My book The Nighttime Novelist is being reissued in a revised and expanded paperback version this October 2015 with a new title, Writing Your Novel From Start to Finish, and a snazzy new design. Hope you'll check it out in a bookstore near you! It's got all the good stuff you remember and some brand-new stuff that you can't possibly remember.
I had the great pleasure of once again judging and serving as final editor for the Miami University Press Novella Prize, and the 2015 winner--Lawrence Coates's beautiful, elegaic Camp Olvido--is now available for preorder. Support the press and this wonderful book by clicking the link and reserving your copy, won't you?
My article "Practical Tips for Every Writer" is the leadoff piece in the new Writer's Workbook: Your Ultimate Craft & Technique Guide, the latest edition of Writer's Digest Yearbook. It's on newsstands now absolutely everywhere.
Tote Hughes's weird and wonderful novella Fountain—winner of the 2014 Miami University Press Novella Prize, which I had the pleasure of judging and editing—is now available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, and everywhere fine books are sold! Order yours now and support the MU Press!
Happy to report that the “Character Concepting,” "Developing Your Supporting Cast," and "The Character Arc" chapters from The Nighttime Novelist will be anthologized in Writer's Digest's new book Creating Characters: The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction, part of their Keys to Fiction series, available this November.
My great thanks to the amazing and always-generous Lee Upton for tagging me as part of the Writing Process Blog Tour, wherein writers respond to the same set of questions about their work. Talking to myself in public again, but this time with a reason. Read the self-interview here.
Big thanks to the folks at Cape Fear Review for publishing my story "Future Me"—the penultimate story in Tomorrowland—in their inaugural issue. Read the story here, and take a look around the mag at the wonderful work they're doing.
The Great Tomorrowland Book Tour of 2013-14 has come to a close, after a busy year of readings and appearances. It was my first such tour, and traveling while teaching and juggling everything else was an experience I'll have to write about, once my wits return. But it was also incredible . . . thanks to everyone who had me out, and to everyone who came to hear me read.
I'm in the midst of a site redesign, to hide the fact I detest blogging about myself and thus just don't do it. Eventually I may start again, but I think I'd likely do better just buying a diary with a lock at the moment, or getting a therapist.
My story "Boardwalk Elvis" can currently be read—for free—exclusively on Consortium's wonderful Bookslinger app for iPhone, alongside many awesome, all-free stories. You should check it out.
KEEP YOUR SHORTS ON, a site devoted to short story recommendations, has published a lovely piece on my story "Mirrorverse," which you can read here.
You can find a couple of recent interviews here and here . . . my immense thanks to Identity Theory (esp. Matt Borondy) and Kelcey Parker for taking the time. Also, take a listen to the great Ben Tanzer's audio interview with me (while I was perilously driving us through snow) over at This Podcast Will Change Your Life and read Kyle Kirley's very generous interview with me for the Curbside Splendor blog.
My pup Sedgewick passed away on April 1st. Good holy God I miss him.