Jersey Devil Press will sneak up behind you undetected

December is a twofer: in addition to our special International Human Rights Day issue, Jersey Devil Press is also running our regular monthly issue. Except it’s anything but “regular” — this one’s another novella issue, and it’s a fistful of awesome! Why? Because of one stealthy, lethal word: Ninjas. Also: Football. That’s right. Ninjas andContinue reading “Jersey Devil Press will sneak up behind you undetected”

I love the smell of freshly-printed Internet

One of the things I love about writing and publishing is the community of writers and publishers I get to participate in. That includes the terrific magazines, reviews, and journals I’m in, because I’m a reader, too, and I publish in the places I love to read. And I am an editor — I didContinue reading “I love the smell of freshly-printed Internet”

A Writer’s Notebook: “Uninvited Guests”

Like my early Writer’s Notebook entry “1,000 words,” this exercise requires I post a picture. This picture, though, comes with a title and a caption, which I’ve included with the pic at the right (for the full citation, see the end of the story). Children’s lit fans might recognize the title of this post and/orContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: “Uninvited Guests””

“The United States of Texas”

I’ve written a lot about Texas, both in my fiction and in this blog (most notably in my blog post on Texas regionalism), partly because Texas is so diverse it leaves room for a lot of literary exploration.  But many people outside Texas–and probably many people in Texas, as well–might not realize that Texas isContinue reading ““The United States of Texas””

Research wrap-up: More resources than you ever wanted (but not nearly as many as you’ll need)

For more on researching for fiction, go to the main research page.  (UPDATED with new links!) As I said in the first post of this series, there’s a lot of advice out there. I’ve just hit some highlights that have intrigued me over the years, but if you want to push further and see whatContinue reading “Research wrap-up: More resources than you ever wanted (but not nearly as many as you’ll need)”

The Captain’s shoes

About eight months ago, my paternal grandfather died. I’ve written about him on the blog before; just look for any posts about Capt. Ted Snoek. He was 95 years old when he moved on, and his memorial service drew a wonderful crowd. My family invited me to speak at the service. I wrote a pieceContinue reading “The Captain’s shoes”

New publication

This summer, one of my primary writing projects has been composing new short stories related to my Civil War novel, Hagridden. Each story involves a minor character or two from the novel, people who have some important moments in the book but are definitely supporting characters to the main narrative; in these stories, those folksContinue reading “New publication”

A Writer’s Notebook: more of Beth Locke’s “A Louisiana Girl”

This is more of my grandmother’s story. The year is 1945. My grandmother, Beth Locke, has just turned 20, and she works at the nearby Navy base, where troops are returning from the war. (I think you see where this is headed….) Along about this time, my social life was at a complete standstill. I hadContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: more of Beth Locke’s “A Louisiana Girl””

There Are No False Alarms

In There Are No False Alarms, Snoek-Brown invites us to bear witness to his and his students’ experience in Winter 2018,  when reports of gunfire at Highline College triggered a campus lockdown. With the same nuance and empathy he’s known for in his previous works, Snoek-Brown relays the day’s events and the emotional toll the situation took onContinue reading “There Are No False Alarms”

The Big Bad Book Launch (and other recent events)

My new book, the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, has technically been out for a couple of weeks now, and we’ve had a series of “soft launch” events in that time, but this past week, we held our official launch party here in Tacoma! So, what follows is a seriesContinue reading “The Big Bad Book Launch (and other recent events)”