Upcoming book reading/signing events

Now that Lying in Judgment has been officially released – and we’ve reached the amazing 100+ point on book sales in under a week since the official release date of March 5 – it’...

Does Genre Dictate Format?

Recently a friend asked me why I tend to write comedies as plays, and crime drama as novels. There are three interdependent reasons: My development as a writer The fit of form the the fiction Markets ...

How to be a better person in 2016

I really want to be a better person in 2016. Well, anyway, I want to try. For the year, anyway. If it doesn’t work out, I can always revert to being my old asshole self in 2017. To that end, her...

Why I Write

This short selfie video for The Cantilever Project gives you a look under the hood on what keeps my writing engine going....

Family Hardware: Photo Preview

Director Dorinda Toner led a full-cast workshop of Family Hardware, which will enjoy three performances at the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works on January 24, 29, and 31, 2016 at Hipbone Studios. ...

Play write vs. Playwright

Playwright, or play writer? That is the question. For most of us who are engaged in this fascinating, collaborative creative exercise, the answer is the latter. Certainly this is true for me. I write ...

Let’s make Umpqua the last one.

Heartbreaking. Sickening. Twisted. Sad. Another mass shooting – this one, close to home. A shooter has killed at least seven and wounded another 20 or so at Umpqua Community College in southern ...

Pride goeth before the curtain

Tonight I’m attending a read-thru of my new (draft) play for Fertile Ground. It’s the second time in less than a week, and if this one goes like the first, a talented, experienced group of...