Friday, December 7, 2012

Winners! BLED, SHED, ____ !

The contest was a huge success and I want to thank everyone for entering and spreading the word. I received surprising, fun, hilarious and intriguing responses when I asked you to guess the name of the next book. I've sent information to the six (!) winners about how they can get their winnings.

A special shoutout to @Dita_Skarste and @ottermoonski who BOTH guessed the correct title. For their coolness, they will each get another free ebook of their choice.

So what's the new book's title? 


You can learn more about the characters and story in DREAD. It will be available early in the new year but in the meantime, BLED and SHED are available and introduce the characters and world of Dovetail Cove.

Thanks, everyone! This has been fun for me and I hope everyone will enjoy their free books.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giveaway! Name that book!

The holidays are right around the corner, and though I haven't finished wrapping (or even buying) gifts for my loved ones, I thought it might be fun to give a whackload of gifts away to my friends and followers.

Through the wonder of NaNoWriMo, I'm writing the third book in the Dovetail Cove series and I wondered what readers expect it might be called. The first book was called BLED, the second was SHED. Hmm. Ho hum. Oh how I wonder what the next story might be named!


The novella, SHED, was released in 2010 and tells the tale of two isolated boys in 1977 dealing with a mean stepfather and creepy basement visitors north of the creek in an island town called Dovetail Cove. Reader response was overwhelming so I returned to the island with a prequel called BLED -- released in 2011 but set in 1972.

This new story fills in the gaps and links BLED and SHED together while setting up the DC saga for new books and a stunning conclusion.


"I suppose I knew more about Macedonian McLeod than anyone else on this earth, but l still knew almost nothing. He was a beer-and-peanuts kind of guy. He smoked Viceroys and he liked titty mags, but only the tasteful ones, no man parts in 'em. He never looked at the hardcore stuff. What else. Hard to think of more. Meat and potatoes over vegetables. Steak and lobster was his favourite—surf 'n' turf, they called it further down the coast, California-way. He liked a good clam chowder if it had the right stock. And fruit was for fruits."

The Contest

Drop in a guess for the new book's title and spread the word about the contest and you could win yourself one of three print copies of my debut novel, ON THE GATHERING STORM or one of six e-copies of BLED and SHED. I'll personalize and sign the print copies for those three lucky winners and I can e-sign the ebooks for the other three winners.

Good luck!


The winners have been notified. Learn the name of the new book!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Released at Amazon // The Devil's Right Hand

Hi Everyone! I know. I've been an awful tease most of my adult life. And not just with book-related stuff. But, I'm here to announce that The Devil's Right Hand is now available -- at least in a few places. I'm not doing a big book launch this time. There will be no fireworks. It's been an awful year with all kinds of lows and highs. Quite frankly, I'm exhausted. But I'm so happy with the final novel and simply wait for you to read it.

So, what's the book about? It involves a group of mystery men and women who are dubbed The Night Walk Men. Unseen and unknown by you and me, they manage the lives and deaths of countless members of their human flock. This book follows the events of a novella called The Night Walk Men, released in 2010. In that story, we meet Sperro, his brother Fallow and their father, Obsidion. I won't ruin that story if you want to check it out, but more than forty years have passed since the events of that story and we pick up with Sperro and Fallow continuing the work of the Night Walkers.

Here's the official blurb for the novel:

The saga began with The Night Walk Men, the #1 Kindle Suspense novella by Jason McIntyre. Now it continues with The Devil's Right Hand. And a war is brewing.

Meet Benton Garamond. He's lost. He careens through the wet streets of downtown Vancouver on a collision course with a dirty lawyer named Levy Gillis. He wants something from Gillis and he aims to get it.

Meet Donovan Lo, former drug kingpin and not bad with the ladies if you ask him. He's in hiding and has a plan to leave his empire for good. But something -- and someone -- aims to put a bullet through his last big score.

Now meet Sperro. He has a lot to say about his job, about Benton Garamond and about Donovan Lo. Sperro will be your tour guide.

"We are Night Walk Men, imbued with the lives of at least ten men, and we walk among you like a blur, unseen but often sensed or smelled like pollen in the air when you can't see flowers--or the tingle you get when the hairs on your neck stand up.

