Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interview with Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays


Please welcome Elan Mastai to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. All Our Wrong Todays was published on February 7th by Dutton.







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Elan:  As a kid I loved telling stories, so I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. But professionally I’ve been writing as my job since I was twenty-five and, through a series of misunderstandings, somehow got hired to write my first movie. I’ve been screenwriting ever since, both independently and for the Hollywood studios, but All Our Wrong Todays is my first novel.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Elan:  I’m a hybrid. I tend to marinate on an idea for a long time before I begin writing and a big part of that is working out the main turns of the plot. And I never start the writing process until I feel I’ve got a strong ending in place. Otherwise it’s like going on a road trip with no destination. I need my ending so I can plan the best route to get there. But I also leave a lot of open space to explore the territory and discover the unexpected. I never want a story to be so tightly plotted that the characters don’t have room to surprise me. Some of my favorite moments in All Our Wrong Todays were totally unplanned, but once I found them I couldn’t imagine the book any other way. Also, I’ve never heard either of these terms before—plotter and pantser—and had to look them up before I could answer. So this Q&A has been highly educational already.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Elan:  Curtailing my use of adverbs.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing? How does being a screenwriter influence or not your novel writing?

Elan:  Mostly I’m influenced by other novelists. Off the top of my head: Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K Dick, Aldous Huxley, JK Rowling, Audrey Niffenegger, Junot Diaz, Kazuo Ishiguro, David Mitchell, Dave Eggers, Neal Stephenson, Sheila Heti, Michel Houellebecq, Miranda July, Joseph Heller, Michael Ende, Katherine Paterson, and Daniel Quinn.

Screenwriting definitely influences my novel-writing, in large part because I’ve been a screenwriter for fifteen years and my first novel only came out last month! Screenwriting has a very specific style and it’s a style I’m very comfortable with after all these years. Scripts are always written in the third person, present-tense, with a lean but visually dynamic use of language, and an external perspective on the characters, defining them by what they say and do because there’s no access to their inner thoughts. Now, All Our Wrong Todays isn’t written like that at all. It’s in the first person, it jumps around in time, both figuratively and literally, it explores character interiority with a casual, funny, self-effacing narrative voice. But despite those stylistic differences, I still drew off my screenwriting experience to make sure the novel offer readers a strong visual experience, characters defined by what they say and do, and a pervading sense that every word matters. I was writing a novel, not a movie, but I wanted the book to feel as vivid as a movie being projected into the reader’s brain.



TQDescribe All Our Wrong Todays in 140 characters or less.

Elan:  What if our world is actually a dystopian alternate reality caused by an accident with a stolen prototype time machine?



TQTell us something about All Our Wrong Todays that is not found in the book description.

Elan:  Despite all the fun Jetsons-like technology of the book’s alternate version of the present day, the flying cars and robot maids and teleporters, this is really a book about how the people we’re closest to define us and give our life its meaning and purpose. At its heart, my novel is about figuring out who you are and what kind of future you want to live in.



TQWhat inspired you to write All Our Wrong Todays?

Elan:  When I was growing up, my grandfather had an extensive collection of vintage sci-fi from the 1950s and 1960s, and I loved the pulpy stories but also the wild painted covers of mad scientists, robots, rocketships, and futuristic cityscapes. But even as a kid in the 1980s, I knew there was something off. The future wasn’t turning out the way these authors and artists imagined it would. So I’ve been interested in that notion since childhood—what happened to the future we were supposed to have? More recently, I’ve noticed how much dystopia has been part of our pop culture (and political climate too). It occurred to me that someone of my grandparents’ generation transported to the present day might think our world is just as dystopian as anything in our books and movies. So I was inspired to take my childhood interest in abandoned utopias and marry it with a funny, critical, but still hopeful and compassionate look at the world we live in today, through the fresh eyes of a character who finds himself unexpectedly stranded here. Which, let’s face it, we all are.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for All Our Wrong Todays?

Elan:  I did a bunch of scientific research into various futuristic technologies, how they might work but also why they haven’t yet happened. I also explored ideas of quantum theory, orbital mechanics, radiation, and the nature of time. But I didn’t include the vast majority of my research in the book. My approach is to do way more research than I need to tell the story and only include the most interesting bits for the reader.



