And Now For Something Completely Different

…an interview! Of sorts. A few weeks ago I got a smashing email from Janna-Marie and Sam, two of my readers. I think they’re the kind of readers you’d like to know, the kind who’d brighten up any local reading or con panel… …I seriously need to stop watching 1950s mental hygiene films. I’m starting to speak like an idealized, folksy mid-century teenager. Anyway. As part of this email, Janna-Marie and Sam asked me a few questions. This is quite usual (and welcome!), but I just liked their questions so much that I asked if they’d be willing to let me answer them in a public space. Thankfully, they were. So here you go, guys! Sorry it took me so long to get around to it!   If Bram or Chastity had the honour of...

Winner of the 666 Likes Contest!

After going through and throwing out double entries and non-contest comments (this is why I asked for a movie recommendation – those were the comments I counted), the contest had 60 entries – a combination of comments left on my blog, and a few comments left on Goodreads. I forgot to stress that comments should be made on my blog, so the Goodreads entrants I started numbering at 57. Using the random number generator at Random.org, I rolled a 33. Which means the winner is… Ashley! Who said, “My Fav is always going to be Freddy Kruger.” I agree, Ashley. I’m also a big fan of the extended universe, where Nancy (classic Nancy, not that whiner from the reboot) becomes the embodiment of the Good Dream, thus pitting her forever...

666 Likes On Facebook – Good Time To Give Something Away

Which would be a signed hardcover of Dearly, Departed. I repeat, I’m not into Satan or anything – I just like numbers with meaning. Plus I was raised on a pretty steady diet of Hammer Horror films growing up, and I feel that to ignore this occasion would be to let down my entire childhood. (Christopher Lee. I would still date you. You are amazing. Please email me.) So, this will be a random drawing! To get in, post with your favorite demon- or hell-themed movie! Make me some obscure recommendations, guys! You know I love that stuff. The winner will be drawn randomly on Friday, June...

On Music

I was recently asked to write about some of the music included in Dearly, Departed, and how I use music as a writer – thing is, there’s so much to say! There are so many different ways to tackle the topic. Music definitely serves as a huge source of inspiration for me, and has done since I was a child. There are several musical inclusions in D,D, and I’ll talk about two of them in detail (although each one is important!), before chatting a bit about how I use music to feed my characters and actually aid in my writing. This is going to be a long post!   Gangstagrass Gangstagrass is mentioned during a party scene in D,D, and is definitely not my own creation. It’s a real, awesome form of music, and if you’re into the show Justified, you’ve probably rocked out...

Need a Signed Book for the Holidays?

Hi everyone! With the holidays coming up, I realized that some of you may (hopefully?) want signed books. I’ve reached an agreement with our fantastic local indie bookstore, Books Off the Beaten Path, to make that happen! If you’d like a signed copy of Dearly, Departed, all you have to do is email* or call BOTBP (716-720-4917) and order as many copies as you like. I’ll sign them as they’re ordered (likely weekly), so depending on availability, they’ll soon be in the mail to you! Orders must be placed by December 19th. Happy holidays! * Please email if you...

I’ve been shortlisted! Which means I’ve also been LONGLISTED! Preen!

I received an email yesterday informing me that I’ve been shortlisted for the 2011 Leserpreis reader award in the “romance/love/emotion” category for the German edition of Dearly, Departed (translated title is Dark Love)! Which is astounding, honestly – I’m really honored. (Especially because I’m of German descent on my mother’s side, so a little national pride is mixed up in there somewhere…) But – here’s where you come in! Readers vote for this award (and will until November 27th), so if you’d like to vote for D,D/DL, here’s what you need to do: 1. Go to the category page. 2. Look for my book. It has a different German cover, and it looks like this:     3. Click on the yellow...