Thursday, September 10, 2015

Michael Stein Goes Solo

Artwork by Maya Calypso Durham
Just a quick note to say that one of my stories, All the Girls Love Michael Stein, is now available as an ebook. It's a story for kids. Or adults. Or for kids to read to adults. Or vice versa... Oh, I don't know! It's just it's own thing. It's a story I wrote for my daughter on her 13 birthday. She enjoyed it. I certainly enjoyed writing it. Maybe you would too?

Here's the description:

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Acacia 

Trilogy comes a story for cat-lovers of all ages...
Michael Stein is a cat. A clever one. He’ll be the first to tell you that.

His girl, Lucy, dotes on him. He kinda likes her, too.

He’s always had big plans for the future, grand ambitions. He was going to do wonderful things, have big adventures and really make a name for himself.

But that was before an accident changed everything. Now, Michael Stein finds himself in an unfortunate condition. He’s not the cat he was before, and the new realities facing him are shocking.

More importantly, Lucy’s in trouble. Michael Stein wants desperately to help her. But - considering his condition - how can he? It won’t be easy.

Fortunately, he’s a clever cat...

And then stuff happens. I can't say too much because I could easily give away some of the key, important-like aspects of the story. In the mood for something different? Something light, yet heartfelt? A bit of modern fantasy (that's actually all based on fact)?

If so, try out Michael Stein: available HERE.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Spartacus Reveal

At long last, I can reveal the cover for my forthcoming historical novel, The Risen! It's scheduled for publication in March 2016, and it'll look like this...

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

High Stakes Delivered

Very pleased to have sent my portion of the next Wild Cards novel, HIGH STAKES, in to George RR Martin last night. It's been a long process this time around, with some serious delays. But yesterday I got what I needed to finish, I went to work and 4,167 words later I pressed SEND. (My sections are 43,000 in total.) So. Done.

Until I have to do rewrites.

Now back to packing and teaching and all the other things of life!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

The mild, wonderful days of...

You know what I'm dreaming of? Spring. The mild, wonderful days of... oh, let's say May. What a marvelous month. By late May, the snow really will be gone. Really, I'm sure of it. I'll head up to Vermont for the absolutely wonderful Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat. We'll talk books and writing. I'll wear short sleeves. I'll sit outside at some cafe and chat with folks as birds fly around singing.

It'll be a dream.

You should join me.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Acacia tome 2 : terres étrangères, numéro d’équilibriste littéraire

Friday, February 06, 2015


Very happy to say that I just heard back from my editor on my recently delivered Spartacus manuscript. It's a go. He likes it and has officially accepted it!

There's still plenty of revising work to be done, but it's a big relief to get the confirmation that the book exists, and will be my next publication with Doubleday/Anchor. Book # 7 with them!

Oh, and I think it has a title now. It will likely be this:

The Risen: A Novel of Spartacus

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Dreams #2

Toward the end of the year, I mentioned that I was looking forward to a few things for 2015. One of them was a possible Gabriel's Story movie. Yay for that! It's about time I mention another thing I'm hoping for.

As it's super early days and I haven't been given the green light to announce this, I won't say the words myself. I will, however, point you to a very bare-bones IMDb page - since somebody other than me created it! Take a look.

 Who knows? Maybe it'll happen...

Click HERE to see what I'm talking about.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Stonecoast in Ireland

Hiya. I've been quiet because post-holidays I went right into preparations for the Stonecoast in Ireland Residency. I've been over on the Emerald Isle having a grand time with small batch of students. Good company, good food, terrific writer guests, whiskey. No Guinness for me, but still... It's all good, and it's not over yet!

One of the highlights was reading one evening along with the amazing Ian McDonald! He was great. Wonderful reading. Good guy. Terrific to hang out with. Great crack, as they say.

How cool is Stonecoast?

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Dreams #1

Here I am, post Christmas, counting down the days to the end of the year. It's rather pleasant. There are a number of things I'm personally hopeful about for the coming year. In a lot of ways I've felt creatively on hold for the past couple of years. Not that I wasn't creating. I was. Always. Writing and writing. It's just that some projects never flew, some have been on hold, and some just took ages! I'll speak to each of these over the next few days, but here let me mention one.

For the past 12 years my first novel, Gabriel's Story, has been optioned for film by Redwave Films. They do independent films, small, intimate movies that they believe in and work hard to get made. One of them, The Full Monty, was a huge hit, but all of them are interesting films in their own right. The producer, Uberto Pasolini, has graciously renewed the option each December, hoping that the next year was the one the would see our movie go into production. Hasn't happened yet, but, having just renewed the option again, he promises me the chances are better than ever for this to be the year!

What's changed? A couple of things. One is that for the first time in years, both Uberto and the attached director, Alan Taylor, are anticipating a break in their busy schedules that Gabriel's Story might fit into. Alan has been attached since the beginning, but he's been busy with a career that's taken off. In addition to early independent films, he's done a ton of serious tv dramas - Game of Thrones, The Wire, The Sopranos, Rome, Homicide: Life on the Streets (just to name a few), and more recently he's become a blockbuster epic film director: the two Thor movies and the forthcoming Terminator Genisys.

Did I just write that? Thor... Thor... Terminator... Gabriel's Story? Really? Well, it's not as crazy as it seems. Alan's a terrific, diverse director that clearly likes making different kinds of films. He's also a terrific writer. I know this because I recently read the screenplay adaption of Gabriel's Story that he wrote! It's really quite good. I've read some other screenplay adaptions of my fiction before, but this one was the best. It's my story, and it's different, and the ways it's different all make sense to me, and all tell my story in an efficient way that also makes it Alan's story. What more could I ask?

So, the word is that Uberto is ready to go on this, and that Alan may just be ready to go once he's finished with Terminator post-production stuff. So... maybe 2015 is the year we get to work?

More things I'm feeling good about 2015 to come...

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Hurston/Wright 2015 Weekend Writing Workshops

Very pleased to be returning to the Hurston/Wright Foundation yet again to teach a workshop on writing historical and fantastical fiction.

See brochure for details: