I had an interesting conversation with someone on New Year’s Day about the characters of my books, and the question of whether or not they were likable. She had strong opinions on that, some of which surprised me (although her arguments were quite sound). Character likability is a tricky issue for an author, because the… Continue Reading A matter of character.
I recently did yet another editing polish of Dharma Bum and the Shield of Athena, my third novel. Proofreading this manuscript has been something of chore — I’ve had it proofed by two other people, but every time I open the document, I seem to spot something else that we didn’t notice before. (The side… Continue Reading Behind the scenes.
One of the assumptions fostered by many generations of how-to books and writing classes, is that a piece of fiction is the product of extended and complex conscious deliberation: the application of various formulae and rules. If you look through these books, the list of rules is often quite intimidating. It’s a lot like what… Continue Reading It’s not about you.
Your first question may be, “Are these books of yours published?” to which the answer is, “Not currently, no.” Your second question may be, “Then, why do they have covers?” Here’s the answer: