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New Release~A Psychological Thriller!


I’m happy to announce that a new book has been released today! “Amnesia” written by Kylie Hillman. Without further ado, let’s get right to the details!


First, he steals her mind.
Then, he owns her body.

Dr. Jaxon Ray has bided his time. He’s watched Amber St. George from afar, plotting and calculating the best way to get her back, until he realised that the answer was simple…

Steal her mind so he can own her body. Program her to forget then reprogram her as his perfect partner. The plan is foolproof, promising everything he’s ever wanted once it’s executed. Money. Prestige. Her.

Why? Because when you don’t know that you’re missing, it’s not possible for you to be found. Especially when the only person you think you can trust, is the one who’s left you with medically-induced amnesia.

If that’s not enough, here’s an excerpt from the book…

“Welcome home.” My mother greets us in a singsong voice. “I trust you’re both feeling relaxed and recharged from your little break?”

Both sets of parents are waiting in the foyer of our house, apparently ready to celebrate our return from our honeymoon. I lean into Jax, close enough so that only he can hear my comment.

“Somebody’s had her Stepford pills today.”

I can feel his low laugh where it rumbles in his chest below my palm. It calms my fears about returning home. During our flight, I was worried that the connection between me and Jax would be lost. He seemed to grow more aloof the closer we got to home. Tension that hadn’t been in his hard frame during our three-week honeymoon became more noticeable by the minute. It diluted the tenderness I felt for him after such an amazing honeymoon, which made me feel guilty, so I’d spent the remainder of the flight trying to find ways to recapture it with small talk and inane observations.

“Seems someone’s missed hers,” Jax replies loud enough for our parents to hear. He takes a step to the side, putting distance between us and causing me to stumble from the unexpected loss of his body. I right myself, bright spots of embarrassment making my face burn. “I have work to do. Amber, you should rest. We have a battery of tests organised for you first thing tomorrow. It’s time to see if you’re able to live up to your end of the bargain.”

Jax strides out of the foyer in the direction of his office, my father and his falling into step with him. Left alone with our mothers, I look between them to see if they’re going to comment on how my husband just acted. They meet my perusal with deliberate blankness, although my mother does seem to be more nervous than usual.

“Is anyone going to tell me what tests he’s talking about?” Their mouths fall open at my belligerent tone. Internally, I shrug it off. They’re lucky I didn’t stomp my damn foot. I certainly want to. “No? No one?”

I give them my back, extending the handle of my biggest suitcase and tilting it so it will roll behind me. I signal the maid to bring the rest of my bags with her. Jax’s luggage can sit in the middle of the entry until the end of time, for all I can. When I reach the curved staircase, I immediately regret my show of defiance. There’s no way I’m going to be able to pull my bag up there.

“Maria.” My mother snaps her fingers at the maid. “Bring some refreshments to the lounge, then have their luggage taken to their room.”

She sniffs when Maria takes too long to move. “Come now, Amber. Tell us about your trip.”

I follow, with reluctance in each step, sitting on the loveseat closest to the window. It’s a beautiful day outside. Bright sunlight and barely a breath of wind. It’s a day that I could spend with my husband, if he wasn’t a workaholic who barely drew a breath before he dived straight back into his job.

“I think you’re mistaken as to how things will run from now on.” Jax’s mother, Elizabeth, speaks first. I run my gaze over her, taking in the perfectly coiffed hair and her straight unnaturally posture with her hands tucked between her knees. Looks like she had her Stepford pills today, as well. “My son is a very busy man. It’s your job to make his life run as effortlessly as possible. There will be no further allowances made for your delicate state.”

She stands, pacing in front of me. I assume that her “delicate state” jibe is a reference to my ongoing amnesia.

“You’ll take over the running of this house. It is not my place to do so now that he’s married. However, I am happy to provide some tips so that the transition is smooth. The same goes for Jax’s social calendar. That will require close attention so that your influence as the only St. George heir benefits my son from the outset. Once you are with child, Cynthia and I,” Elizabeth indicates my mother with her jutting chin. “will assist you so that you are able to concentrate on your most important duty—providing as many heirs as possible.”

“So, that’s what the tests are for tomorrow?” I slouch in my chair when they both incline their heads in agreement. “Well, I guess I’d better rest then. Wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of my ability to breed.”

