Hello to my readers and future readers. And whoever else has wandered in here.
You might know me from The Books of Umber, my fantasy trilogy. But these days, I'm anxiously awaiting the publication of my new novel, Donny's Inferno, coming in March 2016 from Simon and Schuster/Aladdin.(That's a glimpse of the gorgeous cover illustration above.) And while I'm waiting for that, I'm well into the writing of the next Donny's Inferno story. There will be two, at least - and who knows, maybe more.
If you like what I’ve written before, you’re going to love this supernatural adventure. It's funny, thrilling, and fast-paced, with a big dose of urban fantasy. The biggest difference from my previous stories is that this one is contemporary.
Read the Donny's Inferno page to learn more about the book; how a hidden joke that I planted in the story turned into the new title; and why it's not coming out as soon as you or I wished.
If you want to keep current with my book news and ramblings, here are some other ways you can do that.
Officially my novels are for middle-grade readers, but I’m pleased by how many adults enjoy them as well. It all started with The Thief and the Beanstalk back in 2005, followed by four more fairy-tale inspired novels that were ‘sequels’ to classic Grimm’s stories. Then I moved on to the widely honored and acclaimed The Books of Umber. This is an epic trilogy about a boy named Happenstance who might possess the ability to steer human destiny, and the brilliant but unstable adventurer who helps him discover his unusual powers and strange origins. Next up is Donny's Inferno.
These have all been published by Simon and Schuster/Aladdin. If you want to buy one, please check with your local independent bookstore first. If that doesn’t work out, the big online booksellers will have them. Most are available as e-books. And if you like to listen, check out the wonderful Books of Umber audio books.
When I’m not writing, I also enjoy author events and school visits. This year I'll be visiting some schools for the tenth straight year. So invite away, and hopefully my schedule will allow.
Want to do me a favor?
It’s so easy. If you enjoy my books, tell a friend that they should read them too. That’s the nicest thing you can do for any author.