TQPlease tell us about All Our Wrong Todays' cover.

Elan:  The cover was designed by Christopher Lin and Zak Tebbal. Because the story explores a character who is propelled out of one version of the world and finds himself stranded in a very different version, we loved the idea of showing two images of the same skyline, one right-side up and one upside-down, so it feels both familiar and disorienting. The skyline itself is from San Francisco, a city that plays an important role in the book, particularly on a crucial day in 1965 when a stolen time machine causes all kinds of havoc. The design in the background is also a sly reference to the image of the “whorl”—which looks nifty but makes a lot more sense once you’ve read the book.



TQIn All Our Wrong Todays who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Elan:  Well, the narrator, Tom, was the easiest because, as a first-person memoir, his perspective defined the book. Once I figured out how Tom saw the world and expressed himself, his voice flowed quite naturally. Also, since it’s my first novel, I chose a narrative voice that I was comfortable writing. I’m not Tom, but there are a lot of similarities between us. Tom is like me, ten years ago, if I hadn’t made some major decisions that took my life in a very different direction than his. I can’t really answer the question about the hardest character to write because it’s a huge spoiler for the book. But later on a significantly different voice narrates a key piece of the story and I found that character very challenging to write, because the point of view is so opposed to mine. It’s not how I see the world and spending time channeling that character’s voice was tough. But it was a necessity for the story I had to tell.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in All Our Wrong Todays?

Elan:  Well, I’m writing about a character from a version of the world where the last five decades played out very differently, who then finds himself stuck in our version of the world and is often appalled by what he finds. Without delving into some thorny and complex modern issues, the story wouldn’t be as dynamic, authentic, or deeply felt. Which is not to say that Tom’s utopian world is without its own blind-spots. Part of Tom’s journey as a character is realizing what he takes for granted, personally and also on a social level. Certain contemporary issues are touchstones for the evolution of his character through the story.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from All Our Wrong Todays.

Elan:

“The problem with knowing people too well is that their words stop meaning anything and their silences start meaning everything.”

“So he did what you do when you’re heartbroken and have a time machine—something stupid.”

Actually, that last one is kind of spoilery, but that’s OK, since it’s also the premise of the novel.



TQWhat's next?

Elan:  I sold the movie rights to All Our Wrong Todays, so right now I’m writing the screenplay adaptation of the book for Paramount Pictures. I’m also about halfway through a second novel. It’s unrelated to my first but shares a similar tone and style.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Elan:  Thanks for having me and asking such thoughtful questions!





All Our Wrong Todays
Dutton, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

“Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.”—Entertainment Weekly

“[An] amazing debut novel…Dazzling and complex…Fearlessly funny storytelling.”—Washington Post

“Instantly engaging…a timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers and others, that show us who we might be, could be—and maybe never should be—that eventually leads us to who we are.”—USA Today

A Skimm Reads Selection

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed…because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.





About Elan

Photo by David Leyes
Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He is an award-winning screenwriter. This is his first novel.




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Open Road Media Partners With Humble Bundle to Celebrate Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy


Two more novels have been added to this fabulous bundle of books - Wild Seed by Octavia Butler and Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson. I'm a huge fan of Humble Bundle and you can check out the Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy Bundle here. This Bundle is available through March 29th at 11:00AM Pacific Time.


OPEN ROAD MEDIA PARTNERS WITH HUMBLE BUNDLE
TO CELEBRATE WOMEN OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

New York, NY; March 22, 2017—Two iconic science fiction titles­— Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed, and Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson—have been added to the sixteen-book Humble Book Bundle launched last week by Open Road Media and Humble Bundle to celebrate Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The bundle, in turn, supports First Book, a groundbreaking nonprofit that distributes books and educational materials to schools and programs serving children from low-income families, and gets books into the hands of disadvantaged children.

The Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy Humble Book Bundle now offers eighteen science fiction and fantasy titles by ten critically-acclaimed female authors including Octavia E. Butler, Robin McKinley, Elizabeth Hand, Nalo Hopkinson, Jane Yolen, Pamela Sargent, Katherine Kurtz, Jo Clayton, Kate Elliott, and Diana Pharaoh Francis. The ebooks are DRM-free and available in multiple formats including PDF, mobi, and epub. And as with all Humble Bundles, readers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated: between the publisher, Humble Bundle, the featured charity First Book, or a second charity of their choice via the PayPal Giving Fund.

The bundle has three tiers. Readers who pay at least $1 will receive Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Elizabeth Hand’s Wylding Hall, Kate Elliott’s Jaran, and Path of Fate by Diana Pharaoh Francis.

For $8 or more, readers will also unlock Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Talents, Robin McKinley’s Sunshine, Elizabeth Hand’s Black Light and Saffron and Brimstone, Jo Clayton’s Skeen’s Leap, Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz, as well as the two iconic titles just unlocked as a Mid-Promotion Addition: Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed, and Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson.

Readers who choose to pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Octavia Butler’s Unexpected Stories, Robin McKinley’s Beauty and The Hero and the Crown, Katherine Kurtz’s Camber of Culdi, Pamela Sargent’s The Shore of Women, and Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen.

The Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy Humble Book Bundle has already sold more than 5,600 bundles, and runs through March 29th at 11:00AM Pacific Time; to learn more, go to https://www.humblebundle.com/books/women-of-scifi-and-fantasy-book-bundle.


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Open Road Integrated Media is a prestige content brand delivering digital experiences that entertain and inform readers around the world; their network of digital properties produces compelling stories that keep audiences engaged—across devices and around the world. The Open Road brands include The Lineup, the premier digital destination for fans of true crime, horror, the mysterious, the creepy, and the paranormal; The Portalist, a haven for science fiction and fantasy fans who are curious, passionate, and eager for an uplifting, inclusive view of the universe; Early Bird Books, a daily ebook deals newsletter and literary content site; and Open Road Media, a global ebook publisher whose catalog includes legendary authors such as Octavia Butler, Sherman Alexie, Ben Okri, Walker Percy, William Styron, Pat Conroy, Madeleine L’Engle, Alice Walker, and Ruth Rendell.

About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since our founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. First Book supports the largest and fastest growing network of educators and program leaders serving children in need. In partnership with these heroic educators and other organizations, First Book transforms lives by improving access to equal, quality education for all kids. For more information, please visit our website or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.




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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Interview with Renee Macalino Rutledge, author of The Hour of Daydreams


Please welcome Renee Macalino Rutledge to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Hour of Daydreams was published on March 14, 2017 by Forest Avenue Press.






TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Renee:  The first time I wrote a complete piece, on my own initiative, I couldn’t have been older than 6 or 7. It came to me while outside in the yard, and I was conscious of being there and alive and deeply moved by the fact. I wrote a poem as a response to and interaction with a moment of awareness. It sounds profound, but the poem was about rainbows and flowers, the weather. It rhymed, so brownie points for that.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Renee:  I was a hybrid while writing The Hour of Daydreams. I had a general idea where I was going at the start of each chapter, at the end of which I’d have an idea where I’d go in the next chapter. But some of my favorite parts are those that came to me unannounced and seemed to write themselves, like a ribbon unraveling. Chapter 4 was like that, and Chapter 24. Lately I’ve been a pantser, writing memoir fragments inspired by my essays. I think it really depends on the project.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Renee:  Finding time to write. I have a day job and freelance work, and my kindergartener isn’t in daycare. I pick her up right after school, and after that, any chance of writing is snuffed out until she goes to bed. I take a notebook with me everywhere to jot things down, and I write text messages to myself all the time.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Renee:  Reading always fires me up to write. The possibilities of language, the power of voice. I love being swept into a story and feeling my world expand after reading. It inspires me to create stories of my own. People inspire me—if you talk to anyone long enough, you begin to discover their idiosyncrasies and what make them tick. You begin to find connection and develop empathy and see patterns of human connectivity, which to me, is the work of fiction. History inspires me, the desire to understand and learn from it.



TQDescribe The Hour of Daydreams in 140 characters or less.

