I rarely make appearances, but I'll be an instructor at the 2019 Atlanta Writer's Workshop on March 9th. I'm teaching Writing Other Worlds — a Guide to Blending Setting, Plot, and Character in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Aside from teaching, I'll be doing 10-page critiques and offering one-on-one in-depth critiques for attendees. Space for critiques … Continue reading The 2019 Atlanta Writing Workshop
I admit that of all the supernatural beings, I have a thing for witches over everything else. Swish a wand, a little incantation, and BOOM! Laundry is done. Food is made. Whatever was broken is now fixed. Okay, so that's just the domestic side of things. I'm sure we'd all come up with more useful, … Continue reading Witches’ Night Book Promo (and a list of shows and books with witches)
Since it's nearing Halloween I thought we'd have a little fun with words. Let's start with the word dead. Ever wonder about where the expressions dead ahead, dead last, or dead meat came from? Well, thanks to the Free Dictionary, now you do. How about the word skeleton? Sure, we might all know what it … Continue reading Halloween Wordplay
Love horror? I mean good, classic, make you afraid of the dark horror like I do? I'm a fan of horror that's less gore, more scare. I appreciate horror that lets my imagination scare me. So what are my favorites? In no particular order: The Haunting of Hill House The Shining The Stand Salem's … Continue reading Top 20 Halloween Reads
I love Halloween. It's been my favorite holiday as long as I can remember. Every year I participate in something. This year, I'm part of a HUGE giveaway. Now I know what you're thinking. You'll venture up the dark path, scary music in the background, only to be handed a couple e-books. Nope. How about … Continue reading Ultimate Horror Book & Prize Giveaway!
Last week, a neighbor came by to drop off a package he saw on our doorstep. It was large enough that he didn't want to leave it there. My office sits in the front of the house, and he stepped inside it to have a peek. "So this is where all the books come from," he … Continue reading From the Desk of…
As a society, we’re endlessly fascinated with monsters. But why? Sure, some of us just like a good scare—it triggers an adrenaline rush similar to the one experienced by our “get off the couch” thrill-seeking friends. The freaks. But why monsters? Or more specifically, monsters of the supernatural variety. While we may also be fascinated with … Continue reading The Monsters We Love (And What They Say About Us)
When people ask where I get my story ideas from, my response is usually: “From my childhood.” This might be considered fairly disturbing since I mostly write dark fiction. After a moment or two, I explain that my mother was a diehard mystery novel fan, my brother loves horror movies, and my sister is a … Continue reading Where Do I Get My Ideas From? (Plus a few book recommendations)
Love indie films? Indie music? Indie books? Then you're going to love internet radio station 92.6 The Blitz. Fellow author Thomas Amo has hit this one out of the ballpark. He and his wife Ashton live in California, and Tom has Hollywood roots. He's been an actor, written scripts, and owned his own playhouse. Now, … Continue reading 92.6 The Blitz – Indie Artists Unite!
Congrats to Nadia who won the signed copy of OF SHADOW & STONE. YAY! Nadia is also a writer and she's working on her first novel. Let's wish her every success. Thanks for entering the contest, Nadia! And I hope that you enjoy reading OF SHADOW & STONE. And a sincere thanks to everyone for sharing, … Continue reading Contest Winner
I had just pulled into the driveway from running errands when I got a message from fellow author Theresa Kay telling me that USA Today had reviewed OF SHADOW & STONE. My first thought was... "Whaaaaat?" And then I clicked on the link Theresa sent and there it … Continue reading USA TODAY: OF SHADOW & STONE is a Must-Read!
I've loved gargoyles for as long as I can remember. Their history fascinates me, and although I touched on it in the book, I didn't go into lengthy details in case it came off sounding like a history lesson. In short, they were originally meant to act as downspouts for buildings, but later were found … Continue reading Of Shadow & Stone Signed Paperback
I've never liked dolls. My mother must have worried about me as a child. Dolls promptly ended up at the bottom of the toy chest. Fancy porcelain dolls she put on wall shelves had to be taken down and regulated to the closet shelf instead, each of them facing the wall. I didn't trust that … Continue reading Elf on the Shelf is Creepy