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Feb.18.2014
WHEN SHADOWS FALL releases next week, and I wanted to sure a bit of the process I went through writing the book. Every book has a different genesis, and I've been trying to keep better track of how the stories come alive for me. I am not a natural journaler. I had the requisite locked diary as...
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Jan.02.2014
For the past several years, I’ve been doing annual reviews of my life and work, based on the format from Chris Guillebeau’s wonderful Annual Review on his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity. Chris’s system is exceptionally detailed, more so than I really need, but the gist is there. It’s a great...
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Sep.26.2013
I have a piece on career longevity over at the ITW Debut Author Blog. I find it interesting that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs and courses and conferences dedicated to helping new writers break in, learn to write, all that, but so few focused on helping the career writer maintain...
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Sep.17.2013
HERE'S A LISTING OF CONTESTS, INTERVIEWS, BLOGS AND REVIEWS FOR THE FINAL CUT.   I will be updating this post with additional links as they come in.* CONTEST Enter the Diamond Sweepstakes, sponsored by Putnam and Adler's of New Orleans (Open until September 30, 2013)...
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Sep.06.2013
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To celebrate the release of THE FINAL CUT (9.17.13) We're giving away a diamond pendant (ARV = $4,800.00) from the fine folks at Adler's New Orleans, a family-owned southern treasure. Enter at http://www.penguin.com/ finalcutsweepstakes  
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Jul.29.2013
Do you remember the not so long go good old days where if you wanted to find out what books were coming out from your favorite authors, you had to drive to the bookstore and look on their big board above the cash register for the release dates?   I used to love that moment when I saw one of my...
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Jul.23.2013
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Let me set the stage for you. Imagine a glitzy awards banquet in the heart of New York City. Luminaries of the thriller genre are scattered throughout the room. Wine flows. Silverware clinks. And behind a blue velvet curtain, slightly nervous writers are lined up to present awards for the best...
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Jul.08.2013
The Diabolist
Here is my interview with author Layton Green, who wrote thrillers The Summoner, The Egyptian, and The Diabolist. JT: I stayed up much too late last night reading The Diabolist. You’ve crafted a great story – part international thriller, part theology text, part philosophic treatise on good...
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Jul.01.2013
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Ordinary World = Derp. Derp. Derp. I love to read. One day I might write a book. Derp. Derp. Squirrels! Call to Adventure = OMG I have the best idea. I should write a book. (Concurrent with) OMG - I have the perfect story idea for that big commercial high-concept novel my agent wants me...
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Jun.24.2013
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Neil Gaiman has announced he'll be taking a six month social media sabbatical starting in January 2014. When I read the story in the Guardian this morning, I couldn't help but cheer for him. Every year, during Lent, I take a social media sabbatical. I preload a bunch of links, I warn...
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Jun.20.2013
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I've been struggling mightily with this post, because it discusses behavior -- and as such can be misinterpreted, or twisted, and I don't want either of those things to happen. I was put in an awkward situation the other day by a "pre-published" new author. The author introduced him/herself, then...
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Jan.05.2013
For the past several years, I’ve been doing annual reviews of my life and work, based on the format from Chris Guillebeau’s wonderful Annual Review on his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity. Chris’s system is exceptionally detailed, more so than I really need, but the gist is there. It’s a great...
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Dec.26.2012
ON SALE NOW! Amazon | Barnes & Noble The second exciting collaboration fromAlex Kava, Erica Spindler and J.T. Ellison. One terrifying storm: three thrilling tales.  They call it an Alberta Clipper – a massive storm system that rides the jet stream southward from Canada and...
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Nov.13.2012
Today's the day! Edge of Black is on sale in all formats - paper, ebook and audio.  There is nothing more exciting that release day. After all the work, the labor, the pain and the joy, your story is no longer your own. It belongs to the reader. It belongs to you. Stephen King's...
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Nov.12.2012
  People always ask what was my favorite book to write. And I always reply, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the one I just finished. Which stands to reason, considering I've lived, breathed and slept the story for the previous four months to a year, depending. EDGE OF BLACK, though, was the fastest...
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