Breaking the Third Wall

(Reluctantly I’ve agreed to an “interview” with Marks and Lip, the two heroes in my books PROPORTIONATE RESPONSE and INSIDER X.  Johnny Two-cakes, also in those books, has a cameo.)

Lip: You comfortable?

Me: mmmfff!

Lip: Here let me get that.  Better?

Me: Thank you.  Are these supposed to be this tight?

Marks: Told you.  Should have used duct tape.

Lip: He’s fine.  They’re not blue yet.  (Looks at me) I suppose you wonder why we asked you to meet with us?

Me:  Yeah, it crossed my mind.

Lip: We’re kind of bummed.

Marks: Very bummed.

Me: Is this about REALITY RECODED?

Lip (looks at Marks): Told you he was smart.

Marks: Did you read it?

Lip: No.

Marks: But you’re sure we’re not in it?

Lip: Very sure.  If it had us in it, it would be a bestseller.  You see it on any bestseller list?

Me: Guys, I haven’t forgotten about you.

Lip: Kind of looks like it.

Me: Really.  I haven’t.  I’m thinking maybe next book.  Or the one after that.

Lip: What?!  We can’t wait that long.  What are we supposed to do?

Me: I don’t know.  Hang around?

Marks: I’ve taken up knitting.

Lip: He has.

Me: You’re kidding?

Lip: Yeah, it’s bad.  Can’t you do something?

Me: Maybe I can toss you a bone?

Marks: I like bones.

Lip: He does.  He likes bones.  Cave man thing.

Me: Okay.  Let me think about this.  Do you guys like to coach?

Lip: Coach?

Me: Yeah, I could use some assistant coaches.

Marks: What sport are we talking here?

Lip: Hold on!  How does that help us?

Me: You guys wanted a bone.

(Johnny Two-cakes enters the rooms.  Sees me.  Double blinks.)

Lip: Relax.  He’s fine.

Marks: We’ve been giving him cookies.

Booming voice from the ceiling: READ AND GO FORTH AND TELL ALL WHAT YOU’VE READ.

Lip: Nice try, Buschi.

Me: That wasn’t me.

Marks: What happens when we click it?

Lip: Don’t!

(Click below)



How Much is Real? How Much is Fiction?

InsiderX cover_Ebook

A question I sometimes get asked about my books is how much of this is true… it seems so real… and so scary… is this really happening?

The short answer. Yes. The long answer. Well, do you have about twenty hours to listen? I can guess your answer. Good for you. I don’t either.

That’s why I prefer to write fiction. Particularly when I have something important to impart; something I can’t say in a quick sound bite. The truth is scary. Sometimes I wonder if I should even publish my books. My books. Sound like a boatload when I say it like that. Well, I’ve got three out there… not a boatload, but the ideas in those three books are pretty scary.

They each showcase frightening ‘what if’ scenarios.

My latest one, INSIDER X, may be the most frightening, because what it reveals about social media and the digital age we live in is spot on. We are being fooled. Manipulated. Toyed with. The Internet is so intrusive in our lives that we don’t even realize what is actually happening to us. How we have been pushed in various directions, nudged in other directions, and tripped ever so subtly that we don’t even realize it until it’s too late.

When I see or read the news nowadays, I frequently cringe. They are the voice boxes that so often parrot what is being done on the Web today. What’s trending on Twitter can become mainstream news. Facebook posts can become viral and have their content occupy the entire news hour. Instagram, YouTube, (you can insert your favorite websites here), are all in unique positions to influence our thoughts for the day. To reprogram us, hack our thoughts.

So often we hear about the power of the Web. We have no idea of its true meaning. We might think we do, but I assure you, we don’t.

That sounds insulting, I know, and I apologize. I don’t mean to insult you. The Web has already done that to you today, and to me. We are being played, folks. Insulted daily. Taken for fools.

I wish I could sound bite INSIDER X for you. Put it in a ten-second video clip that you could quickly see. So you could have your eyes opened. See the truth.

But I can’t. And that’s why what is really happening will continue to happen. Unless we open our eyes and question what we really see.

Have I intrigued you? I hope so. I hope you read INSIDER X. I’m posting this blog entry today (12.8.14) because for the next five days I am giving INSIDER X away for free.

Truth should be free.



When your characters try and call the shots.

Okay, so I have no news to share today. I thought I’d let Marks and Lip take the conn.


Lip: The conn? What is this, Star Trek?

Marks: I wouldn’t antagonize him.

Lip: Why not?

Marks: Germany. France.

Lip: So?

Marks: We’re not being published there.

Lip: So what does that have to do with anything?

Johnny Two-cakes: I think you fail to see how this works.

Lip: Who let you in here?

Marks: He was already here.

Lip: He was? I didn’t see him.

Marks: We need a good PR campaign. Two-cakes?

Johnny Two-cakes: Thank you, Marks. Here it is. (Johnny Two-Cakes sets a sheaf of papers on the table)

Lip: What is this?

Marks: It’s an outline for our next project. Johnny Two-Cakes wrote it.

Lip: You’re going to spoon-feed the big dummy something?

Marks: You did not do that.

Lip: What?! F**k him.

(Johnny Two-cakes double blinks)

Marks: We’re done here.

Lip: What is he going to do—erase us? Get real. He needs us.

James: Hey guys, what’s happening?

Lip: Oh, look who it is—Mr. Fancy Pants.

Marks: What do you say, Kolinsky?

James: Look, I appreciate you guys asking me to come here—

Lip: I did not ask you.

Marks: Ignore him.

James: Ah… sure. (James leans over) Is he okay?

Marks: He’s fine. He’s just constipated.

James: Really? He doesn’t look constipated.

Lip: Do you speak German?

James: Me?

Lip: Who do you think I’m talking to?!

James: (whisper) He’s angry.

Marks: He’s just constipated.

James: I think I’m going to leave.

(Marks glares at Lip)

Johnny Two-cakes: That didn’t go so well.

(Lip flips through the papers on the table)

Lip: James… James… why is he in this book? Wait a second?! This is the title? ‘James and His Friends’!




Sorry guys, inside humor. For those that have read my three books it might make sense. A couple footnotes: THE BACK DOOR MAN (where James Kolinsky was the hero) is being translated into French, and was just released in German. Lip isn’t happy, as he’s getting no love. PROPORTIONATE REPONSE and INSIDER X (both books with Marks and Lip as the heroes) are only available in English. Yes, I know, a travesty.

This doesn’t happen every week.

Okay… first blog post. Lot of pressure here. Not sure what to say.

I’m just going to keep this short.

Three years ago I self-published THE BACK DOOR MAN. This week the German translation was released on Amazon’s German website.

Below is the link:

Have to say it’s pretty cool.  Three years ago the concept that a book I wrote would be translated into other languages was just a dream.