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New Manuscript

Hello friends,

My new manuscript has been completed and I am very happy with the end result. It has been edited, and my good friend Jasin has used his exceptional graphics arts skills to produce a book cover that far exceeded my expectations. My talented sister Lisa also made a great interior illustration. I’m pleased to say that I have worked again with the same artists that helped bring my previous book The Macabre Box to life. The new book is another collection of eleven short stories in the horror/suspense genre. Currently, I am sending submissions to publishers.  More news to come !

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Cancellation

Due to a conflict, I will not be able to attend the Paranormal Festival in Columbus, Ind. on Feb. 20th, 2010. Sorry folks! I will post new dates of upcoming book signing appearances as soon as they are confirmed. Take care

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Recent Updates

Happy Holidays to all,

Now what better gift to give at this festive time of the season than a book of horror stories?

I hope everyone is doing well. I thought I’d take a few moments to let you know what has been happening lately. First of all, there is a new radio interview of me online at http://tfbradiopodomatic.com/ Just scroll down until you see my picture and then you can click on the link. I was interviewed by Renee Graham and Wanda Spudic, two paranormal investigators who also co-host Tales From Beyond Paranormal Radio. I found them both to be quite charming and had a fun time discussing my book and how the writing process unfolds through each phase of work. As for the new book, I just finished story #7 and have 4 left to go. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and have challenged myself to develop the characters and plot more so than before. I assume it will take about 5 mos. or so to complete the manuscript, and then its time to seek out a talented editor. I’ve been at this for 15 mos. now, and it gets frustrating and a bit lonely at times to keep it all out of the public eye. However, there are no short cuts and I know I have to be patient and consistent to provide the best work that I can do, and I will accept nothing else from myself.
Lastly, I will be signing and selling books at the famous Crump Theater on Feb. 20th in Columbus, Ind. Come say hi if you feel so inclined, I’d love to chat with you!

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Festivals and Radio

Hey Friends,

There have been quite a few events that have been happening lately, and I apologize for not blogging sooner. I’ve been working a strenuous teaching assignment and that has taken up too much of my energy and time.
First and foremost, the Horror Hound Weekend was a smashing success. I sold 44 books over the weekend and met some great people. Among them was Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser). He looked my book over and I did my best, but no sale 🙁
However, I met some folks who lined me up for two more paranormal conventions, one in Fort Wayne and another in Wabash. Those two were a little less popular, but I made a few other contacts and am set up to give another radio interview in July. I will write another blog for details.
My interview on CPR radio was a lot of fun. I spoke with them for about an hour, not just on my book but on my beliefs and ideas about the supernatural.
At the festival in Wabash, I met another author named Bob Freeman, who invited me to join the Indiana Horror Writers Association. It is a group of writers who meet once a month to share their work and give each other support and feedback. That sounds like exactly what I need. I look forward to meeting them next month and will let you know how it goes.
Lastly, I have been working furiously on my next book. I am now on my third story, and as I keep flexing that creative muscle, more ideas come to me. These ideas are so vivid and powerful, that I feel possessed to write them down. It is apparent to me that writing has become my true calling in life. I cannot express to you how happy I would be if I could just write full time, without any other job distractions. This is far easier said than done, however. Bills are always the first priority, sadly, and so if writing cannot pay for it all then you must do something else as well until it can.
I will say though that it is not my intention to self publish my next book. I feel like a fool for doing it in the first place. No disrespect to Authorhouse, but so many people have given me praise for The Macabre Box that I think I may have jumped the gun a little by self publishing instead of shopping my manuscript around first. Being self published means you are on your own, doing all the leg work for promotion and on your own budget.
When my next book of 11 stories is completed, which should be next year sometime, I am going to send them to every publisher I can find. More news to come soon-

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