My ‘Whose Fantasy is This?’ Article Published

The Jim Cox Report/Midwest Book Review published a short - but hopefully cool - article I wrote on the challenges of writing fantasy novels that cross genres and sub-genres. Please enjoy. Here is the link:

Interview For My Book, THE LORDS OF POWDER

My latest book, THE LORDS OF POWDER, just got good publicity from a blogger who posts on recently published books. I'm interviewed describing my novel, THE LORDS OF POWDER, at the following link:


The Essex Serpent’s MacGuffin is, of course, the Essex Serpent. The monster is Sarah Perry’s fulcrum to lever forward the plot, plumb the story’s characters, and probe the novel’s various and manifold themes. It can all seem a bit self-conscious and mannered at times, but Perry has, by in large, crafted an amusing story taking … Continue reading Book Review – THE ESSEX SERPENT


More of a mood than a movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is nonetheless an arresting, dark satire of changing times for filmdom and TV. It also explores Tarantino’s focus on the border between story-telling and ‘reality’, though here, the characters’ reality is a rather surreal 1969 Los Angeles. And the film viewer’s reality … Continue reading Film Review – ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Book Marketing – Assessing Your Book’s Strengths and Weaknesses (part 3)

My previous posts introduced SWOT analysis and how it might help authors market their books (see links below for past posts). Though this may seem like a dry-as-dust business analytical process with no relevance to writers, SWOT offers a framework for assessing what you can do concretely to sell your books. And it needn’t be … Continue reading Book Marketing – Assessing Your Book’s Strengths and Weaknesses (part 3)