Recently, I’ve been writing more about writing, giving some explanations about why I write what I write. Or, in the case of the new short story collection I’m currently promoting, Rides From Strangers, why I wrote what I wrote.

This week, I thought I’d go further and talk a little more about it. When an author writes a story, it sometimes requires personal experience. Not to say that these works of mine are autobiographical by any means, but there are certain things I have either done, or at least felt, that inform the work.

In Rides From Strangers, the stories are all different, but they have some common themes. The main ones that run throughout the text are the human need for fulfillment through relationships, and how people often get burned even as they seek solace from other people. Regardless, that need for connection leads people to keep trying…whether through sex, marriage, friendship, etc.

Trying to put myself into the POV of these characters was easy, because, like any writer, I’ve had to spend a lot of time alone…but, unlike some people, my experiences with loneliness haven’t come from that, they’ve come in the middle of crowds. The need for connection, for me, has always meant a search for kindred spirits. And, like most novelists, I don’t find that many of them out there.

Thankfully, they are out there, and I have a great life with great friends and an even more amazing and loving wife. She’s supportive of my fiction habit, and understands I can no longer stand to only “write for others.” This collection, Rides From Strangers, was all written for me, but I felt compelled to give it to the world. So just sign up for my email list, and you can get the entire collection for free…no obligation. If you unsubscribe after you download, no harm, no foul. I’m just happy to share it.

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