Thursday, November 24, 2016

If My Suspense Novels Were Amish Romances

I was reminded last week of these hilarious book covers put together by one of my readers (the one and only Andy Doane), depicting Playing Saint and The Last Con as Amish paperbacks. This is probably worth doing with your favorite books... 😄





Monday, November 21, 2016

Help Me Name the Playing Saint Sequel

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!


It's a great time of year. Everybody's feeling grateful and magnanimous this week and I'm just going to admit right off the bat: I'm looking to take advantage of that. Brother (or sister), could you spare like 25 seconds to weigh in on potential titles for the Playing Saint sequel (coming out next fall)? I'd be awfully grateful! (See? It's contagious!)

Click here to take the 3-question survey and help choose the title !

Monday, November 7, 2016

I Love My Books

How do you define success for an author? Getting an agent? Getting a book deal? Getting a second book deal? Keeping your agent and your publisher well into a lucrative career? NYT bestseller list? Keynoting writers' conferences? Some level of fame?

I define it like this: writing books you love and getting them into the hands of people who will also love them. And that I have done and hope to continue to do. What I write is not based on what is selling or trending at the moment. It's not the result of a formula found in a "how to plot a bestseller" book. It's what I want to read.

I never understand it when an author says he doesn't read his own books. If you don't even want to read them, why should I? I'm busy at the moment, writing another suspense title, but if I weren't...I'd gladly crack open one of my novels and I'd enjoy it. Why, everything happens just as I would want it to. What more can you ask for? Sure, I'm not surprised by it. There's no nail-biting, but there never is when you re-read.

Even though I meet less than half the above criteria for what makes a successful writer, I'm often asked for writing advice. And this is the best advice I can offer: write books that you love. Books you want to read. There will be others who will share your taste in reading materials and that will mean more than chasing a trend, a hot genre, or the ever-elusive book market.


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Read Some Scary-Exciting Christian Fiction This Halloween!

Playing Saint is available as a paperback, ebook, or largeprint hardcover. Click here..

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"It's Halloweeeeeeeen." -Capt. Raymond Holt


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sometimes Mr. Midlist gets to...

...fly down to Texas and spend three days with his favorite author, shooting guns, smoking cigars, hearing incredible stories, and having unforgettable experiences. Hear more about this trip on the next episode of the Gut Check Podcast.





Praise to our God and arrows to our enemies!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

You can do it.

“…You can do anything, anything
They told me not to rap or sing a thing
I failed music; they said, Don’t do it
I put down acoustics and started a movement
If I can do it, you can do it
If you can do it, they can do it
If we can do it, what we doing?
Let’s start moving”

                        -Manfest, “Bounce


Have an awesome day. Do something amazing. Maybe write something amazing.




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