Acclaimed Science Fiction writer, Harlan Ellison, died last week. He was a legend for two reasons–his writing and abrasive personality. He was a force of nature that was hard to withstand. I met only once. We appeared on a panel together in 2005. It was the most intense hour’s of my life (the picture is of me after the panel). He called me “a fucking idiot” but I made him laugh too. What made me run afoul of him only to turn it around moments later I haven’t told many people out of fear it would get back to Harlan. Now he’s gone, I can share what happened, what was said and the secret I never told. There are thousands of anecdotes about Harlan and this one is mine. You can listen to it below. I hope you like it.
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Please enjoy this “Shelfie” as it represents twenty years of writing (although not twenty years of being published). It does look like I am going to need a bigger set of bookshelves. 🙂
Longtime followers know that I select a charity to support each year and I usually drag you all into the fundraising. This year is personal. For too many of my friends are currently fighting breast cancer or have fought breast cancer in recent years. For that reason, my 2018 charity selection is The Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Here’s where you come in. If you buy a book from my website bookstore, during the month of May, I’ll donate the value of your order to charity–dollar for dollar. Not only will you be giving to charity but you’ll be getting a book out of it. So don’t miss your chance to run me up.
Not everything is listed on the bookstore so if you’re looking for translated titles, out of print titles, hardbacks of the Aidy Westlake series and audiobooks, let me know. I can do a few MYSTERY BOXES. If you’re ordering out of the USA, please contact me first so I can quote shipping costs. Thanks.
I hope you’ll pick up a book or two for you, a friend or even an enemy. And even if you don’t buy a book, please share this post. Thanks.
I’ve been on an interview jag of late. It’s practically turning into a junket!! Anyway, here’s a bunch of fun interviews I’ve done of late for your reading pleasure:
I appeared on The Liars Club’s OddCast Podcast recently. I had a hoot with hosts Jon McGoran, Greg Frost, Merry Jones & Keith Strunk. Have a listen as it was a lot of fun. We talked about a bunch of things from SAVING GRACE to my weirder life experience…essentially everything that gets me into the Liar’s Club!
Listen to the show here.
I’m going to be at this year’s Left Coast Crime convention held the world’s biggest little city Reno!! This is my appearance schedule.
I Get a Kick Out of You: How Much Violence Is Too Much?
With Robin Burcell, Parnell Hall, David Putnam, Travis Richardson and with me moderating.
Friday, March 23rd, 11:30am-12:15pm
Simon Wood’s Life as a Casino Private Investigator
This is a special event open to six people only. Sign up here.
Friday, March 23rd, 12:30pm-1:30pm
I Gotta Be Me: Self, Traditional & Hybrid Publishing Options
With H.S. Clark (Moderator), Colleen Dunn Bates, Heather Haven, Sheila Simonson and me
Saturday, March 24th, 10:15am-11:00am
The Not So Secret Life of Authors
With Lou Berney, Bill Fitzhugh, Linda Joffe Hull, Christa Faust, Catriona McPherson and with me emceeing
Saturday, March 24th, 5:15pm-6:00pm
If you’re coming, I do hope you’ll by and say hi.
I sold my 1,000,000th book with my current publisher, Thomas & Mercer. It’s the product of determination, timing & luck. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Two million is a long way off so I need everyone to get cracking.
I’m going to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Southwest Washington Writers’ Conference in September. I’ll be presenting a workshop on plotting and outlining too. I’ll be posting my itinerary when it’s finalized. If you’re interested in attending, they’re taking signups now.
This conference might be part of a mini-tour of Washington State. I’m trying to firm up some other events.