I had someone who encouraged me to persevere, someone who was willing to be my partner in this endeavor, who convinced me not to quit.  Because the object of my affection is modest, shy, and avoids the limelight at all costs we will simply call her J, and she has been a compass in my life, always helping me stay on course, leading the way toward magnetic north, helping me to stay on track regardless of how many obstacles I encountered.   

In all of the years she has been in my life, J has pushed me to do more, to do better, to write when I didn’t want to, to become better than I ever imagined I could be.  She has never given up on me, and she has been right there by my side through every success and every failure.  She’s had my back when I needed it the most, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be writing at this point were it not for her. 

Yet, like so many writers, I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.  I had big goals, lofty dreams, and hefty ideas that required a lot of heavy lifting.  I also had a strong work ethic needed to accomplish all those achievements.  The only problem was that I sometimes lost sight of what was important in the here and now, opting instead to focus on the future.  While I was busy trying to please agents, publishers, readers, and editors, I stopped trying to please the person I needed the most.  Somewhere along the way, I stopped giving back to the person who had given so much to me.   

So what’s the moral of this story?  What am I trying to say? 

Writers, don’t take for granted the people who support you through thick and thin.  Take a moment to close the laptop, power off the Ipad, lay down the smartphone and tell them thanks for all they do.  Take a minute or five to show your appreciation for all they do.  Writing is a lonely business, but without a proper muse to motivate and inspire us, all of our efforts could be futile.  We need those people in our lives.  We need their encouragement, and their unconditional postivity even when the deck seems stacked.   

Thank you, J, for all you do to help me.  It means the world.  I couldn’t do any of this without you.  I love you.


The Maze featured in The Monroe Journal

26 Jun

My local newspaper, The Monroe Journal, published an article about my novel, The Maze.  To check it out go here:

Want a free signed copy of The Maze?

22 Jun

My new novel, The Maze, is out in paperback now.  Wanna know a way to get a free copy?  Head on over to my website at  Currently, there is a giveaway at Goodreads going on and one through Rafflecopter.  Check ’em out.  Register for both.    


Book Trailer for The Maze

18 Jun

Book trailer for my fantasy/suspense novel, The Maze.

The Maze Giveaway

18 Jun

Register now through the end of the month for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of The Maze:—the-lost-labyrinth