“I feel that you would benefit from a lie down.” My sarcasm goes straight over my mother’s head. “It will improve your disposition.”

My feet are in action, removing me from this conversation before I say something I regret. I can’t take this farce, anymore. We’ve been home for less than an hour and my life is already being dictated by the expectations of “society”.

Isn’t that one of the reasons you ran away in the first place?

My stupid heel catches in the corner of the rug when that random though pops into my head. I stumble, steadying myself with a hand on the back of the settee. Balance regained, my shoulder clashes with the person currently entering the room as I restart my hasty exit.

“My apologies.” I give Seb a ghost-like smile as I pass.

He takes hold of the top of my arm to slow me, a shopping bag dangling from that same hand.

“It’s time. Be ready.”

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Ready? You can buy the book here…


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Still not convinced? How about a Giveaway? (Ends July 6th)

  • Signed paperback copies of The Centrifuge Duet 
    (Amnesia and Exodus)
  • $25 Amazon or iTunes gift card
  • Limited edition swag pack (tote bag, mouse pad, pen, bookmark, and travel mug)

Just who is Kylie Hillman?


Kylie Hillman is the Australian author of the Internationally Bestselling Black Shamrocks MC series, Amazon #1 Bestselling NA/Sports novel, Brawl (Black Hearts MMA #1), and the recently completed Centrifuge Duet. She’s currently working on the highly anticipated spin-offs to the Black Shamrocks MC series, writing the rest of the Black Hearts MMA series, and plotting her upcoming psychological thriller, Blood Oath.

She’s also wife to a Harley-riding, boating and fishing, four-wheel driving, quintessential Aussie bloke and mum to two crazy, adorable, and eccentric kids. A Crohn’s Disease sufferer and awareness campaigner, as well as an avid tea drinker, metal head, and math nerd, Kylie is known for lacing everything she says with sarcasm and inappropriate innuendo.

You can follow her at the following links:

The Official Author Website





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Writers, Take a Moment


When you begin your writing session, do you simply sit down at the computer and write? Do you know exactly what you’re going to say and how to say it? Not everyone can do that and I personally wouldn’t recommend it. Before you begin, take a moment to focus on the task at hand.

Ritz Theater

Going to the Movies

Growing up in a small town in the 70s, there was only one place to go to see movies. That was the Ritz Theater downtown. When my sister and I were old enough we were allowed to be dropped off at the theater, go in and watch the movie, and then be picked up at the end.

Before the main feature they would run a cartoon which I thought was always neat! It was like free entertainment. Of course when my mother was a child, she saw trailers of upcoming movies, serials, shorts, and cartoons.

The point of most of this; especially the cartoon and the trailers, is to allow people to get to their seats and get comfortable before the main attraction. Adjust your body, maneuver drinks, snacks, and children before you got to the main feature you paid for.

Writing should be viewed the same way. Before sitting down to the computer or that blank page, you should take time to get yourself situated. Allow yourself that period of adjustment from the Real World to the Fantasy World of your story. Even if you’re writing non-fiction, it’s still your world in which you are entering.


Suggestions for transition


  1. If you listen to music while writing, select a couple of songs to play just prior to writing. It allows you mind to leave one world and enter the next.


  1. Use the time to fix yourself a snack. Brew some coffee or tea, gather some cookies or veggies, and find your stash of chocolates.


  1. Review your notes. Look over your notes from your previous writing session to find out where you left off and prepare your mind for writing. Don’t re-read what you last wrote; at least not much if you do. Too much re-reading will cause you to begin the editing stage.


  1. Maybe take a walk around the block, down to the mailbox, or down to the corner convenient store. Although this is suggested for writer’s block, it can also be a good transition period before writing as well.


  1. If you live with people; family or roommates, take the time to announce you are going to write and don’t want to be disturb for the next hour or so. It is always good to allow an hour in case a problem arises that needs your attention.



These are just a few ideas that you can utilize to take a moment to prepare yourself for writing. If you have any other suggestions place share them in the comments below. I’m always interested in other ways to pause before I begin a writing session.

And, as always,

Happy Adventuring!



ANNOUNCEMENT:  This Wednesday I’ll be taking part in the release of a new book as part of a blog blitz. I’ve never done one of these before but thought this would be an interesting experience. Come back Wednesday and check it out and then share it with others on various Social Media Outlets.


