Category Archives: The Psychology of Murder

Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 3)

This is my final installment (Part 3) of my three-part series on a recent talk and interview I did recently about my latest thriller novel release. As I’ve mentioned previously, my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—invited me to … Continue reading

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Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my three-part installment on a recent talk and interview about my latest novel release. As I mentioned last week, my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—invited me to be the guest speaker at their … Continue reading

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THE SERIAL CHEMIST – A New Psychological Thriller Novel

Now Available in eBook and Paperback Formats The Serial Chemist plot has been one that I developed a couple of years ago and evolved it over time with the help of two psychologist experts and with the help of individuals … Continue reading

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Why Do People Kill?

It’s a simple question, but people have been struggling to find the answer for centuries. In a previous blog I discussed the core legal definition of murder, but I asked this very question as I researched the subject. Law enforcement officials are … Continue reading

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MURDER – The True Definition!

The criminal act known as MURDER is defined in a number of ways, but in most references the definition is distilled to the following words: an unlawful killing with malice. The words unlawful and malice give the term its defining structure and distinguishes the act from acceptable killings, … Continue reading

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Self Defense 101 (Part 2)

Last week I wrote a blog on various self-defense techniques, and I detailed the top seven to protect oneself from an assault. Possibly a character in one of your upcoming storylines will need such skills. I know I’ve considered using … Continue reading

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Self Defense 101 (Part 1)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog on how to write a bloodless death scene. It detailed some interesting assault techniques, both physical and by chemical means, to incapacitate and likely kill a character whose demise is a … Continue reading

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How To Write a Bloodless Death Scene

The storylines of the novels I write often call for one or more of the characters to be murdered. That’s simple enough when you write murder mysteries—you shoot or stab the person, or use a dozen other ways to kill … Continue reading

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Is the Future of Entertainment a Pharmaceutical?

At a recent Wall Street Journal conference (WSJD Live 2016), Netflix CEO Reed Hastings speculated that the future of entertainment might be something OTHER than watching and interacting with the screen of an electronic device. Netflix, an entertainment industry innovator … Continue reading

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Lying for a Living!

FICTION => A Believable Lie -> Taking a small bit of truth or fact and evolving that into a web of deceit, dishonesty or lethal acts (at least in my novels). That’s what we do as fiction writers. We lie … Continue reading

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