New Book Deal

I’m thrilled to announce that my second novel will be published by Holt in 2015.

Excellent agent and all-around swell guy, Richard Pine at InkWell, handled the deal last month. I’m looking forward to working with my new editor Michael Signorelli in the coming weeks of edits. The novel’s title might change along the way, so I won’t bother mentioning it now, but here’s the current description:

A young woman floats down a river in colonial Floria, a strange and vivid country in a reimagined 18th Century. Her name is Molly Bell, and her origin is unknown when she is saved from the water by Tom Orange, a surly local hero running a tavern plagued with trouble.

Molly — full of life and naturally calamitous — is powerfully drawn to Tom, who keeps her close but keeps his distance. As Molly makes her way in the isolated town of Root, fragments of her past come to light against her will. A desperate voyage overseas with threatening storms and shipmates. A genius brother, grim but loving, now mysteriously absent. Echoes of a tragedy she hasn’t fully escaped.

As perils intertwine and secrets are revealed, danger menaces the tavern Molly and Tom call home: supernatural weather, forest thieves who steal people’s limbs, and a growing number of enemies who will force them to decide between surviving on their own or risking everything together.

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Troy Author Day 2013

troy author dayYesterday I finalized plans for TROY AUTHOR DAY.

Last spring I was part of an impromptu author discussion at a local bookstore. It was barely promoted but a decent crowd showed up, and I wondered what would happen if we rounded up lots of local talent and did spread the word. I talked to Market Block Books and The Troy Public Library, emailed a list of authors from around the Troy/Albany/Schenectady NY area, and got a great response.

So now we have twenty-three successful authors — all with local roots — gathering at the Troy, NY public library for a group signing and panel discussions. If you’re one of my local blog readers, I hope to see you there. Full details are below, as well as at

Market Block Books and The Troy Public Library present the first-ever TROY AUTHOR DAY.

WHERE: The Troy Public Library,  100 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180 — (518) 274-7071

WHEN: Saturday, OCTOBER 19, 2013, 12-3 PM

Twenty-three of the Capital Region’s most popular authors will gather for a group book signing at the library. Copies for purchase will be available on site. Market Block Books will donate a portion of all sales to the library.

The event is free and open to the public.

Paul Grondahl of The Times Union will moderate a panel discussion about the authors’ creative processes at 1 PM. Susan Novotny of The Book House and Jessika Hazelton of Troy Book Makers will moderate a panel discussion about publishing and self-publishing at 2 PM.

Stop by for five minutes, or stay the whole time.

Featured authors: Elisa Albert, Frankie Y. Bailey, Elizabeth Brundage, Jack Casey, Susan Daitch, Eric Devine, Lydia Davis, Peter Golden, Ellen Graf, Paul Grondahl, Shane Jones, James Kunstler, Dennis Mahoney, Matthew McElligott, Eugene Mirabelli, William B. Patrick, David Salomon, Edward Schwarzschild, Hollis Seamon, Tobias Seamon, Ruth Ann Smalley, Larry Tuxbury, Barbara Ungar 

Full info can be found at



Revision Update: The One-Third Mark

Photo1Yesterday I hit the one-third mark on my next novel’s major revision. Other revisions will follow, but this is the heavy-lifting phase, so it’s great to have the first 50,000 words essentially in place.

For the first few weeks, I revised fairly quickly. The last ten days have been a grind. Hours on a single page, that sort of thing. I suppose it’s the natural ebb and flow of the creative process. The chapters I’m revising now were originally written in October 2012, and they’re more of a mess than earlier chapters. I must have been rusty after taking a break that summer, and I’m hoping the next few chapters are in better shape.

Still on target to have a finished manuscript by the first day of spring, 2014: an arbitrary deadline that just felt right.