Festivals

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 […]

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Psychological Effects of Burglary on Victims

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  For the past few months, I’ve been working on a nonfiction project with a retired detective about a serial burglar he was instrumental in bringing to justice. This has led me to research other books on burglary including A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh. In Manaugh’s book, he goes deep into how […]

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My Favorite Books of 2017

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2017 has been a fantastic year for fiction and nonfiction alike but the way it works I am always a few years behind(none of these books actually came out this year). I decided to put together a very short list of my favorite books that I actually read in 2017.  I settled on three books […]

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String of Great Reviews for MADE SAFE

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  I’ve been ultra busy these past weeks with my latest writing projects and the demands of summer but I had to write a quick post about the wonderful reviews MADE SAFE has received of late. First is an incredible review of MADE SAFE over at Readers’ Favorite favorably comparing my writing to the likes of […]

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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) […]

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Debut Author Survival Tips

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There are lots of types of crazy in the world. The type of crazy I’m going to focus on today can only be described in terms of a jittery mess of emotions I’ve only experienced in one other circumstance. That time was at the three-week mark the final time I quit(successfully) smoking cigarettes. In that […]

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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 […]

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Interview with Jessica Dainty Author of The Shape of the Atmosphere

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Today I got the chance to interview the incredibly talented author, Jessica Dainty. Some of what I found out was just how far Jessica is willing to go for her art (think torture) and the amount of research and detail she put into her portrayal of troubled youth, Gertie in Jessica’s novel THE SHAPE OF THE […]

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Made Safe Has Launched!

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This is a day late but Made Safe officially launched on 1/17/2017. Thanks to Heather Gudenkauf for the incredible blurb: “Francis Sparks’ MADE SAFE is a gripping, fast-paced and hard hitting thriller. Sparks’ depiction of the gritty underbelly of the heartland will grab you by the throat and not let go. Hold on tight for […]