House of the Rising Sun Excerpts

Typically a novel excerpt will feature the book’s first several pages, but I’ve decided to try something different for House of the Rising Sun. In part because the story begins with a suicide attempt and also because there is more to the novel than planes...

Feedback: House of the Rising Sun

Even though I conceived House of the Rising Sun long before, I didn’t start writing in earnest until 2016. The bulk of the first draft was written on early weekend mornings, or late at night, against a backdrop of constant media coverage of the U.S. Presidential...

EVERY. SINGLE. WORD.

Since August I’ve been rewriting House of the Rising Sun, an effort undertaken after several months of tepid responses from publishing houses. You might think, when you’ve published four novels, it would be easy to sell your fifth…especially when the idea for...

Jonathan Franzen Doesn’t Really Want You to Follow His Rules

Even though I signed up in 2008, I’ve never used it much until this year, so the way information and emotion spread through the Twittersphere is somewhat new to me. The reason I find myself on there at all is to consume opinion and theories about the Trump presidency...

International Editions

Did you know a couple of my novels have been translated into languages that aren’t English? These are my international editions. The God Particle was translated into Spanish as El Experimento Nobel and La Particula Divina, and into Dutch as Goddelijk experiment....

When a Digital Guy Meets an Analog Girl

* This essay was originally written on September 12, 2011. As a gift for making it all the way through high school, my dad bought me a Sony rack stereo system. Up to that point I had enjoyed my favorite 80s music on a smaller unit, which was essentially a glorified...

Outrage: Repost

I wrote this nearly eight years ago, two days before I was laid off from a company where I was an employee for nearly seventeen years, and eight months before I began work on House of the Rising Sun. In a way, this post humorously suggests an idea that was explored in...