Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Is it just me, or is there a draft in here?

The book is published, now comes the anxiety; how will your readers respond? It feels like one of those dreams when you discover you're somehow naked in the middle of a crowded room where everyone else is fully dressed.

I think you have to find a balance between accepting and learning from well-intended criticism and deflecting snipes from those readers who -- ZING!-- can take you out with one devastating remark. Praise too, can be hard to accept, though I'm not sure why.

Having written and published two novels and two nonfiction books, I now read with a more critical eye, yet a more empathetic understanding for fellow authors. Writing, like life, is a learn-as-you-go endeavour.

That said, I'm happy to share the first review of Surgeon's Mate, from David Hayes of Historic Naval Fiction, who recently interviewed me.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Interview with Astrodene's Historical Naval Fiction

It was a little intimidating, being interviewed by David Hayes of Astrodene's Historical Naval Fiction, David being a Brit and all. To have Surgeon's Mate included on his site is a feather in this Yank's cap, for sure. Well it seems I have a series to write, so back to the 18th century I go...

Surgeon's Mate

Published by Fireship Press; April, 2011