Writer Types Podcast: Summer Reads

While I was in California, Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden, the crime fiction duo behind the Writer Types podcast, were kind enough to interview me. If you’re not into podcasts, Eric and Steve are both professional editors, so they know how to cut the chaff. They do a great interview, and we had lots of fun. Also in this episode are Meg Gardiner, John Rector, Jordan Harper, and Angel Luis Colón. Listen to it here.

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Panel at the New York Public Library, 6/8

What are you doing next Thursday? I’ll be on a panel with one of my favorite writers, Laura K. Curtis, discussing the Decision to Self-Publish, at the New York Public Library’s Ottendorfer Branch, at 5:30pm.

I know, I lost you when I said “Ottendorfer.”  The Ottendorfer Branch isn’t a secretive government agency, despite how it sounds. It’s the original branch of the New York Public Library, donated in 1884 by Oswald Ottendorfer, who ran a German-American newspaper. And holy cats, look at those muttonchops. They’re practically full-grown sheep:

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Oswald Ottendorfer

The panel is titled Self-Publishing: Is it Right for You? and Curtis and I will be discussing that decision and answering questions, as we have both had our books published traditionally and self-published them:

Have you considered self-publishing as an outlet for your work? Can’t decide whether to do it yourself or wait for an agent or a publisher to help you? Laura K. Curtis and Thomas Pluck, who have written short stories and novels in multiple genres, and who have both published independently and with traditional presses, discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing. What questions should you ask yourself before deciding to send your work out into the world yourself? What strategies will give it the best shot at success? They’ll answer all your questions about the brave new world of publishing!

As these debates get “lively,” it should be a good time. I’ll have copies of my traditionally published crime thriller Bad Boy Boogie, and my self-published adventure novel Blade of Dishonor on hand for taste tests.

Where:

The Ottendorfer Library, 135 Second Avenue, Manhattan

When: Thursday June 8th, 5:30pm

 

 

 

Noir at the Bar Queens Lit Fest 5/28

With barely time to take a breath after my lovely tour of the bookstores, taco stands, and bars of Los Angeles, I’m off to Long Island City in Queens this Memorial Day weekend to read with a delightful bevy of crime writers. So if you’re in town this weekend, Sunday you can get your book fix in Queens, and when night falls on the City, you can join us for libations and larceny at LIC Landing, by the Coffeed. It’s also just a few blocks from The Creek & the Cave, a comedy club and CaliMex eatery that I frequented when Katie East and crew used to tear the place up. I can vouch for the eats and the brews there.

Reading with Sarah Weinman, Jen Conley, Cathi Stoler, Scott Adlerberg, Alex Segura, SJ Rozan, SA Solomon, and Nick Kolakowski will be a good time. It’s a quick hop off the E train from the PATH, that’s how I plan on getting my Jersey ass across two rivers. The festivities begin at noon, and the reading kicks off at 5pm.

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The California Triple Lindy with the Dirty (Half) Dozen

People of California:

Mr Goombah Gumbo is coming to the city of angels and its immediate environs. I love the posters Eric Beetner came up with, though to my enduring shame I often mix this classic up with Kelly’s Heroes, because Donald Sutherland and Ernest Borgnine are in both (I was only thinkin’ positive thoughts about that goddamn bridge!)

Come join us for what’s sure to be a fun time. I’ll have Bad Boy Boogie and Blade of Dishonor on hand, and if you don’t know the crew I’m rolling with, they are great crime writers. From pulp and noir maestros Duane Swierczynski and Eric Beetner, the bad-ass noir poet of L.A. Josh Stallings, to up and comers like the acclaimed Joe Ide, SW Lauden, and Nolan Knight, Gotham writer Jordan Harper, and Stoker-winning author Maria Alexander.

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May 20, West Hollywood, CA, 4:00PM: Reading at Book Soup with Josh Stallings, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, and Nolan Knight. Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

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May 21, Orange, CA: Reading at Book Carnival with Josh Stallings, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, and Nolan Knight. Location: 348 S. Tustin Street, Orange.

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May 21, Culver City, CA: 6:00PM: Reading at Noir at the Bar L.A. at Mandrake Bar in Culver City, with Joe Ide, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, Maria Alexander, and Jordan Harper.

Jersey Crime Trio this Saturday

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This Saturday at 4pm three Jersey crime writers take over Barnes & Noble in Morris Plains for two hours of noir!

Dave White, author of the Jackson Donne mysteries, Jen Conley, author of Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens, and myself. Come join us, it’s sure to be a blast…as we open the safe and make off with the loot.

Barnes & Noble Morris Plains

1940 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-644-9482

Like Warren Zevon say: Join me in L.A.

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Sunday May 21st I have the great honor of reading at Noir at the Bar L.A. hosted by Eric Beetner, with Duane Swierczynski, Maria Alexander, Joe Ide, Jordan Harper, and S.W. Lauden!

Join us at the Mandrake, 2692 S. La Cienega, at 7pm for a night of noir.

 

A Night of WhoDunnIts in Montclair, Thursday 4/27

Join me and Alex Segura as New Jersey author Dave White, of the Jackson Donne thrillers, interrogates us about our latest books at Watchung Booksellers this Thursday night April 27th, beginning at 7:00 PM.

pluck-seguraAlex is the author of the Pete Fernandez P.I. novels set in Miami, the latest of which, Dangerous Ends, dives into the violent past of Cuba. And I’m the author of Bad Boy Boogie, about Jay Desmarteaux, who is out of prison 25 years after killing a brutal rapist in high school, trying to live a normal life…. but old friends and new enemies won’t let him.

Drinks and snacks will be served, we will read briefly from our books and sign them. There will be copies of Dave and Alex’s series, as well as my adventure novel Blade of Dishonor, and both Protectors anthologies, which have stories by me, Dave, and Alex, if you want the trifecta!

Can’t make it? Order a signed copy from Watchung Booksellers or The Mysterious Bookshop! They both also have signed copies of Protectors 2: Heroes, which funds the HERO Corps, wounded vets fighting child abuse.

I wrote a profile of Watchung Booksellers for LitHub, they are great people. Drop by sometime if you can’t make it Thursday.

Dave also lives in Nutley, so afterwards we will meet on “Church Hill” to settle things…

Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ
973.744.7177