Monthly Archives: October 2012

It’s Here!

The paperback is on sale in bookstores throughout the United States as soon as today. I’m over the moon!

A reminder that we’re celebrating — and signing copies — of the paperback from 4 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Picnic House, 723 S.W. Salmon St., downtown Portland between the Park Blocks and Broadway. Come have a nosh and a hug. They’re on me!

The Editing Process Continues!

Here it is: the unbound galley for my new novel, ICE COLD KILL. At left are copy editing forms. The book is scheduled for release from Minotaur Books in March.

I’m busy writing the sequel right now! But first, I need to do what’s called a “first pass” of the manuscript. Despite the name, it’s actually almost the last opportunity to do any major editing on a novel before it bets bound. By now, it’s been read, re-read and edited by myself, my editor and the copy editors.

Now I’ll swing through it one last time to look for egregious errors. After that, it’s ready for binding.


Milestones (Big and Little)

Oh, today is a good day.

Today, I got through an action sequence for the next novel that, in many ways, is my Plot Point for Act II.

Which, in Writer Talk, means it’s a big damn day.

I’m a Theater Geek (Reformed) and I believe that novels have a three-act structure. If so, I’m through the big, pivotal point that takes the reader from the middle of the book to the end of the book.

Mind you: In first draft. There’s a looooooong ways to go before it’s there. But still.

Today’s a good day.


Please Turn Your Hymnal to… recently ran this photo of me at Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland.

I’ve no bloody idea what the hell I’m saying herein but Keith, my editor at Minotaur Books, couldn’t help howling with laughter when he saw it.

Also, guys? Either you can wear this color or you can’t. I can. If you’re not sure: Do not attempt it. Thank you.




Cain Raising Stakes

KILL YOU TWICE, the fifth in Chelsea Cain’s horrifying thriller series, might well be the best entry yet.

Cain is best known for creating the psychosexual serial killer Gretchen Lowell. But in KILL YOU TWICE — as in the other books in the series — Cain’s magic is in the all-too-human characters of Archie Sheridan, the tortured cop, and Susan Ward, the hilariously flawed journalist. The evolution of Archie’s serial killer task force has been great fun to watch as well. Cain has built a solid foundation in these characters.

No wonder the fx channel is preparing a TV pilot based on her novels.

Like the other entries in the series — HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, EVIL AT HEART and THE NIGHT SEASON — Portland, Oregon, comes alive in this novel. Cain, a former columnist for The Oregonian, does a great job of detailing the city and its keep-it-weird inhabitants.

Note: This shockingly frank story is not for everyone. I flew to Ohio earlier this month next to a woman who turned a sickly ashen color when I mentioned that the tall blonde sitting three seats over was “that” Chelsea Cain. The woman wasn’t afraid of flying. She was afraid of Chelsea.

Full disclosure: Chelsea Cain is a writer for Minotaur Books, so we have the same publisher. Also, at a party this month in Cleveland, I’m relatively sure we were flirting with the same Englishman. Which is a post for another day.


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