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Entries in New Book (17)

Thursday
Jan082015

My blog silence is the sound of writing

Catch me in Shreveport next Weds where I'll be giving an artist talk at the ArtSpace.Hey, it's me, the absentee landlord of this here blog. I tend not to travel for book events in November and December, so those are always my most productive months, and this past year has been no exception. I'm thiiiiisss close to finishing the new book. (Still searching for a title). If all goes well I'll be wrapping up the ending this month.

What is it about, you ask? Well, all I'm going to say is that if HOTEL was heartwarming, WILLOW was heartbreaking, the new book is designed to be heartmelting. (Leesha's description, not mine).

In the meantime, it's a new year, which means a smattering of new travel starting next week where I'll be at the ArtSpace in Shreveport and co-hosting the 15th Annual Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend in East Texas. Imagine Coachella for book groups with a smattering of Burning Man meets Elvis and you're kinda there.

Off to edit. Pack. Pick up my steampunk outfit from the dry cleaners. The usual.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Tuesday
Jun032014

Torn between two lovers

Digital vs. Analog. North vs. South. Crunchy peanut-butter vs. Smooth. Amazon vs. Hachette. Chuck Wendig offers what I think is the best, most even-minded, most humorous, and simply enjoyable take on the latest fracas in the publishing world.

Meanwhile, the battle rages.

But...I'm waist-deep in Storyland, working on the new book which is set between Seattle's two worlds fairs, in 1909 and 1962. Both are strange time periods, from women kicking off their corsets, to the button-down, post WWII, babyboom, Mad Men-esque suppressive splendor of the early 60s. Ah, life before the Internet.

Monday
Aug052013

The view from here

The countdown begins. It's officially T-35 days until Songs of Willow You Know What arrives in stores. I'm busy researching (new book), editing (short story), running (eight miles!), and going AFK once in a while (AFK means: Away From Keyboard) in anticipation of my upcoming book travels which will be a whirlwind of airports, rental cars, hotels, bookstores, libraries, and the occasional concert hall.

In related news, Willow was chosen as an Indie Next List pick for September, and was also highlighted in August's Goodreads.com newsletter which went out to twenty million readers. No going back now.

Between edits I managed to get out and climb Mt. Henkel, which was akin to climbing the stairs of three-and-a-half Empire State Buildings. Misery loves company, so bring a friend.

Monday
May062013

The not-so slow reveal

On the heels of the finalized cover for Songs of Willow Frost we now have (timpani roll) the full cover for the Advance Reader's Edition (ARE). What is an ARE? It's the early look at Willow, occasional typo and all, that goes out to librarians, booksellers, and lucky book clubbers—the patrons of the Panama Hotel, so to speak.

And as soon as I get my mitts on some I'll muster up some kind of contest to give them all away. Check back soon.