When Another One, Book 1 of The Parker Trilogy, was nearly done, I had a decision to make: do I or don’t I bring Maggie Kincaid, a key character from another book (The Snow Globe), into the story? The laughable part was that I thought I had a choice in the matter. Maggie, on the other…

There’s love, unrequited love, love lost, and love found. Then? There’s forbidden love. In One in A Million, Book 1 of The Fasano Trilogy, I wanted to explore this by way of Kyle Fasano, a married man who has an affair. From there he’s sent on a mission. Well, two missions, really. Indirectly, he must try and save…

So…Along Came A Gangster Pictured above is the Hawthorne Water Tower in Hawthorne, California. I remember it well because I grew up beneath its shadow from 1972-1978, the only son of a single father, living together in the only apartment we could afford. The neighborhood is now much as it was then: nearly an even…

In East L.A. there’s a detective still stuck in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, remembering the day that the sun beat down hard over him and 53 other men at Outpost Keating as they found themselves surrounded by an estimated 300 Taliban soldiers. The Battle of Kamdesh was about to begin. It would take over 45 minutes for…

Over ten years ago, I was driving to my creative writing class at Pasadena City College when a song came on the radio. It was “Precious Things” by Tori Amos. To this day I have no idea how I finished that drive. The song put me completely on auto-pilot. In my head, there was suddenly a pretty,…

One year ago, I stepped up to the podium in the Arroyo Room at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California and read the first page of One In A Million to a gathering full of my closest friends and family. I can still remember looking at everyone and thinking that I was the luckiest guy…

  In a little over three weeks, on Monday, September 18th, “Another One”, the newest book in The Millionth Series will be released. It is Book 1 of “The Parker Trilogy” and picks up four months after the ending of the “The Fasano Trilogy” (One In A Million, A Million to One and One Plus…

I was 13 years old, cruising through the library on a boring summer day when I picked up a book and read this opening line: “She came running through the rain shoeless, neon signs and traffic signals splintering in the liquid reflection beneath her flying feet.” The hook was set, so I read on: “She…

I don’t know when the world for me became a thing that was “felt” so much through music. But at some point, in my early teens, I became obsessed by it. That’s also, I realize now, the same time I began to write seriously. There was a synergy between lyrics and prose. Now, it’s nearly…

This past Christmas, one of my gifts was an old-school coffee percolator from my awesome sister-in-law. I had a feeling I’d be happy with it because I’m learning that the best things in life are worth waiting for, be it a first kiss or a simple cup of coffee. Yeah, I still get my nuclear-hot, caffeine-spiked…