Buy my Book, Read my Book



You just published your first novel and you do the promotions properly. You don’t spam people with “Buy my Book” but cleverly promote it while talking to your potential readers. Sales start pouring in and you eagerly begin your next book. However, there’s one problem; there aren’t any reviews.



Buy My Book!

Before I published my first book in 2014, I studied other authors’ methods of promotion as well as read articles on how to develop my Writer’s Platform. One of the main things I learned, above all else, was not to use the phrase, Buy my Book. It sends the wrong message to your potential readers. In a way it almost sounds like a threat: Buy my Book or else!

However, I see this kind of promotion going on throughout Twitter and Facebook and it seems to work, mostly. But I choose not to do it as I know better. I joined the site called Readers Gazette and they promote my books for free. Every time they promo my books, I’ll take and share it and add a little teaser from the story or create a clever way to promote it.

One of the ways that I promote book 1 of my trilogy is by using this phrase on Twitter:

2 girls, 4 towers, 1 magic key, endless adventures.


You would think that this would be enough to entice someone to buy the book but apparently not. Amazon lets you know when a book has been purchased but they don’t tell you which one. And unless, you have enough people to buy one of your books, you’ll never know how many of each is being purchased.



Read my Book

A couple years ago I did a giveaway of book 1 as part of an author gathering. I gave away five copies of my book and the response was very positive. However, that feeling of happiness soon dissipated when that positive response was followed by: I have a lot of books on my TBR (To Be Read) list, but I’ll get to it. Two years later and still no reviews, no comments on my Author Page, nothing.


The Ever-growing TBR list

I’ve had people claim they’ve read my book and when I ask them to post a review they act like they don’t have time. I’m thinking you’ve had time to read the book, why not take a couple of minutes to write a couple of sentences in a review. Before I continue, I am guilty of not doing the same but I will get those reviews written—eventually.

I’ve convinced family and co-workers to buy my book but some say they are too busy to read it, while others say they’ve started reading it and like it so far, yet, no reviews. No comments at all.



Review my Book

When no one reads your stories it becomes very discouraging to an author. They can’t gauge what works and what doesn’t. They can’t decide if they should write the sequel or write something else entirely. I’m struggling with that very dilemma right now.

In addition to my trilogy, I’ve written four short plus a collection of blog posts by a character featured in the trilogy. They only reviews I’ve gotten are by: My cover artist, an editor, and a friend. Nothing from my fellow authors whose books I have read. I always thought it was an unwritten law that if you help out an author by reading one of their stories, they’d read one of yours. Guess not. I have hundreds of ideas for future stories but struggle with which way to go as I don’t know what’s worth writing.

I understand people don’t want to spend their hard earned money on an unknown author’s book if they know there’s the possibility of them not liking it but that’s the chance you have to take sometimes. I’ve read several books by people I didn’t know and absolutely love their work; sometimes better than the big name authors out there.

One of the reasons I provide short stories, and at only 99¢, is so readers out there can get an idea of what my writing is like and not have to spend a lot of money in doing so. Oftentimes, I find writing short stories easier as I can spin a good tale in a small of amount of space as compared to a full length novel.



I will continue to write stories; even if no one reads them because this is who I am and I have stories to share. I can’t think of ever stopping because it would hurt too much not to write. Fellow authors know this feeling.

So when you buy a book please read it and then give it a review. If not on an official page, like Amazon, send it to the author instead.

Do you review books after reading them? Or do you space it and move on to your next book? Share your comments below.


Happy Adventuring!


The Window of Opportunity



When Opportunity knocks I’m usually in the bathroom or at work and I’m almost always missing the visit. However last week, when it came along, I opened the window and shouted, “Don’t move I’ll be right there.”


A Startling Announcement

On Wednesday I shocked my friends on Facebook that I was quitting writing for the time being as my books were going nowhere. However, this announcement was misunderstood as I didn’t announce it properly. I was getting comments about take a breather, sit back, and you can get going again. Only two or three people actually got the initial idea as I explained it further in the comments section.

What I meant was, since I no one was reading my books and reviewing them, I had nothing to gage my future writing on and therefore I thought, “What’s the point of continuing if no one will read them?” I have had a few sales of my stories but yet people tell me that they just don’t have time to read them. Really? My books aren’t that long or complicated. I have three short stories available that could be read in about twenty minutes or so.