"If you hear footsteps on the parched earth behind you, or if dry autumn leaves scrape concrete with a breeze, that's most likely one of us, walking just a little ahead or just a little behind. If it's dark and you climb into your car and for once--for no reason at all--wonder why you didn't check the back seat for strangers, one of my brothers is mostly likely back there as you drive off.

"We are everywhere at once and nothing can stop us. We are Death incarnate, walking under long robes of black and chasing down the winds to read from a discourse that may be the last words you'll hear..."

Be prepared to shake The Devil's Right Hand.

Find the book at:

I also thought it might be fun to share the chapter titles and contents of the novel. Don't worry. There aren't any spoilers here. (Those of you who know me know I loathe spoilers. I'd never do that to you) But some folks will dig seeing these chapter titles. It might make it feel more real. For me it does.

The book is about five hundred print pages, a longish one. It's comprised of sixteen long chapters separated by sixteen short interludes. Hope you enjoy seeing this. Let me know if any of them sound particularly intriguing or if you hate every last one.


   Prelude: Kyu

I. The First: Benton Hits the Brakes

   Interlude One: Fallow

II. The Second: Donnie Sees the Light

   Interlude Two: Kro

III. Seeking Strange Solace

   Interlude Three: Noco

IV. Paying Charon's Fare

   Interlude Four: Kokai

V. Watching The Clock

   Interlude Five: Seoul

VI. Waking Up

   Interlude Six: Cruithne

VII. Grace

   Interlude Seven: Bahamas

VIII. Immortal, Part One

   Interlude Eight: Slidell

IX. Mortality

   Interlude Nine: Corinthian

X. Friendly Fire

   Interlude Ten: Halo

XI. Six Feet Under

   Interlude Eleven: Sudan

XII. Immortal, Part Two

   Interlude Twelve: Biloxi

XIII. Shroud of Clay

   Interlude Thirteen: Marigny

XIV. At Rest With the Fathers

   Interlude Fourteen: Trinidad

XV. Eternal Life

   Interlude Fifteen: Vancouver

XVI. Promoted to Glory

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Greatest Hits, Volume I

Recently, I was interviewed for the Simon's Groove podcast and he asked about negative reviews. I gave an answer about how one-star reviews, etc., don't bother me as much as they should. I wished I had more time to elaborate. Simon likely would have been okay with that, but in truth, when the mic is on, I tend to get ahead of myself and not say everything I'd like.

The truth is that bad reviews do sting. I try not to read them, of course, but they're unavoidable. I'll always get them as long as I'm sharing work with the public. I said it to Simon and it's true: some readers hate what I do.

But after the Simon's Groove podcast, I got to thinking about where the bad reviews come from. I believe they stem from readers who have a genuine misunderstanding about what it is that I'm writing about. Their expectations don't line up with mine. I don't have an interest in writing stories in the same fashion as other writers. And, when a reader doesn't see that, I think they feel cheated, surprised, or confused. Then, they either don't finish the story before them, or feel the need to take to the web and express that in some way. How is it socially acceptable to express frustration over a consumable form of art? Give it a bad review on some website and stick it with as few stars as possible.

Well, I went looking and discovered that I had written about my particular niche-style of writing about two years ago. The ironic thing (among a few) is that I mention how I will never have a #1 Amazon book. Since then, I've actually had a #1 Amazon book. Things change I guess.

Have a gander at how I saw things two years ago. My thanks to authors Rima Jean and Neil Crabtree way back when for contributing to the discussion. If you have a point of view, I'd love to hear it in the comment area below.

NOTE: This post is originally from November 2010.

I'm A Dweller on the Threshold

Stephen King. John Grisham. The Joy Luck Club. Twilight. The Catcher in the Rye.

These authors and these book titles are what people call household names. Even people who don't write, who don't read a lot, or haven't in a very long time, have probably heard of or read one of the above. For the purposes of this essay, and as it relates to fiction only, I will term this as mainstream: something that nearly everyone has heard of, and a great many have actually read.

I was working with an author who's first book was published in the more traditional way: she had gone to school to learn the craft, or, at least discuss the craft, for a number of years, then wrote a book, and found an agent to represent her interests. She was lucky because the agent sold her book to a large paper-based publisher that supported her work and then the agent continued to get the book listed in newspapers, on websites and in literary publications until the writer found a grant and started writing another book.

When I was meeting with this writer, she was fairly confident in her ability to sell books. She was very nice to me, very helpful with her support and comments and, in her own right, a very good writer.

