New Stuff!

Underworld trade paperbacks available now!

It’s been such a rush to receive feedback on my work from strangers living in Spain, South Africa, Australia, and Peru since Underworld‘s release last month. But I just received Underworld in print, and all of the feelings of the last thirty days hit me all over again, all at once.

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Where did you grow up?

I was born in Queens, New York, but my mother moved us to Brooklyn by the time I’d reached six months old. My very earliest memories are from an apartment we had on 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst.

In my fourth year, we moved to live permanently in our Pennsylvanian summer house, though we only lived there for about a year before moving back to Brooklyn by way of my great aunt’s house in Queens.

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Best Books for How to Write a Novel

Lots of people want to know how to write a novel. And I truly believe almost all of those people have a great novel inside of them. But most don’t know where to start. Check out this list of my favorite writing books to help get you started.

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Gun Violence in Underworld

When I first drafted underworld in 2013, I really didn’t set out to write a story about gun violence. But over the years it took me to finish the story, I think it’s become one of the more prominent themes. The book isn’t a preachy book, least of all about guns, but they’ve become a hot button topic in the last year or so, and I think it’s worth talking about what I believe, what the characters in Underworld believe, and how inadequate I feel inadvertently becoming part of the discussion.

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Where do you get your ideas?

I think of creativity like a factory where everything you put in comes out as cookies. The issue then, is deciding what you want to put in.

Personally, I prefer my cookies different every time, so I try to vary my input as often as possible.

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Why the Marvel Universe is Killing It Right Now

I’ve got an idea about why the Marvel Universe is rocking movies, TV, and comics right now. But whereas fans are quick to point at the lovable characters, the relatable plots, and the special effects as the reason for Marvel’s success, I think the real reason is something more interesting.

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What was the first story you ever wrote?

When I was in the first grade, we used to have to write sentences with our vocabulary words once per week. It was March, and the word list included some of the following: leprechaun, rainbow, earthquake, and midnight. When I saw the words, I didn’t just see sentences.

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New Website!

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally have a new website! Welcome! Read on for some thoughts on what you can expect the next time you stop by.

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