While I’ve received many wonderful reviews for A Dreadful Fairy Book, the following one may very well be my favorite. Thanks so much to Mystery To Me‘s Middle Grade Reviewer (who both reviews Middle Grade reviews and is himself a middle-grader) for the kind words! More reviewers really should let writers know where their work stands in the event of an evil troll attack. New York Times Book Review take notice!
Great news! The second of Those Dreadful Fairy Books is done and has been sent off to Amberjack Publishing for editorial input. While I wait, I’ve begun pre-writing and planning on Book 3.
…and here are her travelling companions: Rigoletto Ginch and the Professor! (As rendered by the amazing Adam Horsepool.)
Because of the business of the beginning of the school year and all the work of getting A Dreadful Fairy Book ready to go to press, this announcement is shamefully late, but nonetheless I’m delighted to announce that one of my stories has been recorded as a podcast by an amazing array of actors and is available exclusively and for free on the Ghosts on Drugs website!
A story that had been percolating for a long time and informed/partly inspired by the must-see documentary 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle, Hy Bender, co-editor of the anthology Ghosts on Drugs and the guy who made this fantastic recording happen, describes it as “a beautiful tale about ghosts of the past, the ghost-like lives of the homeless, and the power of love and gods.” And while I’m proud of all the short stories I’ve written, this one is probably my best. As my friend Andy Bender told me, “This one’s something special.”
Anyway, until Ghosts on Drugs sees print, the story will only be available here, which is just fine given the amazing work of all the actors involved. Grace Rex’s pain and vulnerability as “the Kid” are palpable; Dana Watkin’s versatility, stunning; Caroline Cotter’s strength and concern, spot on; and PJ Sosko as the narrator/main character is just perfect! It almost feels like he owns that story now instead of me. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen first chance you get!
The good folks at Story Monsters Ink were kind enough to include a really fun interview with Quentin Q. Quacksworth (well, as fun as anything can be with that guy) in their September issue, which is out now. They are awesome! (Even if Quacksworth isn’t.)
Okay, I’m not sure if this really counts as a sneak peak since this ad appeared in Publishers Weekly, but here it is:
And while I’m not currently at liberty to share any of the interior art that the wonderfully talented Adam Horsepool has done for A Dreadful Fairy Book, I can tell you it’s terrific and the book is going to look like a million bucks. (Cover price, however, is significantly lower than that.)
“Galatea’s Lament,” a new take on the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea written from the perspective of Galatea, and “A Study in Winter,” inspired by the view from my classroom window after a big snowstorm, are in the July 2018 edition of Scarlet Leaf Review. It’s free, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t click the link on the “Publications” page and read them (and a lot of other great poetry as well).
On the Dreadful Fairy front, good Lord, so much going on! Recently read through first look copy for ARCs, wrote up promo copy about the book and myself (I don’t know about you but I’m hearing an awful lot about this Jon Etter guy lately, and I’m getting pretty darn sick of him!), still plugging away at the second Dreadful Fairy Book (almost done!), and have had the pleasure of seeing the wonderful artwork done for the book by the amazing Adam Horsepool. Just typing out everything that’s going on is exhausting. Anyway, very cool stuff all leading up to the November 6th release of A Dreadful Fairy Book, now available for pre-order at your local independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon
A while back I announced that A Dreadful Fairy Book, the first book in my three-book series Those Dreadful Fairy Books, was scheduled for a June 2019 release. Well, the amazing people at Amberjack Publishing are so excited about the book that they have moved up publication to November 6th, 2018! So the realization of my childhood dream is now going to happen eight months earlier, and I couldn’t be more excited! That’s why I’m overusing exclamation points! Just try to stop me! You can’t!
Sorry for the extended radio silence but I’ve been hard at work revising a YA Noir Murder Mystery that my agent will be shopping around soon and writing the second book in my series for Amberjack Publishing, Those Dreadful Fairy Books, which I’m hoping to have done by June or July so that I can tackle edits on The Dreadful Fairy Book and get cracking on book three of the series. Plus I’ve been putzing around and wasting some of my time teaching and raising my children and such. So it’s a busy little life I’ve got going here and unfortunately posting on the ol’ website hasn’t been–nor will it be–my top priority. But here’s an update! Woo!
Bards & Sages Quarterly, who previously published a couple of my stories in their anthology The Great Tome of Forgotten Relics and Artifacts, have been kind enough to publish another one of my stories in their latest issue: “Window Rattlin’.” The story was inspired by my son’s fear of the way one of the windows in his room would rattle when it was windy out. Over time, it kind of took on a life of its own in his imagination and became “Window Rattlin’,” a name my wife and I also used to refer to the window/the bogey that had taken up residence in my son’s brain. I do need to admit that while I was usually pretty understanding, there were times, especially in the middle of the night, when I was a little less understanding and patient than I could/should have been, so the unsympathetic father (who is much less sympathetic than I was/am) and what happens to him in the story is to some degree or other an admission of guilt, an act of penance, some form of transference or sublimation, or all of the above. Feel free to read it and psychoanalyze to your heart’s content.
As always, thanks for reading and for visiting the website!