You clicked the “about” page? Really?

I wasn’t sure anyone would actually do that. Hm. I better write something so you don’t feel you wasted your time.

Official-sounding bio stuff:

I’ve been a lifeguard, a fast-food-flinger, a network administrator, and a soldier in the U.S. Army. From 2004 to 2011, I made a living as a blogger and affiliate marketer. I worked from home and made my own hours, so in many ways it was a dream job, but I’d always wanted to tell stories (instructing people on how to select a home security system or which gym equipment to buy wasn’t quite as fun as you’d think). Back in 2009 or so, I decided to “get serious” about finishing up some novels. I had a number of half-written manuscripts I could have focused on, but the characters I’d known longest were the Emperor’s Edge crew, and I also enjoyed spending time with them (seriously, who wouldn’t want to spend time with Maldynado? :D).

I finished Emperor’s Edge…and then let it sit on my hard drive for a year. I wasn’t sure it was good enough to send off to an agent (nor was I excited by the idea of querying ten bazillion agents). And there wasn’t much point in starting EE2 if I hadn’t sold EE1. So, I went on to write Encrypted, thinking that would be easier to sell because it was a stand-alone story and I had more experience as a writer by then. But… what started out as high-fantasy in a steam-age world ended up having this strange science-fiction bent in the end, and I wasn’t sure how to “sell” it to agents. Cross-genre? Steampunk? High fantasy? It wasn’t really any of the above, and, either way, I didn’t see many agents looking for those things (in fact, I saw more of them saying, “under no circumstances send us that secondary-world-fantasy crapola” — it’s possible I’m paraphrasing).

About that time (fall of 2010), I got my first Kindle and stumbled across JA Konrath’s blog on self-publishing. Within weeks, I’d decided I wanted to go that route. Since I had a background in blogging, search engine optimization, internet marketing, etc., I wasn’t intimidated by the idea of online book promotion (though, as it turns out, my background helped less than you’d think, and I had a lot to learn!).

In late 2011, I e-published my fourth novel, and, thanks to your support, I’ve been able to leave the old day job and make this author thing a full-time gig. I’m not making what I used to make, but it’s my dream job, and that’s what matters most to me.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Amaranthe and Sicarius ever hook up?

Oh, yeah, like I’d answer that here and spoil things. ;)

Will you ever publish traditionally?

Maybe someday. There are times when doing everything gets a little overwhelming, but nobody’s made me an offer I couldn’t refuse yet. (I’ve been approached by a couple of small presses and even one of the new Amazon Publishing Imprints.)

I’ll definitely finish the Emperor’s Edge series on my own. After that, we’ll see. I’m not a huge seller by the standards of some indie authors, but I’m doing fine on my own, and I’m delighted by how many readers visit the blog, Facebook page, Twitter stream, etc. on a regular basis. We’re well over 1,000 newsletter subscribers too! A part of me likes the idea of seeing how far I can go on my own.

Can you review my book?

Sorry, no, I don’t have the time. I’m trying to write two novels and some shorter ebooks every year so that I can keep my name out there (and keep those readers satisfied!). I also maintain this blog as a resource for others thinking of self-publishing, usually posting 2-3 (long!) posts a week. When I do get time to read, I choose to catch up with my favorite authors. That said, I wish you the best of luck with your new release!

Guest Posting Policy

I’m not looking for guest posts at this time. I’ve hosted them in the past, and might again one day, but I have too much going on to worry about scheduling posts to fit into people’s blog tours and such. I don’t even schedule my own posts. ;)

Thanks for reading!


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Comments (21)

I loved the Republic and can’t wait for more books to follow. It was as good a read as the Emperors Edge Series. I think they would make an awesome Scifi Movie because it has so much going on in the story you are never bored and can’t stop reading it. I hope the Republic Series has as many books as the Emperors Edge and that the 2nd book comes out soon. Keep up the good work.

Thank you, Monica. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the books!

Yep, thoroughly enjoyed Republic. I couldn’t put EE 1-7 down but found myself able to take breaks from Republic, though. Looking forward to the next one and hoping it’s as engaging as the earlier books. Thanks Lindsay, I am a self certified fan.

About 3 weeks ago I was searching for some new reads with a steampunk setting. And so I came across your EE books. They are great! I have read them all and in search for more I looked up your website today.


Thanks for stopping by, Dara. I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories!

Where are you from? I’m from Prescott and loved how I could visualize every place you mentioned. I love the Raven. So I was just curious about your knowledge of the town.

Hi, Bailey! I think I was still living in Phoenix when I wrote this, but I’ve been up in Prescott for the last year. :)


I found you on Smashwords, and read EE1. I will probably read more of the EE series, although I am a bit put off by the large number of volumes in the series.

Too often I think authors just crank out more volumes in the same setting because it’s easier, even though the story starts getting too contrived to be good … take Anne McCaffrey for example.

In contrast, take someone like Jules Romain, who wrote something like 22 novels in “Les Hommes de bonne volonté” (The Men of Good Will series). I think I read just about all of them. Here he’s woven from the very beginning the stories of about 8 characters through the history of France in the early 20th century. This concept unified the themes of the novels all together in a way that typical serial novels don’t.

I also wanted to see what else you could do, and so read R&R2 which I enjoyed immensely. Yes, the tone is very light, but it was a very pleasurable, fun read. So, I think I will continue with that for now.

