SUSPECT was nominated to YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list! A group of fifteen will evaluate the nominees at the American Library Association Midwinter conference and come up with the 80 or so finalists. I’ll add the link once this list is updated. Right now, it only shows the nominees through September 30. My … More Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011
One of the reasons that there are so many books in the world is that different things appeal to different readers. While the New York Journal of Books reviewer felt that the writing was tight and focused, one blogger felt my book was about fifty pages too short and ended too soon. I have to … More The Flip Side of Tight and Focused
While I was delighted by the suggestion from THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS that I’d written something with a bit of edge, my publisher pulled out the following quote: The story is sharp and lean; the writing is tight and focused. I’m sure that my mentorship with noted author and all-around great guy Gary … More New York Journal of Books Review Revisited
A reviewer from THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS had some nice things to say about SUSPECT: “Suspect is a quick and easy read that will satisfy lovers of mystery and suspense. The edgy romantic component will capture the imaginations of others who will certainly want to know, at the very least, how that particular … More Review from NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
Sure, Amazon has been selling SUSPECT for weeks now. But today, October 1, is the official release date of SUSPECT. It’s a bit like the due date for a baby. The little one may arrive early unless the author is a big name like J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins.
Everything I ever needed to know about writing I learned at an SCBWI conference. Okay. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’ve read some very good books on writing like Natalie Goldberg’s WRITING DOWN THE BONES and Christopher Vogler’s THE WRITER’S JOURNEY. But I tended to get these recommendations from people that I met at … More The Clues that Whisper
Sometimes it can take a long time for an idea to become a book. I remember that the initial idea for SUSPECT came to me in 1997 when I was reading about a winery in either Hermann or Augusta, Missouri. It was reopening some of its old cellars after years of disuse. I remember thinking “What … More The First Draft of SUSPECT