Welcome to our blog, The Author’s Blade!

I say “our” because not only is this my blog, it’s yours as well! My blogging mentor, Jeff Goins, said that without an audience, you’re just talking to an empty stage. I don’t want to do that. It is my intention to be very interactive with any comments or questions.

On this blog, I’ll be sharing tips and guidance on becoming an author, especially a novel writer. I plan on releasing 1 blog post every week, and my first focus will be a series I’m calling Novel Writing Tips. Later this year I’ll transition into a Spotlight on Poetry series where I’ll discuss a certain type of poem, give examples of poems in that style, and add one of my own. And, of course, I’ll include random articles on writing that may be a bit broader than just the novel/poetry focus that can apply to any form of writing and motivation.

But who am I, you may be wondering?

Hello! My name is Robert and I am a father of 3, an owner of 2, and a husband of 1. I currently live in Somerset, KY but I grew up in San Diego, CA. I’m also the author of the fantasy novel Winter’s Bite, book 1¬†of the Child of Lies series. I’ve been a fan of fantasy since the early 1980s, and a fan of reading for just as long. Back in 2013 I asked myself, “what better use of my time than to couple the two together and write my own fantasy stories?” Thus, the concept of the Child of Lies series was born in a NaNoWriMo deivery room.

I’ve written a novel, something more people secretly aspire to than we can imagine. There’s a story in every one of us, and I’m here to help you draw your story forth to present to the world! That’s why I started this website. I want to use my experiences in writing a novel to help others do the same. To me, writing/reading is not a competition – it’s a connection! And helping you to connect your story to your potential audience is a blessing to me.

You can benefit from my experiences if you:

– Know the story you want to tell, but don’t know how to get started.
– Are in the process of writing a novel but are hitting some unexpected bumps.
– Have any number of books out and just want a fresh perspective to spur you on to greater success.
– Have a pulse. Okay, this last one is spoken tongue-in-cheek, but I will strive to make each post entertaining as well as informative and easy to follow. Perhaps it will entertain you, even if you don’t want to be a writer.

I can also be found here:


I’d love for you to join me on this journey by following my blog! See you inside!

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Robert,

    What a wonderful thing you have created here, a guide for everyone who has ever wanted to write a novel…. I know you will inspire many people…



    1. Thanks Inderia. I might not have the expertise of Stephen King or J. K. Rowling, but if I can help people to take the next step in creating the art that is a novel, that only benefits everyone!


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