Interview: Tim Hall, author of Half Empty

Tim Hall’s novel Half Empty (which I reviewed here) is a real rarity: a self-published book that avoids all the pitfalls of that particular enterprise. I spoke with Tim about both writing the book and publishing it himself, through his own Undie Press. Alex: A musician can record a CD in their parents’ basement, master it on a laptop and … Read More

I’m interviewed by the author of Vampire Cabbie

Fred Schepartz, author of Vampire Cabbie, interviewed me at his blog. I’ll return the favor and post an interview with Fred next week. And don’t forget, Fred and I will be reading from our vampire books at Barnes and Noble East in Madison, WI on October 27th at 7 p.m. I’ll be giving away an advance copy of my novel … Read More

The white crow: Tim Hall’s Half Empty

The rules say that a “self-published” book equals…well, crap. These are the books that, for whatever reason, couldn’t make it past the “gatekeepers” of publishing (agents, editors, etc.). Sure, there are books that began as self-published works and went on to be best-sellers (The Celestine Prophecy, for example, or Eragon), but the conventional wisdom is that if you have to … Read More

Awards for Guys Lit Wire

I’m a regular contributor to Guys Lit Wire, a blog that reviews books for teenage boys, and we’ve just received two “I (heart) Your Blog” awards, one from Sara Crowe’s Crowe’s Nest and the other from Charlesbridge Publishing’s Unabridged. Although I’m just one of the many writers involved with GLW, I’m really tickled by this. Thanks to Sara and the … Read More

Reading Saturday, October 11 in Oregon, WI

I’ll be appearing on Saturday, October 11 at the Lemery House in Oregon, WI, as part of the Oregon Arts Festival. My reading is at 1 p.m., and I’ll be doing selections from The Sword-Edged Blonde as well as previewing my vampire novel Blood Groove in honor of Halloween. It’s a homecoming for me as well, since I did my … Read More

Interview: Albert Pyun, director of Road to Hell

Albert Pyun has been working steadily as a director since his 1982 debut, The Sword and the Sorcerer. He’s got over forty credits under his belt, and has worked with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Charlie Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Natasha Henstridge and Teri Hatcher. Now he’s putting the finishing touches to Road to Hell, a homage to one of my … Read More

Interview: author Deborah Blake

I was lucky enough to read “Dead and (Mostly) Gone” before its publication in The Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction. Deborah Blake, author of two non-fiction Pagan themed titles (Everyday Witch A-Z and Circle, Coven and Grove), created a compelling heroine and told a brilliant story in her first published fiction, which also won second prize in the Llewellyn/PanGaia Pagan … Read More

In defense of Superman Returns

Over at the science fiction blog io9, hardly a week passes that doesn’t involve a dig at Bryan Singer’s 2006 film Superman Returns. For example: Warner Brothers Takes the Time to Make a Superman That Won’t Suck. Next Superman Movie Will Have Actual Superheroics. How to Make You Believe a Man Could Fly Again. While some criticisms are valid (a … Read More

Imbibing The Stornoway Way

It’s rare to find a novel with passages you want to underline as you read that’s also heart-wrenchingly sad, let alone one that has such a specific sense of time and place that it reveals some painful universals. But Kevin MacNeil’s 2005 novel, The Stornoway Way, does all these things. It’s a first-person narrative, ostensibly told to MacNeil by “R. … Read More