August 14, 2019

Today is the release date of Homer Underby, Book 2 of the Thuperman Trilogy. I sat down with its author, Elgon Williams, a mentor of mine, to learn more about his books and his life as an author.

I really loved Becoming Thuperman, the first book of the trilogy. Can you...

March 29, 2019

[Image by ayoub wardin from Pixabay]

Usually, scary stuff is not fun. We tend to avoid poop-in-your pants situations. They can be traumatic and leave lasting psychological damage. Not to mention what they do to your pants.

Yet entire industries, from rollercoas...

February 25, 2019

The chills: goosebumps, a tingling in your scalp, hairs standing on end, a lump in your throat, tears. Many of us have experienced them at some point. Often, it’s exceptionally moving music that does it to us. Or it’s a moment in a book, play, or movie. It could come f...

January 25, 2019

Why do my cats pursue a dastardly plot to prevent me from writing?

It’s a well-known fact that when you’re working, dogs will lie patiently at your feet, silently sending you encouraging vibes. Cats, on the other hand, will perch on your keyboard, rudely demanding atten...

January 6, 2019

Like most people who aren’t psychopaths, I have problems with killing other living creatures. As I grow older and the Grim Reaper creeps closer and closer, I’ve become a real wuss regarding death. Even squashing an insect makes me feel guilty.

So why am I so viciously h...

October 30, 2018

What gives you nightmares?

I won’t go into the scientific causes of nightmares, from anxiety to trauma to burritos eaten too late at night. Instead, I want to talk about the power of nightmares (and dreams in general) for those of us who don’t suffer from them in excess...

October 17, 2018

You might think of America’s Gilded Age, the time period of my historical paranormal thriller The Teratologist, as an era of technical innovation, powerful corporations, super rich plutocrats, and workers fighting to organize. But the late-Nineteenth and early-20th cen...

September 5, 2018

People don’t like being categorized, but I’m proud to call myself a Florida writer.

Florida is my muse. But as much as I’ve extolled the exotic beauty of my state, if I were to be completely honest I’d have to say that my true muse is Florida Man—the meme, archetype, su...

August 7, 2018

That’s a question you might be asking as I promote my new historical medical thriller series, The Teragologist. What exactly IS a teratologist?

Teratology is the study of physiological abnormalities, whether congenital (such as birth defects) or developed at a later sta...

July 5, 2018

People often ask me, “Ward, what’s your glamorous life as a novelist like?”

I usually respond, “People, it’s really challenging.”

Here I am, writing this blog piece in the back seat of my limo after my appearance on Good Morning America, trying to avoid spilling my mimos...

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