My friends (and now colleagues) at Wolfpack Publishing have put together a killer cover in a bundle of two of my earliest Noir Novellas. DOHERTY’S WAR is the origin story of our favorite downtrodden detective Charlie Doherty and his experiences in combat in World War I. The story, which was previously published by Down and Out Books as THE DEVIL DOGS OF BELLEAU WOOD, is about Charlie’s participation in that famous, bloody battle that forged the reputation of The United States Marine Corps as one of the most lethal fighting forces in the world.
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.