What she took issue with in my storytelling ability was my penchant to disregard the rules. By that I mean that I didn't write in a straight line. I tended, she said, to borrow from different kinds of writing and bend things to suit my story and my style. She said I probably wouldn't find a home with a big publisher because my writing scope was narrow. I didn't have all the elements of candy-coated genre books and I didn't have all the heartache of a genuine literary book. I can't just jump around like this because I don't have an established voice. I'm not established in the mainstream so I don't yet have the right. I asked her if she meant my writing voice and she said, no, your publishing voice. She probably didn't use that word, but we got to talking about what she exactly meant, and that's how I think of it now: my publishing voice.

She said, You want people to read your books, right? I said, yes, of course. She said, Well then, you need to follow norms and standards. You have to write something like everyone else is writing. It needs to be mainstream. You can't write anything too complicated because no one will want to read it. You can't be too creative with elements of your style. And she reiterated. You need to write like everyone else does. But. You still need to say something meaningful through the course of your plot. You can't be too niche.

Too niche?

That's right. You need to tailor your writing to speak to the highest number of people you can.  And that means writing the same way everyone else does. Look at popular authors, emulate them, then you put your stamp on things with a unique premise and a compelling character.

Well, that last part was fine. That was definitely a good attack strategy. But, seriously. I can't write what I write? The way I write it?

No. Of course not.

Now, I knew when I began writing that my material was not going to be the next set of Harry Potter books. I don't write like everyone else. That's just the plain truth of it. And I don't want to. I knew that I wouldn't sell a million copies of anything I penned. But what I also knew is that I had some interesting stories, compelling characters and some tough issues to talk about through the course of it all. I never in a hundred and five years thought I'd be told to "tailor" anything in order to reach an audience. Maybe I was naive, maybe I still am, but I never considered writing to a mass audience.  I know that it happens every day. I do. I get that. I just don't want to do it that way.

To strike out with the intent of writing The Next Harry Potter. Or to try and be The Next Stephen King, that just doesn't jibe with me. Who wants to read something that's trying to hit the highest number of nails with one swing?

I asked this talented, published author, Have you ever heard of a band called Sigur Ros?  She was into music, a great deal more than most and was even into a lot of indie bands, some I'd never heard of. But she said, No, I've never heard of Sigur Ros.

I told her that they were a group from Iceland. They write really experimental pop in their native language, not English or Spanish or Mandarin, some of the most popular and well-recorded languages in current pop music. Some of their songs are sung in an entirely made up language and are sometimes twenty minutes long. Their albums have unusual titles and artwork on the cover and they had one album filled entirely with untitled songs. They probably have a big label behind them now, but when they started, they were outsiders, touring little clubs in a country you and I will probably never visit because of its foreboding name. She laughed.

I also told her that Sigur Ros had a huge cult following now, because of the Internet and because of word of mouth and publications like Rolling Stone Magazine that mentioned them once upon a time, before that mag lost a lot of its cred.

And look at them, I said to her. You'll never hear them on top 40 radio in my home town. Most people have never even heard of them. They won't win Grammys like U2 or Lady GaGa or Van Morrison. But they're selling records, or as is now the case, tracks on the web. They have listeners. They have a half dozen albums of material plus some solo albums and soundtracks. One song was featured in the big Tom Cruise movie, Vanilla Sky.  They might not be getting rich, but they're making a bit of dough. Sigur Ros is selling out big arenas, making concert DVDs and touring the world now.

Even if you've never heard of them.

* * *

I don't imagine I'll tour the world with my books as the means. I also don't think I'll ever be what I consider mainstream, either in my level of popularity or in the style of writing I choose to do. But I don't think writing for a niche is such a bad thing, either.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cover Reveal // "The Devil's Right Hand"

Readers of The Night Walk Men will remember Sperro's penchant for untruths and bending a lie until it sounds like it might be true. However, he's not here. I am instead. So I will be honest and straightforward with you when I say this is the new cover artwork for the forthcoming Night Walk Men novel, The Devil's Right Hand.

