Earlier this fall, in Rue Morgue #160, I interviewed the super-talented Alys Arden about the journey her genre novel, THE CASQUETTE GIRLS, underwent from online serial to indie release to its mainstream mass-market re-release by Amazon imprint Skyscape. Now, she's asked me to take part in a panel discussion on MONSTERS, MYTHS & MAYHEM for her online book release party. The Live-to-YouTube panel will take place tomorrow (Saturday, November 21 at 4:00pm EST) and will also feature Arden and authors Lindsey Clarke (Playing Dead), Emma Leech (The Dark Prince) and Stormy Smith (Bound by Prophecy). The public party page for the event on YouTube can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c8n1hrjau26rcmth6gs5pn94hrs Visit the official Facebook event page for the launch party (at https://www.facebook.com/events/938765242839779) for a complete schedule of Saturday's festivities, which also include a young adult panel discussion, the chance to win many books and book-related prizes and much, much more. [read more]
Rue Morgue Library #3: WEIRD STATS & MORBID FACTS (compiled by yours truly) is now available for purchase at Rue-Morgue.com.
It’s been a very exciting week in the BLEEDERverse. As of today, BLEEDER is a Featured Story on Wattpad.com. This is tremendously exciting and a wonderful of culmination of three-and-a-half years of work. A huge thank you to everyone who has offered support and feedback on the book along the way, you have helped to shape and polish this novel in more ways than you can imagine. In other BLEEDER news - and the big reason there hasn’t been a RULER Chapter 9 yet - the novel edit goes off to its editor this coming Monday. Meaning, it’s about to get one gigantic step closer to being a book you can hold in your hands. If I’m to be honest, I’m nervous, but also super excited. After Monday, I’ll be back into RULER for the rest of the summer. And that’s all the news that’s fit to print. [read more]
It's been over a year since I updated this site. In that time, I had a baby, I nearly died, I had my heart broken and I got to scratch one more thing off my bucket list. That's a lot of living and feeling and doing for thirteen months. My absence from here, however, was mostly about the baby. She's awesome. Now, I have returned and some much needed sprucing is commencing. Consider yourselves warned. [read more]
There is so much wrong with this dismissive, judgmental article about people's reading tastes/habits that it's hard to know where to start, so it's time for a list! 1) A good story is a good story, regardless if it is written for a child, a teenager or an adult; powerful themes/narratives transcend age/demographics. 2) The quick and blunt dismissal of genre fiction as "trashy" is woefully misguided (as someone who ekes out a living intelligently writing about and investigating horror, this makes me want to sit this journalist down and give 'em a literary lesson or two). 3) Books take us on adventures: sometimes they take us back in time to our younger, more naive years; sometimes they take us to places in the world (or on other worlds) we have no chance of ever experiencing; sometimes they guide us through tragedies and traumas we may never have to face first-hand. By limiting the ... [read more]
Okay folks, I did it! I tweaked Chapter 9 of BLEEDER (“Keel”) to plug a glaring plot hole in the story and have now entered both that book and its completed sequel, LETTERS FROM NEW YORK, in the Wattpad Prize 2014 contest (just under the gun too). If you loved the series, any support you could give it during the next few months would be super awesome (if you haven’t already voted for the chapters, please consider doing so, for instance). I just hit the third trimester of my pregnancy yesterday, and I’m trying really, really hard to get you all some new RULER chapters, so any cheerleading/word-spreading about the Blood Magic saga that you guys could do while I’m pounding away at that would be much appreciated. [read more]