Happier, Forgotten. A Playlist In Progress for a Work in Progress about a Life in Progress

It’s November, and I’ve decided to dive in and do NaNoWriMo again this year. I failed last year (but that book will still be finished and released – it’s just on hold!). But this month I’m working on a brand new book. It’s called ‘Happier, Forgotten’ and it’s gonna be depressing as hell. Kind of like if Morrissey and The Cure had a baby and that baby was a book. I hinted at it a while back, but never got around to writing it. But it’s been back there in…

I’m an Iowan Now!

If you take a look at the updates here on my site, you’ll probably notice that it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Turns out there’s a reason for that: I’ve had a busy year. At the end of 2016 I decided to move on from my career in the music publishing business and look for a new challenge. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was I wanted to do, but I knew I wasn’t happy anymore and needed a new challenge. For a while I did work as a…

A CONFESSION: The Complete Live Reading Is Now on YouTube

On January 19, 2017 I made literary history by being the first author to livestream a reading of his own novel across Twitter and Facebook. From 8pm through 12:30am I sat in front of a row of cameras and read my entire novel, ‘A Confession,’ cover to cover, for the world to see and hear. During that broadcast, we also recorded a higher-quality video of the entire reading. It, along with enhanced audio quality, is now available on YouTube. This footage is the entire original live broadcast, first livestreamed via Facebook…

LIVE Reading of ‘A Confession’ In Its Entirety: January 19th!

Mark your calendars people! On January 19, 2017 I will be doing a LIVE reading of my latest novel, ‘A Confession’ in its entirety and livestreaming the whole thing. The stream will start at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, and will be broadcast via both Facebook Live and Twitter/Periscope. Barring any technical difficulties, the plan is for me to read the entire novel, start to finish, all in one stream (with occasional breaks to use the restroom). So mark your calendars, and make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Facebook to be…

A Recent Interview on My Approach to Creativity

I recently had the opportunity to answer a set of questions from Jeff Leisawitz, the author of ‘Not F*ing Around: The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground.’ We went over some great topics, like how I define my creative mission, how I’ve learned from success (and failure) and even how art and creativity can help to heal and grow. Swing on over and check it out.

NaNoWriMo 2016? Time For Something Completely Different

A few months back I had an idea for a new novel, one I was calling “the most depressing book ever.” I’d named it Happier, Forgotten and I planned on cranking through it this November as a kind of NaNoWriMo followup to my last novel, A Confession. As it turns out, I’ve completely changed my mind. One of the biggest issues I’ve had as a writer is that I’m also a dad … and of everything I’ve written, not a single one is appropriate for my kids to read. I have three boys,…

‘Roommates’ is a FREE Kindle Short Story Right Now!

To celebrate the release of ‘A Good Provider,’ the fourth of my “Creepy Little Bedtime Stories,” today through October 28th you can download the third in the series for FREE on Kindle. A series of short (15 minute-or-so reads), each “Creepy Little Bedtime Story” is its own, self-contained scary story – written to help you have a restless night of sleep, should you read it just before bed. About the Free Download Normally just 99 cents each, you can get your taste of the series free this week by downloading ‘Roommates’ FREE.…

The First Draft of ‘The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks’ is Complete!

About eight years ago, in November of 2008, I started my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I failed miserably, only putting down a few thousand words … but those few thousand words were the start of something … something that stuck around in my head for years while I tried to figure the whole story out.  Over the last year or two I’ve been back at the story, getting those ideas down to paper – trying to get the entire complicated thing into one story that made sense.…