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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. The truth will set you free. It might not make you rich and popular, but it will certainly set you free.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Bookstore owner
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I worry too much.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Anything that allegedly comes from the right side of the brain. I'd like to be better at mathematics and spatial relationships.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. In writing or when I speak? "Sort of" or "a kind of". I find myself trying to root out those weak-kneed qualifiers that pepper too many of my sentences.
April 12, 2010So here I am, a week into my tour for THE MOONLIT EARTH, and enjoying the heck out of Little Rock - the latter of which surprised me, to be frank - when a reader at my discussion asks me a very simple question, but one fraught with...er...implications, shall we say? "In Blind Fall you include a lot of information on how to kill a person. Are you concerned that maybe you're, uh, teaching people how to kill?" To be honest, the question was asked with the utmost respect but the chill that went through me was palpable.
Stephen King, upon learning that one of his novellas about a school shooting has been found in the locker of a... see more
April 12, 2010Here's a brief rundown of things I've learned so far on my tour for The Moonlit Earth.
1. Little Rock is a great town.
2. The Capitol Hotel in Little Rock has the best chicken friend steak in this solar system.
3. If you're going to be stuck on a small commuter jet that has no AC make sure you're sitting next to fierce performance artist (and memoirst) Stacey Ann Chin.
4. Morning shows sometimes ask serious, substantive questions. Don't go in prepared to field a bunch of light questions about your mother. They might actually ask you where your characters come from.
5. There is no looking perfectly pressed on a book tour.... see more
April 12, 2010People who meet me in person after reading my work (or short synopses of my work) often tell me they think I'm funny. Why don't I try my hand at a comedy? Why not, I think? Last year, I took this idea to my good friend, writer Eric Shaw Quinn. "I think I'll try my hand at comedy," I announced proudly.
"Ah, yes," he responded with a wistful smile. "A comedy in which dark forces kill hundreds of people. I can't wait."
I am, however, perfectly capable of writing funny bits of dialogue which I sandwich in between terrorist bombings and the unearthing of decades-old, family-destroying secrets. That counts for something, right?
But... see more