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Passion, Hard, and Smart Work Creates Success

A Lesson I Learned the Hard Way

*Dear Readers: This is not a typical post. I did not use any keywords, write in a way Google would index this post in any way, shape, or form. I deviated a little from my niche in writing this 2,000-word post, in hopes that this post, which is about me, serves as a lesson that will help you all reach the pinnacle of your writing, and your life’s success. Enjoy this unique read.

Dear writers everywhere, I can and will be the first to tell you that passion, hard, and smart work creates success.

If you incorporate these three elements into anything you pursue, writing or not, success will find you.

How do I know this?

I inadvertently have some experience in this field, and it’s not just in writing.

Though this is a writing blog, I’m branching out a little bit today and am about to tell a story I’ve never told before except in one, single, rare instance.

The story is rather heartbreaking in nature, though it did give me a chance to reflect on the last two years of my life, a turbulent two years, which ended on a high note as I published both Northern Knights and Swords of Destiny to Amazon and saw some decent numbers and early returns.

Such numbers should grow with time and as the entire Lord of Columbia Series expands.

My Personal Story

Just so you all know, I rehearsed what I’m about to write in a conversation with myself in my car on the way home from work.

As I once mentioned on this blog before, I used to be a successful personal trainer, but those days of success fell faster than soon-to-be ex-Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell’s career….and possibly Antonio Brown’s.

So, in 2012, I had my first training gig and was “that trainer” who would show up at 5:30am to train a client without hesitation. I was also “that trainer” who stayed at the gym until 9pm to train a client. Again, without hesitation.

It was beautiful, baby.

In late 2013, about thirty clients fell into my lap and I maintained a full-time schedule for the rest of my time there, consistently training and retaining my clientele.

But Weirton, West Virginia wasn’t going to be my last stop, so in 2015, I planned an escape route in about the worst way possible, so I’m not going to rehash on the details. Let’s just say I should’ve thought things through a little more.

And bam, in late-2016, after pissing off my managers and owner, I carried out such a plan, almost without warning, telling them I was out and going to this large box club in Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

Going from a club of a little over 1,200 members to one of 5,000+ members was a gold mine waiting to be unhinged, but little did I realize at the time something else was making me want to leave the training arena.

It was around this time I’d constructed a plot to Northern Knights that worked after a few years of starts, stops, sputters, and stalls. Setback, setback, setback. The more I worked on Northern Knights, the more I liked the plot, but the more work I had to put into it before the novel was ready to be published.

This was in January 2017, and my last day as an employee in Weirton, my beta-readers returned their feedback, much of which was generous. But again, I still had a mountain to climb if I wanted to get Northern Knights (then called the Lost Book) onto Amazon’s online shelves.

I worked on Northern Knights even when on the work clock.

But months before I left Weirton, my passion shifted without my realization. I knew what I wanted but still desired to hold onto a job that I liked at the same time.

After a total of twenty-three days at that club in the South Hills (couldn’t stand the place) I found two clubs owned by the same man on the East End of Pittsburgh, or just past the region known as the East Hills.

What an area, and one that I loved working in and may have continued to love working in had I not been so rash in my decision making.

I’ll be honest, my passion backslid in 2016, took a nosedive in 2017. I thought I wasn’t in the right place so a few months after starting in the East End, I went up to the North Hills, where things would come to a standstill.

Little did I know this at the time.


North Hills Debacle

So the North Hills club was a literal goldmine, for anyone familiar with North Pittsburgh. The place has money, and a lot of it, and that’s what attracted me.

It was a new club. Construction barely started but the owner wanted a staff for a presale, which I couldn’t blame him.

But it’s here where, due to my success in Weirton and even modest success in the East End, plus the luxury of the North Hills, did I see a golden opportunity.

Not an honest one though. Never an honest one.

What did I do?

Well, during my presale shift, which was a generous $15/hr plus $10 per anyone who I signed up, I sat and edited Northern Knights (now entitled Lord of Columbia in a series I called Days of Gaia).

The owner wanted us to make calls, texts, and emails, so I did just that, only I just said I called and copied and pasted texting and email.

It was a total con at this point, but hey, I’m still working in a gym and once the damn place opens, I’m making my own hours and it’s Wexford, Pennsylvania, so the members and clients (and dough) will be rolling in, especially at the even more generous $25/hour rate I was to be given for sessions.

I’m disclosing the monetary compensation here because I want you to know just how stupid I was in refusing to take the job seriously.