Also included, for those of you uninitiated into the Night Walk world, is the updated cover for the novella that began the saga. It's a free read, by the way, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and everywhere in between.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Behind The Words // Steena Holmes

I first met bestselling author Steena Holmes about two years ago when she and I connected on the web. Since then, she's been a wonderful supporter of my writing. And this year, she published a novel called "Finding Emma" which has won the Indie Excellence Book Award and has become an Amazon bestseller. And guess what? She continues to support my writing and the work of other writers as well!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Write Drunk

Ah, here I go again. I said I wouldn't give any writing advice but I have something else I wanted to say about it. Forgive me. It's not that I think I really know how to write. I just tend to do it, on occasion.
You've heard that quote attributed to Hemingway? "Write drunk, edit sober?" It's amusing, sure, but I actually try to use it. Well, at least the first half of it...when I'm working on a story. Now I don't mean literally. I'm rarely on a bender when I sit down to pound out a chapter. For starters, I can't afford it, and secondly I'm the kind who loathes a hangover more than even sour weather.

What I take Hemingway's phrase to mean is this. When I'm writing, I try to go for that level of elation you might have when you have been hitting the bottle. Whether you have a social drink now and again or not is likely irrelevant. Even a tea-totaler will get what I'm saying here. You remember those times, I'm sure. Your inhibitions are weakened. You might go and ask someone to dance--even if you never do that. Or, you might share an opinion you know won't be popular. Maybe, here's hoping, you'll try something you've never tried before.

The metaphor is the same when telling your story in novel form. Do all those things when you're writing a scene...or a whole book. Try stuff. Let the cautious 'you' take a holiday. Write like you're drunk. And worry about the editing in the morning.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Behind The Words // Anthony Weller

I stumbled across author Anthony Weller's latest book on Amazon by accident. It was recommended through Amazon's suggestion algorithm, likely because I'd been looking at fiction books about life and death. I'd been pondering where my forthcoming book THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND might be placed on a virtual book shelf.

Weller's story is intriguing and it presents a wonderful narrative about a hero who goes forward into the great unknown in search of lost love. A noble act and the basis of a lot of literature. But Weller's take is different as he posits a wonderfully unique view of two very important things: life on earth both pre- and post-death, plus what it is to be in a relationship full of quirks and minutiae.

You can read my review of Weller's book, THE LAND OF LATER ON, here. I found it to be a refreshing departure from most of the fad-driven junk in the virtual book stores. And while it differs a great deal from my work in THE NIGHT WALK MEN world, I think Weller and I are treading some familiar ground.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Behind The Words // RachelintheOC Thompson

I first met author and social media guru, "Rachel in the OC" Thompson early this year when she was part of a group that won the Farthest Reach Award for Book Marketing. I immediately thought, "Wow, she's really crazy. She's fun too. And has a wicked sense of humour. But, manohman, sakes alive, she sure knows how to leverage the power of the web to sell books and create buzz." 

Sure enough, Rachel in the OC has turned even more of her time and attention to doing just that: helping authors commandeer this thing called the web and using it to market themselves and build their audience.

I couldn't be more pleased to introduce her now for a look inside her world. Here we go...RachelintheOC Thompson:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ten New Details // "The Devil's Right Hand"

Authors love to create the perfect environment for a reveal. When a reader is genuinely blown away by a development in a book or story we've penned, we grow every shade of excited. We've done our job.

I'm no different and I've been accused of being a terrible tease with the short stories and sample snippets I've doled out. However! Darcia Helle over at A Word Please is a friend, author and reader who tagged me in a challenge to share a bit about what I'm working on. It's a great opportunity to share insight about my current work and what will be out later this year.

And, like her, I can’t turn down a challenge.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Giveaway! Five days only!

I'm giving away a free, SIGNED softcover of ON THE GATHERING STORM, my best-selling debut novel. Goodreads is being tough on me regarding the rules of their giveaways, but I'll say this to readers of my blog.

If you win and you get it touch with me, I'll make out the signature to anyone you wish!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Behind The Words // Hugh Howey

Many of you will already be familiar with my guest today. Hugh Howey's breakout success came with his indie series Wool which has sold like a bazillion copies and landed him on the New York Times bestseller list. The series has been described as addictive and I can agree with that. Add to that, Mr. Howey is incredibly affable and approachable. He's one of the nicest personalities producing fiction and using social media today. As such, Hugh is gracious in sharing some time to chat with me today.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pay Yourself First

I shy away from giving writing advice -- here on this blog or anywhere else for that matter. But I have found a component of my writing arsenal that seems to work -- at least for me.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Behind The Words // Dawn Kirby

My guest today is author Dawn Kirby, prolific author of the upcoming paranormal romance, SECRETS, which comes out on July 29th. Dawn and I hang out in the same circles on the web and we recently connected despite our tragically busy schedules. Just like me, Dawn likes writing in the dark. But let's let Dawn do the talking!

