A Typical Day of This Writer

People often ask me what my typical day as a writer is like so here goes: Wednesday, November 7th was a typical day in how atypical it was. I got up around 6:15 a.m. (which is early for me, but I was still on daylight spendings time). Sitting at my upstairs desk (the...

The Making of an Audio Book

For the last few years, I’ve wanted to create audio books of Carpe Diem, Illinois and God on Mayhem Street so when Author Christine Keleny told me she recorded her books through Paradyme Productions, right here in Madison, I knew I had my chance. I visited Jake...

Live & In Person

*When Christopher Paolini was nineteen, he sold his debut novel Eragon by making personal appearances at hundreds of schools and bookstores dressed in medieval costumes. I also personally sell my books at libraries, bookstores, and festivals, but I don’t wear...

Eleven Years

In the summer of 2007, as I drove around northern Illinois, I listened to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and wondered why novels with futuristic societies portray those societies as evil, dystopian. I thought, why don’t I write a book about a culture...

A Confession

Authors are often told that they should write every day. This seems obvious. Daily creating helps us hone our craft, develop new stories, and finish our works in progress. It’s part of the reason why NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, began. NaNoWriMo...