Saturday, December 7, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
It is your lucky day!
SM Reine - Sacrificed in Shadow
Marie Hall - Crimson Night
Deanna Chase - Influential Magic
Danielle Monsch - Fairy Tales and Ever Afters
Kate Danley - Maggie for Hire
Dannika Dark - Sterling
As part of the 47North Author Blog Swap, this month I'll be interviewing JD Horn, author of the upcoming book The Line (Witching Savannah). Know him. Love him. Follow him on his blog (jackdouglashorn.blogspot.com/), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JackDouglasHorn), and The Line's official Facebook page www.Facebook.com/TheLineSavannah.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
For all of you fans of A Spirited Manor today is your lucky day my friends! Announcing Book II in the O'Hare House Mysteries.... drumroll... SPIRIT OF DENIAL. It's about a mummy. Now say the title out loud. Yes.
In this sequel to A Spirited Manor, Clara O'Hare and Wesley Lowenherz learn that the phantasm set free at Lord Oroberg's seance is just the beginning. An ancient Egyptian curse has been unleashed by feuding archaeologists and everyone will be digging an early grave unless they contain this spirit of the Nile.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Flash forward to today and I am a full time writer, have close to 80,000+ sales globally, am traditionally published, won a bunch of awards, and one of my series is under option for a movie and television consideration.
So how did that all happen? And more importantly, how can something like this happen for you.
Tonight, Wyatt Doyle, myself, and Andrew Bisconti will be doing a free, hour long panel at Mystery & Imagination Bookshop in Glendale about the business of publishing. I will brain dump all of the knowledge I have learned over the past three years straight into your ears. People helped me out getting me here and this is just a way to pay back the kindness. So come out! I will have presents for people who bring good questions!
Mystery & Imagination Bookshop
238 N. Brand Blvd.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
And it is terrifying.
The theater in Los Angeles is like community theater. No one does it because they love it. They do it in the hope an agent will see their work, or a film director will fall in love with them. Tennessee Williams is a CD showcase. But as I traveled the world this year, I remembered that everywhere else on the globe, being on stage is the end game, not the consolation prize.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
9/29 at 5:30PM
Play Reading of Word of the Day
10/3 at 7:00PM
Doyle, Danley & Biscontini Writers' Panel at Mystery and Imagination
10/4 at 12:00 - 5:00PM
Signing at the #NewTexture booth at San Diego Comic Fest
10/5 at 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Duarte Festival of Authors with Elizabeth Watasin
10/6 at 11:15AM
One-on-One Panel with interviewer Wyatt Doyle at San Diego Comic Fest, followed by a signing at the #NewTexture booth
10/12 - 10/13 at 10:00AM
Big Orange Book Festival
10/25 at 6:00PM
Queen Mab release party at Burbank Ladies Night Out
10/26 at 3:00PM
Spook Halloween Reading with SoCal 47North Authors at Mysterious Galaxy Redondo
Monday, September 16, 2013
Brian Olsen is a very dear friend of mine (in real life, too! It's true!). We met in NYC in 1998 and would spend most Saturday nights dancing to the 80s hits at various dive bars in the city and doing terrible theater in awful little spaces whose productions were one step of from a high school forensics Dramatic Interpretation competition.
His debut novel Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom is going like gangbusters. His book sports a perfect 5.0 stars on Amazon and features a fantastic cast of characters. If you've ever lived in New York or endured the joys of temping in corporate culture, you'll find yourself identifying with so much of the world he creates in this sci-fi slice-of-life thriller. Sci-fi slice-of-life thriller?!? Yes, my friends. Yes.
Why did you write Alan Lennox?
I’ve worked in theater my entire adult life, first as an actor and then as a director. My day job has me working evenings and weekends, and that time commitment has kept me from doing much theater of my own. My creative urge was going unfulfilled, and that’s a pretty terrible feeling. You, Kate, had been an inspiration to me with your own books, and writing seemed to have brought you so much happiness, I thought I would give it a try. And I’m so happy – and grateful to you! – that I did.
But that’s really why I started writing in general. As for why I wrote Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom specifically – years ago I used to write plays, sketches and monologues for the stage. Never all that seriously; I wrote to give myself projects to act in or direct. I had an idea for a serialized karaoke musical comedy – yes, really – that had been kicking around in my head for a few years. When I sat down to write a book, that idea transformed itself into Alan Lennox. It’s very different from what was in my head – Alan and Dakota are the only characters who survived the transition, and the thrust of the plot is almost entirely changed – but that was the seed of the idea.
