Quick Writing Update – Crimson Son Series

It took an epic deluge (Minnesota is more rainy and humid than I'd imagined), the sequestering of my son in his ivory tower, and sending my wife to the other side of the country to get the chance to do the one thing I've been meaning to do for weeks - sit down and write. … Continue reading Quick Writing Update – Crimson Son Series

Living Free Means Hard Work

*Another update in my personal saga as I search for a means to commit mobile fiction. It's been a busy few months and, yes, my writing has slowed but not to worry - I'll be back on track soon. Eric and Spencer keep chatting in the back of my mind and my work in progress … Continue reading Living Free Means Hard Work

Bracing for Impact

Turmoil and change are often great fodder for creativity. The threshold between what was and what will be is the perfect recipe for fiction. Every story is about becoming or undoing (or both - see The Stormblade Saga...) and the personal experiences navigating change are what feed an author's prose. With my life both tucked … Continue reading Bracing for Impact

Putting Your Dreams In Storage…

Books aren't all that great for a mobile lifestyle. They're heavy. Awkward to store. And those glorious displays of leather, or matte and glossy spines on open shelves would never survive the four point magnitude earthquake of going from place to place. You could fill your cupboards with them (if properly secured). But why bother … Continue reading Putting Your Dreams In Storage…

Giving Superhero a Whole New Meaning?

This bright, quirky fantasy, gives "superhero" a whole new meaning... The world Russ creates is so real, so believable, that you're left wanting more of this character driven, action packed book. - One of my first reviews of Crimson Son, a 5 star review from the Author Visits. Now that the Crimson Son Universe has … Continue reading Giving Superhero a Whole New Meaning?

Welcome your new gatekeepers…

I've been wrestling with several publishing related issues lately (What do I mean lately? It's become my life). Trying to get a feel for the market and how to reach the right audience with fiction which is professional, yet not written directly with "the market" in mind. It's a daunting task and flies in the … Continue reading Welcome your new gatekeepers…

A Skyline Forever Changed

An excerpt from Crimson Son, Chapter 4... How do you end a program of that magnitude? That was the billion-dollar question. They said the secret project which had spawned these weaponized super humans was over, but it really wasn’t. Some people thought of watching the Augments as a spectator sport, with property damage. Not until … Continue reading A Skyline Forever Changed

My Subversive Un-Release

One thing I've been consistent about but never really acknowledged is that my writing nearly always has a subversive quality. Ambitious zombies that unwittingly end their own apocalypse. Ancient nosferatu who find themselves buying body glitter so they can "fit in." Serial killers trumped by the very victims they stalk. Superheroes who aren't really heroes at all. Fantasy books which feature characters a touch closer to the realms of science fiction and themes of realism dirtying their idealistic landscapes.