I DID IT!
After querying more than a hundred agents for my YA novel, and getting some interest and words of encouragement but no offers of representation, I decided to self-publish.
Oh, what a feeling.
The physical proof will be in my greedy little hands in two days. I’ll have the book for sale on Amazon and my local bookstore within a week or so.
We’ll see how it goes. Continue reading
I’m currently 10,000 words into my third novel, Vivian Haywood’s Excellent Adventure. This one is contemporary women’s fiction.
My writing can be a bit dark. My first novel The Truth is Hard to Tell is very dark, though also, I think, pretty hilarious in places. But then I do have a great ability to amuse myself. Continue reading
This is a tricky book to sample, as it is eight interconnected stories set in a matryoshka structure. I cannot stress how much I love this book. I wrote it as exactly the sort of novel I would want to read. It’s dark, and it’s a bit different. Refer to the overview here if you haven’t seen that already. It might help make some sense. And you can read the first 25 pages or so here.
*The novel formerly known as And Yet the Bottle Tree’s Song is Sadder than Mine
So when I first started writing this book, it was an adult novel. Sure the main character is a teenage girl, but I hadn’t considered trying my hand at YA lit. Once I got Lulu through her journey and into South Carolina, I decided to make it a book for teen readers. My younger daughter always loved realistic fiction, and I wrote this with her in mind. I’ve got a big soft spot in my heart for this strong, feisty protagonist. You can read the first 20 or so pages here.
Lucinda Louise Maxwell has been through some shit. Her happy normal teenage existence in the North Carolina mountains is shattered on Christmas Eve, 2009, when her mother and stepfather die in a freak accident. Luckily for her she has her father, and she goes to live with him and his wife in Boston. Unprepared for the arrival of a precocious 15-year-old girl in their lives, they quickly ship her back home. Well, a hundred miles or so from home. But it’s OK, she believes she’ll be attending a prestigious boarding school. Continue reading
Jennie is a good person. Really. She tries so very hard to be a godly woman, loving mother, attractive wife, attentive neighbor and dutiful sister, stepmother, daughter, and aunt. The problem is that everyone keeps getting in the way of her success. If it weren’t for circumstances and, well, people, she could be just about perfect. Echoed by the fall of the Twin Towers, her world comes crashing down as she tries to make sense of her projections and preconceptions. Sadly, heroic action does not always follow good intentions.
At 61,000 words, The Truth is Hard to Tell is set in Charleston, SC, in September of 2001. Within the matryoshka structure are the interrelated stories of eight characters that together form one complete narrative. This is slightly dark, upmarket adult fiction with book club potential. Continue reading
Ok, so here’s what I did. I’ve got a lot of old writing:
- Columns from The Chapel Hill (NC) Weekly
- Editorials, interviews, and features from Carrboro (NC) Free Press
- Random poetry, letters, and musings
- Editorials and features from The Daniel Island (SC) News
None of this stuff made it onto the internet, so I’m doing my best to gather it here on this blog. I’m trying to publish under the original dates, so even though I’m posting in 2016 you will see posts going back years. The tag cloud in the sidebar will help you navigate.
I hope you enjoy!
Scott McLean was my friend and my boss. He passed away following a brief struggle with brain cancer, and his wife asked me to write the obituary. This was an honor, but it also gave me a sense of closure.
Published in The News & Observer from Oct. 19 to Oct. 26, 2014
Scott McLean, Jr.
October 18, 1949 – October 15, 2014
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