ReneeThe Hour of Daydreams imagines the history of two characters in a Filipino folktale. What were their secrets, and who did they impact with them?



TQTell us something about The Hour of Daydreams that is not found in the book description.

Renee:  There’s a scene from the book that’s inspired by an embarrassing moment that took place between my husband and me. He loves telling the story, so I figured it would be okay to add. The couple that relives that moment is not Tala and Manolo, my protagonists, but Manolo’s parents, Andres and Iolana.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Hour of Daydreams?

Renee:  The Filipino folktale, The Star Maidens. It’s about a man who steals a star maiden’s wings so that she cannot fly away, and he marries her. In the end, she finds her wings and leaves him. This left me with more questions than answers and the desire to tell their story. It also gave me the opportunity to explore interesting themes like marriage, identity, the legacies we leave, and the way in which stories are passed down.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Hour of Daydreams?

Renee:  The book takes place in the Philippines, where I haven’t been since the age of four, so I googled a lot of random things about setting, like “Are there lions in the Philippines?” and “Are there shantytowns in the provinces?” and “Number of doctors in Philippine villages.” I made many phone calls to my parents and asked them lots of questions when I saw them. I also read some excellent books, like Eye of the Fish, a wonderful nonfiction narrative about the islands, by Luis H. Francia.



TQPlease tell us about The Hour of Daydreams' cover.

Renee:  Gigi Little, Forest Avenue Press’s designer, created the cover. It captures a beautiful time, at the intersection between day and night. It shows a feather, a hint at wings, falling from the sky. The feather, illuminated, is reminiscent of the moon. There are seven stars in the sky to symbolize seven sisters. Among the contrasts in my novel is that between city and country—and the sky on my front cover continues around to the back cover, where the green country landscape changes to a cityscape.



TQIn The Hour of Daydreams who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Renee:  Andres, at one point in the story, says, “Objects were simply objects, men were men, women were women. It was all so simple and for now—for the simple here and now—so divine.” His philosophy extends to him; he’s definitely a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy, so he was the easiest to write. Tala was the hardest. Her past is complicated, and it was a constant challenge to balance what to reveal and what to keep a mystery.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in The Hour of Daydreams?

Renee:  It felt impossible to write a book about the Philippines without touching upon social issues like sex trafficking, guerilla warfare, poverty, and government corruption. This is the world where my characters live, and these are issues they live through, among others. I didn’t set out on purpose to cover these issues; it happened organically in the context of my storyline and my preoccupations as a writer and Filipino.



TQWhich question about The Hour of Daydreams do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Renee:  Why is my book called The Hour of Daydreams? In a chapter by that name, the hour of daydreams is the time when a grandfather tells his granddaughter stories. It is a very specific and special time for them. It is also representative of a moment of time at a river, when the main characters, Tala and Manolo, bear witness to one another, and their memories of this time begin to feel like dreams. Finally, it is representative of the hours between the book and the reader.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Hour of Daydreams.

Renee:  “Without Grandfather Andres here to light a candle in my heart, I gaze at Papa differently, curious about the stories he hides, of the real woman and not the fairy tale, seeking her there in his hidden quiet. Without the stories, I realize there is nothing left.”



TQWhat's next?

Renee:  I’m working on short stories, novel two research, essays, and memoir writing. Find my short story, The Cigarette Thieves, in The Tishman Review in April.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Renee:  Thank you so much for having me!





The Hour of  Daydreams
Forest Avenue Press, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 232 pages

Manolo Lualhati, a respected doctor in the Philippine countryside, believes his wife hides a secret. Prior to their marriage, he spied her wearing wings and flying to the stars with her sisters each evening. As Tala tries to keep her dangerous past from her new husband, Manolo begins questioning the gaps in her stories—and his suspicions push him even further from the truth. The Hour of Daydreams, a contemporary reimagining of a Filipino folktale, weaves in the perspectives of Tala’s siblings, her new in-laws, and the all-seeing housekeeper while exploring trust, identity, and how myths can take root from the seeds of our most difficult truths.





