Reading Wasted as a Reader, Not an Author

Before I read the first chapter of Wasted to an small, but engaged crowd at the Ecology Center, I talked about how I came to write the book. My favorite part was describing how, last year, I had the opportunity to read my own book as if I were a reader and not its author.

Surrounded by English Professors

My first reading and signing for Wasted came in Detroit, Michigan, where I was surrounded by English professors — physically and mentally. I was one of three authors on a panel at the University of Detroit Mercy, called “On Telling a Story and Getting Others to Read It.”

I began by disavowing any presumption that I was writing literature. “I’m writing entertainment,” I said. “If there’s any literary merit in my books, that’s an fortuitous accident.”

Making of Bones in the Wash, Part 2

First Draft to Publication (Here’s Part 1: Ideas to Pages)  I planned from the beginning to self-publish. For two reasons: One, I had already failed to get an agent and I feared that might happen again, but the main reason was that I could get to market faster...

Making of Bones in the Wash, Part 1

Ideas to Pages As I’ve been shamelessly promoting Bones in the Wash — did I mention you can read the first three chapters at — several people have asked me how it came to be. Here’s how: New Mexico: Not Really New, Not Really...