Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.

Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.

All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.

Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.

From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.

No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.

There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.

Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.

All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is! 


The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.

Writing Liches and Other Immortal Characters

My primary villain (featured in 130 novels and 2,000 short stories since 1978) dies in every story. Because he is a Lich (and thus immortal) he's back alive again in every next story. Though he is immortal, he can be wounded, feels pain, suffers the same effects, and dies, just like any mortal person. So he gets hungry and has to eat and will starve to death if he doesn't eat. If he is stabbed, he bleeds and feels pain same as any one else, and could bleed to death or die from infection if the wound is not tended to. The only difference is, a few hours (or sometimes days depending on cause of death) he just gets back up like nothing ever happened.

I have tried to have him die a completely different way in every story. He's been poisoned, stabbed, hung, stung to death by bees, fell off a cliff, jumped off a cliff to prove a point, starved, pecked to death by hummingbirds, put in an iron maiden, burned at the stake, burned by a dragon, burned by a wizard with a fire ball, cut in half by orcs, hit by lightning, skewered by unicorns, stung by jellyfish, strangled by squids, disemboweled, sacrificed on an altar by Cthulhu worshiping cultists, zapped by angry wizards, flayed...and of course in one story he is beheaded. It requires the help of a Necromancer to magically reattach his head, so he can fully resurrect properly. Otherwise he would have been walking around carrying his head, which is what another Lich is seen doing in a different story in the series. He later laments not being able to carry his head and considers trying to be sent to a guillotine just so he can walk around carrying his head to see how people react.

The reason he is immortal, btw, is because he cut out his soul and put it in a phylactery, thus making himself a Lich. The only way to truly kill him and have him stay dead permanently is to find the phylatory and kill his soul first, THEN kill his body. But the average person doesn't know he's a Lich or even what a Lich is, so no one ever thinks to look for his soul before killing him. They just assume, like any other monster, kill him and he'll die. They don't realize that he'll stay dead for a few hours then the next day, there he is back up and around again like they never killed him at all.

That's how I did it in my story.

It's your character, your story... just start writing the scene and see what direction it naturally takes. That'll likely be the best direction for your story to head in, no matter what way it goes. Always remember... as the author of your book, you are the god of your universe, so you can do whatever the hell you want to your characters.

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