The first thing any artist needs to do is learn how to defend themselves.
No, I don’t mean karate or buying a gun or a knife. I’m talking about defending themselves against those internal and external forces that can cripple and artist and damage their work. I’ve thought about some of the most harmful conditions that can hurt a writer and the ways I’ve tried to keep them at bay. What I mean is: Be Careful Who You Trust.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this year’s Western Writers of America (WWA) in Loveland, Colorado. It was my first time in The Centennial State, but it certainly won’t be my last. Loveland is a growing new place about an hour north of Denver, located just south of the better-known Fort Collins area. Along with an abundance of traffic circles at nearly every intersection, new construction of all kinds is everywhere. Malls featuring all of the top stores can be found within only a few miles of any given direction. There are also a wide variety of great restaurants offering every type of cuisine throughout the area. I’d encourage visitors to not only visit the downtown historic district but the outlying areas as well. You won’t be disappointed.
Wolfpack Publishing has signed a multi-book, multi-year deal with award-winning writer Terrence McCauley. Wolfpack will not only republish McCauley’s acclaimed University Series of novels (Sympathy for the Devil, A Murder of Crows, A Conspiracy of Ravens), but also his series of New York Crime Novels (The Devil Dogs of Belleau Wood, Against the Ropes, Prohibition, Slow Burn and The Fairfax Incident). Wolfpack will also be publishing two new novels from McCauley.
After a career spent writing thrillers and crime fiction, many of my colleagues wondered why I wanted to write a western. They were particularly curious about how a life-long New Yorker such as myself would set his story in Montana, a place I had never even seen.
You’ll find there are a lot of new bells and whistles on this site thanks to their efforts, including a blog and podcasts. I intend on making good use of both features. I’ll also be starting up a newsletter very soon. All of this will help me keep you informed of what I’m working on, what’s coming next and the interesting people I meet along this, my writing journey.