Caving In

The sign read “Closed” But people went in and out Like flies from a dead man’s mouth Deceived by outward ambition Trapped in a vicious cycle They ventured forth in lines Tagged and numbered In twos and fours With vacant eyes Amidst silent misery Solid behind doors of steel And imaginary skin They came bearing … Continue reading Caving In

Lights! Camera! Autographs!

I remember the first time I beheld a signed copy of a popular novel. It was one of those Lawrence Block tomes about a seedy character named Matthew Scudder, books that I used to eat up like Frosted Flakes. They were vapid, but somehow kept my interest the way few books did in the early ’90s. Then, I saw a book in a bookstore (I don’t even remember what book it was, but it was in Borders) that had a sticker on its cover that proudly read “Autographed Copy.” I wondered at how a book could blatantly lie like that, but then when I opened the cover, there it was, just as advertised, the author’s signature. I thought, “It’s got to suck to be famous because everyone wants a piece of you,” and then I realized that particular author wasn’t famous. Oops.

Then I became an English teacher and headed off to the mecca of all English teacher hangouts, the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) national conference, held in Pittsburgh one year. At the conference, to my great surprise, were all kinds of authors who sat at booths at prescribed times, and, you’ll never believe this, SIGNED BOOKS FOR TEACHERS. I know. I’m still trying to catch my breath over that one, and this was a number of years ago when I was at the Pittsburgh conference. I was like a kid in a candy store. I met Nicholas Sparks, Lois Lowry, Laurie Halse Anderson, that guy who wrote the Uglies series, and many more. I was hooked. Continue reading “Lights! Camera! Autographs!”

Book Review of Detours

The following is a review of my debut novel, Detours… I’ve recently finished reading Detours by Sam McManus.  I will begin this review by saying that I was somewhat wary to step out of the comfort zone of my usual reading genre.  I will say next that I’m so very glad I took that step. … Continue reading Book Review of Detours

Detours: A Novel

Greetings all. I have decided to ePublish my first novel, Detours, on amazon.com, through their Kindle Direct Publishing. It is also recently available in paperback format, so you can choose which one you would like to purchase. I am very excited to share this tale with you, one that is very near and dear to … Continue reading Detours: A Novel