10 Authors with Tattoos Inspired by Their Own Books

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A few months ago I got a tattoo inspired by my first novel, New Yorked. I know a few other authors who’ve done the same—gotten tattoos to mark the signing of contracts or publication of books.

So I talked to some authors, then found a few more, and put together a photo essay about them.

It’s currently live over at Electric Literature.

Check it out.

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Talking short fiction w/JP

This is pretty cool: The Big Thrill talked to James Patterson—and also me!—about short fiction and the new BookShots program, which I’m going to be a part of.

Are you curious to know what the title of our collaboration is going to be?

Read the story!

Are you curious to know when our collaboration will be coming out? That’s not in the story! Soon I hope though. I’ll let you know when.

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Making a better book with the index card trick

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A few months ago I wrote about a trick I use to write my novel outlines. You can read more about that here, but in short:

I write the outline three times, over the course of a few days.

The first two outlines, I throw away as soon as they’re done. The third is the one I stick with. This works for a couple of reasons: I forget all the bad stuff and remember all the good stuff. And I have time to reflect on the stuff I’m not sure about.

I’ve done it for three books so far and it’s working pretty well.

But that’s not the only trick I use for outlining.  Continue reading

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Bakery bouncers and guns (or the lack thereof)

B01C0SQJWC-200px-1.jpgNext week marks the release of a collection I am very excited to be a part of: Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, edited by Eric Beetner and published by Down & Out Books.

All of the stories in the collection are required to not involve guns, and proceeds from the collection will benefit the nonprofit States United To Prevent Gun Violence.

Some of you might be thinking: “Why are you bringing politics into your writing career? Don’t you know that you’ll alienate part of your audience? You are a crazy person!”

Maybe!

If some people decide they don’t want to buy my books because I contributed a story to this, I’m okay with that. I’d rather have said something that nothing. Continue reading

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Me and JP

For a few months now, in the wilds of Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been teasing a Secret Project. The time has finally come to share it.

I’m co-writing a novella with James Patterson.

He’s got a new venture called BookShots. Shorter works, propulsive narratives. It’s a long story, but I got an audition, and then got the gig, and we’re finalizing edits on it right now.

It’s pretty damn exciting. Also exciting: Fellow Polis author Derek Nikitas in on board for one as well.

I don’t know what else about the project I can share, so that’s all I’ll say for now… so keep your eyes peeled, and more soon!

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Book tour and other cool stuff

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So I recently got back from book tour—Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. It was a lot of fun. Chuck Palahniuk showed up to my Powell’s event, and bought my book and stood in line and asked me to sign it, which was kinda nuts. I also ate burritos and got some great books and did a bunch of other things. I would tell you more about it, but I don’t need to—I wrote a series about it for LitReactor.

Click here!

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Booked. reviews CITY OF ROSE

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Always a pleasure to get the Booked. treatment. Robb and Livius take a deep dive into City of Rose. Lots of great insight here. Dig it.

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