Fall 2014: A trio of new articles are appearing in magazines this autumn. Bright Ideas (a magazine for independent filmmakers) includes David's "What's So Real About Realism? A Brief History of an Aesthetic, from Herodotus to Dogme 95," in its Summer/Fall issue. Writer's Digest has his piece, "Finding Your Story's Engine" in its September issue. And Crimespree Magazine will publish his article, "The Sympathetic Heavy: An Appreciation," in its fall edition. Read and be merry!
Read David's interview with The Music Bed, an online resource for independent filmmakers and musicians.
David's latest novel, The Mercy of the Night, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in April 2015.
THE ANTIHERO'S JOURNEY
David's article titled, "From Odysseus to Walter White: The antihero's journey" is available on the Bright Ideas website.
David's short story, "Untamed Animal," appears in the Summer 2014 edition of Needle Magazine.
CONTRIBUTING TO WRITER UNBOXED
David is now a quarterly contributor to Writer Unboxed, a blog dedicated to the craft and business of writing. See his posts: "It's Complicated." (Wrong Answer) (April 28, 2014), The I of the Swarm (January 27, 2014) and For Love of the Chance to Do It (October 28, 2013)
BOMBING THE BLOGS:|
Discussing The Art of Character—2013
Read David's guest post on Writers Unboxed advising against boring, static character biographies, and instead in favor of drafting key scenes form the character's past that dramatize a crucial moment of emotional vulnerability, risk, or helplessness.
Read David's interviews concerning The Art of Character with Susan Leigh Noble for Into Another World, Shannon Lawrence for The Warrior Muse, Diana Tappert for The Lit Pub, and Toni Rakestraw for Rakestraw Book Design.
Read David's guest post on Joanna Penn's indispensable website for writers, The Creative Penn, on the Five Cornerstones of Dramatic Characterization.
David explains why so many writers have problems with their protagonists on Melissa Donovan's Writing Forward.
Read David's guest post, "Communication Breakdown," concerning how to craft realistic dialog, at Becca Puglisi's The Bookshelf Muse: "Dedicated to helping writers via descriptive tools, knowledge sharing, and support."
Read writer/editor Eric Olden's praise for The Art of Character at Books by the Bed, and some kind remarks by Daniel McInerny (son of mystery icon Ralph McInerny) on his blog The Comic Muse.
Read David's posts with bloggers Kristi Belcamino, Vince Keenan, and Jungle Red Writers.
Read Excerpts from The Art of Character at Narrative, Zyzzyva, and We Wanted To Be Writers.
And learn what David keeps nearby for pleasure reading at Books By The Bed.
Read David's article, "Clearing Out the Clutter" on the revision process, which appeared in the May/June 2013 edition of Writer's Digest.
THE WRITER MAGAZINE CALLS THE ART OF CHARACTER A MUST-READ!
In the July 2013 issue of The Writer Magazine contributing editor Hillary Casavant provides some quotes from David, some thoughts of her own in a stellar review, and an excerpt from THE ART OF CHARACTER.
And in the January 2013 issue of The Writer Magazine, contributing editor Chuck Leddy named THE ART OF CHARACTER one of thirteen must-read books on the writing craft appearing in 2013 ("13 in 2013").
BLOOD OF PARADISE GOES TO FRANCE!
A hardcover French edition of Blood of Paradise (retitled Une Certain Vérité) was published in Fall 2013, through Sonatine, and received great praise in Le Monde, Le Parisien, and Le Point. A mass-market paperback edition will appear in 2014 through J'ai Lu. He was also interviewed for La Vie en Noir.
PUSH YOUR CHARACTERS
Read David's Article, "Push Your Characters to the Limit," in the January 2013 edition of Writer's Digest.
EBOOK RE-ISSUES OF PARADISE AND RUNNING
November 27, 2012: David's third and fourth novels, Blood of Paradise and Do They Know I'm Running join his first two novels and story collection as ebook offerings from Open Road Media and Mysterious Press.
EBOOK RE-ISSUES OF REDHEAD AND DIME, PLUS BRAND NEW STORY COLLECTION
May 15th, 2012: David's first two novels, The Devil's Redhead and Done for a Dime have been re-issued in ebook format by Open Road Media and Mysterious Press along with a brand new story collection, Killing Yourself to Survive.
NEW SHORT STORIES
David's short story "Returning to the Knife" is included in the e-anthology West Coast Crime Wave, which can be purchased from Amazon. And his short story "What the Creature Hath Built" is included in the e-anthology SCOUNDRELS: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes, available at: Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.
ARTICLE SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN WRITER'S DIGEST YEAR'S BEST ANTHOLOGY
David's article on characterization, "Hooked on a Feeling," written for Writer's Digest magazine, was selected as among the year's best content on the craft of fiction" for inclusion in the anthology, The Complete Guide to Writing Novels & Short Stories, as well as the Writer's Workbook 2012.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Do They Know I'm Running? was named Best NovelRising Star category by Spinetingler Magazine.
The story David co-wrote with Luis Alberto Urrea for Lone Star Noir"Who Stole My Monkey?"has been selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2011, which will appear in October 2011.
DAVID'S LATEST ESSAY
Read David's essay, "Insulting Your Intelligence (Just gimme some noiriness)" on the impressive and always interesting Mulholland Books website.
DAVID'S INTERVIEW ON THE CRIME OF IT ALL
Read David's interview with Len Wanner of the University of Edinburgh, who has launched one of the most intelligent, comprehensive and just plain gorgeous websites devoted to writing and writers of any kind: The Crime Of It All.
BIBLIO BAGGINS' JUNE READING LIST
Noted book blogger Biblio Baggins chose three thrillers for his June reading, and he has some nice things to say (and puts David in some stellar company: James Crumley and Lee Child).
Teamster Official Gives Copy of Blood of Paradise
to El Salvador's President
Ron Carver, Assistant Director of the Port Division, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (right), hands a personally dedicated copy of Blood of Paradise to El Salvador's new president, Mauricio Funes (left). For the whole story, see my recent Commentary.
David's first three novels are now available in audio form through Audible.com.
David's short story Pretty Little Parasite, which originally appeared in Las Vegas Noir (Akashic Press), has been re-issued in Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (Houghton Mifflin), edited by Jeffrey Deaver and Otto Penzler. It also includes stories by Alice Munro, James Lee Burke, Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, Chuck Hogan, Joyce Carol Oates, and a notable host of others.