BW English Award Ceremony Speech (04.23.19)

This is the speech I gave for the Baldwin-Wallace (yes, I am still going to hyphenate the name, it was hyphenated when I was there!) English award ceremony speech, April 23, 2019. Before I begin, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to my good friend Dr. Mike Dolzani for inviting me to speak here to you today, as …

Wishing Shelf Finalist!

I am pleased to announce that Five Fathoms Beneath was chosen as a 2018 finalist in “Adult Fiction” for the Wishing Shelf Book Award! A lot of book awards feel like they exist to take the author’s money. Not all of them by any means, but it’s very hard to separate out the legit. I did a lot of research before I chose …

Author Interview: Liz Jansen

For today’s post, I am interviewing Liz Jansen, the author of the newly released memoir, “Crash Landing.” Introduce yourself! Who are you? Good question! Crash Landing was inspired by my desire to understand who I was before my culture told me who I was. When I began riding a motorcycle on my family’s farm at age sixteen, I couldn’t have …

Interview with Esther Rabbit

Esther Rabbit is the author of Paranormal Romance, Lost in Amber, digital marketing specialist, and content creator for upcoming authors. She aims to assist writers in the journey from writing to publishing their books through a series of articles and interviews with authors and professionals in the writing industry. This author and self-proclaimed tech-geek documented her every step, resulting in …

Author Interview

I had the delightful opportunity to participate in another author interview, this time with Esther Rabbit, who blogs at her website, From Words to Spellbinding Novels. In the coming week or two, I’ll have an interview with Esther here talking about her upcoming novel, Lost in Amber, so please check back soon.

Utopian Fiction

Gizmodo posted an excellent article on Why We Need Utopian Fiction. I wouldn’t call “Five Fathoms Beneath” utopian fiction, but it does have a very positive and un-cynical ending, and for that reason this line in the article about utopian fiction really resonated with me: As children, we are told to dream for better futures; as adults, we are told …

Author Interview

My cover designer, Tim Barber, was kind enough to interview me about my novel, Five Fathoms Beneath. You can read the interview on Tim’s website by clicking here. If you’re looking for a cover designer, Tim does exceptional work and I recommend him without reservations.

Writers and Poets, oh my!

As a novel which leans literary, and with a main character who loves literature and quotes it frequently, Five Fathoms Beneath features bits and pieces of several works by famous poets and authors. Here are a few of the writers who get passing mention or are quoted in Five Fathoms Beneath. (Some of the brief descriptions on this page come …

Shenandoah Treasure Hunt

My friend and fellow writer, Keith Oxenrider,is currently raising moneyto fund his indie movie project, “Shenandoah Treasure Hunt.” It’s a movie set in the present about a group of college students who go on a hunt for lost Confederate gold. Check out his website to learn more about his cool indie project and the characters and cast; Keith also regularly …

Editors, Beta Readers, and Designers Oh My!

If you’re a new writer trying to navigate the shark infested freelance waters, you want to know you’re not just throwing your money away and are going to get someone reputable, reliable, and dependable. To that end, I am listing some editors, beta readers, and other folks I’ve worked with personally in the past and was happy with. Beta Readers …