After the club opened, well, three days after the club opened, the owner and I had a spat which resulted in me leaving the club for a week, only reconciling after a conversation with about a dozen friends and family.

Feel free to call me what you want to at this point.

After starting back up the following Monday, I saw some initial success but again I didn’t want the training sales numbers burdened to me because at the time I was Todd Matthews and what I said is what goes and if they didn’t like it, they were going to learn to like it.

They, as in, the people who hired me, gave me a generous deal, and were decent enough to allow me to continue working for them.

I’m also a huge proponent of property rights, but given the fact I pulled this I was a total hypocrite to myself.


Blowing the Opportunity

Damn, they should’ve fired me.

And they didn’t.

I also knew the guy was rather easy to con, so I continued making more money than I’d ever made in my life, while working on Northern Knights (still entitled Lord of Columbia, but it later became the series name over what was at this point Age of Columbia) during hours I could’ve been doing the following:

1. Working the floor and recruiting clients.

2. Working the phones and recruiting clients.

3. Helping the general manager out with recruiting members (and potential clients).

4. Putting my heart and soul into my work when at work rather than knowing I was getting paid on someone else’s time for my own work.

This lasted from late-2017 until well into 2018; around April.

In April, either someone caught onto the ruse, a member rightfully blew my cover, or the cameras caught me in action, because it was at this time I was stripped from 30-40 to fifteen hours per week.

I was pissed.

And wrongfully so.

I blamed the manager, I blamed the owner, I blamed the members, I blamed the people who wouldn’t sign up for training, I blamed everyone but the person who deserved 100% of the blame: Me.

The manager didn’t screw Todd.

The owner didn’t screw Todd.

Todd screwed Todd.

I thought that due to my success in Weirton that success would follow me like a twelve-year-old-girl following around her singing idol. I thought I attracted success, and that just as I had in Weirton my presence would bring it.

Just like in Weirton, the lucky sevens were in my corner and clients (and money) fell into my lap. All I had to do was train them with passion and retain them.

Wait, what was that?

Train them with what?


Give what to the gym?


Give what to my place of work?


Be a passionate trainer and be passionate about my job, just as I was with writing.


The End of an Era

I published Swords of Destiny shortly after leaving the fitness industry.

It was then I’d reached the end of an era. My income tanked. My training hours tanked. The manager would get annoyed with me after stating he’d just set up a new member who’d just signed up to change their life a fitness consultation with me….only to state I’d rather workout at that time as I’d planned on doing so.

I didn’t just do this once.

I did it a few times.

Again, he should’ve just let me go without even consulting the owner. I would’ve let myself go at this point.

But he didn’t.

Where was the passion?


Where was the trainer from Weirton?


You know what the NFL Network said about Antonio Brown, the former sixth-round pick who chose to wear eighty-four because 8 * 4 = 32, in other words, thirty-two NFL teams passing on him and he wanted to remember it?

He had to go back to being that guy.

That humble guy instead of the smug prick he became.

I can relate.

And I’m no longer in the fitness industry.

As my writing continues to improve and this blog, that’s if my story didn’t scare you all away, I long to return to the field. Return to working in the gym. Return to the fitness scene. Become the trainer I was once upon a time.


Me Today

Know what this post is saying?

1. Be passionate in your approach to pursue your own writing passion.

2. But if your current job is or was a passion, continue to be passionate about it.

I’m living proof in stating that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

If only I’d played my cards better and took real advantage of a real opportunity.

Don’t get me wrong, I still would’ve pursued writing 100%, but to do so while on the work clock was just plain wrong. To know when the owner was coming in and lying to them if they did happen to come in, stating that I just preferred a laptop over a desktop computer to “work.”

And what did I do?

I told everyone who the bad guy was.

I said it was him, and not me, that I was innocent and mistreated.

I wasn’t mistreated. I did the mistreating, and I made a massive mistake.

And now, as I toiled away in side gigs, the desire to return to my home gig, the job that I once loved, once couldn’t wait to get to, day in and day out (how many of us in our early to mid-20s can say this?) and looked forward to every single shift….a split shift!

And it hit me hard back in November-December, which is why I’m writing this kind of non-typical post right now. Because I feel the time is right to come clean with something, and hope that I can help one of you, reading this article right now, and stop you from making a giant error.

I just want to get back to doing what I love for a living, and this time refrain from cutting corners, while doing what I love in the meantime to build into an empire, and perhaps perform both gigs on a full-time basis, each, someday.

