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Month: September, 2012

We are not alone.

Why do you read? You can answer that later.

I read stories (or watch movies) because they let me escape. Ironically, this escape allows me to connect.

I get the amazing experience of bonding with a character – with a person. This character may remind me of myself to the point where I can imagine joking with them, sharing my own experiences and even confiding in them. Maybe they remind me of my best friend. Maybe I even want them to be my best friend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Want a free copy of my book? Just tell me a quick story!

Do you love free stuff? If so, you came to the right place blog.

Tell me about the best thing you’ve been given for free, and you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of my novel, Eastbound Sailing.

Yes, it’s that easy! Read the rest of this entry »

Who loves free stuff? #BookGiveawayContest

I don’t know about you, but I love free stuff. Whether it’s Costco samples, college fair pens or the Trader Joe’s in-store coffee stand, I love it all.

I love free stuff even more when I win it. Victory + Free = Happy Todd.

That’s why I want to offer YOU, my faithful readers, a chance to win a signed copy of my novel, Eastbound Sailing. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing is a party, and all parties come to an end.

“Writing fiction is a solitary occupation but not really a lonely one. The writer’s head is mobbed with characters, images and language, making the creative process something like eavesdropping at a party for which you’ve had the fun of drawing up the guest list. Loneliness usually doesn’t set in until the work is finished, and all the party-goers and their imagined universe have disappeared.” – Hilma Wolitzer

Happy moment: Featured in hometown newspaper.

I had just come back from a brutal run with a buddy yesterday when I checked my phone and saw that someone had left a voice message. It was my mom.

“Hey Todd, just wanted to let you know that you’re the paper!”

I expected a small press release announcing the book release. What I saw, though, was a full feature. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Andi Cumbo.

In case you missed it, I had the great honor of being interviewed by #writestuff extraordinaire Andi Cumbo.  Check it out here!