Currently Reading March 14, 2017

I must admit, I felt nervous about what to write for my first blog post on my brand-spanking new author website. Do I tell you, dear reader, about the novel I’m querying? Or the travails of editing with a coauthor? Or, do I tell you semi-intimate details about myself so it feels like we’re getting to know one another over a cup of coffee at the local cafe?

So many choices. So much pressure.

But if you’re here, then you’re either my dad or you like reading books. You could be a fellow writer, but you should still fall into the latter category. As Uncle Stevie said

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

Steven King

Sharing what’s on my nightstand seemed like a good place to start.

Troublemaker by Leah Remini –  I finished it yesterday and was sad to chuck the book in the library return bin. It felt like I was tossing a friend. The book is about Leah Remini’s time in Scientology and Hollywood. If you liked her recent TV series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath then I suggest you read the book. It’s written in a very conversational way and I really enjoyed it.

The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham – Victorian London is plagued by terrorist bombings and when our intrepid hero gets called into the service of a secretive society to catch the criminals things get weird in a delicious paranormal, alternate history kind of way. I’m a third of the way through and devouring it whenever I have a spare moment.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher – I usually don’t read more than one or two books at a time, and usually then only if one is fiction and one is non-fiction. But, Jim Butcher’s book is so amazing that I have purposefully slowed down to savor it. Plot, pacing, characters: A+++. Writing: Superb! I’ve written several passages down in my journal as they are inspiring or thought-provoking. I’m two-thirds of the way through, and quite simply, I don’t want it to end.

So, there’s a peek into my bookshelves at the things I’m currently reading. Steampunk, alternate history, celebrity memoir. How about you? What are you currently reading?



Video: An Evening in the Life of a Writer

Hey! Coauthor Jess and I have been working hard on writing this month, so instead of writing a blog I thought I’d film one! Important to know, I’m wearing Writer-at-Home attire: Star Wars pajama pants. Also, the dogs didn’t eat the foil on the floor. And lastly, let me know if you’d like to see similar videos here on the blog. It was fun to put together and I’d love to do more.