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What’s in the works?
Book 3, The Essence of Sunny Grimm, is 18,000 words into the rough draft. I hit a bit of detour. It started with an invite to a short story collection. I knocked it out in a weekend. And now, despite wanting to get back to the Maze, I’m on a short story binge. I’ve dug up everything I’ve written in the past and realize there are some works I never published. Now I’m considering compiling them all in one publication, sort of a short-story collection, rather than publishing them separately.
Book 7 in the Claus Universe is in the hands of a small beta group. So far the feedback is swell. The title is set now and a cover artist has been commissioned. A cover reveal is a few months away, but Toyland: The Legacy of Wallace Noel, is firmly on the way.
Where to start reading.
So many books.
There is a good bit of cross-over between these series, story elements that tie them all together. The long term goal is to make this all one universe, Eventually, all the books will converge into one storyline. That’s going to take some time and there’s still a lot of ground to cover.
In the meantime, where you want to start the journey depends on your taste. Here are your options of where to start.
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Option 1 isn’t connected to the other series… yet. It will eventaully. It is, however, epic. A peculiar teenager who discovers he’s part of a new race that evolved from humans. The twists and turns don’t stop until the final explosive page.
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Option 2 begins with Foreverland, a place where dreams come true and a nightmare to escape. This story includes biomites, the basis of Halfskin, and also ties into the Maze. You don’t have to start here, but if you do, Halfskin and Maze can be next.
How reindeer fly and snowmen live. How Santa discovered the North Pole. These are the adventures you’ll never forget.
Drayton doesn’t know what he is. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.
I grew up in the Midwest where the land is flat and the corn is tall. The winters are bleak and cold. I hated winters.
I always wanted to write. But writing was hard. And I wasn’t very disciplined. The cold had nothing to do with that, but it didn’t help. That changed in grad school.
After several attempts at a proposal, my major advisor was losing money on red ink and advised me to figure it out. Somehow, I did.
After grad school, my wife and two very little children moved to the South in Charleston, South Carolina where the winters are spring and the summers are a sauna (cliche but dead on accurate). That’s when I started teaching and writing articles for trade magazines. I eventually published two textbooks on landscape design. I then transitioned to writing a column for the Post and Courier. They were all great gigs, but they weren’t fiction.
That was a few years later.
My daughter started reading before she could read, pretending she knew the words in books she propped on her lap. My son was a different story. In an attempt to change that, I began writing a story with him. We made up a character, gave him a name, and something to do. As with much of parenting, it did not go as planned. But the character got stuck in my head.
He wanted out.
A few years later, Socket Greeny was born. It was a science fiction trilogy that was gritty and thoughtful. That was 2005.
I have been practicing Zen since I was 23 years old. A daily meditator, I wanted to instill something meaningful in my stories that appeals to a young adult crowd as well as adult. I hadn’t planned to write fiction, didn’t even know if I had anymore stories in me after Socket Greeny.
Turns out I did.
Dig a little deeper… the early years bio
In 2017, I published a memoir that chronicled my wife and my experience as birth parents. The short story details my earlier life surrounding the event of an unexpected pregnancy and the twenty-five years that followed.