Upcoming Trilogy Announced

Over the past two months, I’ve sat on this novel (not literally, of course.) Mostly, I procrastinated on writing the synopsis and query letter. I talked with my writer friends on Codex and Odyssey et al. I realized that, should I decide to submit it to publishers, I may as well have it available for the public to read. I’m thrilled to announce that I will be publishing “Fell Winter” — a novel of 40,000 words (160 printed pages) — soon . The next book, “High Queen of Badelgard,” will be available by early December this year.


An evil not seen in hundreds of years has awoken in the highland nation of Badelgard. The Ulfr – the original inhabitants of the land whose evil was matched only by their power over death – stir from their barrows.

The dead walk again at the command of an Ulfr witch. The fate of the High King and the possession of the High Throne grow more and more uncertain. Tensions flare between the lowborn commoners and the highborn descendants of the Seven Wardens.

In the middle of it all, the lowborn musician Brand Gutlaffson is thrust into a perilous chase thanks to the foolish decisions of his friend, the warrior Gunnar Whoreson. Their midnight flight takes them to the accursed land of Blackfold, where the ancient Ulfr goddess waits for Her awakening.

The cold begins to set in. But there is more to fear than darkness and snow in this FELL WINTER.

This 40,000-word novel begins “The Ulfr Crisis” trilogy.

Ramblings on Writer’s Block

I don’t believe in writer’s block. All the successful professional writers I know put more stock in “hard work” than “inspiration.” I do feel drained after I finish a novel (which just happened) and so, I felt a little bit of that burnout today when I started my next novel. I wrote a few hundred words and then decided to work on a short story… something totally different from “High Queen of Badelgard,” something softer and more feeling-based rather than plot-based.

1000 words a day, as proposed by Dean Wesley Smith in his many-yeared wisdom, varies in difficulty for me. Some days I write more than that, and sometimes it’s very draining to accomplish. I disagree on one of his points: I will not publish or send out something I’m not reasonably proud of. Sometimes, I begin the day by deleting the previous day’s 1000 words, and (once I’ve replaced them) consider my goal met.

I believe this is my most productive year yet. 1000 words a day instead of binges… Slow and steady wins the race, as Aesop tells us. (Was it Aesop?) I’ve written 2 novels and innumerable short stories.