What about Giveaways?

Yes, I have given my books away as a promotion for myself through other Facebook pages. The response I get from them is, “I have a lot of books on my reading list right now, but I’ll get to yours.” How many is ‘a lot’? I’m not trying to turn this post into a rant; I just want you to know the frustration I am feeling. Yes, I know all writers go through this. What irritates me the most is that I’ll support another author’s work; read and review it, but not receive the same in return. I get that you are too busy writing but how is it that you’re able to praise other writers’ works but not mine?

A New Opportunity

As I stated before I’m not giving up writing totally and to be honest I just couldn’t anyways. It’s a part of who I am. Even if I’m not writing things down on paper or on the laptop, I’m writing in my head. Since March 2016 I started writing poetry in conjunction with this site on Facebook called Peanut Butter and Poetry Jam. I was pointed out to me by a fellow writer and I decided to visit. I hadn’t written poetry since high school, about 30 years or so, and even then it was mostly sonnet-based verses.

The page is rather simple: an image is posted on Saturday and you have roughly until the following Wednesday to post a poem that was inspired by the image. From there it is voted on and the winner is announced on Thursday. My first attempt, The Green Blade Witch, actually got me the win. Not bad for being 30 years out of touch.

From then on the creativity that creates poetry was awaken within me and I participated almost every week. Then early last week I was told that the page had disappeared. I was heartbroken as I found something that, not only was I interested in doing, but something that could keep the writer in me writing. I contacted the administrator of that page and asked if one of us could take over. She and her associate were too busy to continue the page and so she handed it over to me! Thank you Opportunity!


New Year, New Writing Possibilities

            With the new year beginning, this gave me the motivation to make new ideas come to life via the poetry page. So for now, this will be my muse for the next few months or so. I’ll still be working on my other projects; either by typing them on the laptop or just writing them in my head. But with this poetry page I want to turn things around for myself and head in an entirely new direction and see where this adventure will take me. I have have plans to publish a collection of poems that are Fanstasy-based and from there we’ll see where ‘the road not taken’ leads me.


Where is the New Year taking you? Are you on track in your writing life or has something occurred to encourage you to take another road? Feel free to comment and if you get the chance visit us on the poetry page over at Facebook!

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Happy Adventuring!


7 Signs that you are a Semi-successful Author


All of us one day would like to be at “Star Status” like Stephen King, James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and hundreds of others. In the meantime, there is a level that one can easily reach before that and it’s called the Semi-Successful Author status!


1 Uploaded

“At last, my book is now available for purchase!”

  1. You’ve uploaded your book to the internet.

At long last your manuscript is finally done, the cover image is just right, and you’re ready to receive huge sales. Six months later, still no sales but hey it’s all right! After all, you’re book is available. Just have to be a little patient. Update your photo on social media so people can see the real you…and not the one of you sitting on the couch stuffing chips into your mouth.


2 Book promotion

“This will bring in the sales!”

  1. You post about your book on social media.

Sales just aren’t there so you turn to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and talk about your book. The response is mild but it shows that someone out there actually has a pulse. You buy special pens to autograph books when they come running up to you.


3 Bought book

“At least he’s looked inside.”

  1. People mention that they’ve bought your book.

Nothing pleases an author more than when someone comes up to them and says, “I just bought your book today.” The fact that they haven’t mentioned anything about reading it escapes your attention but no matter, the book is in their possession! Walk around like you’re on Cloud 9, maybe clock out an hour early so you can have a celebratory drink.


4 Blogger

“Whoo hoo! More exposure, more sales!”

  1. Bloggers beg you for an interview.

Your pride swells when a book bloggers asks to interview you about your current novel. The fact that they add the words, “I’ll do it if you’ll stop harassing me!” goes unnoticed. Write down a bunch of witty anecdotes to share with all of your adoring fans. Just remember not to add the story about getting the runs while on vacation in Apache Junction.


5 Autograph

“The demand for my signature is sweet!”

  1. People ask for your autograph

Wow, you’re really famous now! Overlook the fact that it’s a restraining order from people who find you on their lawn at 4am talking about your book. Your signature is now worth something to these people. Hopefully they’ll hang on to it for a couple years and then sell it to the highest bidder online when you really make your mark on the literary world.


