Today, I had the distinct privilege to launch the ONE-HUNDREDTH ISSUE of Jersey Devil Press! Break out your Kool and the Gang, y’all, because it’s Celebration Time! This milestone issue contains poetry from from Matthew Byrne and C. G. Thompson and fiction from John Gabriel Adkins, Carolyn A. Drake, Kimberly Kaufman, and Alyn Spector. We’ve also … More The Jersey Devil celebrates 100!
I don’t know how many of you are sitting around on tenterhooks waiting for updates about my new book, but if that’s you, I have good news! Blue Cactus Press has put together a short video in which I talk about my writing process, offer some background on the new book, and give you some glimpses … More A sneak peak of my new book from Blue Cactus Press
You know the old saying, right? Sing like the angels are listening. Feel so hard it hurts. Dance your way into the shadows, and murder like it’s heaven on earth. Which is to say, I have a new short story online today. It’s called “Godsend,” and yeah, it’s about singing, and beauty, and angels, and … More New publication
A few months ago, writer Jude Brewer took a train from Portland, Oregon, up to Tacoma, Washington, where he promptly descended into my basement and set up sound equipment. Soon, writer and actor James A. Gilletti arrived with coffee and donuts (and a bottle of handcrafted booze), and then poet and publisher Christina Butcher joined … More New podcast!
I’ve been so focused on longform fiction and on getting together my new book of stories (forthcoming from Blue Cactus Press!) that it’s been a while since I published any new short fiction. Until today. I’m proud to say that one of my favorite online magazines, Drunk Monkeys, has published my story “This Is What … More New publication
This coming November, I’ll be leading an afternoon workshop on how to research for historical fiction as part of the Write in the Harbor conference, hosted by Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor campus in Washington’s Puget Sound. Longtime fans and friends will know that I’ve written about researching for fiction and have led similar workshops … More Write in the Harbor and researching for fiction
I am profoundly excited to announce that I’ll be joining a new podcast series, hosted by author Jude Brewer, called Storytellers Telling Stories. The series will consist of writers sharing their work and their craft in a new version of the oldest tradition: oral storytelling. You can check out the teaser trailer online now. I’d … More Storytellers Telling Stories podcast
In the past month, Americans have seen our darkest underbelly — our racists, our hate groups — crawl out from under their rocks and take to the streets to incite and commit violence and, in some cases, to commit murder and terrorism. Really, this has been bubbling up like some foul odor from our … More Buy Hagridden and help fight hate
I write historical fiction, and my approach is largely realistic. I also grew up in the South and set most of my fiction there, and for the time being, most of what I write about is set during some of the most difficult and painful eras in our nation’s short history: the Civil War and … More Thoughts from a white writer on our responsibilities as writers
Writer/publisher Michael J Seidlinger is having a fascinating conversation on Facebook about the last book we’ll read before the end of the world. It’s a worthy conversation, throwing into bright light the things we value most about the books we read. I don’t have an easy answer, really. If the world ended tomorrow, I’d probably … More Writing amid our looming apocalypse