SITREP: Part 1

Part 2: SITREP: Part 2

Part 3: SITREP: Part 3

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this website. There have been many things I have meant to do with this, but life got in the way, as it is often wont to do.

I figured I owe my readers an update as to what I have been doing, writing wise.

I’ll start by getting the potentially unpopular news out of the way: the Ben Williams series is being shelved for the foreseeable future. I’m not canceling it entirely. Perhaps down the road, I’ll return to the series.

There are many reasons why I’ve decided to shelve the Williams series. Two reasons in particular carry the most weight.

The first reason is that I managed to embed personal stories in the Williams series, enshroud them in fictional plots. At the time, they served a cathartic purpose. Experiences I had—particularly with coming home and my long journey adjusting to civilian life—were touched on in the Williams series. I feel like I’ve told all I need to tell there and I have outgrown the series.

That is why I say that may change down the road and I’m leaving the option open. There may come a day where I have an experience that I feel is best told through the Williams character. For the time being, though, I’m leaving it be.

The second reason is that I made many mistakes with that series.

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Photo credit: Sebastian Sassi, Sassi Italy Tours

Over the three Ben Williams novels, I grew as a writer and perfected my craft. Unfortunately, I had to work within the confines of the framework I had established for myself. One of the biggest was firmly establishing the Williams series as existing in an alternate universe. The other was making Ben Williams a Cold Warrior that became an old warhorse in the GWOT era.

If I could go back and rectify those mistakes, I would. They’re in print and can’t be taken back. But, I can take what I’ve learned and write a better thriller. That’s what I intend on doing.

There is one Williamsverse novella that I have written but have not published yet. It revolves around TJ Eastman, the female lead of The Sovereigns. Once I get that edited and cleaned up, I’ll publish that, hopefully sometime this year.

Read Part 2 here.

Read Part 3 here.

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