6 Give talk

“My first public appearance. I’m the center of attention!”

  1. You’re asked to give a talk at work.

You’re first public speaking gig! Never mind the fact that you’re talking about when to remove old produce from the bins so customers won’t see it. Or what is the perfect color is for bananas. Work your book into the conversation while you talk about moldy strawberries.


7 Bum Author

“I’ll be the toast of the social media world!”

  1. You pose for selfies with your fans.

Your adoring fans want to pose with you in the hopes that you’ll post it on social media to be seen by everyone else. Sure it’s a family member but, a fan is still a fan. Be sure to smile but wipe that ketchup off of your face first.


I hope you enjoyed this little collection of signs I shared with you. Feel free to comment of your favorite or perhaps you might have additional ones to share. I’d love to hear from you.


Happy Adventuring!


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10 Responses to Non-writer Comments



This week’s article is a coping mechanism for you when you have to deal with family, friends, coworkers, and fellow coffee shop customer, AKA the non-writers. This is your everyday group of people who just don’t understand the writer mentality and why you do what you do.

Below are ten basic comments that non-writers will say (or have said) to you. I’ll attempt to translate what they are really saying, offer advice to the situation, and then provide you with suggestions as a response to their comments. If you haven’t heard at least one of these comments, I figure you’re not doing the writing gig correctly would be very surprised.

Ten Comments Non-writers make to Writers.

 1. So you’re still writing your little story/poem/etc.

Translation: I thought for sure you would have given up this silly little dream of yours and moved on to something more productive.

Advice: Non-writers can’t believe your determination for any project you are working on. To tell them that it takes a long time to complete any writing project will add fuel to their fire. You know you need to be patient when it comes to writing, you also have to be MORE patient when it comes to dealing with non-writers.

Response:  “Yes, I am still writing my little story/poem/etc. As long as my hands are on the keyboard, they aren’t crushing your windpipe. Now BUZZ OFF!!”


  1. Must be nice not having a real job.

Translation: Boy, I wish I could sit around all day and earn a paycheck doing nothing.

 Advice: Believe it or not, preachers hear the exact same thing. Everyone assumes that all THEY do is preach on Sunday. But I digress; if writing is how you earn a living, you’ll definitely hear this one a lot. Naturally they wouldn’t say that of Stephen King or James Patterson. But since you’re not them it’s open season for comments.

Response: “It may appear that I’m not working but let me introduce you to my fans and see if they think I need to get an actual job.” (Take non-writer to your platform and your reviews section. If you don’t have either, get some!


  1. Writing doesn’t sound too difficult.

Translation: You just put words together to make sentences, and sentences together to make paragraphs, and then you make it long enough to turn it into a book. Simple!

 Advice: They’ve just explained everything they now know about writing which is what was taught in elementary school. Beyond that they are clueless.

Response: “Writing is just a tad harder than that. You see, first I have to research my idea and take notes, then I find some images for inspiration; and take more notes, then I write down a character list; which stems from webpage after webpage of names (male and female, plus ethnic background), then I outline my story; taking more notes, then I jot down snatches of conversation (overheard on the bus or in a restaurant) which might add to the flavor of the story, then I come up with a few twists that will totally catch my reader off guard, and then I will write my story.

Of course, that is only the first draft. I will then go back over all of my notes and double check my research; possibly researching some new stuff which came up and make new notes, then I will edit my first draft and begin the second draft.

        Then a few more drafts later, I will send it off to my beta team to read all the while compiling notes and suggestions they have for the story, then I will write another draft or two before it’s finally finished. But yeah, it’s not difficult.”


  1. I always thought I’d write a book after I retire, when I have some time to kill.

Translation: Writing for is for old people who have nothing better to do with their lives now that they don’t have a job. Sure beats sitting on my butt all day and watching paint dry.

 Advice: Everyone wants to write that great All-American story; the next Harry Potter or Twilight. But to them, there’s no time to do it and by the time they’ve retired there is no initiative to start which is why watching paint dry becomes easily fascinating.

Response: “Waiting until retirement may be fine for you. However, I figure by the time you retire and begin your first novel, I should have 30 done and available for purchase, and at least 6 of them already made into movies.”


  1. Wait a second, creative writing degrees are a real thing?

Translation: You actually went to college to become a writer? It must be one of those ‘gimme-courses’ like Basket Weaving 101.

