video: Gnu’s Room reading (20 February 2013)

In case you missed it, here’s a video of my reading at The Gnu’s Room in Auburn, Alabama. I read the infamous “Thor vs. the photocopier” selection from Valhalla (volume 1), and then we had a really good Q&A session following. The “bracelet” I’m wearing in this video is actually the frayed collar of my […]

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the power of myth, and research

A lot of people ask me where I got the idea for the Valhalla series. Old Norse gods living in Portland, having to live ordinary lives and work regular jobs while secretly protecting the world as we know it? That came from a simple, musing thought I had one day while out running errands: Wouldn’t […]

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of “Thor” and “Valhalla”… and next steps

We did go to see “Thor” on opening night. Even when there’s a movie I really want to see, I usually stay away during opening weekend, to avoid the crowds. But given the overlap in mythology between “Thor” and my book, “Valhalla,” I knew I had to get into a theater as soon as I […]

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the importance of reader comments

I’ve been getting the best emails and Facebook messages about “Valhalla” these past few days. For example, one reader — okay, it was my mother — described “Valhalla” as an “opus” and “heroic tale” that is full of action, laughter and fun. Another reader (not related to me) posted to Facebook that the story “grabs […]

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overcoming shyness

I can be fairly reticent, especially with people I don’t know. This has been something of a challenge in my writing work, when it comes to soliciting magazine and newspaper assignments from editors I don’t know — and especially when it comes to promoting books. I was really shy about promoting my first novel when […]

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planning my blog tour, and deciding to e-publish

I’ve been working on guest posts and upcoming appearances on other blogs. Even though I only had six weeks to map out my marketing plan and get “Valhalla” ready for e-publication — which is NOT a lot of time (more on that later) — I’d wanted to engage in an aggressive blog tour to promote […]

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