Okay so there won't be a blood draw. But this will be my FIRST live reading for THE PHLEBOTOMIST since the book was released nearly 10 months ago. If you're in or around Dallas and have a free bit of time before you go crazy on a Friday night, I'd love to see you. Where: … Continue reading July 2nd: Reading, Q&A, and Blood Draw
Talkin’ ‘Bout Dystopias
I joined fellow Angry Robot authors Gabriela Houston (The Second Bell) and Caroline Hardaker (Composite Creatures) to talk about the different ways that Caroline and I approached "medical" dystopian settings in our debut novels. This was a super interesting conversation and it was over way too fast. Link: Bookish Take: Medical Dystopias with Caroline Hardaker … Continue reading Talkin’ ‘Bout Dystopias
Add STRINGERS to your TBR!
My second novel, STRINGERS comes out in April of 2022, but it's never too early to put it on your already-gigantic To-Be-Read pile! It's up on Goodreads with a violently green placeholder cover! Ben isn’t exactly a genius, but he has an immense breadth of knowledge. Whether it’s natural science (specifically the intricacies of bug … Continue reading Add STRINGERS to your TBR!
New Interview Up at Libri Draconis
Really good questions in this one from Fabienne Schwizer about being a debut author. We discuss such things as how I got into writing, launching a book during a pandemic, managing a type-A personality, and some craft. Debut Author Interview Project at Libri Draconis
Second Novel, STRINGERS, Sold to Angry Robot Books
Several months back, my agent (Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary) and I went through the stack of partial novels I'd written over the years to figure out which of them to pitch to ANGRY ROBOT as a second book. This, of course, was a reinforcing lesson in Never Delete Anything because the story Hannah figured … Continue reading Second Novel, STRINGERS, Sold to Angry Robot Books
“Reveals the Wicked” Wins Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Villain Contest
I rarely miss The Molotov Cocktail's contests because the themes are a ton of fun and the Top Ten are always tremendous reads. My story, "Reveals the Wicked," took first this time. "Reveals the Wicked" at Molotov Cocktail Magazine Image by The Molotov Cocktail Magazine
THE PHLEBOTOMIST – LONGLISTED for the BOOKNEST FANTASY AWARDS
Totally unexpected honor to be on any list, much less a list with an award at the end of it. If you gave THE PHLEBOTOMIST a read, and enjoyed it enough to click just three more times (once on the link, once to vote for the book in two categories (best debut and best novel)), … Continue reading THE PHLEBOTOMIST – LONGLISTED for the BOOKNEST FANTASY AWARDS
End of Year Lists, Lists, Lists
To this point in my life, I'd considered being placed on a list generally to be a bad thing! Now that I'm writing, it has a whole different connotation. The way that THE PHLEBOTOMIST, now nearly four months in the world, has been received has touched my heart and I am so profoundly happy that … Continue reading End of Year Lists, Lists, Lists
LITCAST OF DOOM
Best podcast name ever? I joined Roni Gosch on her podcast to talk about writing and books and process, etc. We got off on lots of little sidetracks, including Twilight, CGI dogs, cynicism and Star Wars, and 1976's The Shaggy D.A. It's a quick ninety minutes. Lol. Chris on Litcast of Doom.
Debuting During the Worst Year Ever, Awards Eligibility, and Book Bloggers!
Far in advance of the release of my debut novel in September, I did all the things you're supposed to do to promote visibility to make the book a success. I began setting up readings and signings, trying to get onto con panels, etc. Then the pandemic hit. Funny how timing works. The week before … Continue reading Debuting During the Worst Year Ever, Awards Eligibility, and Book Bloggers!