Category Archives: My writing journey

On those pesky books I’m working on…

I know there are some fans out there who will care about this information, which is why I’m posting this on my website. Lot’s of people are wondering when Winter 3 and Winter 4 will be coming out. Previously, I had promised Winter 3 by, well…now. And Winter 4 by the end of the year.

Sorry. That’s not going to happen.

Earlier this year I took a new position as Lead Pastor of a medium small church in South Carolina. This is an amazing church with amazing people, and I stay quite busy. I have not stopped working on the books, but I’ve found recently that every deadline I’ve imposed on myself has fallen very, very flat.

Which is why I am lifting all of those self-imposed deadlines and I will not be making any more. Winter 3 will happen when Winter 3 happens. Winter 4 will be the same. I don’t know when that will be, but I am no longer making deadlines just to miss them. I do promise to you that I AM still working on these books and that they WILL come sooner or later. Winter 3 sooner rather than later…but I’m afraid Winter 4 may be in the later category.

Thank you for reading and sticking with me.


Zelda needs writers??

**raises hand** Ooo…me! Pick me!

I try to live my life by the principle of always doing exactly what God wants me to do. This has led to a pretty drastic life change recently, of which I’ll blog about in the coming weeks. But if you can’t wait, you can check out my wife’s blog on the subject.

But if I were to pick anything in the world to satisfy all the geeky ambitions and pipe-dreams floating around in the back of my brain, it would be the very news I received over the weekend.

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I am a production company…

produceThe writing industry is changing every day, and many people aren’t sure what to do next. The waves of change are beating upon us and no one knows which way is up. But I think I’ve figured out how to better orient ourselves, and I challenge authors and publishers to consider this and to get on board with this new way of thinking. I, for one, am ready to make the change.

It begins with the music and movie industries. I’ve made the parallel between the music and movie industries and the future of the writing industry before. (Click here and here.) But I’ve been thinking a little more practically about such things recently, and I’ve decided that in light of the obvious parallel’s there’s something we’ve been missing in our approach to the writing industry.

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Winter’s goodbye is coming…

gothcemeteryI find myself melancholy today, and it has to do with the writing I am doing. For the past several months I’ve been working a meticulous plan to write the first drafts of both Winter 3 & 4. A little over a week ago I came to the point in Winter 3 that meant facing the ending of that book…and somehow I always found myself too busy to go any further. Yesterday, I forced myself to, thinking my lack of motivation was just an indication of how busy it was last week. Yes it was busy, but that wasn’t the reason I neglected my daily writing ritual.

I realized exactly what the reason was yesterday…the goodbye is coming.

You see, if I finish book 3, that means I have to begin on book 4. And if I begin on book 4, that means I’ll soon say goodbye to Winter.

What made me come to this realization was a song. I can’t write without music. Music speaks to me emotionally in a way nothing else does. And so I have tailored online stations with Pandora and Spotify that play me the kind of music I need for any given scene in order to get my mind in the right zone.

A song came on yesterday as I was trying to write…a song that hit me emotionally pretty hard, making it difficult for me to finish that day…a song that I can’t get out of my head today…a song that typifies why I’ve been melancholy…a song that reminded me that this goodbye is not only coming, but it is inevitable.

It’s been almost eight years since I penned the first words of Winter and, if my plan continues as it should, I’ll pen the last words sometime in the early days of September…last words that I’ve known since those first words.

And that haunting melody plays through my mind, reminding me of those last words, and persisting that they are fast approaching.

Writer friends…what do you do when you have to say goodbye to a character that has become like family to you?

Reader friends…how will you feel when it comes time for you to say goodbye to Winter?

Listen to this song, the one that sparked all of this, while you try to formulate the words of your answer.


My Writing Infuences



Keven, you write dark paranormal Christian fiction. How in the world did you get there?? Glad you asked.

I’ve never talked much about the writers that have most influenced me. I think in some interview or other I’ve listed one or two, but I’ve never really told my writing journey by way of my reading journey. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and so you also “write what you read.”

I don’t think I’ve keep it a secret that my first love is the fantasy genre. That may come as a surprise to some that know me as a paranormal suspense writer, but you’d be interested to know that prior to Winter and Prophetess almost everything I wrote was fantasy slanted and most of my to-write list is populated with fantasy ideas.