What is it about this project that makes you happy or proud?
So many things. I’m happy, and surprised by, how well writing this book satisfied that urge to make art, in a way I always thought only theater could. I’m proud of the final piece, I think it’s a very good book (although I may be biased). And I’m both happy and proud that readers seem to be enjoying it so much.
What was one of the first books to inspire your interest in this genre?
I’ve been reading science fiction as long as I can remember. Robert Heinlein was the first author I really fell for. Time Enough for Love changed my life. Heinlein wrote hard science fiction, which isn’t exactly my niche, but he got me started.
Who influenced your voice as a writer?
Douglas Adams was a big influence. He mastered a mixture of humor, science fiction and character development with the Hitchhiker’s Guide series that I can only dream of. And Neil Simon, strangely enough – he influenced a lot of my early playwriting when I was a kid, and I think a thread has carried through.
How did you learn how to write? How did you develop your style?
I’ve spent years directing for the theater, and in fact have my MFA in Directing. When you direct a show you have to understand it backwards and forwards, you have to know precisely what story you’re telling the audience and how every part of that story – every actor, every costume, every prop, every lighting cue – contributes to it. So I learned storytelling from the theater, I think. Beyond that, I learn by doing. I’m definitely still learning.
What is your process when you begin a new project?
When I have the initial idea, I get it down. I sit and write without thinking, just setting down everything and anything that comes to me. No structure, just ideas. I may play with that initial document for a while, filling it out, seeing where it might be going, determining what the story is and what exactly I’m trying to say. Then I outline. I break down, chapter by chapter, exactly what’s going to happen. I usually know exactly where I’m starting and where I want to end up, and most of the work goes to connecting the two. I’ll spend days doing nothing but outlining, until I have a pretty good idea of the structure of every chapter. Only then do I actually start writing.
What are some writing tips or tricks that work for you?
My biggest problem when I started was finding the time to just sit down and write. I would get home from my super-stressful day job and didn’t know how to fit writing into all the things I needed to get done in the short amount of time before bed. I felt like there was no point in starting if I wasn’t going to have time to accomplish anything significant. A friend suggested I set a timer for fifteen minutes every single day, and at the end of fifteen minutes I could stop. The important part was, if I stopped after fifteen I wasn’t allowed to feel guilty about it. So I tried it. Often I found I had done more than fifteen minutes, but even on days when I didn’t, I still got something accomplished and was satisfied. I started writing every single day and haven’t stopped.
What is one of the happiest moments in your writing career?
The first positive review I got from a complete stranger. Somebody who had no reason to say anything good about my book, but liked it enough to do so anyway.
What advice do you have for people who want to become writers?
Write. Self-publishing has changed everything. There are no barriers to you becoming a writer now except for those you put up yourself. If you want to be a writer, start writing. I say that knowing it’s nowhere near as easy as it sounds, but it’s true.
What upcoming projects are you working on?
Right now I’m working on Caitlin Ross and the Commute from Hell, the sequel to Alan Lennox. I’m sort of simultaneously working on the last two books in the series as well – they’re in outline form, and I’m revising them as I work on Caitlin Ross. I’m also digging out some of my comedy sketches to see if they merit revival. Most of them are around twenty years old, so they need some serious revising!
You're in heaven (so anything is possible) and you own your own television network. What shows are on your channel?
It’s twenty-four/seven Doctor Who. The classic show, the new show, the spin-offs, the behind-the-scenes documentaries, even the movies with Peter Cushing. Nothing else. There is no need for any other television, ever, because Doctor Who covers all genres. (And since anything is possible, all of the missing episodes from the sixties have been found. And I get to watch them first.)
What is your favorite pen to write with?
It’s a cheap Bic black pen, I don’t even know the specific name of it. They’re actually terrible pens, they fall apart easily, but I stock up on them. No reason, except that I’ve gotten used to them. I’ve never been one for fancy pens.
Favorite beverage while writing?
Water. I don’t drink much besides water. Isn’t that boring? After the writing is over for the day, vodka tonic.
Name five books you love.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein.
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (and the rest of the Riverworld series) by Philip José Farmer.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
Another Fine Myth (and the rest of the Myth Adventures series) by Robert Asprin.
