Gordon Gravley

About Gordon Gravley

Gordon Gravley has been making up stories all his life. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Gordon moved around - California; Colorado; Alaska; Northern Arizona - before eventually settling in Seattle, Washington. Having called the Northwest his home since 1998, he doesn't expect to be moving elsewhere anytime soon. There, he continues to make up stories, write novels, and lives with his wife and their son.

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

As I watched the first installment produced from Suzanne Collins’ series of novels (I have yet to read her books. See my post Readarcolepsy for clarification.) I couldn’t help but think of how derivative it was of so many other movies.  […]

The Oblivious Hero

[I recently went on a virtual book tour. For one of my "stops," I was asked to write a guest blog regarding the alpha-maleness of my novel's main character. [...]

A Good Title Goes a Long Way

As I imagine most writers do, I try to put a lot of thought into my titles. I find it difficult to even begin a new project without some [...]

Yes, But The Book Was Better

I daydream sometimes about having a book I've written adapted into a movie. And that makes me wonder about the whole process and how much I would want to [...]

Oh, Dystopia!

When I was sending my manuscript around to agents and publishers, a common criticism of why it was rejected was that it would be lost among all the other [...]

Mark Twain’s Rules of Writing

Everything a writer should know can be found in Mark Twain's Rules of Writing. In honor of the author's birthday this month, I present them here: 1. A tale [...]

What’s So Scary About…?

I've got an inkling of an idea for a novel that involves some kind of horrific or disturbing element. So that's led me to think about what I find [...]

Writer’s Block?

I don’t get the whole “writer’s block” thing. I mean, I understand this concept that a writer’s creativity can go through ebbs and flows, but it’s often referred to as though it were some kind of affliction. […]


I have a confession to make: Given the choice between reading a novel and watching a movie, I choose the movie.This is because reading makes me sleepy. Two, three [...]

One Writer’s Process

As I mentioned earlier, I really didn't know what I was doing when I began writing my first novel. By the time I was done, I had developed a [...]