The Front Porch
December 6, 2015
No matter your stance on gun ownership and/or gun control, I know we all agree that, from gang violence in Chicago to terrorism in San Bernadino to mass shootings in movie theaters and schools, our nation is facing an epidemic of gun violence. Meanwhile, our elected officials of both parties, whose primary charge is to protect the nation, are standing by and watching it happen. We sent them to Washington. They work for us. They must listen to us, and they must act accordingly. (more…)
August 5, 2014
1. You should put your book on Oprahís Book Club.
2. You should turn your book into a movie.
3. You should turn your book into a TV show.
4. It must be nice to work from home.
5. Iíve always wanted to write a book, but I just donít have free time like you do.
March 5, 2014
Dear fellow writers, collectors, and booksellers... I'll cut right to it.
My friend Sean has a pretty bad case of cancer... two young boys... a wonderful wife... a career working with adults with special needs... a desperate financial situation... an incredibly high (I'd say 'criminal') deductible... and very few options.
I'm asking if you'd be willing to donate a signed copy of a 1st edition of any one (or more!) of your traditionally published books to help in a fundraiser I'm organizing. (more…)
January 31, 2014
My wife and I were married in mid-February in 2010 in Wilmington, North Carolina, a coastal city. We chose Wilmington because itís where sheís from and itís where we met, and we chose February because we thought it would be an ideal time to get married weather-wise.
Typically, mid-February is a really mild time in Wilmington Ė not too hot and not too cold Ė and thatís exactly what we wanted. Weíd chosen to get married in an old, deconsecrated Catholic church, one of the oldest buildings in the city, and we hoped that mild weather would keep it comfortable inside Ė not too hot and not too cold.
My wifeís grandmother, who apparently has all the powers of a soothsayer, said, ďI bet itís gonna snow.Ē (more…)
January 16, 2014
If youíre reading this, then good for you, because a lot of people wonít. So what? you may be thinking. Who needs to read another blog post by another author with another book? True. Itís not dire that you read my blog or my book or anything else that I may ever write. But it is dire that you read prescription labels, contractual terms on legal and financial documents, and your childrenís homework. You may be surprised by the number of Americans who arenít able to do the things that all of us who are reading this take for granted. (more…)
December 2, 2013
Here's my own Cyber Monday Deal for patrons of independent bookstores: pre-order This Dark Road to Mercy from an independent bookstore and email a photo or scan of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll send you a deleted scene from A Land More Kind Than Home and a full chapter of This Dark to Road to Mercy. The first three folks will receive signed review copies, bookmarks, and postcards of This Dark to Road to Mercy. Happy Cyber Indie Free Book-Stuff Monday, y'all!
November 22, 2013
It dawned on me late last night that tonightís event at Barnes and Noble in Wilmington, North Carolina, will be my last event in support of A Land More Kind Than Home before This Dark Road to Mercy is released on January 28, 2014. (more…)
September 6, 2013
The Advanced Reader's Editions of This Dark Road to Mercy are in! I never thought I'd publish one book, much less a second, and a second one this beautifully done is even more of a surprise. (more…)
August 27, 2013
From Quarter Moon Books in Topsail Island, North Carolina, to City Lights in San Francisco , California, from the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Longfellow Books in Portland, Maine, I've been fortunate to have experienced incredible support from this country's independent booksellers. (more…)
February 14, 2013
In honor of Valentine's Day - and because I'm on the road for the paperback tour of A Land More Kind Than Home instead of at home with my wife where I should be - I thought I'd share with you a few of my literary crushes. When I was reading the stories and novels that feature these women, I found myself asking very important literary questions, the kind of questions most literary scholars ask of iconic works of literature: I wonder if Elizabeth Bennet really looks like Keira Knightley? What would Dasiy Miller and I talk about while we wandered through the old city? Would Brett Ashley chew me up and spit me out too? (more…)