This article has documented my fallback, now I’m going to write a Part II, either one or two years from today, in January 2020 or 2021, where I’ll document the Great Comeback.


Write About Your Passion

Writers and authors, especially those who are creative, must relay what they’re passionate about. One, it’s another technique an author can use to engage the reader and for another, will find their niche market. When you write about your passion, you’re sure to get repeat customers and readers again and again. You’ve hooked your niche market.


Today, I’m laying out how to write about your passions in creative writing. Some of these, you may already be doing, but take a look at how each element contributes to your passion in your work.


Your readers will thank you and your market will continue to grow. Read on for four major elements in your work you should target in every single work, targeting everything you’re passionate on.



Your book’s or books’ themes are going to shine with your passion. Think of the message you’re creating with your work.


Many of your messages will be elements you’re passionate about.


Let’s take a look at Northern Knights and some of the themes dictating the work. Here are a few:

  1. Libertarian Values: While the nonaggression principle isn’t a key theme here, about every other principle is. Individual liberty, private property, sound currency, and nonintervention are mentioned time and again in this new adult urban fantasy text.
  2. Friendship: One of the common elements in the work is friendship. Cain’s rarely seen without his friends in one or another capacity and he’s with a different number of friends in every scene. Also, the sports subplot displays Cain and his friends’ chemistry, and of course, the climactic scene does the same.
  3. Diversity: I feature a diverse cast of friends, all of whom have different interests. In one instance, Cain befriends a kind and talented native girl named Savannah, inviting her into their friend group, where I tap a little into the racial tensions we still see today. Despite Cain’s arrogance, he’s particularly fond of Savannah. As for the rest of the cast, Cain’s friends come from different social classes, have different interests, and of course, personalities, which I’ll tap into next.

Ensure your message is full of theme from cover to cover. What I talk about next will allow you to mold individual elements into one nice, fitting puzzle. Your work will make sense, will flow well, and will also keep a reader hooked.


Character Persona

Let’s dip into character persona, where I’m sure you have at least one character sharing your personality. I’ve put a bit of me in each.


For instance: Cain loves to show off his success but displays a caring side, especially when it comes to Savannah. Lira can overthink and overexaggerate. Savannah’s kindness around others makes her an instant character for breakout potential. The list goes on.


How does this intertwine with our passion?


Look mainly at our main character. It’s going to tell us a lot about who we are and why we’re writing.


Again, what does Cain want?


Our main characters show us a lot of what we want in the world or even in our own lives.


Cain wants a threatening empire expelled from his colony so they can live as a free republic.


It shows much of what I’d love to see in my own lifetime; to see the United States become a Constitutional Republic practicing nonintervention.


Look deep into what your characters want, because it’s likely what you want. Something you’re passionate about.


This is writing about your passion.



I’m a proponent of not telling your reader anything via narration unless as a last resort. Instead, use dialogue during your work instead of narrating everything.


Especially when it comes to relaying the message. Readers dislike being told things. Instead, they want to experience things. When a narrator is telling the readers this and that during the text, it’s going to make the reader feel like they’re reading an informative text when their purpose is to be entertained.


Instead, allow the reader to experience your passions being played out through dialogue. As mentioned, themes and character personas are already going to give the reader a feel for what your book’s message entails.


The reader will be much more engaged in your work when experiencing your messages through character actions and dialogue. A good tip here is something I used when converting Northern Knights from its first drafts to subsequent drafts; simply replace narration with dialogue.


Choose characters whose personalities match what you’re trying to say. For instance, in Northern Knights if there’s a need for edge, it’s Cain. If it’s informative with urgency, Lira’s the go-to, and so on.



Well, what is the opposite of what you’re looking to say?


In real life, my worst fear is for a globalist agenda to be passed. Where there’s a global currency, global military, global police force, and mandatory RFID chips….yikes!


It’s only natural to put our antagonists in situations that we’re trying to use our writing to stop. Again, with Northern Knights, it’s an imperial, global dictatorship that’s the goal of the antagonists, but the Columbians are giving the antagonists trouble.


The antagonists use military force to expand their imperial fist, law enforcement to enforce laws at the micro level, and prisons and labor camps to jail dissidents.


Again, use the tips mentioned above, such as character personas. The difference here with the antagonists, you want to use people who are not like you as inspiration. For me, it’s cats like Mike Pompeo and John Bolton whose personas make great models for the antagonist message I’m also implying.


Mold the Puzzle

Now it’s your turn. Take your first drafts of your novel and get rid of the telling, let the characters come to life and make sure they hold elements of you and the kind of theme you’re looking to relay.


Sound confusing?


How’s this?


What is your theme? Tell us the message you’re looking to relay.


Which characters are best suited to relay such a theme?


Incorporate the dialogue over narration using these characters. Typically, the mains are best suited.


Take your antagonist and turn your message one-hundred-eighty degrees, which will give you some killer antagonists.

How to Pursue Your Writing Passion

Write Over Simple Pleasures

Pursuing your writing passion is no easy task.


To use the redundant cliché if writing were easy, everyone would be doing it. If pursuing any passion were easy, we’d all be successful.


Pursuing writing involves sacrificing simple pleasures, as does any passion.


You have to ask yourself whether or not you’re ready for undergoing such an awesome task.


You’re investing a lot of hours into this.


Sacrifice Pleasure

Sacrifice is one thing people hate making. We think we can pursue passion as an add-on, and it’s not true. You can’t just add your writing to pleasures.


Friday night happy hour?


Forget it.


Going to a weekend party?


You have something else to work on.


Sleeping in on weekends?




Weekend get-together?


Not in your near future.


You have something better to pursue.


Use Your Day Job

Use your day job as motivation. If you’re stuck in a job you don’t like being in, are miserable in your career, or just believe you’re worth more than what you are, use your day job as motivation to pursue writing.


Would you rather be in an office cubicle or are you craving for the home office complete with forested or beach scenery you can gaze into?


The answer is simple.


Would you rather see your dream realized or work really hard to make someone else a lot of money and help them realize their dream?


Another simple answer.


Do you want to fight traffic to work each day, be required to be somewhere, clock in on someone else’s time, work in a profession that may even be pointless, fight traffic on the way home, and be grateful for the opportunity?


Again, the answer is simple.


How would you like to make your own schedule, do something you find purpose in, and be your own boss?


Very, very simple.


Use your job as motivation to leave your current situation and visualize where you want to be. Do this every time you need motivation to write, and the motive will be endless.


Set Time Aside

Make yourself a writing schedule and stick to it!


This is the number one rule in consistency.


For someone who works as a personal trainer, it’s identical to carving out a workout time for clients.


Pick one time and stick to it. If you’re an early riser, wake up an hour earlier. If you’re a night owl, go to bed an hour later.


You just added one hour to write each day during the week.


Stick to your schedule.


I’ve seen many instances where people carve out time for a week only to revert to their old habits.


It’s where the day job comes in!


Hate where you are?


Think about your day job every single morning.


It’s motivation enough.


Or, if your life happens to be so hectic where on rare occasions you can’t write during the week, you still have weekends available.


If you’re busy on weekends or on your off days, the same tactic mentioned above should apply. Find a time to write either in the morning or evening and you’ll be set. On your days off, you may find even more times to write.


Set Goals and Write Them Down

Reason number two why people give up is they don’t have a single goal.


Is your goal to start a blog and contribute to it daily?


Or, maybe you’ve wanted to write a novel the last five years?


Set two types of goals: short-term and long-term. Get a calendar, place it somewhere you’ll see it daily, write in it both short and long-term goals.


Give yourself a weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, and yearly goal.


You can write a novel of thirty chapters. Write two chapters a week, which means in four months, a first draft is complete.


Edit the entire work in month five.


Rewrite the novel for four more months, where the half-year goal is starting on your second draft.


In month ten, edit the work a final time.


Proofread the work and design the cover in month eleven.


And by month twelve, the book is written.


But don’t wait. Start writing your goals now!


And it can be anything, as long as it’s related to pursuing writing.


Build the Tribe

We’ve talked about sacrifice, using your job as motivation, setting aside time, and writing our goals.


But, this entire time you have to build a tribe. Build a platform. Find like-minded readers and writers in your niche genre.


If you write fantasy as I do, connect with fantasy writers via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or even locally if you have like-minded writers living in your area.


Find readers in the same genre, too, and they’re everywhere. Look at the amreadingfantasy hashtag, for example, and you’ll find numerous examples if you’re a fantasy writer. The same rules apply if you’re writing thrillers, romance, whatever your niche genre is.


Be engaging, post often on your social platforms. Communicate with your audience as I’m doing here. The more writers and authors interact with their readers, the more likely it is they stay with you for the long run, and readers love communicating with their favorite authors.


Blog about topics of value and post info relevant to your niche genre and of course, to writing. Drive traffic to your site via SEO and social media and let people know who you are.



