Recent Tips:

  • 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.

Spanners: The Fountain of Youth wins ‘Best Young Adult Fiction’ at the San Francisco Book Festival!

Spanners: The Fountain of Youth wins ‘Best Young Adult Fiction’ at the San Francisco Book Festival!

Spanners: The Fountain of Youth – wins ‘Best Young Adult Fiction’ at the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival. You can check out the link here!        

RisingShadow Post – Five Steps a Creative Person Can Take to Overcome ‘Professional Envy’

RisingShadow Post – Five Steps a Creative Person Can Take to Overcome ‘Professional Envy’

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 review from RisingShadow!

‘Spanners – The Fountain of Youth’ just got a review from RisingShadow!

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  

Guest Article for RisingShadow – Ideas in Speculative Fiction

Guest Article for RisingShadow – Ideas in Speculative Fiction

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 – Portland Book Review gave it 5/5 Stars!

City of gods – Hellenica – Portland Book Review gave it 5/5 Stars!

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 ›

Four classic antiheroes – and why we love them

Four classic antiheroes – and why we love them

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 ›

Your horrible friends make great characters – Three Examples

Your horrible friends make great characters – Three Examples

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 ›

Four reasons why you should try writing in the fantasy genre

Four reasons why you should try writing in the fantasy genre

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 ›

Eight Ways a Working Parent Can Find Time to Write

Eight Ways a Working Parent Can Find Time to Write

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 ›

The Web

The Web

Pete Sunderson looked at the address once more: 355 S. Arana Street. This is it, he thought, and it’s a dump. He took a deep breath and entered without knocking. It wasn’t so bad once he got inside; the place was empty, old and abandoned, but it was clean. It… Read More ›