Showing posts from October, 2012

The Sixth Seal

If I could do a backflip, I would. My serialized novel, The Sixth Seal, has gone live over at JukePop Serials, and I am absolutely ecstatic. In case you didn't read my previous post on this wonderful new serial fiction site (shame on you), it's a great place that hosts serialized works by new and established authors alike. The thing that sets it apart from similar sites is that they encourage interaction between the writer and reader. You can vote for your favorites, and even make suggestions to the authors.

The Sixth Seal is a novel that I wrote during last year's NaNoWriMo. However, anyone that has ever participated in this delightful event knows that despite how creatively liberating it is, one is often left with a very dismal and often incomplete first draft. Unfortunately that was the case with the Sixth Seal, so I was more than a little interested when I first heard about JukePop. What better way to allow some of this work to see the light of day. Of course I had to …

An old familiar friend

I was browsing on Amazon, as I often do these days, when I came across an old favorite, Ross Macdonald. I remember reading his Lew Archer novels when I was in high school. I was completely wrapped up in them for a time. They're quintessential hardboiled detective novels steeped in gritty realism.

I think the thing about Macdonald's detective stories that makes them really stand out from the crowd, and in fact stand the test of time, is Macdonald's adept handling of character. All of the characters in a Lew Archer novel are rich tapestries of motive and emotion. Macdonald had a knack for getting into the mind of the character, and entwining their hidden desires and neurosis into the plot.

I tend to take my time reading a book, but I remember how fast I sped through the Lew Archer novels. They were just so good that I couldn't put them down. Since I discovered them after the author's death, I was able to read them all back to back. At least I thought I had, but some…