Somnambulism

Dear Readers, Wayob’s Revenge, LA FOG Part 2, comes out on Thursday and you can pre-order it now! The detective and amateur magician, Saul Parker, awakens to find himself at strange place with no idea how he got there. So, he reasons that he must have been sleepwalking. While researching this phenomenon, I was surprised […]

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Arthur Swan’s Five Favorites of 2021

Dear Readers, If you’ve finished The Encanto and are looking for something to read while you’re waiting for LA FOG part two, Wayob’s Revenge, to come out next year, here are my five favorites of the books I’ve read in 2021: 5. The Guardians – John Grisham. A rich story that sheds light on a […]

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El Día de los Muertos

A good time regardless of its origin. It’s fitting that the word history is almost all story, because the truth rarely fits into an enjoyable narrative that’s easy to follow. Even when striving for accuracy it’s impossible to document anything without human bias creeping in. Choices must be made as far as what to include, […]

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Thirteen Scary Stories

If you’ve finished The Encanto and and looking for what to what to read while you’re waiting for LA FOG part two, Wayob’s Revenge, here are my top thirteen scary stories: 13. NOS482  – Joe Hill. A little wakeup call for the child inside us who wishes every day could be like Christmas. 12. Game […]

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Speaking of Magic

The Encanto, LA FOG part 1, is finally available! Order your copy today! While researching the novel, I had the privilege of interviewing Matt Marcy, a real, honest-to-god professional magician, who has performed more than 4,000 shows. Matt’s love of magic began with his first magic kit at age five. “A lot of kids go […]

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Insomnia

Sleep is a universal human experience. It’s essential to life—but why? Why must we spend a third of our lives sleeping? Medical science still struggles to answer these questions. When I was younger, I could sleep until noon, if I wanted, but now when the birds start chirping, there’s no more sleep to be had. […]

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Four Fall Reads

Dear Readers, It’s October. Of course, I’m obligated to shamelessly plug The Encanto which comes out on the fourteenth. So there, now that that’s out of the way, I want to share four recommendations for the fall that have carried me away. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami. Fall is for daydreaming, and if you’ve clocked much […]

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The Secret to Writing in Two Simple Steps

How do you write? It’s a question often asked of writers and one we love to answer because we each have our different opinions. Many swear by an outline while some write beginning to end one page at a time. Stephen King once said, “Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish […]

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What Happened to the Ancient Mayans?

In grade school, I was taught that the ancient Mayans had vanished. A whole civilization, with temples that rose into the sky, with vast networks of roads, many of which can still be seen from space, more than nineteen million people—suddenly disappeared. The truth is they never disappeared. Six million of their descendants live on, […]

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The Encanto, Available for Pre-order

Dear Readers, Years of writing in the pre-dawn hours as fog drifted over the city has finally gelled into something I hope you’ll enjoy. I am excited to announce that The Encanto, LA FOG part 1, is available for pre-order now! An ancient Mayan artifact, smuggled into Los Angeles, unexpectedly alters three lives in bizarre […]

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