Monday, February 17, 2020

Coming Soon...and a New, Spoiler-Free Q&A

We're just a month out now from the launch of my new novel, LAST COUPLE STANDING. However, instead of just loudly pointing out the passage of time with cool graphics, I have something new to share with everyone.

Back in January, I had a fun, spoiler-free chat with blogger Tucker the Reader about the book, its inspiration, and a bunch of other things. Check out our conversation here.

Stay tuned for more book-related content. And, feel free to drop me a line and say hey.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

49 Days and Still Counting

Yeah, I know, 49 is a random number, but, it somehow feels significant, right? With less than two months to go until LAST COUPLE STANDING comes into the world, keep an eye out for some ramped-up communication from me, particularly on social media.

In the coming weeks, I'll be doing some interviews, going live on Facebook and Instagram, taking reader questions, linking to last-minute giveaways and promotions, and posting reviews and endorsements--like the lovely one pictured above from bestselling author Sarah Jio.

If you haven't already, give me a follow on Twitter and Instagram @thenormannation, and find my author page on Facebook. 

In the meantime, you can pre-order LAST COUPLE STANDING here. And, as always, feel free to drop me a line at the email below. Do people still say that? Drop me a line? I don't know.  I just like how it sounds.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

91 Days and Counting

Hello, everyone. We're now just three months away from the publication of my third novel, LAST COUPLE STANDING.

Unofficially speaking, today marks the beginning of what will be me talking and posting about the book a lot. Apologies in advance for that, but, it's part of the job. All attempts to be cool and casual aside, I can't tell you how excited I am to have you all finally meet Jessica and Mitch Butler. I've been living with them for years, and I think they're just lovely.

Pre-ordering is a wonderful thing for authors, and you can do that now wherever you pre-order books. However, if you'd rather get it at your local indie on release day, that's just fine, too.

Stay tuned for news on upcoming events, and I'll be sure to link to all interviews and appearances here at The Norman Nation. And, if you don't follow me on social, you totally should. I post tons of pictures of my dogs.

Twitter and Instagram: @thenormannation

Talk soon.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Earlier is Better

Hello, everyone. Some fun news for a Sunday afternoon. The lovely people over at Goodreads are giving away 25 advanced reader copies of Last Couple Standing.

Sign up before October 20 for your chance to read it before anyone else. And, if you win, I'd love to know what you think.

Good luck!  

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


If you follow me on social media, you may have seen this already. I really should coordinate these things. Regardless, I'm happy to be posting the cover for my upcoming novel, LAST COUPLE STANDING.

Perhaps I'm biased, but dammit, I just love it. It's about as bold and bright as it gets, and--spoiler alert--it features a key symbol from the book. If you're a pre-ordering kind of reader, you can do so now on Amazon, B&N, Penguin Random House, or wherever else you buy your online books. Otherwise, you can get it anywhere you want on publication day, which is March 17, 2020.

Special thanks to the design team at Ballantine Books. I couldn't be happier. 

More to come. Talk soon.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

One Step Closer: The Title Page

Hey, everyone. We're inching closer and closer to the release of LAST COUPLE STANDING.

Here's a shot of the title page, which I really, really like. Note the interlocking O and U. The designer carries this theme throughout the book with interesting typographical flourishes for each section break. 

As a writer, seeing your novel go from a giant Word doc to an actual book is one of the most exciting parts of the publishing process. 

Stay tuned for more updates leading up to the March 2020 launch. Next up: the cover reveal. After that: new author photos. Maybe I'll try smiling this time. I don't know. We'll see. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

How Do You Eat An Elephant?

I was a guest earlier this year on a very interesting new podcast called Creative How. As the name suggests, it's all about exactly "how" creative people go about doing what they do. My particular episode is about novel writing, obviously, because that's really the only thing I know how to do.

Over the years, I've been asked about writing in a very general sense. I've talked about things like which writers I like, what inspires me, and where certain ideas have come from. This hour-long chat is much more specific than that. The hosts, Jed and Sean, got me to talk very practically about the steps you need to take to actually write a book. We discussed outlining, writing schedules, rejection, grad school, money, getting an agent, the publishing business, my stance on drinking while writing, and my forthcoming new novel, Last Couple Standing

If you're interested, check it out on iTunes now. My episode is S1:E1. And give the other episodes a look, too. Artists, producers, puppeteers, and more. It's a really cool list.