Two Months Without an Update...
What have I been up to?
A lot, I suppose, and that keeps me from this little corner of my life.
Books I've been reading? First, Don Winslow. If you're not reading him, you're missing out on a monster. I just reread Power of the Dog (the sequel, The Cartel, came out last month) and the guy is just amazing. If you saw Savages, he wrote the book the movie was based on. This guy doesn't get enough credit, but if you haven't checked him out, do yourself a favor.
I'm also reading In Cold Blood, or rereading it too. The first time I read it, I remember thinking that Capote was doing something I would never be able to obtain. That he was just such a master of his craft, that it was like watching real, actual magic. I'm reading it again maybe 6-7 years later, and I'm starting to see things I would have done differently. Now, this isn't me comparing my self to Capote, or any of my novels to In Cold Blood--he is a literary giant, and I have nothing but respect for him. Even so, it's interesting to be able to critique someone like that, critique and at least have an argument as to why you're right and he's wrong. If you haven't read In Cold Blood, pick it up, for sure. Killer, true tale.
My ninth novel comes out this month. I'm always looking forward, thinking about what's next, what can I do to get more eyes on my words, but sometimes when I take a chance to sit back and just think about what has happened--it's stunning. Every single day I get to converse with fans that write me. Every single day I make money while I sleep. I had someone in France buy a novel yesterday. I know that I'm still a very, very small player in this writing game, but to come from some guy writing a book in his college apartment, to this--I'm just very, very grateful.
Alright, as my editor says, I'm heading back to the salt mines.
If I were you, I'd go buy all of my novels (again, if you did it once), and then ride around your city with a bullhorn, telling people about me. :)
P.S. Didn't edit this. Sorry for grammatical errors.