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 …

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A Scary Way to Start Your Day

I woke up at 3:45am this morning with the sensation that someone was tapping on my ankle.  It had been a dream and there was no one there, but I was reminded of this other rude awakening, a frequently-retold but never-committed-to-writing tale of my unquiet solitary sleepitude <---(made-up word)   I came to wakefulness gradually and …

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 …