Friday, July 3, 2020

BookPage July 2020

I got a sneak peek from BookPage of the feature/review they were going to run for WONDERLAND,and I'm so excited to finally be able to share it. This is a crazy time to be publishing a sophomore novel (or any novel) - amid a pandemic and political and economical uncertainty - so now more than ever I have to celebrate the bright moments when they happen. And this review was definitely a bright moment! Not only does it make ME want to read WONDERLAND, but it shares the same page with Paul Tremblay's SURVIVOR SONG - which I've been dying to read. 

(If the pic is too small to read, you can find the review online here.)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

WONDERLAND Virtual Book Launch

Everyone in the world is cordially invited to attend the virtual book launch of my new novel, WONDERLAND! We will be hosted by Mystery Lovers Bookshop online via Zoom (Click here to register). So wear your favorite pajamas, hoist your favorite beverage, wave at the screen, and ask a question or two. See you online July 14, 7pm ET! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Summer Reading Lists

Warm weather is finally here and the Summer Reading Lists are starting to come out. I've been thrilled to see WONDERLAND on two great lists in the last two days!

First, PopSugar's 30 Best New Books to Dive Into This Summer.

And then CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020: Summer Reading Edition.

It is always an honor to have a book on lists like these - so many books are published, and so many books are submitted for consideration, hoping for a sliver of the publicity pie. In just under two months WONDERLAND will be out in the world!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Basic Lighting Tips for DIY Authors

Hey author friends! Seeing how we're all at home now doing online events and making our own promo videos, I decided to record a few tips on setting up lights. The arrangement described in the video is primarily meant to create a "flat" lighting look without major shadows. The softbox I purchased is a Mount Dog, and I neglected to mention in the video that it comes with its own lightbulbs (and also a carrying case).

I'm a big believer in "Making It Work" without a lot of expense or fancy whistles. Obviously you could invest a lot more - in lighting or video equipment - and produce more professional results. But at this point we all just need something to get us started.

I kept trying to post clips of this on Twitter, but it wasn't working. So you can watch the full video here:


At the request of my publisher, I made a little video to introduce readers to my forthcoming book, WONDERLAND. The book doesn't come out until July 14, but I figured I better make the video now before my self-trimmed hair gets even weirder. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Virtual Author Event

I'll be doing my first virtual author event this Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30PM (EST) via Zoom. I was supposed to travel to Rochester, NY in March for the first Greece Reads! book event, but due to the pandemic obviously we needed to cancel that. I will be answering questions about BABY TEETH from the library moderator, as well as fielding audience questions. While this was originally set up as a live appearance for Rochester, NY there are more spots open if anyone else would like to "attend." Click here to register for the Zoom link.