Wiley Cash author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy


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On the Road (Again)

January 29, 2013

I canít believe itís been nine months since the hardcover release of A Land More Kind Than Home and the incredible experience I had visiting bookstores and libraries across the southeast, meeting readers, seeing old friends, and making new ones. (more…)

The Art of the Agent Query Letter: As Boring as You Wanna Be

August 14, 2012

Tags: how to write a query letter, agent query letter, query letter

First, here's my query letter to Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates, Inc.:

25 January 2010

Wiley Cash
Main Street
Bethany, WV 26032
Phone number

Nat Sobel
Sobel Weber Associates, Inc.
New York, NY 10003

Dear Mr. Sobel:

I am seeking representation for my completed novel ďA Land More Kind Than Home,Ē which is about a young, autistic boy who dies mysteriously during a Pentecostal healing service in 1980sí western North Carolina. (more…)

My Summer Reading List

July 18, 2012

Tags: summer reading list, the bridge, the sisters brothers, the financial lives of the poets, my cross to bear, tess of the d'ubervilles, the great deluge, independence day, the plague of doves, swamplandia!, arcadia

Here we are, halfway through the summer, and I'm just now getting around to choosing books for my summer reading list. So far, I've already read Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose, Richard Ford's new novel Canada, which I really enjoyed, and Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--From 9/11 to Abbottabad, which I found a little tedious. If you've read them, let me know what you thought. If you've read any of the books below, feel free to share your thoughts, but please don't give anything away! (more…)

Photos of the Real Places in A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME

July 11, 2012

Tags: Madison County, North Carolina

Today, on Twitter, I'll be posting some of my photographs of the real places that inspired the fictional places in A Land More Kind Than Home. #landphotos
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What I Need and Don't Need from Hotels

June 13, 2012

Tags: hotels, traveling

I've been traveling a lot lately, and it's given me plenty of time to think about what I need and don't need from hotels. My list is below.

What I need from hotels:

- A light switch right inside the door. I hate walking into a dark hotel room and having to feel around for a lamp while worrying about tripping over a dead prostitute or stepping on an uncapped hypodermic needle. (more…)

More Atticus, Less Homer

June 8, 2012

Tags: Father's Day, Atticus Finch, Homer Simpson, Bill Cosby, Cosby Show, That's My Boy

A few weeks ago, two friends and I were hanging out when a rerun of Family Ties came on television. None of us had seen it in years, and we kept remarking on how unrealistic the premise was, how stuffy and cheesy. I was shocked by this, because, apart from its liberalism in the age of Reagan, I'd remembered this show as reflecting the experience of many middle-class American families in the 1980s. I'd felt like it reflected my own family in many ways: a busy household, parents who both worked, kids who played sports and took part in after-school events. But watching it as a grown man, something seemed off. Only recently did I realize why the show struck me as strange: in this age of Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin, the thing that seemed "off" about Family Ties is the show's portrayal of father Steven Keaton. He wasn't an idiot. (more…)

Elvis and Faulkner Slept Here, A Lot.

June 3, 2012

Tags: Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi, Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly, Reed's Gumtree Books, Elvis Presley

What do Elvis Presley and William Faulkner have in common? Me, apparently. (more…)

The Best Day Ever?

June 1, 2012

Tags: Jackson, Mississippi, Lemuria Books, WMPN, 91.3, E&L Barbeque, Aunjanue Ellis, Elvis Presley, Tom Franklin

Was today the best day ever? I don't know. Maybe. Let's see.

This afternoon, I arrived in Jackson, Mississippi and headed straight for WMPN 91.3, the local NPR affiliate, where I was interviewed by Ezra Wall, host of Mississippi Edition and quite possibly the nicest guy I've ever met. On the way into the studio, we bumped into Aunjanue Ellis, an actress you may recognize from The Help and the television show The Mentalist. (more…)

As Advertised: Fairhope, Alabama

June 1, 2012

Tags: Fairhope, Alabama, Sonny Brewer, he Poet of Tolstoy Park, Page and Palette

The first time I ever heard of Fairhope, Alabama, I was the at the South Carolina Book Festival, where author Sonny Brewer was discussing his recently published first novel The Poet of Tolstoy Park. Sonny described Fairhope as an edenic paradise set on the banks of Mobile Bay, replete with old oaks, Spanish moss, and a thoughtful, progressive community of foodies, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts. People tend to speak in hyperbole about places they love, so I assumed Sonny was doing the same. Well, I arrived in Fairhope last night, and I can tell you I will believe every word I hear Sonny Brewer say for the rest of my life. This place is incredible. (more…)

Where This Thing Began

May 30, 2012

Tags: KRVS, Barnes & Noble, Lafayette, Louisiana, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

A Land More Kind Than Home is set in North Carolina, but that's not where the idea behind the novel came from, and that's not where I wrote it. Both the idea for the novel and the desk that I wrote it at came from Lafayette, Louisiana. (more…)