The Write Word Books and Stories


The Dolls

A creepy short story about creepy dolls, published in the lovely literary magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader.

Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See

I recently published Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See as an Amazon ebook. The book’s core is how to see the world as a writer. It supplies tools to find and cultivate your writer’s voice, that unique combination of attributes—sensitivity to language, storytelling and audience—by which writers see and define the world. You can download sample chapters here.

Think Like a Writer will stimulate your story-hunting process, and explores how to get the stories written, for both fiction and nonfiction writing. The book discusses writing at a structural level: how words work in sentences and how sentences work in stories, moving to how to use those elements and that writer’s stance to write across genres.

It ends with how to deal with writing distractions, and offers a resources section with takes on practical matters of software, hardware and links to writing resources. And it’s written in a light, entertaining style.

Oh, and it’s funny.


This page also used to house a number of my published short stories, but most of those were published in Flowering, a story collection in late May of 2012, along with many new stories.

Flowering’s 16 stories are built around themes of loss, social disruption, mistaken judgment & stumbling redemption. Characters are complex and not always charming, but their colors are memorably bright. Please download for free Exchange, one of the stories in the collection.

Here’s the cover of Flowering and Other Stories, published through Author Mike Ink. The link goes to Amazon, but it’s also available at Barnes and Noble.

This one below is fun: Swirled All the Way to the Shrub, a long short story about a newspaperman whose career is pitched out the window with the stock market crash of 1929. Also pitched out: his novel, just on the cusp of being published, and his burgeoning relationship with his lovely agent. Poor Pinky DeVroom—yes, that’s our hero’s name—what, good God, what to do?


Here’s the cover of my coming-of-age novel, published in print and as an ebook on Amazon. It’s a road story of two just-out-of-high-school best friends, hitchhiking across Canada, hearts on their thumbs.

All Roads Are Circles is a story of innocence lost, knowledge gained, and the sweet madness of accepting a ride with drivers who might not—or definitely don’t—have their passengers’ best interests in mind. A wild ride; seat belts optional.

Flowering and Other Stories

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