For some reason that I'm still trying to figure out, the Milligan Creek Series is currently exploding on Amazon, particularly my first book, Up the Creek. Ever since The Great Grain Elevator Incident came out, sales of Up the Creek have skyrocketed, particularly in the United States--to the point that as of this very moment, Up the Creek is at the top of the Canadian Literature chart, Unlimited is in the number seven spot, and The Water War is gaining fast at number thirty-four. It's probably only a matter of time before The Great Grain Elevator Incident also finds its way onto the chart. It's a bit surreal, but I'm enjoying the moment while it lasts!
It's always fun for me to see an author's creative space. Seeing as I (finally) cleaned up my office last weekend, I thought I'd take a photo of it in its pristine state. It's in a loft above our main living space, so I get plenty of light and a great view of the outdoors. Currently anxiously awaiting snow. Ski season is only a few weeks away.
You may be wondering why I have a battle-axe on the wall above my comic books. Good question. I actually found it under the porch of the first house we ever bought and have been looking for a place to put it ever since. My wife isn't a fan, but you can't please everyone.
That is, I've just been profiled on Effective Nerd in regard to my work on Meth the Immortal. Check out the interview and reviews here.
A brief excerpt:
Unpredictable and uncategorizable, Meth the Immortal is shaping up to be a really fun series. It’s tough to pinpoint the key demographic for a book such as this – it has the heart and aesthetics of an all-ages book but a level of graphic violence that may disturb younger readers. Younger teens and adults with a tolerance for quirkiness, however, will lap up the Meth’s unique premise, politically-charged first act and eventual descent into fantasy horror. I wholeheartedly admire the series’ refusal to be pigeonholed into any particular genre.
You can read the rest of the review here.
I've been doing some research on jack o' lanterns for my new tween horror novel, Pumpkins, and I came across the image below. It's a jack o' lantern carved from a turnip, and it was made in Ireland sometime in the early 20th century. I thought it was suitably creepy enough to serve as an inspirational computer desktop that I can reference periodically during the writing process.
It's called the Tombstone Series, a trilogy of horror novels for tween readers. The first novel in the series is called Pumpkins. I actually outlined it last fall while on a trip to Brisbane, but I haven't had time to start writing it until now. The second book is called The Judges, and it will actually be an adaptation of a film script of the same name that I wrote some time ago but was never satisfied with--until now! As for book three, that idea hasn't fully coalesced into a title yet, but it will soon.
Unlike the Milligan Creek Series, which follows a chronological order and features the same central cast in each novel, each title in the Tombstone Series will feature an entirely different cast, the connective tissue being a haunting of sorts. I'm hoping this doesn't delay the release of my fifth Milligan Creek novel, Snowbound, but I feel the need to explore another world right now creatively, so if it puts things off by a few months, I know that by the time I return to Milligan Creek, I will feel refreshed and ready for the next chapter in that story.
Below is a photo of Kierston Vande Kraats, the talented woman who draws Meth the Immortal and who also illustrates my covers for the Milligan Creek series. You can see more of her work here. She also has a fantastic Etsy shop that's full of all sorts of cool Meth merch!
Oh, and she also has an apparel store. Here's a sample.
The title of this blog post is the title of a recent review of Meth the Immortal Volume 1 on Goodreads. Here's the rest of it:
The book was amazing in a weird kind of way. I loved the concept of an immortal talking pig named Methuselah (Meth). And how a homeless boy and an archeologist is involved in the story. It was unique, intriguing, fast-paced and hilarious.
If you haven't had a chance to read Meth yet, volume 1 is a great way to go. Available in Kindle format on this website with hard copies on their way. If you can't wait, you can always order it on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
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