My name is Dawn Kirby. I'm the author of the Paranormal Romance, SECRETS, due out July 29th, 2012 from Dark Dragon Publishing Company. It's the first book in my Serenity series. Some may know me as the author of LUST in the recent SEVEN DEADLY SINS collaboration, published by Ring of Fire in March of this year. I have another short, Date Night in Firefly and Wisp's 13 TALES OF THE PARANORMAL.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

How Long To Sing This Song?

Readers are astonished to learn that I began thinking about my novel Thalo Blue over a dozen years ago. It's true, though. I remember where I was when the seed of that book hit me.  I still have the text file with my jot notes about the story -- and I typed them out  that very night using a borrowed computer which didn't even have a word processor installed. Just Windows 95 and good ol' Notepad. I wouldn't actually start writing the book for many years after another major event instigated the writing process.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Devil's Right Hand // Sneak Peek

I promised further looks behind the curtain at what I'm working on. I cannot leave you with disappointment, even though some of you will label me a dirty tease. Especially when you learn that this excerpt will come down from the Farthest Reaches website in a day or two.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Behind The Words // Jeannie Walker

Jeannie Walker first came to my attention at Goodreads. She was one of my first contacts on that website and we've remained in touch over the last two years as we have each finished and released novels subsequent to our debuts.

Her first well-received novel comes from a dramatic real-life experience she endured ("Fighting the Devil") and as you'll discover from Jeannie herself, that was the first in a string of non-fiction inspirations for her writing. Without further from me, I give you Ms. Jeannie Walker...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Back Soon

I'll come back to blogging and social media soon. Thanks for your patience, everyone. It's been a rough stretch these last months but I will be seeing the other side soon, I think.  A little bit longer and then I shall return. I'll have some great new posts, news about writing projects and some wonderful guests.

As always, thanks to you all for supporting me.

j. //

Monday, April 23, 2012

Free Preview // New Short Story

I love good short fiction and, as such, I've written several handfuls of short stories over the years. I've compiled them and released them and thought I'd share one with you this week. Here's a short story from my new collection Nights Gone By.

Note: the story will disappear by Thursday of this week so enjoy it while it lasts. Tell your reader friends if they like creep-tastic short tales.

EDIT: Friday, 4:30 PM. The story has been removed. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to give it a read and share it on Twitter and Facebook!

If you liked this story, you can check out more in my new collection Nights Gone By.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Guest Author: L.M. Stull

Friend and author L.M. Stull has released a new collection of stories and poems. Always gracious and generous with her time, Ms. Stull dropped in with us at the Reaches to discuss some of the inspirations and contentions in her collection and also how it fits in with her overall writing endeavours.

First, a little about the book. Contemplations includes 6 poems and 17 short stories -- including the very first short story she wrote, My Vintage Rose. Lisa tells me she began writing short fiction about a year and a half ago and has, as she puts it, "dabbled in quite a few genres." In total, she estimates that she's written a little over 100 shorts and poems during the course of her writing life. For this collection, she chose from her body of work those stories which spoke of the human spirit and were of the literary genre, as opposed to any paranormal, fantasy and horror pieces.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Paperback now available! // ON THE GATHERING STORM

I'm pleased to announce that my first novel, On The Gathering Storm, is now available in print paperback! I received a shipment of copies this week and they look gorgeous in full colour and full size. As many of my friends and readers have mentioned, it really does feel amazing to hold this work in my hands and relive all the joy and intensity of the writing journey.

If you'd like a copy, they're available at Amazon to start and at other retailers soon!

My thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point -- your support and readership has been phenomenal!

j. //

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Behind The Words // Krystal Wade

Behind The Words presents author Krystal Wade. Her new book, Wilde's Fire was released in March and it's my pleasure to welcome her to the Farthest Reaches. Oh Krystal...?