Advice: This will be a hard one to live down because if you’re not a journalist then, to them, all you did was take a bunch of “fancy” college courses to make you seem smart. And for all they know, you printed out your own degree found on some instant degree website.

Response: “Yes, it’s a real degree and I didn’t have to memorize all 31 flavors to earn it like you.” (OR something along the lines of whatever their job involves; hopefully retail or fast food. If they have their own degree…good luck with that.)


6. Have you been published yet?

 Translation: Obviously if you are a writer you should already have something available for me to pick up at my local bookstore to read.

 Advice: At first this sounds like a question of genuine interest but given that this comes from a non-writer it can leave a bad taste in your mouth. This question goes hand-in-hand with questions 1 and 2.

Response: (If unpublished) “Thank you so much for your interest. I am still working on my novel but I will make sure that you are the first to know when it is available for reading. Perhaps you’d like to be a Beta Reader or a member of my Street Team? You know what? Nevermind, I forgot who I was talking to.”

         (An e-book author) “Yes, I do have a book published but it’s only available online. That means you have to buy it from the internet. You know the place where you visit those sites about Justin Bieber to express your man crush? Yes, I have been looking at your browser history.”


 7. Can I be a character in one of your stories?

 Translation: Gee, something tells me that you might just be famous like Stephen King or that Patterson guy. Maybe if you put me in your book, I’ll be famous too!

 Advice: Everyone wants a piece of the action and you just know that they would actually make a great character. I mean after all, your serial killer needs an extra victim and it should really be a gruesome death.

Response: “It’s funny you should mention this. Why just this morning my agent called and said my story was one victim short and I think you would be perfect to play the fanboy who gets knifed backstage. Or perhaps a grisly death in the mosh pit.”

 (Give updates to him on the whereabouts of the character and slowly describe the horror that he’s experiencing.)


  1. So I have this great idea I think you should be using in your book…

 Translation: (See #7 above)

 Advice: I don’t know how many times I personally have been told this. I was once told by a maintenance employee that I should be writing her life story and how difficult it was for her to leave her homeland and enter America. Some people, I guess, think that fictional stories are unnecessary.

Another friend of mine came up with this idea that everywhere this character went he would trip and stumble into another world. It’s one thing to be accident prone but that is one of the worst running gags I have ever heard. After the second or third stumble my readers would riot and burn me in effigy.

Response: “I’m sure you have a great idea but why should you share it with me? You should write you own book and use the idea in that.” OR “Hey, I heard (insert author’s name) is looking for new ideas why don’t you send them an e-mail with your idea in it? Chances are they’ll use it and have it published long before I do.”


  1. Aren’t writers just professional liars? They tell stories for living, after all.

Translation: Yes, I’m jealous of your creativity and yet I’m not man enough to admit it, so here’s a diversion instead.

 Advice: This question comes at a point when they have nothing else annoying left to ask. It sounds more like a lame attempt to keep asking you questions when in fact they have run out.

Response: “Professional liars? I’m sorry you have us confused with politicians.”


  1. You’re writing a book? Tell me everything.

Translation: I’m not one to wait until it comes out, I want to know now!

Advice: Yet another attempt to get involved in your story. (See also #7 and #8) It could also be that he is fishing for ideas that he might sell to another writer in the hopes that THEY will use them and give him the credit for the idea.

Response: Tell you everything? Sure! (Describe the last TV episode of one of your favorite shows but change it into the genre that you write.)



Overall, whether we like it or not, we have to contend with non-writers on a daily basis and their questions. One thing to remember though is that any non-writer could be a future reader of your as well as a fan.

Let me know the difficulties that you’ve had in dealing with non-writers. Do you have other questions you’ve been asked? Share with me in the comment below.

To check out copies of my books and stories, visit my Author Page on Amazon.com

Happy Adventuring!


From the Cradle to the Madhouse

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. ~Oscar Levant



There’s an old saying that goes, “There’s a fine line between Genius and Insanity.” I do believe that those of us who are writers are not only standing on that fine line but we stomp up and down the entire line and sneer at both sides. We aren’t geniuses and we aren’t insane. We are both and very proud of it!



