Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Writers Coffeehouse at Barnes and Noble in Willow Grove Today


Come join us for a FREE 3-hour networking and discussion about writing and publishing at the Writers Coffeehouse!

Location: BARNES & NOBLE WILLOW GROVE, 102 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

Time: Sunday, January 31, noon to 3pm

The Writers Coffeehouse is open to everyone.

It’s a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee. No agenda…just chat about the latest trends in the industry, about markets, about pitching and selling, about frustration, about keeping the inner fires alight, about dealing with our families, about how damn tough it is to make it as a writer at the best of times and what writers can do to stay afloat in these troubled economic waters.

No previous publishing experience necessary…the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. We’re all writers.

So come on out and join us. This is a regular event that meets on the last Sunday of every month. The coffeehouse is usually hosted by international bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, but today I'll be hosting the event, along with writers Jon McGoran, Marie Lamba, Keith Strunk and Janice Gable Bashman.

Grab a cup of coffee and meet us in the conference area at back of the store.

Monday, January 25, 2010

CrimeFactory is up and running!

People of Earth,

CrimeFactory has its first issue up. Keith Rawson and Cameron Ashley did an amazing job, and it looks great.

Issue #1 has new fiction from Ken Bruen, Frank Bill, Hilary Davidson (the Damage Done), Steve Weddle, Dave White (When One Man Dies and The Evil That Men Do) and features by Scott Phillips (the Ice Harvest, the Walkaway, and Cottonwood) Adrian McKinty (Fifty Grand) Gordon Harries and the Nerd of Noir.

Extra points for naming the famous mugs in the mugshots scattered throughout the site.

I'll have fiction in a coming issue, so stay tuned!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Books, Links and News


I've been reading some great stuff I wanted to get in front of you, and I've updated and expanded my links.

On the right, you'll notice a link to Wallace Stroby's Gone 'Til November, a thriller from the great Minotaur Books author responsible for Barbwire Kiss and Heartbreak Lounge. The New York Times wrote that Wallace is "writing with such fierce originality that he rejuvenates genre conventions." Gone 'Til November is his newest, out this month, and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

Just got back from Phoenix, and met with the excellent Keith Rawson, whose CrimeFactory site should be up any day, and met Patrick Millikin at The Poisoned Pen, an excellent mystery/crime bookstore in Scottsdale that draws the best writers in crime for personal appearances and signings.

At Poisoned Pen I picked up a copy of the new Phoenix Noir, edited by Patrick, and it's filled with the kind of solid writing always associated with the City Noir series. My favorite story so far - "It's Like a Whisper" by Megan Abbott, a fictionalized re-imagining of the death of TV actor Bob Crane. The story is beatiful, dreamlike and deeply disturbing, like all of Megan's work. If you don't know Megan's Bury Me Deep, one of the most highly-praised crime novels of the year, you have to check it out.

I'm actually in a rare lull in appearances, with nothing scheduled for the next month. I'm in the middle of writing novel number three, which I'm calling Black Horse Pike, and plotting a series of events with my Liars Club pals. We'll probably be doing some panels or readings at local libraries, and certainly welcome inquiries from interested librarians, bookstores, book clubs, etc.