1. Get a copy of RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE (The paperback will be released July 19, 2016, but you can use a hardcover copy for the purpose of this contest.)

2. Either Tweet me a photo of RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE, send me an Instagram photo of it, or better yet do both (if you have both accounts). Be creative. The photo can be a selfie or something you’ve staged. I’m looking for an interesting visual that I can RETWEET and/or share with my followers. I’m going to choose my favorite photo for the grand prize. All other photos will be entered into a drawing for signed books.

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3. Enter as many times as you like. Deadline is August 15th, 2016.

Grand prize: a pre-released, signed galley copy of SHUTTER
Runner-ups: Four runner-ups will receive a signed copy of one of my books.


I’ll be at the Boston Teen Author Fest, Saturday, September 24th, 9:30-5. For more information.

I'll be at Jabberwocky Bookstore, Newburyport, MA on October 15th. Time: TBA. More details coming soon.

Book release party for SHUTTER, Friday, October 21st, 6-8PM, Spirit of 76 Bookstore, Marblehead, MA. For more information.


4-Day Creative Writing Workshop in Marblehead, MA

Level: Beginner to Moderate
Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26th and 27th; Tuesday and Thursday, August 2nd and 4th
Time: 3-5PM 

Cost: $200
To sign up, please e-mail me:

Workshop Description: In this four-session workshop, students will work to develop and improve their writing craft in a fun and supportive group. We will work on setting, character- and plot-building, story structure, voice, dialogue, point-of-view, and more. Please bring a notebook and pen.

1-Day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop in Marblehead, MA

Level: Moderate to Advanced
Date: Saturday, July 30th 

Time: 10AM - 2PM

Cost: $120 

To sign up, please e-mail me:

Workshop Description: Want to start a new project but need some inspiration? Need a little momentum for your current work-in-progress? In this one-day intensive workshop, we will look to the work of published writers to explore varied techniques; do free-writing exercises that explore and examine plot, character development, theme, setting, dialogue, voice, and revision; look at the "big picture" of your stories, particularly with respect to structure; practice varied tools for revision; and strive to find the path to finishing your work-in-progress (be it a novel, novella, or short story).

Cost: $100.00

I will send you, via e-mail, a 30-page packet of information and exercises for character-building, plot structure, dialogue, point-of-view, revision, and more. In addition, You can submit up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, standard margins) of writing for my editorial notes. I will critique the pages, addressing any issues, including but not limited to plot, character development, syntax, grammar, and dialogue. I will point out what I believe works and offer some advice for an overall direction.

After I give notes, I will be available via e-mail for follow up if you have questions.

This class is available now. I will take up to ten students at a time and get back to you within one week of payment.

To sign up for the online writing critique, please e-mail me:

Autographed Books & Bookplates
Would you like to purchase one of my autographed titles (or better yet a whole series) for a gift or for yourself? Or would you like a personalized bookplate? Please e-mail me:

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