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. …

Magic Moments.

The road to publication is a long one, paved with many moments that (if you’re lucky) linger long in the memory. One of the most precious, which is often memorialized in writers’ social media posts, is the moment when the finished book is delivered to your front door. This is always close to the end of the process. Prior to this point there …

One Month To Go…

In exactly one month’s time, SETTING FREE THE KITES will be published. After all this time, it’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the idea. I delivered the first draft of the novel to Amy Einhorn, my then-editor at Penguin, almost exactly three years ago. That’s right. Three years. Since then much has happened. Amy left for pastures …

Book Trailer.

It’s been a strange weekend here in Columbia, MO. We were promised the mother of all ice storms on Friday. School was canceled early Thursday afternoon, the grocery store shelves were bare, people were stockpiling candles… and then nothing. Tomorrow, people whispered.  And then nothing. Well, OK then, Sunday, went the word. It’s now Sunday. And guess what? Because we’d …

SFTK is a LIBRARY READS pick!

Well, this is all very nice. The good news keeps coming. I’m very happy to report that SETTING FREE THE KITES has been chosen as “one of the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love,” through the Library Reads program. This news makes me particularly delighted because I am passionate about libraries. I have a beautiful …

SETTING FREE THE KITES is an INDIE NEXT PICK!

Tuesday night’s dinner in Cambridge, MA was spectacular, and it was such a pleasure to meet some of the finest booksellers in Boston, Cambridge, and the Cape, and to learn about their stores. There was much food, drink, talk, gossip, and laughter long into the night. All of those sybaritic chickens came home to roost, however, when I had to …

Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Greetings again from the road. We had a delicious meal yesterday night at the wonderful Scales restaurant on the wharf in Portland. (If you are ever in the area, and like seafood, for the love of God, go. It’s spectacular.) I had lobster bisque followed by a baked whole fish and was in heaven. The company was pretty awesome, as …

Portland, Maine.

I’m in one of my favorite places: Portland, Maine. The reason I’m here is that this evening my lovely publishers are hosting a dinner for some of the town’s booksellers (Portland has a disproportionate number of excellent bookshops for its size, which is one of the reasons I love it.) Tomorrow we drive down I-95 to Boston and do it again. …

Lordy, it’s January.

As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room near St Louis airport, about to get on a plane to Philadelphia. Later this week I’ll be taking a train from Philly to New York, and then flying to Portland, Maine. Then I get to hire a car and drive (with the lovely Katie from Penguin, who is organizing all publicity for …