39 Pages In, And I’m Laughing…

Whether it was the year he followed the Bible as literally as possible, his attempt to outsource even the most mundane details of his life or the random musings that resulted from reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, I love reading about author A.J. Jacobs’ various social experiments. So naturally, when I heard that he was now dabbling in practically every diet and fitness regimen that’s out there in his pursuit for perfect health, well, I couldn’t wait to start reading. Normally, a book about diet and exercise wouldn’t exactly be my idea of a veritable page-turner. But Jacobs’ intriguing observations,… Continue reading

Writing By Your Own Watch

While I was walking down the cobblestone streets a stone’s throw from Rome’s famed Spanish steps a few weeks ago, I was thinking about my next novel and how long it’s been taking to come together. In the publishing world, or really any industry where creative output is the order of the day, there’s a pretty high premium on producing consistently. And since my last novel released just shy of three years ago, I’ve been asked on several occasions by well-meaning writer friends and thoughtful people who’ve enjoyed my last books when the next one is hitting store shelves. Now… Continue reading

Interviewing Nicholas Sparks

A couple of weeks ago I was in Santa Monica (I know, I know, tough job, but someone has to do it, right?) for a movie junket and had an opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, you know the guy who writes weepy love stories like The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe. This time around, he was talking about The Last Song, Miley Cyrus’ first big non-Hannah Montana role, not to mention a big first for him…his first screenplay. As a fellow author, I always love hearing how other writers make it all work, so I found what he had to… Continue reading