You’re a writer, you’re a creator, and you’re going to be an authority in the field if you follow these tips and tips from other successful writers and authors.


Writing isn’t for the faint-hearted.


Writing requires sacrifice, time, energy, and repetition. No one’s writing is perfect early on, and people may question your motives, but by using your job as motivation, especially if it’s not the field you want to work in, nothing can stop you.


Sacrifice, use your day job as motivation, find time, set goals, and build your tribe. Stay up to date with current trends, write relevant work, and you will succeed.

Dear Creative Writers: Take Action

Get Motivated to Pursue Your Writing Passion

For creative writers, there’s a hard truth in the matter: Ninety percent of us hate what we’re doing to pay the bills.


We long to sit behind the laptop, type our thoughts onto a screen, gaze out into the horizons and wonder what it’s like making a living writing.


Well, I’ve good news for you because now you can.


Who said writing is an impossible task?


There are many, many ways to pursue and make a living as a writer and by the end of the year, or if you’re really passionate a couple months, you too can make a living behind the laptop.


It’s all about taking action.


The Pit of Misery

First, stop feeling sorry for yourself. Get out of the pit of misery. Stop looking around and wondering why everyone’s succeeding while you’re standing on the sidelines.


Where has it gotten you?


Stuck in a dead-end job.


Worse yet, you might be surrounded by others in the same situation, feeding off your misery while you feed off theirs.


You relate to them because you’re both stuck in a job you can’t seem to get out of.


Make me a promise and take action today.


Don’t know where to begin?


Today’s your lucky day because I’m going to give you some options.


Types of Writers

Did you know there are many upon many types of writers?


Let me name a few.


Creatives, freelancers, copywriters, bloggers, content writers, press release writers, article writers, essay writers, there are literally over seventy types of ways to make money writing.


For more information, visit The Write Life, an awesome freelance blog that will give you a boatload of ideas.


So, whether you’re looking to write fiction, non-fiction,  ghostwrite, write content, write about pages for websites and blogs, whatever you’re into, there is something in writing for everyone.


Cash Flows

Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, with every bit of content you create with your writing, you created your own product which you can now sell.


But, if you write an ebook, why not convert it into a paperback?




Or, create a series, as I’m doing with Northern Knights, a preview of which can be found in the sidebar.


Someone asked me how many books I planned on writing as sequels to Northern Knights and I couldn’t give an answer.


Nine, ten, twelve, twenty?


And you can do the same.


Say you write eighteen books in a series and create a paperback for each. That’s thirty-six different products.


What if you sell on the international level?


Oh, now we’re talking of well over one hundred products.


Work For Free

Yes, you’ll work for free while concocting your masterpiece, but at the end of the day, if you’re creating hundreds of products for sale on an international market, it’s worth the time.


I know we’re all conditioned into working forty hours per week (or more) for pay but think about the benefits of creating your first product.


For instance, Northern Knights is available for sale in thirteen countries, so that’s thirteen different products, while available for paperback in I want to say eight different countries,  so that’s twenty-one products from that one work.


It’s more than worth free work.


My second book in series, Swords of Destiny will be out soon, so if I multiplied the products, I’m getting forty-two products total and that’s on Amazon alone.


What if you open published on sites like Kobo (which made a deal with Wal-Mart)? You have Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play, all sorts of options which will create you hundreds of products.


And this is creative writing or nonfiction writing alone.


Get Your Name Out There

Now, you become an authority. Tell everyone you know you’re a writer, you’re a creative, or however you wish to word it.


Start a blog and name it something catchy. It could be writing related, or in the case of My Freedom Flame, something related to the content and themes in your book, which I discuss in-depth here on My Freedom Flame.


Pitch blogs and see if you’re allowed to guest post, which also gives you another opportunity to get in front of other writers’ audiences. If you post for a blog that generates high traffic, thousands of eyes will be on your work.


If you’re posting to a blog that generates 90,000 views per month, an average of 3,000 readers, like-minded readers, will see your posts.


How’s that for publicity?


How to Take Action

Start by making a list, right now.


Ask yourself what you want to write about. What do you want to be known for?


There are millions of niches in the writing business. Literally, millions. Go to Amazon and you’ll find a slew of ideas in books alone.


What do you read? What are you interested in?


What do you look forward to watching or studying on a daily basis if you could?


Sports, news, home and gardening, the list is endless, and in today’s digital world, it gives you power.


Create a vision. Where do you want to be in a year? Three years? Five years? Write it down. It’s your first writing task.


