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Finding the Story Inside You

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 @ 2:57 am | Comments Off

Not many people know the story of how I became a full-time author. It's a story about setting goals, failing, trying again, trying new things, failing again, sticking with it. It's full of twists and turns, a lot like my novels. For years I have wanted to tell the story,... Read More

Coming soon…

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 @ 10:03 pm | 8Comments

Thank you for stopping by. I wanted to share some news first of all. The last short story I've written about Ankarette from the Kingfountain series will be coming out in a stand-alone Kindle version. She's one of my all-time favorite characters and a fan favorite as well. In fact,... Read More

The Power of Short Stories

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 @ 11:18 pm | Comments Off

You know, short stories have been on my brain recently. I invited my bud Charlie Holmberg here to blog about them a few months ago. I also finished reading, for the first time, Stephen King’s memoir “On Writing” and he had some really practical advice to new writers about starting... Read More

Authoring Advice

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 @ 10:09 pm | 2Comments

It's been a busy summer and I haven't written a blog posting in a while. My family moved from California to the Rocky Mountains this summer. After being in our last house for 16 years, it's been quite an adjustment. I also just returned from a trip to New York... Read More

Finding Your Own Voice

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 @ 4:30 pm | 4Comments

Finding Your Own Voice

(or, in other words, how to make characters feel real)

by Jeff Wheeler

Inside almost every work of fiction, usually on the copyright page, is a disclaimer that publishers put there to deflect potential lawsuits stating that the incidents and people represented in the work are... Read More

Sci-Fi Roots

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 @ 3:27 pm | 6Comments

I’m a fantasy author, but it may surprise you to know that my first love was science fiction. I still have strong memories and impressions dating back to 1977 when I was sitting in the Century movie theaters on Winchester Blvd in San Jose (which, incidentally, kind of looked like... Read More

What comes after Kingfountain?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 @ 12:58 am | 16Comments

Today is pub day for my novel, The King's Traitor. Everything about the Kingfountain series has been a risk for me. Writing from the point of view of an eight year old protagonist? And a boy at that? Thwarting the love interest in book two and making everyone (including myself)... Read More

Deep Magic is back!

Friday, May 6th, 2016 @ 5:00 am | Comments Off

I've been giddy with excitement about this for months now and can finally share it. After a 10 year hiatus, Deep Magic is back! Ten years ago, we shut down the e-zine after a four-year run including 49 issues. In June, exactly ten years later, we'll be re-launching Deep Magic: the... Read More

What love really looks like

Friday, February 12th, 2016 @ 8:19 pm | 2Comments

I don't know if I've been a hopeless romantic for most of my life, but probably so. All my books have some romance in them--well, except maybe the Wishing Lantern! One of the reasons I've loved The Empire Strikes Back so much is it coined the phrase "scruffy-looking nerf herder" which... Read More

The lonely profession

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 @ 5:51 pm | 2Comments

I’ve had some conversations and interactions lately that have reminded me that writing is truly “the lonely profession.” Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining nor is this posting a rant. Being an introvert, I’m very comfortable in my own head (where all my characters live!) and I don’t... Read More
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