Saturday, April 2, 2016

Just finished another manuscript: The Bottle Imp of Bright House

Dear Reader,

I just completed another manuscript. About 42,000 words worth of middle-reader goodness. It's a creepy story based on a little-read Robert Louis Stevenson short story, The Bottle Imp.

I just sent it off to the esteemed Abigail Samoun, my agent at Red Fox Literary. I have high hopes for this one, half because I think it is good, and half because I am clearly delusional.

I am. I'm delusional. I've been beat down by this industry time and time again, but I still believe.

And my next effort is already half-written and fully outlined, so it's time to sign off and get on with that.

Friday, March 4, 2016

How do you say "Tilting House" in Korean?

The mailman (yes, he is a man) just delivered my contract for The Tilting House to come out in South Korea. I'm pretty excited about this for two reasons:

1.  I have a soft spot for South Korea. Deb and I have hosted two Korean exchange students, each for an entire year. Eunjong stayed with us last year and was a delight. This year, we have Jina. Also (you guessed it) a delight. 

2.  I really like bibimbap. This is a Korean dish that, at least the way I had it, comes in a hot stone dish and has savory rice, veggies, maybe some meat or tofu, and a fried egg on top. Ooh man. So good. 

So bring on the Korean readers. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mrs. Johnson and the Thunder Bomb Dogs

This is a link to a live storytelling event I participated in a few years ago, called Drunken Telegraph. Sort of like the Tacoma version of the Moth radio hour.

Apologies to the Humane Society. Keep in mind that I was young and stupid. I love dogs and work hard to treat them nice. Not so much in this old tale, which involves mean neighbors, Pomeranians, and explosives.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A really solid review from Booklist - Why did I never see this earlier??

Here's what Booklist has to say about The Shadow of Seth

In this hard-boiled teen mystery, 16-year-old Seth must solve the murder of his loving but wild-hearted mother. In a rough Tacoma neighborhood, Seth and his mother live paycheck to paycheck; his mother works nights as a cleaner, while Seth goes to school, works odd jobs, and spars at the boxing gym. When she is found dead in her car, poisoned, the police think the murderer is Miss Irene, the owner of the Shotgun Shack, where Seth works as a line cook. However, Seth can't believe their long-time family friend is to blame. As Seth looks for the real killer, he falls for a girl from the privileged part of town, which has violent repercussions for them both. This is a solid noir mystery, with classic clues, red herrings, and a big reveal at the end. The Tacoma setting is infused with plenty of local color, and Seth is pragmatic and loyal to his neighborhood family. Readers looking for an old-school, straight-up mystery will enjoy this. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.