Turning Stories into Novels

Turning Stories into Novels

All great writers are good storytellers. Not all good storytellers are great writers. How does a writer go from merely telling stories to writing novels with substance; books that leave the reader with something important to think about? In other words, how can we use...
Terrorism…From the Sea

Terrorism…From the Sea

Maritime terrorism is difficult to pull off. Attacking targets at sea – or using the sea to access a coastal target – requires special skills and logistics that most terrorists do not have. But some do, and others can learn. The sea connects more than two...
Writer’s Blog, Part II

Writer’s Blog, Part II

So… having published one novel, I began examining possible scenarios for the sequel.  As a SEAL, and as an academic, I had developed a keen interest in terrorism (and some expertise in counter terrorism).  I thought my characters would be comfortable in a story about...

Writer’s Blog, Part I

Writer’s Blog, Part I  I wanted to write… about writing.  This is not an esoteric subject; everyone writes in one way or another.  Especially now, with email and social media, most people spend a lot of time at the keyboard.  In fact, the keyboard (and for many, the...
The Boogaloo is Not a Dance

The Boogaloo is Not a Dance

The Boogaloo is Not a Dance Far right extremists are said to be planning attacks on Washington, DC.  These are not Islamist terrorists from Al Qaeda or ISIS; they are Americans who believe the U.S. government has betrayed us, and that our society should be uniformly...

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