From the Cradle…

Children show their creativity at an early age and, if nurtured by the parents, it will further develop and blossom into a broad imagination. I grew up with my sister and two neighbor girls and played with Barbie dolls (I did have a Ken doll) and an assortment of stuffed animals. I never was the boy who was into sports, cars, and any of that macho stuff. It never really interested me even though I did two years of Little League Baseball.

It wasn’t until I was in Junior High that I showed an interest in writing. I started with a crappy play rendition of “The Wizard of Oz” and expanded to a series of stage plays featuring The Marx Brothers.

In college a buddy of mine introduced me to this Science Fiction idea the he and another friend of his were working on years ago and this was when I started to take a more serious interest in writing. From there I made several attempts to write Fantasy and it wasn’t until 2005 that things began to pay off.

Now ten years later I have a Fantasy trilogy completed and three short stories with many more ideas waiting to come to fruition. Currently, I’m stonewalled as I want to write several stories and I have characters in my mind shouting for attention so that their story is written.


…to the Madhouse.

This is one of the main reasons why people see writers as insane. We openly talk to our characters (threaten to kill them off in chapter 4 if they don’t behave); we openly plot how we’re going to kill ol’ lady Jensen when she comes around the corner. The Blond Writer recently revealed that she got her characters to talk to her and it was an eye-opening experience for her. For the rest of us, there are times when we want them to just shut up so we can go to sleep, speak calmly to your child’s principal, and discuss the next play date with your neighbor.

And thing which would send us to the madhouse is that we do searches online for things that usually only serial killers would have an interest in and, we sometimes, draw unwanted attention by the government just because we want to know how to build a Death Ray.

In a recent blog post, Author Kristen Lamb discusses that fact that a lot of writers could easily be mistaken for serial killers in the amount of things we research on the internet and comments we nonchalantly make to our non-writing friends.

For the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2008 I was researching the Salem Witch Trials hoping to create something similar for my story. I grabbed a bunch of books from the library and, while waiting the in the front foyer of the school to pick up my daughters, I brought one of the books in to read. The cover had a noose on the front of it. Another father came up to me and asked a question about which grades were released first, I answered him, and then returned to my book. He must have caught a glimpse of the cover because when I next looked up, I saw him on the other side of the foyer.

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Although I haven’t done any extensive research online, I do have a collection of books that would make any serial killer writer jealous. One I’m particularly proud of owning is The History of Torture and Execution. I bought that one at our local Renaissance Festival and have taken it to work to read in the break room a couple of times. I also have a set of encyclopedias called Crime and Punishment, a set I picked up through the mail back in 1996-1999. It’s a 28 volume set (plus 3 years books) or basic crime descriptions plus real life case histories of some of the more notorious criminals in the world. Everyone from Lizzie Borden and Al Capone to Jeffery Dahmer and OJ Simpson.

I have as of yet to create a murder mystery of any kind but I do like having the books on my shelf and it would most likely keep people away from wanting to engage in any meaningful conversation about the whales or frogs. If you want to discuss saving dragons, or what chainsaw you prefer to dismember a cheerleader, then come right in and I’ll make us some tea!


A Twisted Mind  (Author’s Theme Song)

Worldbuilding is another facet that gives non-writer people fits when we yell at our characters to head west towards the Mountains of the Dwarves when they want to head south and tackle the Undead Beast from the Netherworld which will instantly kill them because they aren’t ready for it. Plus, you’re half-tempted to allow them to go just to show that they are wrong and you are the one in control.

Suddenly we’re accused of having a god complex and being drunk with power because we state, “I brought you into this world, I can take you out.” Next thing you know you’re being fitted for a white coat so that you can give yourself hugs and a room with rubber wallpaper. Just because you have a map of your fictional world spread out over the dining room table and are moving plastic men around to work out the army’s next attack doesn’t mean you are insane. You want to visualize the scene before you write it. Maps are your friend and without them you could send you characters in different directions but each time, passing the same business. Of course, if this if part of your story then great. If not, then you’re going to need a great memory.


Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner madman! It’s better to verbally release your creativity to the page than to keep it bottle up inside until you literally snap and are the Main Character on 20/20 or Dateline. If you non-writer friends still find you weird, embrace that too, then threaten to create a character based on them and put them in various situations that could have them tortured or killed.

Share with me what experiences of being an insane genius you have had. Scared the family? Worried your co-workers? Let me hear your creative minds!!

Happy Adventuring


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