Setting matters a lot to me and, I think, readers. A powerful sense of place is especially important in a story. If the reader feels like a part of the world on the page, it’s easier to get swept along with the characters and the plot. I tend to utilize physical touchstones, actual locations that mirror […]
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Hey, friends. Daughters are in the bathtub. Son is styling his post-shower hair like Wolverine. Wife is folding laundry. I be bloggin’. And getting excited about THE NIGHTMARE GIRL, which is hurtling toward you next week. Some are calling it my best novel yet, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Add […]
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I’m irrationally excited. I know I’ll make less money on $0.99 books, but truthfully, I’m more concerned about readers. You see, I want them. I want them all to check out these deeply discounted books because I think they’ll enjoy them. Readers have been really kind to me in their reactions to all of my […]
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Hey, all. Hope you all are enjoying a feast today. We feasted, though we’re not descending into complete gluttony until tomorrow. I’ll also be hanging Christmas lights on the uppermost peak of our house, so if you hear a loud thud at some point in the midmorning, you might send a good thought my way. […]
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Hey, friends. Hope you’re well. I am. More importantly, my family is. Thanksgiving is coming up, which makes me happy because it’s one of the coziest holidays, and I enjoy eating, and, on a selfish note, I’m really hoping to get some extra writing time over the long weekend, and I love writing time even […]
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Let’s get something straight. I’m not a big exclamation mark guy. But in several of my recent blog posts, I’ve been using exclamations. I’m not proud of this. Nor do I condone the overuse of this type of punctuation. Please believe me when I say I’m aware of the problem. And working on it. But […]
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I’ve met a great many people since I started this writing gig, and Hunter Shea and Jack Campisi are two of the coolest ones. Hunter is an outstanding author you should already be reading, and Jack is a writer you’ll be reading in a few years. They host the show MONSTER MEN and were kind enough to […]
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In addition to a couple of paperbacks I’m bringing to next week’s SCARES THAT CARE convention in the hopes that Brian Keene and Jack Ketchum sign them for me, I’m going to be packing these babies as well: In case you can’t read all the titles, they are THE SORROWS, HOUSE OF SKIN, THE DARKEST […]
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Okay, deep breath… Jack Ketchum Just…take it easy… Brian Keene …and try not to— Bryan Smith —hyperventilate…and… TomMonteleoneChrisSarandonTonyToddOhMyGoshOhMyGoshOHMYGOSHHHWOULD YOU BE COOL FOR ONCE?!?!?!?!?! *shuddering exhalation* Sorry about that. It’s only been happening once or twice an hour, which is an 86% reduction from yesterday’s debilitating wave of fanboy attacks. By the time the convention rolls […]
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I posted a few days ago about my six-year-old’s tendency to sing opera whenever things get stressful. I figured today I’d post about my three-year-old’s habit of roaring, barking, or growling at me whenever she doesn’t get her way. My wife calls her the Little Sergeant. I’ll call her the Peach, which was what I […]
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