So, I’m Abandoning My Novel …

Neil Gaiman has famously advised, Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

Well, Neil, I’m afraid I’m about to disappoint you.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce I am giving up on Hollywood Whisper. Aka A Whisper in Hollywood.

Aka Truffle Butter.

Why? The simple, honest truth is that I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I was stuck, but not because I had writer’s block — not in the traditional sense, anyway. I knew where the story was headed. It had all been meticulously plotted out. And, at one point in time, I thought this was a story I wanted to tell.

I thought it was a story I wanted to read.

Alas, I guess that was false.

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An Update on My Upcoming Book ‘Truffle Butter’ #jfxxxvi

Over the past two years, I’ve been working on, and threatening promising, to release my next book, Truffle Butter. And just when I think I’m close, something happens to thwart my plans.

“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley”
—Robert Burns, “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough”

Well, here’s yet another update, rife with announcements, promises, and yada yada yada.

  • Truffle Butter has a new title
    That’s right. There’s still going to be references to the original title, ad it will make sense why it was initially titled as such, but the joke is old, the moment has passed, and I’m no longer amused by it. The book’s new title is Hollywood Whisper.
  • There’s a new release date
    Hollywood Whisper will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 — and I’m holding firm to this. Also, this will be just in time for the holiday season, so you can buy a copy for yourself, and then buy it as a holiday gift for all your book-loving friends! Win-win!
  • The first chapter will be published online soon
    I don’t exactly know when, but soon. So keep an eye out for it!


I’m Back on My Screenwriting #jfxxxvi

“Say hello to KIARA SPIVEY.”

So in between writing Truffle Butter and plotting out my next novel after that (tentatively titled The Easters), I’ve been plotting out a couple of story lines that I believe will herald my glorious return to the world of screenwriting.

For those who don’t know, screenwriting has always been my No. 1 passion. But after a supposed sure-thing deal fell through, I gave up on my Hollywood dreams. Having now written a few books, and having those books be fairly well-received, I’ve gained the confidence and desire to seriously pursue screenwriting once again.

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


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.


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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