Spanners: The Fountain of Youth – wins ‘Best Young Adult Fiction’ at the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival. You can check out the link here!
Always use an editor. Always always.
When in doubt, write simply and clearly.
Characters think (in italics).
The first draft of anything is s**t.
Read something out of your element.
Forgo your lunch hour to write.
“City of gods: Hellenica” is on Amazon!
Embrace “the suck” and move forward.
Please check out the post, originally published on RisingShadow! 5 Steps a Creative Person Can Take to Overcome ‘Professional Envy’ http://www.risingshadow.net/articles/360-guest-post-five-steps-a-creative-person-can-take-to-overcome-professional-envy-by-jonathan-maas
Spanners: The Fountain of Youth just got a great review in RisingShadow – check it out! http://www.risingshadow.net/articles/356-jonathan-maas-spanners-the-fountain-of-youth
I just wrote an article for the good people at ‘RisingShadow.net – check it out! Five Ways Authors of Speculative Fiction Bring World-changing Ideas into their Stories
City of gods – Hellenica just got a great 5-Star Review from the Portland Book Review! Mr. Andrew Keyser wrote this review, but in short: Every once in awhile a book comes along that is so impressive it helps define a genre, and that is the case with City of gods:… Read More ›
It’s always tricky constructing a main character that will engender empathy, but perhaps the trickiest character of all to create is one that would be an “antihero.” Not a big tough guy who only really hurts the bad guys, like Paul Kersey in Death Wish (Paul Benjamin in the books), but a… Read More ›
You’re almost set to go with your novel/short story/video game script. You’ve got the town mapped out, you’ve got the basic plot … but your outline just isn’t *snapping*. Right now everything you have is just banal. The plot fits, but it’s not popping, and it’s not memorable. Time to… Read More ›
So you’ve arrived home, the day job is over, it’s 8pm and something magic is about to happen. It’s Tuesday, you’re not that tired, and you have four hours in front of you to compose a short story, write a poem, or perhaps sketch out a novel. Finally, you get… Read More ›
You get up, shower and commute to the office. You work all day, commute back, cook dinner, eat dinner, clean up after dinner, and then bathe your kids. Now it’s 9 pm and you’re too tired to think, let alone work on the novel. Well I’ve got news for you;… Read More ›