First, I want to thank everyone in the blogging community and beyond for being so generous in your support of my work. Over the past few months, I'd had the rare opportunity to form what I can't call anything other than friendships with people who would otherwise be complete strangers -- people who live not…Read more Delay on The Grievers
I was scanning the shelves in search of my own books at the local library a few days ago* when I spotted The Might Have Been by Joseph M. Schuster. Of course, when I first spotted the book, the author's first name was covered by stickers reading "NEW" and "F - SCH," so all I…Read more Schuster vs. Schuster
Apparently I'm not the only author with Grievers on the brain. Unbeknownst to me--at least while I was writing The Grievers--fantasy author James Dashner was creating his own Grievers, a race of slug-like creatures with metal appendages that appear in his 2009 novel The Maze Runner. In order to spare readers any confusion that might…Read more How to Tell a Griever from a Griever
Here's another passage I had to cut from The Grievers when I changed Charley's job from being a teacher to being a human dollar sign. Of course, I probably would have cut this passage regardless. I think it's a little to "meta," since Charley and his students are discussing his life as if it's a…Read more A Kind of Jesus Figure
This is one of my favorite Monty Python sketches. I always think about it whenever I sit down to write. Click here to read the script! PS: Happy birthday, Mom!
Here's another passage that didn't make the cut because it was a little too close to my own life. I also wasn't entirely enamored with the use of "you" in this one. It struck me as if the narrator were trying uncharacteristically hard to be chummy with the reader. The Teaching Assistant The only reason…Read more The Teaching Assistant
In case anyone missed it, On the Media did a great episode on the publishing industry this week. Among the topics covered are the tension between Amazon.com and the publishing industry, how publishing and reading are changing, the lack of a Pulitzer for fiction this year, and the trouble with "knockoff" books. Here's a link:…Read more Publishing: Adapt or Die – On The Media