Free book: Writers working in English as a Second Language

At Art of Storytelling we are passionate about diversity of voice. We work with writers of different nationalities, races, and ethnicities across the globe, and help them tell their stories. We’ve created this FREE BOOK: #Write: The Four Stages of Writing a Book for Writers Working in English as a Second Language. Sign up and […]

Creating Dynamic Characters

For those of you who have read my second novel, AIR, you may recognize this painting. After reading the second novel in the Elemental Journey Series, Massachusetts’ artist Gay Tracy (gaytracy.com), felt compelled to paint Usui, the Jesuit missionary who becomes a friend and a mentor to Pearl, the protagonist. In this scene, the homeless […]

What is Your Personal Mythology?

What is your “personal mythology”? How can you tap into it, access the core of your beliefs, and unleash the energy to drive your novel or memoir? I came up with the term “personal mythology” when I was teaching writing workshops in Seattle. I found the easiest way to teach techniques like characterization, setting, and theme […]

Writing a Book: Overview

I’ve been a book coach for 19 years, working with people all over the world on memoir, novels, self-help books and even film scripts. I began my career as an international journalist (in newsrooms like London’s Financial Times). People come to my company, Art of Storytelling, wanting to write and publish a book. Few understand […]

Finding Purpose: Turn Left!

I know turning left can be scary. Each time I’ve turned left, I’ve felt more out on a limb, even farther from fitting into society. The road is full of bumps and pot holes, and we may have to clear a fallen tree, and move branches blocking the way. And we sure the heck are not sure where it leads. But we do know where the old road leads…

And the winner is…

A big congratulations to Laura Thomas of Fairhope, Alabama, who won an original watercolor (Cha-Cha Chicken) by moi as part of the Booktrope Book Blog Tour raffle for Air, the second novel in the Elemental Journey Series. The series includes four novels — EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER — and follows a female protag as she […]