Category Archives: The Art of Writing

Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 3)

This is my final installment (Part 3) of my three-part series on a recent talk and interview I did recently about my latest thriller novel release. As I’ve mentioned previously, my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—invited me to … Continue reading

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Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my three-part installment on a recent talk and interview about my latest novel release. As I mentioned last week, my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—invited me to be the guest speaker at their … Continue reading

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Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 1)

Recently, I was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—and they asked me to speak about the process of writing a novel, how I choose the plots for my novels, and … Continue reading

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THE SERIAL CHEMIST – A New Psychological Thriller Novel

Now Available in eBook and Paperback Formats The Serial Chemist plot has been one that I developed a couple of years ago and evolved it over time with the help of two psychologist experts and with the help of individuals … Continue reading

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Drug Trade Balances

First off, this is not a blog about trade wars! I adhere to the philosophy of not blogging about religion, politics or sex—and today is no exception—but, with so much in the news about trade tariffs, my pharmaceutical mind went … Continue reading

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A New Cardiac Pacemaker and Murder

Heart stimulators, commonly called pacemakers, are small devices implanted in patients to control abnormal heart rhythms. Such cardiac abnormalities are commonly referred to as heart arrhythmias, and pacemakers emit electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal … Continue reading

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Why Do People Kill?

It’s a simple question, but people have been struggling to find the answer for centuries. In a previous blog I discussed the core legal definition of murder, but I asked this very question as I researched the subject. Law enforcement officials are … Continue reading

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Using DNA To An Author’s Advantage

It’s been some time since I’ve posted a new blog. What can I say—life gets in the way! It’s amazing how getting into and out of the habit of writing can happen so easily. I’ve decided to get back into … Continue reading

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Exploiting Computer Chip Flaws

In my Jon Masters thriller series, my protagonist Jon has a friend named Ed Ochoa. Ed is a computer genius and often does some cyber-magic to produce secure, and usually unavailable, information that helps Jon out of a variety of … Continue reading

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Inert Gases Can Lead To Murder!

Some time ago, I watched an interesting TV murder mystery program. It had a most intriguing plot. The scenario involved a wealthy man who had his home office designed such that it was similar to an impenetrable vault—both for security … Continue reading

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