The Everyman of Richard Ford

Keyboard and coffee

Recently I read the following article that recounts, in part, the time in 2003 when writer Richard Ford spat on African-American author Colson Whitehead, two years after the latter gave him a bad review. Nearly fifteen years later, Ford still feels it was justified, and the article speculates about his perceived racism, both in person and in his work. Essayist Rebecca Solnit … Read More

Guest blog: Sarah Gailey on Hippos

Hippo skull

The premise of Sarah Gailey’s insanely fun new novella, River of Teeth, is that there are killer feral hippos in the Mississippi, and someone has to deal with them. Since I just released a novel that featured killer feral hogs, I loved her idea, and once I read it, I loved it even more. So much so that I asked Sarah to do … Read More

Win the audio version of Gather Her Round!

Gather Her Round audio

So the good folks at Blackstone Audio have sent along a couple of copies of the audio version of my latest Tufa novel, Gather Her Round. Once again it’s read by Stefan Rudnicki, who makes my writing sound at least ten percent better. It’s a $35 value, but you can enter for a chance to win one of them FREE … Read More

Why I Want WONDER WOMAN to be Awesome

Wonder Woman

So the advance word on the Wonder Woman film is good, and that’s a relief. I’ve found every other DC movie to be heartless and cruel, so I was seriously concerned that they’d screw this one up as well. But, as I said, the advance word is good. And that same advance word comes with a now-typical response from crying … Read More

Cover reveal for The Fairies of Sadieville

Sadieville final cover

Here we go: the cover for the sixth Tufa novel, The Fairies of Sadieville. This cover was designed by Jamie Stafford-Hill under the supervision of Irene Gallo, and in my opinion they’ve really outdone themselves. All the Tufa novel covers have been gorgeous (in my opinion), and this one is no exception. It also depicts a moment from the story, which … Read More

A Special Offer for Independent Bookstore Day

Catamount Cup and Wisp Book

In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, here’s some incentive to get out and visit your local indie store today: if you buy one of my books from an indie and send me a photo of the receipt, I’ll send you a signed copy of another of my books. Indies are the people who are in it for the love, and they … Read More

The Same River Twice: Tender Mercies and Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart poster

Recently I finally caught Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning performance in Crazy Heart. And while he was certainly very good, I couldn’t shake the sense that I’d seen this movie before, when it starred Robert Duvall and was called Tender Mercies. Naturally, I’m not the first viewer to notice that. The similarities are striking. Even the protagonists’ names are similarly short, sharp, … Read More

What If It Were Me? Finding the Right Ending

hamlet everyone dead

Recently a fan posted this statement on my Facebook page: My wife and I have now both finished Gather Her ‘Round and find ourselves wondering if the Tufa ever get a HAPPY ending? I replied, I can’t speak to that (we all have our definitions of “happy”) but I hope they all have the right endings for those particular stories. I wanted … Read More

Guest post: Robyn Bennis on the Uselessness of Writing Advice

Guns Above cover

I firmly believe that all good writing advice is generalized to the point of uselessness by its third retelling. You know the sort of advice I’m talking about. It takes the form of the tired maxims your critique group can’t stop themselves from repeating, the literary platitudes from a once-great author whose work began to flag about the time they … Read More

The Heat from the Story Fire

Jacobi Henry V Muse of Fire

As I’ve said before, I’m a Shakespeare fan. I mean that literally: I feel the same mix of affection and excitement that I do for James Bond, Star Trek, Godzilla and Dracula. I obsess over the minutia, watch my favorite “episodes” (plays) over and over, and collect things that have meaning for me as a fan. And although I’m no scholar, … Read More