Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jo’s Next Move

If you’ve already read Painted Black, you might be wondering what Jo Sullivan is up to now that she’s done with freeze-dried corpses and homeless Scottish heirs in glass coffins.  Well, she’s found another street kid who needs her help as much as Chris and Lexie did.

Bi-polar Snow Ramirez  is convinced that psychiatrist Mordecai Levinson is responsible for one kid’s suicide, and may be targeting her brother Alley as his next victim.  Once again, Jo finds herself the only person willing to listen to one of Chicago’s throwaway youth.

Is she delusional and paranoid, or is her psychiatrist really turning teens into terrorists?

via Bend Me, Shape Me.

Slated for publication in March of 2013.

Visit the Bend Me, Shape Me website to sign up for notice when the book is released.

Interview at Mysterious Writers

I hope you will visit Jean Henry Mead’s blog at Mysterious Writers and read what we talked about in our interview.  We talk about Painted Black, writing, and the next Street Stories novel, Bend Me, Shape Me.

Here’s one of the unique questions I answered:

Which three inanimate objects would you save in case of a fire or other natural disaster?

My laptop, my external hard drive, and my purse. Hopefully I’ve put my wallet in my purse before the fire started. All very practical, I know, and I would truly mourn any personal mementos that were left behind and destroyed but my words could never be rewritten in quite the same way again (I know because I’ve lost files and never could rewrite to my satisfaction again). Plus almost all my pictures are digitized so I’m saving memories as well. And with cash, credit cards and ID available, that would be one less hassle I would have to worry about as I piece my life together.

via Interview at Mysterious Writers.

I’m Addicted!

Painted Black has a moment in the spotlight today.

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer has posted a synopsis, author bio and excerpt from Chapter Two on their blog today.  There are buy links in the post as well, or you can just go HERE and select your favorite vendor.

How’s The Book Doing?

Now that I work from home so much, I have a lot of catching up to do when I finally get a chance to talk to a friend.  One of the first comments I get from people these days seem to be, “How’s the book doing?”

They’re not asking about the new book I’m working on, they’re asking about Painted Black which was published last December.  That much I can usually count on.  What I don’t know is how to answer them.

How do you judge how a book is doing?  If I answer based on the reviews and feedback I’ve gotten from people, I’d say the book is doing great.  The ratings that I’ve gotten have all been four or five stars and almost everyone has mentioned how reading the book has made them think seriously about homelessness.  Some have even said they now see homeless people through new eyes.

This, above all, is the measure of success I hope people are asking me about.  But if they really just want to know how many copies are sold, that’s where my confusion comes in.  In the first place, since I didn’t self publish, I don’t have immediate access to sales numbers.  Even my publisher only gets print sales information once a quarter.  In the second place, if sales are minimal, wouldn’t telling people that make it sound like Painted Black is not a very good book?  How do I even know how many copies sold equals a book’s success or failure?

I can say that Painted Black has not made any best seller lists.  It has not made me or the publisher rich.  It hasn’t even made me any money yet.  Do I wish more people would buy the book?  Hell yes!  But not so that I can say my book sold xxx,000 copies.  I want people to buy the book for the same reason I love to read books: to learn, to enjoy, to be touched by the world within its pages and maybe have their own lives influenced as well.

Borrow Painted Black

A friend of mine recently requested Painted Black from his local library and was rewarded with a notice that the book now resides on their shelves for him to borrow at any time.  This is almost as exciting as the day New Libri Press offered me a publishing contract!

If you want to read Painted Black, ask your local library if they have a copy.  Or you can buy a copy of your own by asking at your local bookstore or going to