IMMORTALITY (and other short stories)

I took my first serious stab at fiction at the behest of Ray Bradbury, who, during a talk at Point Loma University in 2001, insisted that if you produce a short story a week for a year then there's basically no way you'll write fifty two bad ones. I gave it a shot, picked my favorites, and launched my first book into the Bezos-enriching aether.


Next came a YA novel that tells the story of a teenage genius who hijacks an untested time machine into a future where his is the most hated name in history. It's a fun little Luddite romp through a dystopian landscape, all packaged up in this amazing cover, designed for me by the inestimable Kai Kazuto.


In my sophomore novel, a pair of hyper-competitive brothers venture into the wilderness of northern Canada for what the BBC has called one of the toughest jobs on the planet. Drawing on the decade of summers I spent in the world of industrial reforestation, it's a visceral tale of love, loss, and millions of hand-planted trees. In addition to ebook and paperback, POUNDERS is also available as an audiobook, read by yours truly.


Most recently I've been polishing up a comic novel in which a woman claiming to be the 150th incarnation of God Almighty knocks a grieving widower out with her purse and drags him on a cross country road trip, forcing him to dig deeper than he'd thought possible in order to consummate his plans for bloody revenge. The novel began its life as a screenplay of the same name, which in 2016 was a finalist for the Nicholl (fellowship run by the Oscars people), won the Page contest, got me selected for a Sundance thingy, and landed me on MovieMaker magazine's list of "25 Screenwriters to Watch" in 2017. 

I love the story and the characters. And given how difficult it can be to get a movie made, I decided to expand that story into a hundred thousand word novel... which then became an eighty thousand word novel... which I then whittled down to a tight, sixty-five thousand words. Marlene the Divine is almost-but-not-quite ready to share. 

I'll keep you posted.


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