Placing Literature

I was recently invited to take part in a very cool website,, where authors (and readers) are encouraged to map each scene of their books on a real-world map.

The map is integrated with every other entry, so you can see CJ Lyons’s cool settings outside of my boyhood home, Pittsburgh, or even historical characters like Mark Twain.

I’m featured from August 15 – September 15, so if you get a chance, go take a look at my entry for A Reason to Live! I describe the scene, setting, and little behind-the-scenes tidbits when I can.

podcastAlso, Tim Knox of was kind enough to do a 10 minute podcast interview on behalf of Placing Literature. We cover the importance of setting in my particular brand of fiction. You can listen to it here.


I had a conversation recently with some indie writer friends and we were comparing notes on how to write faster and better. Two of them are following a particular method (Book in a Month) that shuts off your inner editor and gets down to the nuts and bolts of putting words on a page. Continue Reading »

Nice little round-up of blogs authors of all stripes, indie and trad alike, should be following. By Mick Rooney,

A nice little observation in the Harvard Business Review combining Anthony Bourdain, business, and–in my case–writing. First found on The Passive Guy, but visit HBR for the original!


How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: mise-en-place.

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sincAs a member of the mystery writers group Sister in Crime (SinC, for short), I receive a monthly email update called Sinc Links, a kind of round-up of things that affect the publishing and writing world in general, and mystery writers in particular. Many indie authors (myself included) are members of SinC. So I was surprised at the tone and content of SinC’s latest email. Continue Reading »

cliff_notes_twfSome readers have expressed disappointment/concern that there’s “less Marty” in the latest book, The Wicked Flee.

I’ve put together an elucidation of why I did what I did that might help explain things, including some tricks of the trade that I employed to put some spice in the book.

Check it out and feel free to leave comments or ask questions!

Men Reading Books

men.reading.booksIf you’re looking for a great review blog that gives you thoughtful, cogent summaries of books you probably want to read, check out Men Reading Books.

MRB does a nice job of giving a quick overview with a succinct, honest critique…sometimes with a little advice (like which book to start in a series or how to get to know an author with multiple books out) thrown in for free.

Another refreshing angle: MRB doesn’t appear to participate in affiliate programs, so they’re not “chasing” only the popular titles in order to generate the greatest click-income. So there are plenty of older titles in the mix along with new books they just happen to like…the best kind of review blog.

The site goes back to 2009, too, so if your TBR pile is getting low (and you’ve read the latest Marty Singer book, of course!), then this is a great way to get a lead on a new reading obsession.


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