August 27, 2018

Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market now available from your favorite vendor!

Delmen MacDougall lived a relatively comfortable life for a dwarf in Steamtown. He had his enchanting shop, his flat, and his health. He even had a friend. All he had to do was follow Governor Law’s mandates to the letter. Non-citizens of Steamtown, called travelers, didn’t make sticking to the mandates easy. They robbed him. They killed him, forcing him to resurrect. They hurled insults at him, calling him an “NPC,” whatever that was. ​​​​​​​When one traveler attacked his only friend in the world, Delmen eagerly abandoned his mandates and fought back. He earned himself a bounty that forced him […]
July 14, 2018

True Colors of writing gay fiction. #ownvoices post-Pride Month reflections

Pride month is over. For me, it was relatively uneventful. Husband and I didn’t do a whole lot to celebrate beyond just being, you know, gay and married. A few weeks back, I offered you some insights on my feelings as a reader of gay fiction. Now I will discuss what I believe to be a more contentious topic — being an author of gay fiction in a market driven by M/M stories. First, I should begin by stating why I write the stories I do. I didn’t set out to be a writer of gay fiction. By that I mean […]
June 26, 2018
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LitRPG/GameLit authors united!

As many of you have heard, Amazon’s Content Review team has been a bit over the top this year. The running theory is that there is an illicit service being used by some unscrupulous and greedy authors to drum up page reads and boost their page ranks, and that these services borrow and read other authors books to appear legitimate. A great number of LitRPG authors are impacted by this. The response by the KDP Content Review team has been swift and unforgiving. Authors targeted by these services are having their page reads slashed by about 50% every month. They […]
June 25, 2018

Where have all the gay guys gone? #ownvoices Pride Month reflections

It’s Pride Month, and that means it’s time for me to reflect on how far we’ve come… nay… how far I’ve come in my life as an LGBT American, particularly of the gay, Caucasian variety. In my life, I’ve been more privileged than most. I have a family who loves and accepts both me and my husband. I have a good job, a nice home, and enjoy folks not treating me harshly in public because of my gender, my age, my ethnicity, or my sexual orientation. On the street, you would think me just your average straight guy. As the […]
May 9, 2018

To my readers, on Kindle Unlimited difficulties

To my dearest readers, I’m writing you to let you know of some unsettling developments for my published stories. In the past, I’ve enjoyed participating in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program for the Fjorgyn series and had originally planned to include other books in the program. But, through no fault of my own, Amazon KDP Support has threatened my account with suspension for activities I am not responsible for. I have not and never will violate any single platform’s marketing guidelines. Despite trying to clear up this mess, there is little to no guarantee it will not happen to me again. […]
April 28, 2018

Don’t be that “I spoil everything” guy!

This post isn’t a short story. It’s not a release announcement. It’s about book reviews. When I released Fjorgyn: A Rebel Rises, I found myself holding too tightly every single review, positive or negative. The positive reviews made me smile. The negative reviews made me wonder. Since then, I’ve learned to let go. Reviews aren’t for me, after all. They’re for readers to make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase the book. Books two and books three came out, and now reviews only get a cursory glance from me to determine reader mood and what they want […]
April 20, 2018

Fjorgyn 3 now released!

For your reading pleasure, Fjorgyn 3 is now released! Leave a review!   Fjorgyn: Shifting Sands
December 21, 2017

Dawn Chapman’s and Matt Ferraz’s “Know Thy Enemy”

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the release of “Know Thy Enemy” by a friend of mine I met in my grand adventure of writing LitRPG. Dawn Chapman has been creating sci-fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. Until 2005 when her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King, a 13 episode Sci-Fi TV series, with a great passion for this medium. In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She’s been working with coach EJ Runyon who’s encouraged her away from fast-paced script writing, to revel in the world […]
October 25, 2017

The world of Fjorgyn just got a little bit bigger

To give you all a taste of what is to come in Fjorgyn: Shifting Sands, I’ve created and will include the following map in the front matter of book three. This map highlights some of the locations you already know (Elatha, Belen Dell, Greenleaf Enclave, Brackenvale, and Magheim’s Expanse) but expands to cover the entire continent, including undiscovered locations that you can look forward to. Enjoy! 🙂
September 12, 2017

William Thatch — A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Now for the final segment of A Haunting of Words author interviews (has it really been thirty people?), I introduce author William Thatch and his short story, “A Wacky, Fantastical Misadventure in New Haven.” “A Wacky, Fantastical Misadventure in New Haven” is about a man who is being haunted by the mischievous ghost of Adolf Hitler. Wacky hilarity ensues. What inspired you to write this story? The general inspiration for an absurdist comedy story came from the Frank Burly series by John Swartzwelder. How precisely I came up with this story, I have no idea. There was no particular impetus. I just put […]
September 12, 2017

C.H. Knyght — A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author C.H. Knyght takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “The Last,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words. “The Last” is a twisted tale of a monster hunting an innocent. With her whole family taken one-by-one, Marie fears for her very existence as the hunter returns one last time; for her soul. What was your inspiration to write this story? I was inspired to write The Last during a weekend challenge set during the Writer’s Games, run by the Writer’s Workout. The Last fell one place shy of a winning entry, so I was […]
September 1, 2017

J.M. Turner — A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author J.M. Turner takes over my page with a discussion about “Joe,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”: Blurb: “Joe” is about a day in the life of a mother, her young son and their dog, Rufus. An altercation in the park goes some way to ruin their lovely day out. What inspired you to write this story? Without giving any spoilers away, I simply put myself in the place of the mother in this situation and the potential it had for what actually happens as the […]
August 31, 2017

Sunanda Chatterjee — A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Sunanda J. Chatterjee takes over my page with a discussion about “Jimmy’s Shadow,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”): Blurb: Jimmy’s Shadow is the story of a young mother, guilt-ridden from the death of her four-year old son who drowned in the family pool on her watch, but who has now has returned to haunt her. What inspired you to write this story? In this story, the imagery of the house, the backyard, the lawn, and the pool is from my own home. When I moved […]
August 30, 2017

Donise Sheppard — A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Donise Sheppard discusses her short story, “Coal Run Road,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”): Blurb: Jennifer’s in love with her family’s new house. Her youngest daughter copes with the move by making an imaginary friend. When objects start moving on their own, Jennifer begins to wonder if the bargain house has a secret. There’s a perfume stench in the bathroom that won’t go away, and Jennifer sees wisps of blonde hair when nobody is around. Maybe the drawings behind the wallpaper in the bedroom are […]
August 23, 2017

D.W Vogel — A Haunting of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author D.W. Vogel takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “Rowdy,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”): “Rowdy” is the story of an old dog’s last day on earth.  It’s a quick piece to remind us that love never dies, and best friends are forever. What inspired you to write this story? I’m a veterinarian.  The story comes from twenty years of wielding the needle that sends beloved pets on to their eternal rest.  It’s an honor to be trusted with that final […]
August 21, 2017

Suanne Kim — A Haunting Of Words (AHOW) Author Interview

Today author Suanne Kim takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “Objects in Motion,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, “The Jonathan of Bracken Manor”). Blurb: The last fours years have been difficult for Miles. In a stroke of luck, he finds love under the most unlikely circumstances–while rescuing strangers in a subway station. Mattie is everything he’s ever wanted: witty, beautiful, intelligent. Or is she? What inspired you to write this story? I had no intention of submitting. I was engrossed working on my novel, “Prism.” […]