authors, Devils Glen, writing

Iowa Signing!

Good news! I’m finally coming to Iowa for a book signing on October 14th at the Davenport Public Library on Main Street for their annual Indie Author Day, from 10am-3pm. I’ll be there along with some other authors to sign books and conduct readings. It should be a fun day, so come out and support some local writers.

Actually, it will be more than just a book signing. I’ve also been asked to take part in a panel discussion regarding an aspect of writing/publishing, so if you’ve got a great idea you’ve been kicking around for a book of your own, come on out. Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two in the process. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but I can share my own experience and hopefully you’ll find it helpful.

I will have copies of Devils Glen for sale, or you can bring your own and I’ll sign them. Check here or on Facebook in the coming weeks for more details as we get closer to the event.

I’ve had a few people reach out to me about speaking at book clubs, organizations, or schools, while I’m in town. If you’re interested in that, please send me an email, leave a comment below, or shoot me a Facebook message. Right now, I only have Thursday and Friday available, so get ahold of me as soon as possible, and I will make some time.

September

Summer is closing out with a roar here in Burbank. A massive brush fire consumed thousands of acres just North of where we live. This past weekend, we saw the flames at night from our window. Fortunately for us, we were far enough away from it to be safe. Lower temperatures and a very strange little shower of rain yesterday helped a lot.

I always loved the month of September when I was growing up. It marked the beginning of the end of Summer and the start of cooler temperatures, but here in Southern California, it only gets hotter. September can be the hottest month of the whole year, and it usually doesn’t cool down until right before Halloween. So that’s one more reason I’m super excited to be in Iowa in October for the first time in almost 20 years.

Crow Creek and Other Writings

I’m still in the midst of my break from working on Crow Creek, the sequel to Devils Glen. I’ll get back to it in a week or two. After working on it solidly for about four months, stepping away from that story will do me good, plus it’s a tip I learned from reading Stephen King’s On Writing, a fantastic book on the craft of writing that I highly recommend to any of you aspiring authors out there. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, I can come back to Crow Creek and start the initial editing process with a clear mind.

Though I’ve taken a break from Crow Creek, I have not been idle. Two side projects occupy my writing hours these days. One is a horror/mystery set in Los Angeles, and the other is an homage to 80’s slasher films, set in Iowa. I’ve been swapping them back and forth, writing a little for each, hoping that one of them will seize control of my focus. So far, they’re still neck and neck, but I’m leaning toward the slasher story. We shall see.

By the way, if you haven’t checked out the new horror anthology, Infinite Darkness, you should. It’s done quite well since its release, in terms of sales. At one point it was the number one horror anthology on Amazon. I think there are some really good stories in it, so give it a shot if you’re looking for some spooky tales to read this Fall. My short story, Morgan’s Girl, is in the last third of the book.

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