Monday, March 28, 2016

Updates: Orchard Pointe, Woodsview and More!

I can't believe it's been two weeks since I posted on the blog! And while I am super busy this last week of March (you'll see why in a minute), I wanted to give some updates on my current writing projects with my Horror twins partner, Jolene Haley. Without further ado:

Orchard Pointe
Jolene and I will be finishing the first draft of our new Orchard Pointe book this week. The draft is over 110K right now, and we are in the middle of the big finish. This book ended up being a little longer than what I anticipated, mostly because the setting of Orchard Pointe is one of the main characters of the series. So in this first book, we had a bit of worldbuilding to do. Once we finish the draft, edits and rewrites are next, and this book is on track for a late Spring/early Summer release.

Woodsview Murders #2: Haunted
We may have been spending some time in Orchard Pointe, but we haven't forgot about Avery, Quinn and the rest of the Woodsview crew. Jolene and I are already about 30K into this one and it will be our Camp NanoWriMo project for April. Book two will be picking up several months after the events of HARROWED, as Avery is struggling to move on and have some semblance of a normal in the wake of the Woodsview massacre. If you're a horror fan, then you know the sequel to a good slasher movie has to take it up a notch. Challenge accepted.

Pocumtuck Academy
If you've been paying attention to Jolene's twitter recently, you may have seen her drop a few hints about our next series, Pocumtuck Academy. I really don't want to drop too many spoilers this early, but as you might have guessed, this series will be set at a private boarding school nestled in the mountains of Massachusetts. The curriculum at Pocumtuck is a little...different than you might find anywhere else, and the school has been home to many interesting events, not all of which are pleasant.

So there you go, some updates on what Team Brolene is working on for the next several months. Now if you'll excuse me, i really need to get back to finishing this Orchard Pointe draft, as Camp NaNoWriMo starts in FOUR DAYS!!!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Come See Me at the Springfield Central Library on March 19th!!

This coming weekend I'll be taking part in a local author fair at the Springfield City Library Author Fair on March 19th! I'll be selling and signing copies of all three books in my Parted Veil horror series.

The event will take place from 12:30pm to 4pm at the Central Library (220 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103) in the rotunda.

Here's what the library has to say about the event:

Meet local authors and enjoy their works in this showcase of local talent and achievement! Authors will be on hand to discuss their books and work as published writers, and sell and sign copies to interested readers. A wide range of books will be on display including novels, poetry, nonfiction, children’s books and more. 


I will also have some Uguborth prints with me, and anyone who buys all three books will get one for free!

The event page with a full author listing is here. You can also go to for more info.

I'd love to see some friendly faces, so come on down and say hi!

Monday, March 7, 2016

When the Pieces Just Come Together

As of today, Jolene and I are over 96K on our first Orchard Pointe book, and we are heading down the home stretch. The first draft should be finished in the next week or so.

One of my favorite things about being a signposter (mostly a pantser, but I'll jot down some plot points and a general idea of the overall story just to make sure I'm staying on course as I write) is that when things are going well, great things happen very organically.

One such thing happened this weekend. We already have a very interesting and well-developed villain in our story (if I do say so myself), but as we are barreling through act three, I felt like there was still one piece missing. And then, in the course of writing a scene where the characters are figuring out something very important about this villain, the conversation they had created the very piece of the villain that we'd been missing. Jolene and I talked about it, and talked through what it meant for the rest of the story, and it really helped solidify where we were going.

I realize I'm being totally vague, but you know I can't spoil such important details about our fun little story before we get a chance to put the whole thing out there.

Well, I guess I spoiled one--there's a villain in it.