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  • Brundlefly

    Last night I’d planned to catch the first ten minutes of Cronenberg’s The Fly and wound-up watching the whole thing. It’s still relevant, still heartbreaking. What interested me most in this viewing was the sexual politics. From the opening, brilliant scientist Seth Brundle is trying to bed journalist Ronnie Quaife. What follows is a charming…

  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!

    Hi, folks! I’ve been meaning to send this out for a while now. But it turns out my husband and I are now professional chauffeurs. We spend a stunning amount of time carting kids all over the city. But We’re happy about it. There are tennis and soccer games, play dates, birthday parties, extra classes,…

  • Book Trailer (and other stuff)!

    My editor Loan Le at Atria made this very fun and very funny book trailer (whose size I’m going to have to figure out how to get right) for A Better World. Though it’s silly, it captures the essence of the story and the things A Better World lampoons in what I hope is a…

  • Death Valley is so Hot!

    Death Valley is so Hot!

    Hi, folks!  For research on a very fun story, I recently took a road trip with the family to Death Valley, the hottest place on earth, having reached a record 134 degrees in 1913. Happily, the hotel had air conditioning. The picture above is the evidence. Bad Water is the lowest point on earth, at…

  • A Better World (S&S April, 2024)

    A BETTER WORLD (S&S, April, 2023). I love this cover so much!!! In other fantastic news, Canelo Books announced that it’s starting a new horror imprint. It will be publishing from my backlist and I’m very, very excited. More on that to come. The books will be out and in bookstores soon, possibly before the…

  • Q&A with Carmela Ciuraru, author of The Lives of Wives, Diesel Books Brentwood, April 27, 6:30pm –

    Hi, folks! I’ll be in a Q&A with the great Carmela Ciuraru in person at Diesel Books this coming Thursday at 6:30pm. LIVES OF WIVES is fantastic. It’s going to be great fun. We’ll both be signing books afterward. Support your local indy. -sl

  • Mom’s Night Out…. Or is it??

    Mom’s Night Out…. Or is it??

    The above image is of a caladrius, a mythological creature said to eat the sins of kings 2000 years ago. The animal makes an appearance in my novel Mom’s Night Out. I received edits from my editor at S&S for Mom’s Night Out and am set to implement them by April of this year. The…

  • My Favorite Books, not all from 2022 –

    In 2022 I kept a private journal of everything I read—about 55 books. As a writer, it’s my job to support other writers. It’s not my job to act as critic. I get mad when crap books get all the attention. I get despondent when great books are ignored. But publicly, I only ever say…

  • I Love Science!

    I like to imagine myself as tough, and in many ways, I am. Unhappily, this is not the case for my physical health, and never has been. I get sick when no one else gets sick, and it lasts longer. Every respiratory infection sticks to my lungs like they’re twin bowls of GLUE. I have…

  • Notes from La-La Land – Spring Newsletter

    Dear readers, Hi! And thanks for signing up. It’s been several months, and I was surprised and delighted to discover so many new subscribers. The above is the family pet rabbit, who here reminds me of Dani in “Midsommar.” Along the writing front, I’m editing my next novel, MOM’S NIGHT OUT. I think you’ll all…