Top 3 Highlights from 2014

Good Sex, Great Prayers releases:

I’ve been writing for a solid twelve years now, so it’s kinda hard to believe that I’m only just now releasing my second full-length novel. 2012/2013 were nose-to-the-grindstone years. 2014 was the year all that hard work paid off and Good Sex, Great Prayers released through Perfect Edge Books. LitReactor gave me a platform to talk about the entire process, which you can read HERE.

Bottom line: I’m proud of this one. Reviewers and casual readers alike are enjoying it, and it’s been a blast to perform at live readings. Most importantly, this was the book no one was expecting from me. I told myself very early on that I want to do something entirely different from my first book…and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Synopsis, author blurbs, and links to reviews can all be found HERE on the information page.

Burnt Tongues releases: 

 

In 2009, not long after the vanity press version of Out of Touch had released, I had a choice to make: either write a second novel and hope for better results…or, I could enter this anthology contest that Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) was running on his website.

I decided to go with the contest, and five years later, my story was appearing in Burnt Tongues, the Chuck Palahniuk anthology. Yet again, LitReactor was kind enough to give me a platform to talk about the process of that. To read about the entire affair go HERE.

The short version is that this has been truly life and career-changing, and I owe a great deal of thanks to Chuck, Dennis Widmyer, and Richard Thomas. My inclusion in Burnt Tongues also leads to our third and final highlight.

Chuck Palahniuk Reading in San Francisco: 

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I opened for Chuck Palahniuk at his San Francisco reading in front of over 700 people, and I did it in my pajamas.

Let’s back up. Ever since I got into writing I’ve been searching for that high. That “winning shot” high. The adrenaline high. And I don’t get it when I finish a story or novel. I didn’t get it when I landed my literary agent. It doesn’t happen when I get a great review or get a big fat check. This high only happens when I read in front of people, and I got it in the best damn way that night in San Fran. I don’t know how else to describe other than it was one of the best nights of my life, both personally and professionally-speaking. The bar has officially been set.

Go HERE for the LitReactor article with all the juicy details. Go HERE for a post with more pictures and the story I read that night.

In summary: 

Big novel release, an even bigger anthology release, and the biggest reading I’ve ever done. 2014 is going to be hard to top.