For 2011, Starting a Reader’s Journal

January 5, 2011

One of the side effects of being a writer is that it changes your reading habits. For me, this change was twofold: writing meant I had less time to read (oh the pain), and writing changed how I read. I can still get lost in a great story, but part of my mind notices the [...]

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Two-Headed Beast: Copyedits and Galleys

January 4, 2011

I’ve spent much of the past two weeks fighting with the two-headed beast of writing: going through copyedits and going through galleys. For those who aren’t familiar with this process, it is the time when you get, oh joy, to reread your own writing. This can be the Scylla and Charybdis of the writing process: [...]

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One Writer’s Resolutions, Part Two

December 30, 2010

My resolutions from yesterday, continued: 3. I Will Not Miss Family Vacation This Year. Last summer, I was running late with the second Sam Capra book, and my wife and kids went to Boston for a week. They had a fantastic time. I stayed home and listened to Sigur Rós and wrote like a madman [...]

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One Writer’s Resolutions, Part One

December 29, 2010

I’m not normally a big believer in resolutions (they seem to last as long as milk left outside the refrigerator). But I have so much going on, and have been trying to be much more thoughtful about my time, resolutions seem like the best idea ever right now. And I’m sure telling all you nice [...]

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ADRENALINE on CBS Sunday Morning This Weekend

December 18, 2010

ADRENALINE, which will be out next July in the US, will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning on December 18, as part of a segment examining how book covers are designed. Viewers can vote for which ADRENALINE cover they like best at The show airs from 9-10:30 Eastern/8-9:30 Central. And yes, I know this [...]

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Laura Lippman and Mark Billingham

August 18, 2010

Two of my favorite authors, who both have new and much praised books out this week, talk about the writing life. Not to be missed. I am mentioned, of course, with reverence.

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Death’s Excellent Vacation Hits New York Times List

August 15, 2010

I wrote earlier about my participation in a terrific new short story collection called Death’s Excellent Vacation, edited by the amazing Toni L. P. Kelner and Charlaine Harris. Great news: Death’s Excellent Vacation is debuting at #8 on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction. This is extraordinary for a short story collection; [...]

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Naming Characters

August 9, 2010

One of the surprisingly difficult challenges in fiction writing is finding great, memorable, descriptive names for your characters. Today at, the premiere baby names site, I blog  about my process for naming characters, with specific examples of how I used Nameberry (or the bestselling books by its creators, Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran, [...]

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Death’s Excellent Vacation

August 3, 2010

My very first paranormal short story appears in a great new anthology hitting bookstores today, Death’s Excellent Vacation. Edited by Charlaine Harris (the megaselling author behind the Sookie Stackhouse books, the basis of HBO’s True Blood series) and the ever-energetic Toni L. P. Kelner, the collection focuses on what happens when summer holidays and the [...]

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Writers’ Project at Exaclair

July 5, 2010

I’ve mentioned before my huge love for Clairefontaine notebooks and for Exaclair/Quo Vadis planners/journals. I always have to have a Clairefontaine to start a new project. The paper is great, the products are very well made and  a joy to use, and the people at Exaclair are very nice. Recognizing that many of their customers [...]

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Get a Jolt of Adrenaline in UK and Ireland

June 25, 2010

Hi all. Obviously the blog has been incredibly quiet. Mostly because I spend any online time with readers on Facebook and Twitter, and because I’m trying to get the next writing project(s) done. But I did want to let people know that Adrenaline is out in the UK and Ireland this week. If you go [...]

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