• The Story Behind the Book

    Just Another Week in Suburbia: The Inception

    I thought I’d look a little at the creative process behind my books. Back in 2012, with several unpublished manuscripts behind me, I decided to write a novel that would be THE ONE, as in the one that sold. Not that I could make that determination. Arts are so subjective that you’re always at the whim of taste. But I decided that up to that point, my writing had been … too safe. In any of the arts, you’re often working through a filter, worried what people will think of your work. It’s not the anonymous reader that’s a concern. It’s the people you know – friends, and family. What…

  • The Story Behind the Book

    The Other Side of Paradise

    Earlier in the year, I unwittingly became involved in a short film project. The project was intended as an action showreel for my friend Tony Nicholas, an actor and fight choreographer. He showed me initial footage, which was great. But, searching for a story (as I always do), I started asking a lot of why questions. If you were being shot at, why did you tend to your friend instead of shoot back? Why does the bad guy shoot you, then decide to fight you? If he wanted to fight you hand-to-hand, why didn’t he just call you out immediately? Etc. To be fair, at this stage there was no…