• The Story Behind the Book

    August Falling: The Story and the Characters

    Going into the novelization of “House of Cards”, I again went into planning stage. I thought the story would rotate between several groups of people: August and Julie August’s sister and her partner August’s workmates Julie’s school crowd Julie’s workmates the nursing home where Julie’s aunt lives the café where August hung out during lunch breaks. Lots of these groups involved blocks of characters, e.g. the workplaces, and Julie’s school. Most of them would be supporting or peripheral, but I wanted (and needed) them to all exist. I drew up eighty characters, assigning them different roles. In the book, I used only about twenty of them. The story never went…

  • Life of the Mind

    An Exploration of August Falling

    I’ve had one novella published, and there’s maybe fifteen unpublished manuscripts that sit on my computer in various states – from, This has potential, to I should revise this one day, to This should never see light again. One of my favourites is my most recent published novel: August Falling (Pantera Press 2018). I read a romantic comedy/relationship novel about six years ago. The writing was good. The voice was excellent. The story engaged me immediately. Then it proceeded to enrage me. It was a just happens to story. That means nothing was earned. No reaction was a result of somebody’s action. Things just happened because they needed to in…

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