As a life-long SF&F reader, I think I can say it’s hard to find writers who have such a deft tone with style and humor as you. In fact, I am most reminded of Linnea Sinclair (who unfortunately these days hasn’t been turning out anything, although she’d lately been cranking out books in the same setting!). In contrast with you, however, she also imbues her work with some darker and more passionate themes, which adds another dimension to the read.

Bottom line, I think that your work is very promising, and I hope it continues to work out well for you … meaning of course that I hope I get to read more of your good books!


Thanks for checking out the books, Robert. If you haven’t tried Bujold yet, definitely give her a spin too. She has awesome characters, humor, and some darker elements too.

I never thought steampunk & fantasy could blend so well till I read the EE series. I couldn’t put then down till I was done, & I recommend it to EVERYONE I know that isn’t daunted by a 7 book long series. It’s totally worth it. The characters are wonderfully realistic & the plot is great!! Ever considered a movie or tv series? I think it would be a hit!

Thank you for the kind words, Ollie, and for recommending the books to others. I’m glad you enjoyed the series! I’m sure Maldynado would love to star in his own movie or tv series, but we’re still waiting for Hollywood to call. ;)

I absolutely love your Emporer’s Edge series. I accidentally stumbled upon your first (free) book and it looked totally different from what I would normally gravitate toward. Maybe this new age of marketing – that I have resisted so wholeheartedly – has some advantages. Amazon led me to you, one way or another, and I haven’t been able to stop reading since.

The way you kept the story alive wih the characters, and the switch to another historical timeline, have kept me from being bored. I must have read at least seven books by now, and am ready to buy another. I understand Robert Benson’s concerns, and must say that I have had no periods of boredom, whatsoever. Just when I started worrying that I might, you switched gears.

That you for deciding on the free book. I doubt that I would have ever read your books without that option. In fact, it sat on my iPad for a while before I started reading, as I didn’t have time for reading after shopping for a new book. I downloaded several free books at the time, and once I (later) got to yours, I readily knew I would be buying more.

One other quality I love in your books is the fact that you introduce me to new words and new meanings of words I thought I already knew. You don’t detract from the story (as I have a general idea of what the word means), but if I feel that I can’t completely describe the meaning, I look it up with the iPad dictionary. For two or three, I have had to go to the Internet to define. The first time my dictionary came up blank, I thought you were using amade-up word for the story! Ha! I underestimated your linguistic skills! (Sorry!)

I plan to write some reviews for Amazon when I have more time. Sorry about the delay, but I will get to it. Your books are sooooooo worth reading. Keep up the great work! If news spreads about your work, I think your sales will skyrocket.

Thank you for giving that first book a try, Dana. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. I appreciate you taking the time to visit my site, and reviews are always welcome too! :)

Wow it seems most comments are about the EE series. I can’t wait to get to that one.

I am reading the Dragon Blood series right now. I found it on Bookbub. I get the email of their daily specials. As I am on disability and can’t get around much I find myself short on money and long on time :) I love finding the specials so I can sample authors for free or low cost. There was a time when I would make myself finish a book even if I wasn’t loving it, but now my motto is so many books so little time. So I give it a fair chance but move on if it doesn’t catch my interest by page 10 (just kidding more like chapter 10) I have found a few new authors that I LOVE and probably never would have found otherwise and you are now on my list of approved investments LOL I am on book 3 have already bought book 4 and the first in the EE series. I love the humor and the action, the characters are so real and believable. I will now be devouring your books.

I am also a huge fan of your vocabulary. I love finding new words and having the ability to look them up easily on my e-reader makes it even more fun.

So keep up the good work I’m telling all of my friends about you. We like to share good authors.

Hi, Linda!

Thank you for checking out the books! I’m glad you’re enjoying the adventures so far, and I hope you have with the EE series too. Take care, and happy reading!

I’ve just finished Thorn Fall (Rust & Relics 2) and I had a great time reading the first 2 books in the series. They’re vastly entertaining, the characters are loveable and the dynamic between them is great. Loved the humour! I’m really looking forward to the third instalment. Any idea when it will be ?

I’m glad you’re enjoying Delia, Simon, and the gang, Helen! I’ve got a couple of other projects in the lineup first (trying to finish a couple of my open series), but I’ll be working on Rust & Relics 3 this summer. Thanks for reading!

I picked up EE1 (which I had downloaded for free from Kobo a while ago) during Christmas when I ran out of my normal reads and have not been able to put your books down since. I’ve finished the EE series, including Republic and all the short stories, all the Dragon Blood books and Flash Gold 1-3.

Like Dana this would not be my normal read, but am always up for trying something for free.

I’m about to start the 4th Flash Gold book and cannot wait for the next in the Dragon Blood series to be published.

Your work keeps me riveted and I’ve been recommending it to likeminded souls. Keep up the good work.

Thanks for checking out the books, Sorina. I’m glad you’ve been having fun with them! Hope the new ones will continue to entertain. :)

I absolutely love the EE series! I am currently reading Republic and am wondering if it is its own series or book 8 of EE. If it is the first book of a new series, are there going to be many more that follow???

Hi, Grace! I’m glad you’re enjoying the books. Republic is kind of a transition book, setting things up for possible new series. :) I’ve got the rough draft of a Basilard-focused book done now, so look for that later this summer!

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