An interview with William Gibson travels through time from 1994

This is a story of data traveling through time, which is appropriate, since it’s about William Gibson, the man who turned data into a place, a space—cyberspace. In 1985, I was 25 years old and had given up what I thought childish things. Specifically, science fiction. I’d read SF from childhood through my teens and young adulthood, and […]

LAST WORDS is a finalist in INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

Last Words was named a finalist in the mystery category of the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards on March 12. Here is the complete list of finalists. Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, […]

Guesting today on The Thrill Begins

I’m guesting today on The Thrill Begins, the blog for writers who are in the International Thriller Writers’s debut author program. In my post, I talk about what I learned writing my first book and how that changed the creation of my second novel. Find out more here…

Alternating history

I love alternate histories. They are the greatest of “what ifs.” The biggest trope in this genre: What if the Allies lost World War II? But before it was even a trope, Philip K. Dick wrote the novel The Man in the High Castle. The U.S. is divided by the Nazis in the east and the Empire of […]

One old comic book turns into a time machine

I flipped through one 40-year-old comic book the other day and was suddenly reminded of books I’d read and music I’d listened to way back then. My time trip happened when I rummaged through the small collection of comic books from my youth to find the handful of “Guardians of the Galaxy” books I’d read in 1975. I was […]

Straight scoop from the Weekly World News

I love newspapers. Pretty much all newspapers. Big city dailies. Small town weeklies. Broadsheets. Tabloids. Even Berliners. I even have a special place in my heart for supermarket tabloids (a category created, I guess, to differentiate them from newsstand tabloids likes those of the Murdoch/New York Post variety). But the supermarket tabloids I really love are gone […]

‘2001,’ ‘Interstellar’ and Howard Johnson

Collisions that happen in my mind: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Interstellar” and Howard Johnson. Okay, the first two are obvious for the way the first movie informed the second. (How many “2001” references did you count in “Interstellar”?) But Howard Johnson? Easily explained. I happen to be working on scenes in my work-in-progress set in […]

Guesting on Suspense Magazine’s podcast

I’m interviewed on this week’s Suspense Magazine podcast. I had a great time talking about LAST WORDS, crime novels and getting a book noticed with Publisher John Raab. You’ll find the show here: Suspense Radio Inside Edition – November 8th, 2014 If you give it a listen, come back to the blog and let me know what you think.

The Books of Nerd

I first discovered McFarland & Co. Publishers many years ago when I bought the book Unsold Television Pilots 1955-1988 by Lee Goldberg. It was a delicious compendium of  TV shows pitched to the networks as scripts or actual pilot episodes that didn’t get made into series. It was nerdy joy. I could look up all the shows Star […]