Archive for May, 2014

I remember the lazy summers of my youth. Road trips with my family. Playing Freeze Tag. Barbeques and just having fun. Those days are gone. As a writer, my summers have become a time to meet and connect with my readers and fans.

Me, looking rather dorky, reading from my second novel, "Deadly Cult".

Me, looking rather dorky, reading from my second novel, “Deadly Cult”.

Last weekend, I had the joy of attending the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. For four days each spring, the festival features panel discussions and master classes for authors, editors and publishers of LGBT literature. I was lucky enough to participate on the panel: RETURN ENGAGEMENT: THE ART OF THE SEQUEL, which delved into the art of writing a series.

On a special side note, I’d like to mention that my editor and fellow Sister-in-Crime member Greg Herren was inducted into this year’s Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame.

But the summer fun doesn’t end there. On June 21 and 22 I’ll be shaking hands at the Denver Pride Festival. My publisher, Bold Strokes Books, is sponsoring a booth with lots of swag. Pride officials are estimating over 350,000 people will be attending, so I’m sure my arm will get tired!

And on Saturday, July 12 from 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm, I’ll be at Thriller Fest, participating on the panel “HOW DO YOU CREATE VISUAL NOVELS? Secrets Borrowed From Film” with Panel Master Lorenzo Carcaterra. I’ll also be signing books that afternoon from 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

I’m sure more activities will pop up throughout the summer, especially with such an active Sisters-In-Crime membership! Be sure to log into our page frequently for the latest information!

 

Eugen_de_Blaas_The_FlirtationCheck out The Center for Nonverbal Communication’s website! While academic, it’s perfect for writers searching for a gesture or movement to describe a character’s emotions. I’ve got it bookmarked!

My favorite non-verbal cue is the Adam’s Apple jump, “an unconscious sign of emotional anxiety, embarrassment, or stress. At a business meeting, e.g., a listener’s Adam’s apple may inadvertently jump should he or she dislike or strongly disagree with a speaker’s suggestion, perspective, or point of view.”

Last weekend, I had the joy of attending the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans.

Held over 4 days each Spring, the festival features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.

The event lives up to its promise. I participated in on the panel: RETURN ENGAGEMENT: THE ART OF THE SEQUEL, which attempted to answer the burning questions of How much information and story does the author need to repeat with a sequel? How should characters change and evolve through an ongoing series of works? When is the story complete? And how does a writer engage readers without leaving them wanting more? Joining me were fellow Panelists Michael Thomas Ford, William Holden, Doreen Perrine, and moderator Jim Provenzano.

Me reading from my second novel, "Deadly Cult".

Me reading from my second novel, “Deadly Cult”.

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crossfirePlease check out BOLD STROKES BOOKS INTERVIEW with AUTHOR JULIANN RICH. Her novel, Caught in the Crossfire, is excellent. Juliann just received the Saints & Sinners Emerging Writer Award.

For a unique and efficient use of social media, please read this article in Schenectady’s Daily Gazette: Runaway cattle found in Bruswick.

SASFEST-2014-COVERAre you a saint or a sinner? I don’t know, but I’ll be at the literary festival in New Orleans next week, beginning on Thursday evening, May 15 through Sunday, May 18. On Saturday, I’ll be reading from my newest novel, Deadly Cult. On Sunday, I’ll participate on the panel Return Engagement, The Art of the Sequel. If you’re in NOLA, I hope to see you!

billy-bathgate-novel-e-l-doctorow-paperback-cover-artI developed a fascination with 1930’s gangsters after reading E. L. Doctorow’s Billy Bathgate. While changing a little of the history, Doctorow succeeded in showing the ragged and violent edge of the gangster Dutch Schultz. A while back I wrote a piece for Criminal Element, about Schultz, and how prohibition-era gangsters exemplify the American dream. They beat the economic system and acquired immense wealth and power. If your interested, please take a look at the article, Dutch Schultz and The American Dream.