Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Release Day!

Today my novel The Séance Society entered the world. Heard from many friends and supportive acquaintances. Both my kids called me: my daughter from Rome during her backpacking Grand Tour; my son from college in Burlington where he requested we each get ourselves a glass of Octoberfest ale to toast my book over the phone. Then a lovely dinner with my dear wife at a nice restaurant. Plus I finally snagged that final stop in my book tour which I'd been trying to get in place. All good! A long road indeed to this juncture. Now the novel is a reality and the tour awaits. Onwards!  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Reclaiming the blog life here as I ready myself for the release of my novel The Séance Society. My publisher is St. Martin's Press (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne,) and the book leaps into the world this October 1st. It's a traditional whodunit, and, as the title suggests, has some spooky underpinnings. Seeing as it arrives just around the corner from Halloween, I'm hoping for a happy marriage of theme and season. This fall I'll be scurrying about appearing at bookstores (my publicist has been active!) where I'll be offering a twist on the conventional book signing. In addition to waxing poetic about my 300 pages of plucky prose, I'll also be telling ghost stories -- folk tales and true family lore. Coming from a sprawling Irish family, there have been more than a few shuddery anecdotes that I've taken note of. More of that to come. At present, this summer swelter makes the winds of autumn seem far away indeed...