About Renee

Photo by Tesa Lauigan
Renee Macalino Rutledge was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area from the age of four. A long-time local journalist, her articles and essays have appeared in ColorLines, Filipinas Magazine, Oakland and Alameda Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Literary Hub, Mutha Magazine, Ford City Anthology, Women of Color Anthology, and others. The Hour of Daydreams is her debut novel. She lives in Alameda, California, with her husband and two daughters.





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CROSSWIND coming from Gail Simone and Cat Staggs This June

Press Release


GAIL SIMONE AND CAT STAGGS LAUNCH
ALL-NEW SERIES CROSSWIND THIS JUNE
Goodfellas meets Freaky Friday in this mind-bending new
ongoing series

“Great, kinetic, mind-warping work.”
—Ian Rankin, bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus novels


PORTLAND, OR, 03/21/2017 — Image Comics is thrilled to announce CROSSWIND, the brand-new ongoing thriller from fan-favorites Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Secret Six) and Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman ‘77, Smallville Season 11), arriving in stores this June.

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman.

A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife.

When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

“This is possibly the most thrilling project of my career, and Cat Staggs brought her best stomping boots to the game; she's absolutely killing it,” said Simone. “There's nothing else quite like it. It smells of gunpowder, nitro, and one-hour hotel rooms. It's wrong and messed up, and we hope people love it as much as we do.”

“I am thrilled to be working with the incomparable Gail Simone in a genre that is close to my heart,” said Staggs. “The challenge of bringing these characters to life and developing their world has made this project something I’m proud of. Readers are in for a wild ride.”

CROSSWIND #1 (Diamond code: APR170674) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 21st. Final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.


Early praise for CROSSWIND:

“CROSSWIND will sneak up on you from behind and knock you sideways. Gail Simone
is at her absolute sharpest, and Cat Staggs’s art is daring and sexy. Freakin’
impressive is what it is…!” —Cully Hamner (RED, The Question)

“Cat Staggs's art will grab you by the throat and kick you in the teeth. This is one creepy
ride.” —Joe Harris (ROCKSTARS, X-Files)

Freaky Friday—yes! But dark and twisted and such great art and page composition.
 And glints of humour. This is great, kinetic, mind-warping work. Art reminded me of 
Chaykin’s The Shadow meets Bill Sienkiewicz. I love this.” —Ian Rankin (Inspector
Rebus novels)





About Image Comics
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Midnight, Texas


NBC has released an Official Trailer for MIDNIGHT, TEXAS, a TV show that will premiere on July 25th (10pm) and is based on the Midnight, Texas novels by Charlaine Harris. NBC describes the show on the Trailer's YouTube page:
Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. From the visionary director of "Mr. Robot" and based on the hit book series from the author behind HBO's "True Blood" comes a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.



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Midnight, Texas on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nbcmidnighttexas/




The upcoming TV show is based on the Midnight, Texas novels Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift, and Night Shift.

As I said in my review of Midnight Crossroad (here) - "If you've read other series by Harris you will recognize Manfred from her Harper Connolly series and Bobo Winthrop from the Lily Bard series. Midnight Crossroad is set in a post-Sookie Stackhouse world and meets at some tiny intersection of the Sookie, Lily Bard and Harper Connolly worlds." Whether this holds true for the TV series is unknown, at least to me.



If you like to read a novel/series before you see the TV show/movie, here is information about the novels:

Midnight Crossroad
A Novel of Midnight, Texas 1
Ace, March 31, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 6, 2014

SOON TO BE A NBC TV SERIES!

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes the first novel in a series that takes place in a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).



Day Shift
A Novel of Midnight, Texas 2
Ace, March 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 31, 2015

SOON TO BE A NBC TV SERIES!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels returns to the one-stoplight town of Midnight, Texas, a place where no one is quite what they seem…

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, where the residents like to keep to themselves. When psychic Manfred Bernardo finds himself embroiled in a scandal and hounded by the press after one of his regular clients dies during a reading, he turns to enigmatic, beautiful, and dangerous Olivia Charity for help. Somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…

Includes an excerpt of Night Shift



Night Shift
A Novel of Midnight, Texas 3
Ace, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 3, 2016

SOON TO BE A NBC TV SERIES!

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels comes the third novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day…


At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place…