Great Summer Reads

This weekend kicks off the start of summer with the opening of neighborhood swimming pools, Memorial Day parades, and celebrations like the World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison. Summer is also the perfect time to relax at the beach, at an outdoor cafe, or in a...

The Golden Age of TV

One of the things I do as a writer is to justify watching hours of live-streamed television by claiming it’s a way to study my craft. I’m not totally off the mark — television shows today are incredibly well scripted, acted, costumed, and filmed....

Christmas Book Flood

On Christmas Eve in Iceland, people give books as presents and then everyone spends the whole night reading and drinking hot chocolate. The tradition has created Jolabokaflod which translates to “Christmas (or Yule) Book Flood” because of the large number...

Fictional Worlds of 2017

For the first five and a half months of 2017, I lived with Paul Salvage in his dystopian world as I completed the second draft of The Devil Particle. I stayed in that world the rest of this year writing about Paul’s rival, Gaige Devlin, and his struggles in the...