Monthly Archives: July 2014

Brief summary of my last two years (plus tour schedule for Beware Beware)

Wow! I am really horrible at keeping a blog! I’m too cheap/lazy to get a real website, so every visitor for the last two year has been treated (TREATED, definitely) to pictures of my dog because that was the best I could do for a fourth blog post!

Here, this is better, yeah?

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I decided to stop in to update my events page (aaaaand since I have your attention, I’ll just post the schedule for my BEWARE BEWARE book tour below), and I might as well do a lightning version of my life since, uh, hahaha 9/5/12 is when the Duke pics went on? Very good blog.

First of all, Duke is much bigger. He’s like 50 pounds and doing really well. In fact, he’s sleeping next to me right now.

My first novel, FOLLOW HER HOME, came out on April 16, 2013. It got some cool reviews. (Cool reviews page forthcoming, maybe.) I made a bunch of writer friends and started doing writer things around L.A. and elsewhere. I did the L.A. Times Festival of Books this April, which was a real dream come true.

I published a handful of non-book things, including one piece of fiction, a short story in the Los Angeles Review of Books that’s sort of about the rapture. Some humor stuff, which is fiction-adjacent, for Trop Magazine. I also started doing freelance restaurant reports and book reviews for the L.A. Times. Since September 5, 2012, I’ve also written (fuck me, this is an exact number) 510 Yelp reviews for no money and at no one’s request.

On September 14, 2013, I got married! It was nice. Marriage is nice, too.Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 2.02.42 PM

I’ve been on and off temp legal jobs, and now I’m off, with a deadline Friday, which is why I’m suddenly so interested in updating my site! I sold a third Juniper Song book to Minotaur, and it is not quite almost half done.

Beware Beware comes out August 12! Come see me at one of these places below.



August 14, 7:30PM

Skylight Books launch event!

1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

August 13, 7:00PM

Drunken Masters with Ed Lin at DTLAB by Writ Large Press @ Traxx Bar & Restaurant (we get drunk and critique your mystery writing)

Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA

August 21, 6:00PM

Book Passage

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

August 23, 7:00PM

Books Inc.

1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA,

August 24, 1:00PM

SoCal Mystery Writers of America and Orange & County Sisters in Crime @ Mystery Ink

A Wok on the Wild Side: panel with Lisa Brackman, Kim Fay, and Timothy Hallinan. Naomi Hirahara moderating. Free and open to public, but reservations required:

August 30, 12:30PM 

Decatur Book Festival (I will be there for the whole thing, I think 8/29-31, so hit me up if you want to go stare at Joyce Carol Oates and Jeff VanderMeer)

My panel is called Caught in the Middle and it’s with Linwood Barclay at the Recreation Center Gym.

101 E. Court Square, Decatur, GA (Directions:

September 6, 2:00PM

Mysterious Galaxy

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite #302, San Diego, CA

September 24, 7:00PM

Book Carnival

348 South Tustin Street, Orange, CA

September 27, somewhere between 1:00PM and 7:00PM

WeHo Reads Noir panel

West Hollywood Library or so (details forthcoming)

September 29, 7:00PM

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

October 11, 2:00PM

Poisoned Pen

4014 N. Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ

November 13-16


It is entirely possible I forgot to register for a panel. TO BE SEEN. But either way, I’ll be there, probably within eyeshot of the bar.