“Manhattan Sweetheart” Paperback Edition Now Available #jfxxxvi

Today, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, is the release date for my last book, Manhattan Sweetheart. It’s been a long time coming, and I hope many of you pick it up and enjoy the read.

Manhattan Sweetheart tells the tale of Bash Hart, a NYC newbie who finds himself smitten with the popular and beautiful Persephone Love. Bash is determined to make Persephone his lady — even after he finds out her earth-shattering secret.

This short novel, published by JFXXXVI Books, has a myriad of influences: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Jean-Luc Godard, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin’s take on The Great Gatsby, Candace Bushnell, From Dusk Till Dawn, and even Mac and Me — no kidding!

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“Manhattan Sweetheart” Paperback Cover Preview

If you follow me on Instagram (hint, hint), you may have seen a preview of the Manhattan Sweetheart paperback cover. For those of you who missed it, here’s your chance to check it out like Dr. Brule. Continue reading ““Manhattan Sweetheart” Paperback Cover Preview”

Erica Jong’s 20 Rules for Writers

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More than 40 years have passed since Erica Jong published her seminal feminist novel Fear of Flying, and on Tuesday, Sept. 8., she released its pseudosequel, Fear of Dying.

Is Fear of Dying worth reading? I dunno. Perhaps you should ask Roxane Gay.

However, Jong does have, as many writers do, a list of rules for writing, as found on her website. They are as follows: Continue reading “Erica Jong’s 20 Rules for Writers”

Don’t Save Anything for the Sequel #JFWriteTip #jfxxxvi

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The other night at the bar (you’ll soon discover that most of my stories begin this way) I was telling a buddy of mine about an idea I had for a screenplay. It’s the tale of an adulterous wife, and I get to the part where she finally sleeps with the other man.

“Yeah!” my buddy said, highly enthused. “You can ratchet up the tension till that point. Then, in the sequel, you can show how it affects the husband and how he deals with —”

At this point I had to shut him up while giving him the Nick Young face.

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Son, whet?

Number one, I was confused as to why he would think the story would just end with the woman embarking on an affair, but secondly, and most importantly, I’m not thinking about a sequel. Hell, I’m try’na get Part One done!

I think this is a mistake a lot of writers make, whether we’re talking about screenplays or novels or whatever. They’ve got an idea for an epic scene or character, but they want to wait to use it.

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