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 (11)

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. ;)

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