Leather bound editions or paperbacks with a great pulp fiction covers?
I can’t have both? I’ll go with the paperbacks. I love those old sci-fi and fantasy paperbacks with the gorgeous painted covers.
Tell us about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced you.
I’ve had a lot of great teachers, but as far as writing goes, and theater as well, I have to talk about my high school French teacher, Mister Lepage. I had him in my junior year, and he used to make us break up into groups and write “dialogues,” little scenes in French which we would then memorize and perform. I always ended up doing all the writing for my group, and the scenes were funny and ridiculous. (Teenage boy funny – the only one I remember was about the administration turning into zombies and eating the faculty. It wasn’t exactly sophisticated fare.) Mister Lepage also helped with the school theater program, and at the end of the year I submitted a proposal to him to direct the play The Mouse That Roared in my senior year. He suggested I spend the summer writing a play to direct instead. I was a pretty insecure kid, and I was astounded that he actually thought I was a good enough to attempt something like that. I ended up writing and directing my first play, Grave Matters. It went very well, and I eventually choose theater, and now writing, as a career because of the confidence that experience gave me.
What is your favorite quote about writing?
I’ve got two. I’m indecisive.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King. I’ve done the first my whole life, and I’m now discovering the joy of the second.
“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” – Virginia Woolf. I’d better not say which of these I’ve done.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Mystery and Imagination Bookshop
238 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Sunday, September 1, 2013
And no, I didn’t even have to look that up. I’ve memorized it, and have seriously considered getting it tattooed on my chest. Or maybe taking my agent out, getting him drunk and making him tattoo it on his chest, which might be a lot funnier the next morning.
Now just for fun:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
What followed was an amazing story so infused with love. It was called The Scavenger's Daughters and it was written by Kay Bratt. Kay lived in China for five years, working at an orphanage, and is now a child advocate. The Scavenger's Daughters is inspired by a true story.
I grew up in San Francisco, and the sounds and flavors of Chinese culture are as comforting as macaroni and cheese out of the blue box or fried chicken. What I loved so much about this book was that she somehow captured the musicality of the language, the turns of phrase, and the beauty of China and its people.
If you're looking for a lovely read, The Scavenger's Daughters is now available on Amazon. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen, the long awaited day has finally arrived! May I present Book III in the Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker series... drumroll... MAGGIE ON THE BOUNTY! WOOO! *cue confetti canons* *marching bands* *fireworks*
This book was written as part of National Novel Writing Month, which is a really cool process. You commit to typing 50,000 words in a month, which equals about five pages a day. If you don't outline (like me), you then spend the rest of the year untangling the mess of the first draft, which is why this hasn't come out until July.
But what's cool is that you, my gentle readers, sent me to The Night of Writing Dangerously last year - a seven hour write-a-thon in San Francisco where I sat with writers from around the globe, typing furiously to raise money for the Young Writers Program, which supports free in-classroom creative writing classes for kids. So, you helped kids and you helped me write a huge chunk of this book that night. This book literally happened because of you. Thank you.
So where can you get it? Here you go!
And coming soon to iTunes! (they take about two weeks to list things, so... we wait...)
Are you new to the Maggie world? Maggie for Hire, Book I, is now only 99-cents on Kindle and Nook, and FREE on iTunes! This series is pure entertainment. Empty calories and fun! Think of it as the Twizzlers of the book world. It has about as much meaning as a summer blockbuster. Whenever I get frustrated with the world, Maggie is where I turn. I should do a PSA: "Punch vampires, not people."
Love Maggie and need MORE? Stay tuned! Maggie will be BACK this fall with M&K Tracking!
Monday, July 1, 2013
Put on your safety vests, readers! High adventure on the seas ahead! I am thrilled to be able to announce that Maggie and Killian are returning for their next adventure this July 2013! You want more specific? Somewhere around July 15th.
Above is the ebook cover art created by the FANTASTIC LFD Designs for Authors. Paperback cover art reveal coming soon! The title of this book was chosen from suggestions on my Facebook page and we have Ray Stilwell to thank! Thank you, Ray!
Come back for more details. I'll post them as they come. Also, if you are a Nook, iTunes, or Kobo person, the Maggie series is currently available on all of those platforms, in addition to Kindle. Happy reading!