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A Q&A: Christopher’s Question

Recently, a friend posed this question on Facebook, and I decided to post my answer here on this blog: Q: How do you know what errors/typos you have [when you edit]? – Christopher A: That’s an excellent question. There are different style guides that a publisher will go by. Or, if you’re self-publishing, there’s The… Continue reading A Q&A: Christopher’s Question

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Pre-order Circus in a Shot Glass, Get a Free Read

Circus in a Shot Glass is now available for pre-order from Amazon! If you pre-order before next Tuesday (the book's release date) and email proof of purchase to, I will send you a FREE preview of my novelette Things Heard in a Graveyard, due out this November. Order here. Offer ends 9/4/18.    

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Book Cover: Circus in a Shot Glass

Here's the cover for Circus in a Shot Glass (I couldn't wait 'til next Friday to reveal it): Thanks to Cora at Cora Graphics for doing such a superb job! Circus in a Shot Glass is slated to released September 9, 2018 from Clean Reads. It'll be available in e-book from


How I Survived My Second Book Signing

Me^ (Photo credit: R.A. Johnson) Don't let that relaxed, calm, and passive face fool you 😉 I was STRESSED about my book signing last Saturday. I showed up an hour early, with all my stuff and my friend and her son and my mom...because, let's face it: If you fail to plan, you plan to… Continue reading How I Survived My Second Book Signing


Me Tackling Fear — On the Radio and in a Crowd

My sister got me a cute shot glass ^ in honor of CIRCUS IN A SHOT GLASS's upcoming release! But before I think about CIRCUS IN A SHOT GLASS, I have to finish getting through this week. If all went well (I'm writing this post on Sunday), I was on the radio yesterday and will… Continue reading Me Tackling Fear — On the Radio and in a Crowd


Trigger Warnings

Greetings! It would seem that edits for Circus in a Shot Glass are done! ...knock on wood. I mean, I haven't heard anything, but I'm assuming that they are. But there was something I was wrestling with that I contacted Clean Reads about: Does my book need a trigger warning? First, let me explain what… Continue reading Trigger Warnings


Galley Edits — I’m On My Way!

Last week there was no blog post. I know, bad me. Let me update you on what I'm up to: Circus in a Shot Glass has reached the galley proofing stage, so I am doing just that: galley proofing. I have until March 16th to finish, and with the power going in and out lately,… Continue reading Galley Edits — I’m On My Way!


Truth in Fiction and a Bowie Update

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” - Ernest Hemingway Honesty's the best policy. As a writer, I'm a truth-teller and yet a deceiver: Truth is wrapped up in a jacket of lies. I lie so I can tell the… Continue reading Truth in Fiction and a Bowie Update


Cats and Proofreading

I've done one round of proofing on Circus in a Shot Glass! I have a feeling that the end is nigh. YAY! I have no idea when Clean Reads is going to hit the great PUBLISH button, and I'm still taking guesses (I only have two so far, so please guess!) : In other news...… Continue reading Cats and Proofreading


Cats and Editing Don’t Mix

Did I mention I have a kitten? Internet, meet Bowie! ('Scuse the mess.) I finished my content edits for Circus in a Shot Glass (coming out from Clean Reads later this year) before Bowie arrived. Line edits (fixing punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.) came after Bowie arrived and, well...things were interesting, to say the least. Trying… Continue reading Cats and Editing Don’t Mix