Write down dates and times you want to start writing and stick to them. If you have to, wake up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later if need be. You can find time to write on weekends, skip happy hour on Friday night. You will find a lot of time to write and finally start living the dream.


Write everything down, put it in a place you’ll see it each day, and remind yourself it’s day one of your career. Your new career. Your career change. And that’s a wonderful feeling.


So, stop procrastinating, stop feeling down on yourself, get up, take action, start writing, and start seeing the glow in your life once more that’s been missing since high school graduation.


Only you can take control and change it. Start today, and five years from now, you’ll be glad.



Dear Creative Writers: Blog About Passions, Desires, Themes

What Motivates You to Write?

Many creative writers have a passion for writing or else we wouldn’t be blogging. However, our passion for writing stems from something else, and that something else has to do with a theme.

If you’ve written any books you know what I’m getting to, because themes are our overarching messages in our works, as it is in this blog.

By pursuing your passion for writing, you’re opening the door to more opportunity. You might love writing about a few different topics, some of which will exceed just one blog.

For instance, Libertarianism and Alternative Thought intertwine, as we can see from blogs like the Ron Paul Liberty Report and Free Domain Radio, fitting into My Freedom Flame.

If I wanted to, and I plan on, starting a writing blog, I’d place it into another niche under another domain.

If I wanted to, and I plan on, starting an internet marketing blog (likely years from today), it would have its own domain.

Ditto for sports or any affiliate site I might start. The possibilities are endless.
And they are for you, too.


Writers Have Something to Say

We have something we need to get off our chests often. The beauty is we can write about anything and with over three billion people with internet access, we’re bound to find an audience; we have to know where to look.

And I have something to say, along with other Libertarian-minded individuals like Tom Woods, who hosts a daily podcast among other ventures.

And many writers love challenging the status quo, as you see in many of my articles.
Just go back this week alone and you’ll find the controversy.

However, is it intertwined with my writing?


All my books contain a Libertarian-based message, even if they aren’t completely Libertarian.

For instance, my protagonist in Northern Knights isn’t afraid to use aggression in favor of non-aggression early on, yet in some situations, he’s forced to fight fire with fire.

If you’re a writer and find yourself immersed in challenging status quo’s, I’ve good news for you: You’re going to find an audience.

And even better news.

Though blogs should be narrow and focused on a single topic, they can intertwine if you can intertwine the topics into one.

I do this with Libertarianism and passion pursuit, as each has to do with individual self-reliance. However, I understand many of us are in financial straits, which is why I talk about foreign policy and our staggering budget; it shows where much of the spending is going.

But there’s hope. Hope you too can break free of the constraints our government has placed on the dollar.


Books for Hope

And it’s why we love writing books.

Sure, some of us might be in it for love of writing and words, and that’s okay.

But name me a book you read that lacks theme.

Name me a book you read lacking a core message.

Name me a book you read lacking compelling characters, terrible situations for such characters, and a character arc.

The author has something they need to say and the book is the key opening the lock.
When I started writing Northern Knights, I set out to create a new adult version of Harry Potter, which served as my primary influence behind the work.

However, the anti-statist message shines through, along with my belief in the Second Amendment, and other avenues as the colonists are forced to submit and obey an overreaching tyrannical government.

Some of you might find my theme to be the opposite of yours, and that’s okay if you can turn it into a good story. Turn it into something compelling, to where readers will read it cover to cover and at the end, wanting more.

Sharing your message, creating a tribe, building a fan base, and doing something for a living that has purpose.

Better than working for a business that serves no purpose other than logistics and sales channels, am I right?

Yeah, I know it pays bills and puts food on the table, but at the end of the day you’re a drone to a non-living entity.

Hate to tell you this.



Writers, before sharing anything, make sure your themes shine through your work.


Books are great. All books are great or else readers wouldn’t read them.

But without great books containing great themes, nothing would be important to us. There’d be nothing to write about. There’d be no message to share. There’d be no truths to tell.

We would have zero inspiration from those compelling main characters we feel sorry for, who are placed in miserable situations and climb out of such situations, becoming the face of inspiration.

Write down your themes. Blog about your themes. Take real life situations and insert them into your blog. Be controversial. Don’t be afraid to get the occasional hate comment. You’re going to have far more fans than foes.

And even those who might be opposed to your themes and views might break down and give you a fair chance at expressing them.

You never know where writing and expressing your thoughts, views, and opinions can lead to.

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