Thanks for dropping by! Here you’ll find plenty of writing tips, from dealing with writer’s block to bolstering up that sagging middle, and everything in between. Most of what I’ve learned about writing comes from training for triathlons, and since I can’t be the only tri-geek writer, I’ve got a whole section of triathlon tips, too. Never done one? Check out a couple of those articles. You might just wanna Tri.

So mugs up, swim caps on, and let’s dive in!


I’m so excited for my cover reveal for The Grim Reader!

The Grim Reader will be officially available January 16th, 2024, but my pre-order page will be up soon to offer specially priced copies. And look for me at a writer’s conference near you, offering tips and tricks to penning believable drug-related dangers and backstories for your characters plus specially priced copies of The Grim Reader.

I am so thrilled to announce THE GRIM READER: PUTTING YOUR CHARACTERS IN PERIL (A PHARMACISTS GUIDE FOR AUTHORS) was picked up by Dan Crissman at Indiana University Press through the incredible efforts of Amy Collins at Talcott Notch Literary Services!!

Newest Posts:

  • When The F* Should My Character Cuss?

    When The F* Should My Character Cuss?

    As part of this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop, I’m going to skip the general discussion regarding NaNoWriMo experiences. I’ve posted some tips and recommendations about making your NaNo experience successful here: Instead, I’d like to focus on the some key considerations for authors, before including cussing in a character’s dialogue. (Not exactly…

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  • Finding Great Story Ideas in Everyday Life Experiences

    Finding Great Story Ideas in Everyday Life Experiences

    Great story ideas can be found in the world around us. Join this month’s discussion by authors sharing how they get their ideas.

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  • Plotting with Tranq Dope: Your Character’s New Demon

    Plotting with Tranq Dope: Your Character’s New Demon

    When writers ask for unusual and lethal drugs to consider for a plot twist, my list usually includes Krokodil. When I describe the effects of Krokodil, the typical response is disbelief. Why would anyone use a drug that’s demonically addictive AND rots their flesh, eventually leading to amputation, death, or both? While I can’t give…

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