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President Porfirio Diaz and the Mexican Revolution

Readers familiar with my unpublished novel, Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, know it is the story about a young Border Patrol agent (Billy Maddox) in southern Arizona. Billy’s father Hector was a rancher in Cochise County, Arizona before his son, … Continue reading

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Humane Borders – The Day I Gave Water to Migrants

If it’s true that everything is politics then I made a strong statement volunteering with Humane Borders back in 2003. Of course I didn’t mean to. All I was doing was researching life on the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona. But there … Continue reading

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About the U.S.-Mexican Border Fence in Nogales, AZ

Around the time I started writing my Border Patrol novel, Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, I figured a research trip to the southwestern border would be a good idea. So in June 2003 I flew down to Arizona for two weeks. … Continue reading

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Hey, Writers, Stop Building Your Online Platform NOW

Why must you stop building your online platform now? You need to write, damn it. Years ago, I went to see one of my favorite authors, Paul Theroux, read at a Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square. … Continue reading

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Why Your Novel Needs an Editor

My latest post was going to be about what horror fiction means to me as I just self-published my first e-book, the dystopian novella The Curse of Jaxx, on Amazon. But I had a Google+ exchange this past weekend that highlighted … Continue reading

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The Writing Life: Introducing Billy Maddox Takes His Shot

I haven’t provided many posts lately (other than a review of Catching Fire), because I’ve been hard at work building out a blog page dedicated to the writing life and my experience writing my novel, Billy Maddox Takes His Shot. … Continue reading

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Pitch Your Novel – 7 Strategies for Success Part II

In my previous post, I highlighted the first three of seven strategies for successfully pitching your novel at a writers’ conference. Pitching at a conference is much different than pitching electronically when you have to develop documents such as a … Continue reading

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Pitch Your Novel – 7 Strategies for Success (Part I)

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about my experience at the James River Writers Conference and all the great takeaways writers should plan to benefit from at writers’ conferences in general. Probably the most important, for me, … Continue reading

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