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The Day I Met the Dead Girl.

My publisher bought my book The Dead Girl in 2A in 2018, though when I sold it that wasn’t its title. My working title was The Orphan List, but my editor wanted a different name (this is very common) and she came up with the finalized version. The “girl” in the title...

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All About the Mood.

Storytelling is 20% idea and 80% mood. When I set out to write a story, I never have a fully formed vision of what the plot will be, but I know how I want the story to feel. Of course, moods shift scene to scene throughout a novel, but there should be one pervasive...

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I Swear.

I love to swear. It's truly one of life's pleasures, but that doesn't mean my potty mouth should always make its way into my writing. Everyone has an opinion about profanity in books, and authors have a balancing act to perform when it comes to how much of it, if...

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Introducing: The Dead Girl in 2A

I know I've been teasing it for awhile now, but behold the official unveiling of my upcoming thriller, The Dead Girl in 2A. We're four months out from the launch of my sixth novel, so I've refreshed my newsletter and website to showcase the new book. You'll be hearing...

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Kids are creepy.

I'm constantly amazed at how creepy kids are. Specifically little kids, like Damien from the Omen or that ghost-peeper from The Sixth Sense. Every now and then I'm asked to come teach at an elementary school, and inevitably the kids are WAY darker than I expect them...

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My annual ghost-hunting trip.

Happy New Year, friends. I ended 2018 with my annual ghost-hunting trip at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. For those of you unfamiliar with this tradition, for the past five years I've gone to the famously haunted hotel to do some writing and search for...

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Typos are good for the soul.

You ever read a book and come across a typo and think, how the hell is that possible? We can land a man on the moon, but we can't blah dee blah blah blah... Of course you think this, because I've heard from you. You just HAVE to e-mail me and tell me, don't you? I've...

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Oh, the humanity! My Halloween recap…

November 2018   My favorite post of the year, where I get share the highlight-reel video of my Halloween porch screams. As detailed in my last newsletter, this year's theme was a mishmash of previous ones, so my covered front porch was a chaotic mess of frights....

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Halloween is coming.

October 2018   You smell that? No, it's not the musk of fallen leaves, nor the stank of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. What you're smelling is fear. Specifically, little-kid fear. It's all around, because Halloween is just about here. I don't do Hobby Lobby Halloween at...

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What happened to you as a child?

September 2018   Yes, it's a question I get. Usually, the first question is, "Where do you get your ideas from?" Then, when I reply that my ideas simply just come to me, the obvious follow-up question is, "So, what happened to you as a child?" Fair enough. I get...

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