Author: Stephen Shaiken

SIGN UP FOR MY NEW AUTHOR’S E MAIL NEWSLETTER

SIGN UP FOR MY NEW AUTHOR’S E MAIL NEWSLETTER

Courtesy of a tweet by author Morgan Wright I have just started a new Author’s E-Mail Newsletter. There is a signup form on my blog, www.stephenshaiken.com     You can also sign up at the bottom of this post. The Newsletter is free. The Newsletter sign-up form is separate and distinct from the Blog sign-up form. …

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AMERICAN Our Heritage and Gift to the World THE BILL OF RIGHTS Amendment I : Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; rights of assembly and petition Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of …

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BANGKOK SHADOWS-FREE E BOOK THIS WEEK

BANGKOK SHADOWS-FREE E BOOK THIS WEEK

DOWNLOAD BANGKOK SHADOWS FREE FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS! My debut novel, Bangkok Shadows, was released ten weeks ago. I am  told I’m doing better than most other independent authors. I  greatly appreciate every sale, all downloads on Kindle Unlimited, each review and  message.  But it’s not enough feedback for me. I wrote this novel for …

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Ten Good Bits of Advice for Fiction Writers

Ten Good Bits of Advice for Fiction Writers

I am not big on self-help books or article on “how to write”. I am of the school holding that “the only rule is that there are no rules.” I’m with Hemingway; if the writer is honest and the story is well-told, it will come through to the reader. Raymond Chandler is not the same …

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WRITING ABOUT SUICIDE IN FICTION

WRITING ABOUT SUICIDE IN FICTION

America has been rocked by the sudden deaths by their own hands of two celebrities, Anthony Bourdin and Kate Spade. Neither seemed a likely candidate for suicide. Both were accomplished, talented professionals who appeared be enjoying life to its fullest. These tragedies came a little less than four years after that of Robin Williams, a …

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FREEDOM AND MEMORIAL DAY, 2018

FREEDOM AND MEMORIAL DAY, 2018

I saw a friend’s Facebook post on eating a hot dog at the ballpark, and followed the ensuing discussion on the best way to consume this iconic American delicacy. The sausage industry has weighed in on this controversial issue: Click here to read the “experts’” advice on how to eat a hot dog. And let …

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WHY DO SO MANY LAWYERS WANT TO BE WRITERS?

WHY DO SO MANY LAWYERS WANT TO BE WRITERS?

I have posted on why so many English language writers live in Thailand, and  what an author might read after writing a book.  I have also posted about my writing group, Keybangers Bangkok and the writing prompt workshop I attend. I have not weighed in on one question, stated above, that several people have recently asked, presumably …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHED AUTHOR

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHED AUTHOR

It’s been a little over a month since I self-published my first novel, Bangkok Shadows, available on Amazon Kindle as an e book or paperback. Click here to go to the Amazon book page. When we talk about independent or self-publishing, we really mean those words. Everything that a traditional publisher would do for an author must …

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AMERICA, HERE I COME

AMERICA, HERE I COME

A day from now I will be heading out to Souvarnabhumi Airport to board a flight back to America. Over the past three plus years, I’ve spent almost all of my time here in Bangkok. I am definitely not one of those American expats who bears America any ill will, and my time here should …

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LIFE, DEATH, AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

LIFE, DEATH, AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

After finishing Bangkok Shadows, the last few weeks of which were filled not with creative writing but with proofing, formatting, downloading, uploading, side-loading and promoting, I craved sitting down and writing. So I forced myself to do so, and wrote this little story in one sitting. (Something I rarely do, even in my writing prompt …

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