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Book review: We Need to Talk About Kevin


We Need to Talk About Kevin by Shriver, Lionel. (Harper Perennial,2006) [Paperback]

I’m a man. I don’t have kids. I have no personal connection to school shootings. Nonetheless, We Need to Talk About Kevin felt incredibly real, and it hit home.

Here’s the synopsis of Lionel Shriver’s novel: Read the rest of this entry »

Feedback is humbling and rewarding.

It’s humbling and rewarding to hear people interact with the story, characters and themes contained within Eastbound Sailing. Here’s what Lisa Taylor had to say:

“I received [Eastbound Sailing] in the post yesterday, but was unable to begin reading until my lunch hour today. Eight chapters in, I left the book in the car so as not to get caught reading at my desk. In the 2 hours since arriving home I have completed it. Not because it is frothy, cotton candy fiction, but because i was ensnared by the first page. Chapter after chapter beckoned me to come in further. Until tears stung in my eyes and pain stabbed at my heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Ode to synergy.

I hated group projects in college and always tended to be very private with my work, never letting anyone see it before the final product was ready.

For that reason, I hardly let anyone see Eastbound Sailing until I was ready to publish, or even let them know that I was working on a novel. It had to be “just right.”

Oh, how things change. Read the rest of this entry »

Eastbound Sailing excerpt: Shame.

Life has been surreal since Eastbound Sailing released in August. It has been equally terrifying and edifying to have my work out there for people to read, discuss and assess – be it positive or constructive. As a “thank you” to everyone who reads this blog and who hasn’t yet read the story, here’s an excerpt of the novel. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Happy reading! Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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!

Character reflection: Aiden Lawrence.

Aiden Lawrence is one frustrating fellow.

I always loved the name Aiden as a possible name for my future son (disclaimer: I am not expecting a child right now). When I started writing Eastbound Sailing two years ago, it began as a letter to my future son. Warning him about what he might experience. Dreaming about the person he’ll become.

The concept was great. Then it got frustrating. Read the rest of this entry »

So, that book? It’s out today.

After two exciting, challenging and grueling years, Eastbound Sailing is finally available for order on Amazon.

Thanks for all the help and encouragement along this journey so far. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.