Read banned books!

We’re near the end of Banned Books Week, the annual effort by publishers, booksellers, librarians and authors to call attention to the fact that even in 2015 we live in the world of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. (I’m late celebrating this year.) People are still trying to ban books from public and school libraries. Probably burn them too. My thinking is if […]

Old newspaper movies about today’s journalism

I’ve been deep diving into movies about newspapers. There are more than a few. I think I may have found the best. Oddly, it’s one of the oldest. “Five Star Final,”released in 1931, is about the destruction caused by a do-anything-for-circulation tabloid. The competition was tight between that feature and “Deadline – USA,” another black and white […]

LAST WORDS wins Bronze Medal for mystery/thriller ebook in IPPYs

  Last Words tied for the Bronze Medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the IPPYs, the awards given by Independent Publisher. Here’s the release: (May 6, 2015 – Traverse City, MI) – The world of book publishing keeps changing, as technological progress brings instant access to news, knowledge and entertainment. All of this information overload can make us […]

Camel Press announces release details for DROP DEAD PUNK

My publisher has put out the release on Drop Dead Punk. Here it is: Seattle, WA—On August 15, 2015, Camel Press will release Drop Dead Punk ($14.95, 254 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-209-2), by Rich Zahradnik, book two of a mystery/suspense series featuring newsman Coleridge Taylor and set on the mean streets of Manhattan and the surrounding […]

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 […]