Fall Appearances for SETTING FREE THE KITES

Greetings from lovely Maine, where my wife and I (and the dog) are spending a few blissful days reading, writing, and relaxing before we return to Missouri and face the madness that is the start of the new academic year. In addition to all the fun and games that having four children in four different schools entails (= military-precision planning that …

Stealing the Words.

“When he left us, he stole all the words.” One of the central dramas in SETTING FREE THE KITES revolves around the illness of Liam Carter, the brother of the novel’s narrator, Robert. Liam suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I first became aware of this terrible disease several years ago when I read a piece in the 2002 edition of …

Day 31

Today I can eat what I want. But I probably won’t. Yesterday my wife and I finished the Whole 30, a dietary regime which removes all sugars, gluten, grains, beans, dairy, alcohol and (it sometimes feels) just about everything else from your diet for 30 days. I went into the project with a fair amount of apprehension, perhaps for obvious …

Deep Breaths…

Remember me? First of all, my apologies for the radio silence. It has been, without question, the busiest six or seven months of my life. In addition to the publication of SETTING FREE THE KITES and the attendant tour, I also put on the second Unbound Book Festival in April which was an astronomical time suck (if also fabulous fun.) …

Notes From the Road

Today is, I am reliably informed by various pieces of electronic equipment in my hotel room that must surely know better than I do, Tuesday. I am, therefore, in Seattle, and later today will be flying to Birmingham, Alabama. Today is also the first time in eight days that I will not stand up in front of a crowd of strangers and …

Let’s Do Launch

Greetings from… wait, where the hell am I today? Oh yes. It’s Thursday, so I must be in Kansas City, sitting in my hotel room before going to my event this evening where I will be talking with the wonderful Vivien Jennings from Rainy Day Books. Vivien is one of my very favorite people and has been very supportive of me …

The Calm Before the Storm…

Nearly there. I’m writing this on Monday afternoon, February 20, 2017, the day before SETTING FREE THE KITES is published. At the moment all seems relatively calm. I know from my previous books that the day of publication can be something of an anticlimax. Because here’s the shocking truth: the rest of the world has the temerity to continue on …

Audiobook news and e-book sale!

Not long to go now. This afternoon I am planning a trip to Walgreens to get “travel size” packs of shaving cream and toothpaste. Then I’m going to get my suitcase from the basement. Then I’m going to fill the suitcase with books. All of which is to say… publication of SETTING FREE THE KITES is now four days away. We’re …

The First Rule of Book Club is that… oh, never mind.

Groucho Marx once said that he would never want to belong to any club that would admit him as a member, but my guess is that he was never in a book club. I love book clubs. I’ve visited an absolute ton of them over the years to talk about A GOOD AMERICAN. Some I’ve attended in person, and many more …

Getting Close…

Somehow, the launch of SETTING FREE THE KITES is now less than two weeks away. After the excitement of having the final book delivered and subsequently eaten by the neighbors’ dog, I’m pleased to report that a couple of days later three boxes of pristine, undigested books appeared on my doorstep, looking as delightful as I could have hoped for. …