Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Whole Bunch of Big News

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about one of the most difficult decisions of my writing career: that of leaving my longtime agent. In it, I said the following:
...the difficulty with blogging about one's writing life is, the farther one progresses, the more complicated it becomes to decide what can, or should, be shared. Back in '05, the only person affected by my blogging was me. Now what I say can affect contracts, publishers, editors, booksellers, agents, and what have you. That can, and should, and does, give a blogger pause.
As it turns out, those words would prove prophetic. Because the months since have proven one hell of a wild ride, and for various reasons, I've shared exactly none of it with y'all. Until today.

I'm delighted to report I'm now represented by David Gernert of The Gernert Company. Formerly Editor-in-Chief at Doubleday, David now represents some of the most talented authors in the business, including John Grisham, Peter Straub, Stewart O'Nan, and Chris Pavone. In addition to being a joy to work with, his keen editorial eye has pushed me to up my game, and my writing is better for it.

Which (with an assist from Publishers Marketplace, who broke this news yesterday) brings me to part two of this announcement-slash-confessional: Mulholland Books just bought world rights to my thriller THE KILLING KIND in a pre-empt two-book deal.

All authors claim they're huge fans of their publisher's books, and most of 'em ain't blowing smoke. But I will swear upon a stack of Raymond Chandler novels I literally couldn't imagine a better home for THE KILLING KIND than Mulholland. They published A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, the latest of Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder novels, which I count among my favorite series of all time. They publish Charlie Huston and Duane Swierczynski, both of whom push pulp in exciting new directions, and Marcia Clark, whose terrific Rachel Knight series is soon headed to a TV near you. They made headlines with J.K. Rowling's Robert Galbraith novel, THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, and the astonishing S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams. And then there's Woodrell's Bayou Trilogy. Anthony Horowitz's Holmes novel THE HOUSE OF SILK. James Lee Burke. David Morrell. Believe me, I could go on.

Point is, I'm a fan. Have been for years. Which is why it's incredibly gratifying to be counted among their authors. Even more gratifying is the fact that my editor, Josh Kendall, is crazy passionate about THE KILLING KIND. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Maine Calling

Northern New Englanders: Tune in to MPBN's Maine Calling this Tuesday, April 8, from 12PM-1PM to hear me chat about crime writing with fellow Maine scribes Paul Doiron and Julia Spencer-Fleming (as well as host Jennifer Rooks)! For those outside the listening radius, you can stream the show live on MPBN's website, or check it out at your leisure once it's archived.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Knock Knock

E.A. Aymar, author of I'LL SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, was nice enough to have me by his blog today, where we chatted about everything from self-publishing to knock knock jokes. You can check out the interview here. Thanks, Ed, for having me by!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


The new book blog Craig's Book-ends was kind (or crazy) enough to dedicate their first three posts to yours truly. And while I'm aware I'm posting this on April Fools' Day, I swear none of these links lead to Rick Astley videos.

The first is a review of the Collector trilogy, which the titular Craig declares "There is no limit to the amount of praise that I could bestow on these novels. They are among my very favorites." The second is a peek at my first short story collection, 8 POUNDS. And last, but hopefully not least, Craig and I chatted about all things Collector-y and beyond.

Many thanks, Craig, for letting me sully up your brand new blog!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maine Crime Wave

On Saturday, April 19, two of my favorite things on this planet will intersect: talking crime fic with crazy talented authors, and my adopted hometown of Portland, Maine.

The first annual Maine Crime Wave features appearances by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Paul Doiron, Tess Gerritsen, me, and many more! Fans and writers both will find a lot to love in this event, because there are panels and workshops galore. The full schedule can be found here. And if you'd like to read some early coverage courtesy of the Morning Sentinel, I've got you covered there, too.

Obviously, if you live in Southern Maine, this event's a can't miss. But for those of you from farther-flung locales who're on the fence about making the trip, let me say this: Portland is home to some of the best food and drink you'll ever find, and our working waterfront's a sight to see. The fact that you'd also get to hang with some luminaries of the crime-fic world makes this event too good to pass up. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Left Coast Crime Schedule

Folks, Left Coast Crime is soon upon us, and I for one am psyched*. If you'll also be in Monterey March 20-23, here's where you can find me:

FRIDAY 10:15-11:00
Don’t Kill the Messenger: Reviewers Discuss Mysteries**
Ted Hertel (Moderator)
Jordan Foster 
Terry Jacobsen
Maggie Mason
Katrina Niidas Holm

SATURDAY 11:30-12:15
Pulp Fiction & Beyond: Very Untraditional Mysteries
Juliet Blackwell (Moderator)
Dale Berry
Chris F. Holm
Richard Kadrey
Gary Phillips

I'll also be co-hosting a table at the awards banquet Saturday evening with my good friend Sara J. Henry, so if you plan on attending, we'd love to have you at our table. We'll hang out, eat some tasty food, and send you on your way with snazzy freebies.

And I'm always happy to grab a drink at the bar***, or chat pretty much wherever****, so if you see me and feel like saying hello, please feel free.

*To escape the frozen hellscape that is the Northeast. And for my first trip to California. And also for the con.

**Okay, fine, I'm not on this panel, but my lovely wife is, so I'll be front and center cheering her on.

***Although I reserve the right for said drink to be nonalcoholic/heavily caffeinated, depending on time, mood, and level of jet-lag/sleep deprivation.

****Restrooms excluded.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Derringer Nom!

I'm thrilled to report my short story "Pretty Little Things," which appeared in the July 2013 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, is a finalist for a 2014 Derringer Award! The story was inspired by a phone call my wife and I received one Saturday morning a few years back; you can read about it here.

Thanks to this year's judges for choosing my story, as well as ace editor Janet Hutchings for publishing it in the first place. And congrats to my fellow nominees!

Oh, and if any of y'all reading this are members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, I'd love to have your vote.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Kind Mention

I'm delighted to discover that Charlaine Harris (of Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood fame, as if I even need to tell you that) mentioned DEAD HARVEST in her "Books of the Week" blog feature!

I was lucky enough to see Ms. Harris speak at Bouchercon St. Louis a few years back. It was nothing short of riveting; the lady can command a room. And afterward, she was quite gracious, signing books for anyone who asked (this guy included.) It's an honor to think that three years later, my debut novel's made its way onto her bookshelf.