Hey guys! So glad I could be here with Jason today, talking about me (who doesn't like to talk about themselves?) and my novel Wilde's Fire. Have you read it yet? Sigh. Maybe some day. ;-)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Night Walk Men Story: KRO

This summer, the first full-length novel in The Night Walk Men saga will be released. As a teaser to the new book, The Devil's Right Hand, a new story is out now. Right now. Yes, as in, this moment, you can download it and read it and tell your reader-friends where to find it.

It's called Kro and folks who enjoyed the opening salvo of The Night Walk Men novella are not going to want to miss it. It paints a bit of the world where The Devil's Right Hand will be playing and highlights two pivotal characters in that upcoming novel.

Oh, and did I mention Kro is free for the Kindle, for iPad/iPhone/iPod users, for Barnes and Noble Nook users and anyone else who has an ereader.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"Collide-a-Scope" // Short Story Inspirations

For me, stories are living, breathing things.

I often come up with ideas after the collision of two seemingly random events or inspirations. They bash into each other somewhere in my head, then coalesce into something different from the simple sum of parts. And if the new view is unique or startling enough to me, I set about to work on the book or story -- because I simply must.

Many (though not all) of the notes below were written for the release of the twin anthologies “Black Light of Day” and "Nights Gone By" so the stories collected there have been written and edited for some time. I heard conflicting advice about whether to include notes in the anthologies themselves and, finally, opted not to. However, as I look back at their titles, I see such vivid imagery in my mind’s eye for each one. I can see where I was when each idea struck me, and I can see glimpses of the ‘movie’ each story told to me as they unfolded during the writing process.

This is like visiting old friends.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Night Walk Men // Excerpt from a new novel...

There are two things I'd like to share today.

First, a sneak peek at an opening chapter from the premier long novel in The Night Walk Men series which will be titled The Devil's Right Hand. As some of you may know, it's slated for release this year and is in the editing stage.

You've already met Donnie Lo, holed up in a basement apartment in Vancouver's notorious downtown east side. Now behold another main player in Devil: Benton Garamond. He's looking to get into a tight space where he has no business being. And what's this? He's out trolling the bars one wet evening to see if he can score access to one of those tight spaces.

EDIT: Feb 23, 2012, 3:00 PM

Thanks to everyone for sharing news of the excerpt. It's been removed now but garnered close to 1800 visits since it was shared on Saturday. Come and visit again. I hope to post more excerpts and fun freebies regarding the new novel.

The above excerpt will disappear this week so enjoy it while it lasts. 

The second thing I want to share is news of a completely new short story set in The Night Walk universe. This one's called Kro. Yes, that's the name of it. I cannot lie to you. It's a short based on an intriguing companion character who, like the others, "walks at night and when the rains come." Sperro, our undying narrator, counts on Kro for some of the dirtiest work that a Night Walker can handle. And trust me when I tell you she is an expert at handling it. 

The story is set inside the novel and, for all intents, could have remained there. It exists in the same narrative world and timeline and involves Kro and another character who is pivotal in The Devil's Right Hand. Look for the story, Kro, coming to ebook stores soon!

Hope you enjoy the lil distractions and would love to hear your thoughts on the upcoming expansion to The Night Walk world.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Behind The Words // John Lindensmith

My guest this week is John R. Lindensmith, a young author I met via the web. John's work sounds disturbing and what I like about his guest post is that he shows it's never too early to get started writing, sharing one's work, and publishing. Take it away, John...

My name is John R. Lindensmith. I am a 22-year-old self-published author from West Fargo, North Dakota. I just published my second novel Hell, which chronicles teenage self-destruction in a small North Dakota town. The story is a cross between The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, and Carrie.

Friday, January 13, 2012

And the Winner Is...

You've met the Decision Committee. You've been privy to the short list of nominees. Now, it's my great honour to introduce the final winner of this year's Farthest Reach Award.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Behind The Words // Marni Mann

I'll be honest. I'm not sure what drew me to try Marni Mann's new book. She and I have been connected on the web via Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and probably a few other places for some time, and I knew what she liked to read, what she liked about my writing and that she seemed very far from the subject matter of her first novel. Yeah. That's it. I think that's has to be it, the very heart of it right there: that she seemed so different from the people in such a dark world, this one that she was writing about. I suppose I had to peer inside and see if she was actually able to pull it off. They say you should write what you know. Did Marni know this world? Come on! Really know it? Or was she inhabiting a facade like an actress? I had to know. And so I crept inside her story. 

And I must continue the honesty. She pulled it off in a way that I didn't expect.

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