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We Find Small Candles in the Night

[This post comes from an exchange I had last winter about writing characters—specifically why do I write mine the way I write them. It contains spoilers for my short story “The Foreigner’s Loneliness” (read for free here!) It also discusses What Boys Are Made Of, but does not contain spoilers.]     Why do I… Continue reading We Find Small Candles in the Night

Comedy · What Boys Are Made Of · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person · Writing

What Happened When My Dad Started Reading My Book

  A couple weeks ago, just prior to publication, I was at my parents’ house chatting with my mom when my dad picked up my proof copy of What Boys Are Made Of and began to read. I sort of froze up, frantically gesturing to my mother at what was happening in an attempt to indicate that… Continue reading What Happened When My Dad Started Reading My Book

Review · Saint Flaherty Series · What Boys Are Made Of

A Fantastic Release-Day Review on Darker Voice!

Travis West has posted a fantastic review of What Boys Are Made Of on his blog, Darker Voice. As he was a big fan of my short story “The Foreigner’s Loneliness,” my fingers were crossed he’d enjoy an entire novel of my writing.

That turned out to be exactly the case!

I was so blown away by the book, that I just had to share my thoughts. This is one of those indie books that is so much better than anything else on the market, it makes you question the entire traditional publishing model. It’s a dark, dystopian western, and it’s certainly not for those looking for something lighthearted and easy-going. But it’s beautifully written and the characters continue to haunt me as I eagerly wait for book 2.

 

You can check out the full review here:

What Boys Are Made Of Review on Darker Voice

[Adult me disclaimer so people don’t get angry: I wouldn’t personally consider any book in the Saint Flaherty series to be YA; it contains quite a bit of strong language. Plus, I aimed it at adults.

That said, sixteen-year-old me would have devoured this book alive. And I had worse language than this book contains. So.

Hand What Boys Are Made Of over to teens at your discretion.]

Current Events · Publishing · Saint Flaherty Series · What Boys Are Made Of · Writing

Announcing the Publication of What Boys Are Made Of

More than four years ago—was it five, was it six?—I wrote a short story late one night. There was nothing of consequence about it, except the voice. It was urgent, and close. It spoke in words you’d hear any day of the week, using grammar that was less than standard. Its metaphors were colloquial, whispers intimate.… Continue reading Announcing the Publication of What Boys Are Made Of

Novels · Publishing · Saint Flaherty Series · What Boys Are Made Of

What Boys Are Made Of Final Preview: Chapter 3

Less than six days until book day, and it’s time for a final preview of What Boys Are Made Of! Yeah, I know. This time next week, I will officially be a published author. Well, okay, yes, my short story was published last fall, but now I will have a book for sale! Oh, wait,… Continue reading What Boys Are Made Of Final Preview: Chapter 3

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What Boys Are Made Of Preview: Chapter 2

Thirteen days until What Boys Are Made Of is released, and the clock is ticking down. Last week I posted Chapter 1, told from Simon’s point of view. This week the perspective shifts to Erin in chapter 2. Why multiple point of views? It’s a style I enjoy, showing people through the eyes of others.… Continue reading What Boys Are Made Of Preview: Chapter 2