Big Ole Announcement: Ave Maria Press Wants Me as an Editor.

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The past few days, I've been in South Bend, Indiana. Many of you asked why. Now, I can tell you.As of August 11th, I'll be taking a new position at Ave Maria Press as their new Acquisitions Editor. What will I be doing? I'll be searching, finding, developing and launching new writing talent. Plus, I'll be working with the amazing group of people that make up the editorial staff at Ave Maria to launch books into the world.What does this mean for my writing future? I'm on the verge of … [Read more...]

Getting Hit and Moving Forward: Pursuing the Dream of Full Time Writing

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Some say that once you figure out what you truly want to do as a career, you never have to work a day in your life. I've never believed that. Don't get me wrong, I'm convinced there's immense joy in being paid to do what you truly love. But getting there and - just as crucial - staying there takes the kind of grunt work that will most likely break your back and shatter your soul in the process.At least, as I'm learning, that's how it is for those pursuing full time careers as writers.As … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con 2014: Arrow!!! WETA!!! HOWARD!!!! NAPOLEON!!!

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Hey Geeks,As you know, The Rogue is going to be present at Salt Lake City Comic Con in a variety of ways. We'll outline our coverage more extensively in future posts. Plus, it's rumored that I'll be participating in some panel discussions to promote 3 Gates of the Dead for Open Road Media.The folks who run the Con had a press conference today to make the following announcements.First, some really cool new guests.....-Simon Helberg plays Howard Wolowitz, a nerdy and aspiring … [Read more...]

Dark Bride Release Date News (And 3 Gates movie news)

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 Hey Everyone,Many of you have been asking about the release date for Dark Bride, book two of the 3 Gates of the Dead series. Here is what is going on...As you know, Open Road Media (Michael Chabon, Walker Percy, Dorothy Sayers) bought the series from my previous publisher, Premier Digital. Premier set the release date at November 1st. However, when Legendary Editor (Betsy Mitchell) got a hold of it, she decided that we needed a full on marketing push. As any publisher will tell … [Read more...]

Mid-Life Report Card of a Mostly Bad Christian (Written by St. Peter Himself!)

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A few days ago, I turned forty. I felt pretty good about the first half of my life, especially my recent confirmation in the Catholic Church. I didn’t expect all A’s, but I figured I’d be a solid B student.I waited by the mail box but nothing came. Finally, a weird creature with seven heads appeared in front of me and handed me a scroll. I looked at the postmark that said, “Office of the Church, St. Peter The Rock, Director.” When I tried to tip the strange creature, all seven heads looked at … [Read more...]

You Do Wurds Good? Legendary Editor agrees to work with me. (Yay. Oh, Crap.)

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So, today, my Wonder Woman agent, Italia Gandolfo, sent me this text:Betsy Mitchell is going to be your editor at Open Road.I stared at the text for a moment in utter disbelief. Then I texted back with a link to Betsy's bioYou mean, THIS Betsy Mitchell? Wonder Woman Agent texts backThat's her.(Madcap mayhem ensues as I alternate between exultation and absolute panic.)For those of you wondering why I would panic, Betsy has edited some pretty legendary people.Like wh … [Read more...]

Slender Man and the Need for Sacramental Horror

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(Yesterday, the nation was horrified at the near murder of a young girl by her twelve year old companions. The girl stumbled out of the woods with fifteen stab wounds. When the police arrested the two culprits, they told the officers that "they wanted to become servants of Slender Man ". As you might expect, this sent my fellow members of the media scrambling around to find about this mythical creature. Those in the horror world (like me) knew the name in an instant. Slender Man is a ghou … [Read more...]

Fangirl Rave: An Homage to The Hollows by Kim Harrison

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Warning!  Raving fangirl sentimentality incoming!Ten years.  Has it really been?  A decade ago, I was cruising the aisles of my local brick and mortar bookstore, waiting for something to jump out at me, when a single, lonely copy of a book by an author I had never heard of caught my eye.  Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking was wedged there on the shelf, amidst the plethora of titles by authors I had read many times over, but this was something new, something special.  A quick perusal of the ba … [Read more...]

Death Comes to us all: Interview with David Ury

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(David Ury is an actor, writer and magna specialist. His most famous role was being crushed to death by an ATM on Breaking Bad. We here at the Rogue loved that show, so we jumped at the chance to read Everybody Dies, the book he wrote with Ken Tanaka (are they the same person? Hmmm). Yeah, it's a little odd, it's a little twisted, but darkly hilarious. Even more, it brings up the question, why do we avoid the conversation about death?)Western Culture avoids the topic of death. Why do you t … [Read more...]

The Gospel Fragmentation: Evangelical Rebels without a Clue

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Recently, the Protestant word has been rocked with controversies involving a number of significant figures. Mark Driscoll, de facto leader of the “young, restless, and reformed” crowd, has been caught plagiarizing, buying book sales, and being a questionable leader in his church. Over at the Gospel Coalition, a horrendous public split is taking place between Tullian Tchividjian (grandson of Billy Graham) and the leaders of the Coalition. The later asserts it's a question of theology while Tull … [Read more...]


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