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December 30, 2016

On the surface, Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose looks like Sherlock Holmes in a 14th century Italian abbey. There’s a murder mystery; Adso, a young Austrian monk at the time of the story’s events, serves as a Watson-like, first-person narrator; and William, a former inquisitor, plays the part of an observant English detective. Eco even nods at this relationship by having William hail from Baskerville (the site of Holmes’ most famous case).
 

But The Name of the Rose is far more than...

January 13, 2016

Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See is aptly named. His World War II novel of a German boy and a French girl shines brilliantly throughout, but I closed the book feeling like I’d missed the most revealing illumination.
 

Two quotes preface the story. The first, attributed to Philip Beck, informs us that in August of 1944, the Nazi-occupied French city of Saint-Malo was all but destroyed by Allied forces. The second quote, attributed to Joseph Goebbels, emphasizes the importance...

October 4, 2015

David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is insane. Insanely well-written, insanely intricate, and yes, just plain insane.
 

Much of this craziness stems from the way Mitchell arranged the novel’s six stories. The first is set in the mid-19th century, and follows American notary Adam Ewing as he falls ill while traveling the South Pacific in search of a will’s beneficiary. The second story, set in 1930s Europe, centers around English music student Robert Frobisher and his scheme to resurrect his fo...

August 18, 2015

(Excerpted from an interview I did with AReCafe.)
 

What inspired the story behind House with a Blue Door?
 

The year and a half I spent working at a group home for mentally handicapped residents, many of whom had additional diagnoses like Down syndrome, Tourette’s, and paranoid schizophrenia. My main goal is to show this group of people as people, not stereotypes. 10% of my royalties will go to charity.
 

What did you find was the biggest challenge for you in writing this book?
 

Pacing....

July 17, 2015

House with a Blue Door, my first novel, is finally out! It's been a long wait—I wrote the original draft eight years ago—but I'm pleased with the result. You can buy it at the links below.
 

The story is inspired by the time I spent working at a group home for mentally handicapped residents, many of whom had additional diagnoses like Down syndrome, Tourette’s, and paranoid schizophrenia. My primary goal is to show this group of people as people, not stereotypes. My secondary goal is to...

February 17, 2015

Here's the cover for House with a Blue Door. I like the bricksthey've got character.

February 12, 2015

Midnight Frost Books will be releasing my first novel, House with a Blue Door, on April 10. The story's set in a group home with mentally handicapped residents, many of whom have additional diagnoses like paranoid schizophrenia.
 

The subject matter is outside my usual genre—the book is literary fiction, rather than historical weirdness—but there's a lot of personal resonance with this one; about a decade ago, I worked in a group home like the one in the story. I did a lot of growing up...

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I write mostly speculative fiction. Usually fantasy, with historical elements mixed in. Sometimes there's a bit of mystery too, or (shhh!) even a little romance.

 

But it's weird—it's always weird. Consider yourself warned.

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