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Books and Booze: Shane Crash, Forest Life

On a chilly Sat­ur­day after­noon in Jan­u­ary I trav­el to Her­mann Mis­souri to spend time with Shane Crash.  The young author grew up in Her­mann, a riv­er town that has had a renascence as a tourist des­ti­na­tion known for pic­turesque winer­ies set upon rolling hills.  He’s back vis­it­ing fam­i­ly and judg­ing from his gen­er­al aver­sion to the place, […]

Books and Booze: Randy Attwood, Blow Up the Roses

Most Sat­ur­day after­noons, you can find Kansas City author Randy Attwood drink­ing Sap­phire and ton­ics at his favorite water­ing hole, Chez Char­lie. Don’t let the name fool you; accord­ing to Attwood there’s not much “Chez” about it.  For the unini­ti­at­ed, the dive bar is hard to find — there is no sign out front — but, for those […]

Paradise Earth: Day Zero Tweet Chat Recap

On Jan­u­ary 3rd I par­tic­i­pat­ed in a Twit­ter par­ty host­ed by @CuriosityQuills to talk about my new nov­el Par­adise Earth: Day Zero. Fueled by gin and ton­ics I chat­ted with read­ers and fel­low authors about Twinkies, the end of the world, mythol­o­gy, Utah, and more. In between I answered ques­tions about the nov­el. How long was […]