A life lived without passion is no life at all. In a strange twist, however, I'm passionate about other people's passions. So I write historical fiction! High tides in epic events led to hopeless choices, desperate plans, and untenable love. Common people in incredible circumstances drive me to read, write, and dream about their lives! Come, join me!


April 25, 2018

I danced around the diners at the college cafeteria and spotted my target. She was cute. And I wanted to ask her to the skate party. 

Her eyes widened an inch and her foot moved toward me as I approached. 

“Hey,” I said.

“Hello,” she answered, her voice...

January 25, 2018

You have an idea. A thought that thrills. You want to write a book.

Give up the dream of being a published author. Let go the hopes of notoriety, of money, of telling highbrow conferences you’re already booked. Forget that you ever wanted to be popula...

January 9, 2018

“Hey, Fear,” I say as I sit down to work on a new project. “You’ve been working out at the gym again, I see.”

“You know, I don’t care to be here. I show up only because you want me. I'd rather be watching videos.”

I take my hands off my keyboard. “Real...

January 1, 2018

New Year’s resolutions and toddlers—cute, but better when they belong to someone else.

This year, there’s one resolution I’m focused on, and that’s finding my invisible culture so that I have permission to be obsessive about my writing.

What does that...

December 12, 2017

Ellen Langer did the impossible. She sent eight 80-year-old men back in time.

The year was 1979

Eight old men on a bus, sequestered away from the world. On a retreat. Created by Ellen Langer.

Each man had been studied carefully. Hearing, joint pai...

November 23, 2017

John Howland is forever known to history as fortunate. And with his second shot at life, he didn’t hold back.

Writers, it’s never one and done. You get second chances. And with the second chance, you’ll be all the smarter.

Prevailing winds chilled Howl...

October 26, 2017

I prepped to clean my closet. The mass of clothes were wedged so tight I would eventually sell the middle section to farmers as compost. If I could have chosen to bike up Mount Everest with street tires and a screaming toddler on the back, I would ha...

October 10, 2017

Create a following, and they'll sell your books for you. 

But how to cultivate a flock of adoring fans?

How geniuses have created followings in the past—

—Escape the inescapable. (Houdini)
—Itch curiosity. (documentaries)
—Engage and connect. (tal...

September 29, 2017

“Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist.” Martin Luther Ki...

September 12, 2017

I had lost my love of words. And I'm an award-winning author.

The twist of a phrase, the meaning of a sentence, the passion of a story. Gone.

Words are my gift, my passion. Writing is my art, my expression of Jesus's face—and the love wa...

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