Posted February 15, 2010
It is 1985. I am fourteen, just two weeks away from starting high school.
I lived in an insular small rural town in Northern California. Farmland, ranches, and orchards filled the valley. To say I was naive would be an understatement; I was a geek who lived most of his entire life in books and movies. I liked the idea of horror films, but my folks were fairly strict and didn’t have a VCR anyway, and so my experience was limited to whatever older monster movies I could manage to catch on…
Posted February 7, 2010
Just saw my first “official” review. It’s from the December 15th, 2009 edition of Kirkus Reviews. It’s just a paragraph. But still. It feels awful damn good. I’m chuffed, as they’d say in Australia.
It’s mostly summary, and in the end, it’s not so much a review as a warning.
“Kirkus Reviews -
A one-time veterinarian descends into a maelstrom of violence and grim ethical dilemmas. A kick in the head by a horse ruined Frank Winter's budding veterinary career. Then a doping mistake at the…
Posted February 6, 2010
I lived in Taiwan for a while in the mid-nineties, teaching English in the southern port town of Kaohsiung. I’ve lived in a few different places—Chicago, California, Australia—but Taiwan was by far the most culturally different.
There’s a lot I won’t miss about the place. The pollution and litter. The bands of little feral dogs. Everybody rides two-stroke scooters, and it sounds like they’re zipping around on little chainsaws or lawnmowers, spitting out blue clouds of noxious fumes. The…
Posted January 30, 2010
I know. I know.
The two titles are so damn similar everybody is simply gonna assume that one is a sequel, or this is the start of some kind of series.
They’re not. So I figured I’d better try and explain.
Like most everything else in my life, it was more or less an accident. I’m not the best at planning. See, I wrote Wormfood first and started submitting the novel to anybody that didn’t require an agent. It took a long time, but eventually, I found a small publisher that was interested…