New Short Story for Free Download!

If you hadn't seen yet, I released an eBook version of my short story "Cry 'Bout A Nickel." I blogged an excerpt earlier; go here to download it.  It's a two-step download process; please let me know if it's too cumbersome for people who don't know me to bother. Again, download "Cry 'Bout A Nickel" on …

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What if “Carrie” were YA fiction?

My awesome editor came to our first meetings about my novel The Puppeteer with the expectation that it would be "Young Adult" literature, a goldmine of a subgenre within the publishing industry.  Without trying to quash my vision, she explained to me what was expected of a YA title. I told her, hold the phone, I hadn't …

“It’s ‘Mr. Rock,’ bitch!” Chris Rock breaks himself down

Boy, does Chris Rock look different. He's been my favorite stand-up forever (though now he has competition from John Mulaney).  I've devoured all of his previous specials, and the man had a visual brand - goatee, close-cropped black hair, fly suit. Seeing him take the stage in "Tamborine," his first special since 2008's "Kill the …

The era of the “Rock Star” is over, and that’s okay

"Her name was Bullwinkle."  That's the opening line to The Dirt, the 2001 autobiography of the rock band Mötley Crüe written by all the band members with an assist from pro ghostwriter Neil Strauss. I'll spare you the gory context, but suffice it to say to me and a small collective of wannabe rock-n-roll miscreants I chose …

Novel Exceprt: Nightmares and Siblings, “The Puppeteer”

My fascination with dreams and sibling relationships are key motifs in my upcoming New-Adult horror novel, The Puppeteer.   This excerpt is from Chapter 7. ***  She sat bolt-upright in bed, gasping for breath, wondering if she had screamed aloud.  For a second, Sarah didn’t know where she was.  Her eyes looked for the closer-in dimensions of …