I’ve always enjoyed those behind the scenes extras on DVD’s. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent watching material on the making of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. So I decided that I could share a bit more about some of the things that went into the writing of SAVING THE GRIFFIN, especially … More Behind the Scenes of SAVING THE GRIFFIN
Well, first I guess that I’ll have to admit to a narcissistic Google habit. But it is fun to see where my books have turned up. There is one site that always makes me smile when it turns up in the search. SAVING THE GRIFFIN is on a list of books for boys. Now I know that boys … More A Book for Boys?
While writers are supposed to avoid cliches in their work, they often use them when coaching each other. Here’s one of the classics about openings: Grab the reader by the throat and don’t let go. Writers slave over their first pages. It’s not easy to pull the reader into a world. But I suggest that … More Finding the First Chapter
How much is that griffin in the window It had been a long day in Siena. My family and I were walking along the Via Terme back to the Blue SITA buses when I saw him in the store window: a griffin clutching a ball. I stopped and stared. A larger version of this creature … More My Griffin