Zadie Smith at Unbound Book Festival

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Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri just ended over the weekend. I became aware of the four-year-old event last year when Salmon Rushdie headlined (I had a FREE ticket, they are all free) but could not attend. But when Zadie Smith was announced as the headliner for 2018, I immediately got two tickets and made […]

Interview with Shaun Harris Author of The Hemingway Thief

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I remember hearing about The Hemingway Thief when it came out last year but didn’t actually step up and buy the book until I ran into Shaun Harris on Twitter. I could tell right away from our interaction that I’d be in good hands(even though I was warned that he was not kind to Hemingway) […]

Enter To Win One of Three Signed Copies of Made Safe

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Goodreads Book Giveaway Made Safe by Francis Sparks Giveaway ends May 10, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

Two Months of Dreams Fulfilled

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We are fast approaching two months since my debut novel MADE SAFE launched into the world, fulfilling my¬†childhood dream of being a published author. In that time there have been a few other firsts: My novel has shown up on library shelves in my area.   I participated in my first author fair and made […]

Podcasts for the Crime/Mystery Author

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I write mystery/suspense (*ahem Made Safe out Fall 2016 from Pandamoon Publishing) fiction and I am always on the lookout for interesting new angles and ideas for my writing. Here is a short list of podcasts

Explain to me why Darth Vader is targeting my kids

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I feel like I missed something. I am a fairly recent father. My son is two years old and my daughter is four months. When did Darth Vader become a children’s teddy bear? Why not an actual teddy bear like creature like Wicket the Ewok? Or Chewbacca? He is a fine Wookie and a class […]