Live Every Week Like It’s King Shark Week!

It is with much sadness that I inform you that Umberto Eco has died. He was the king of spinning complex tales out of esoteric trivia. The Name of the Rose was a major inspiration for The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose. I regret that I was unable to gift him with a signed copy. Foucault’s Pendelum & The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana also come highly recommended from me to you. Umberto Eco will live on in his books.

“Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors.”

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Classified dossier stolen from Mission: Authors Talk About It.

Listen to my interview with Mission: Authors Talk About It:

I’d previously spoken with Drs. Rob & Janelle Alex for their other podcast, Mission: Date Night, but this is a brand new interview with different insights into the book. For instance, we discuss the naming of things!

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An Interview For Your Eyes Only

I usually do podcast interviews for your ears only, but this time you’ll have to read. Brandon Reis interviewed me for the William Paterson University Honors College newsletter. Whilst on campus, I was also able to present Professor John Peterman with a personalized copy for his guidance on The Dolorous Adventure Of Brother Banenose back was it was just an un-illustrated thesis. With any luck, my alma mater will invite me to speak to students directly next time.

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Let me know if you have any suggestions on what you’d like me to address in upcoming interviews, blogs, signings, & speaking engagements! Also feel free to contact my manager (MajankaVerstraete@Booktrope.com) if you’d like to set any of those up.

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Mission: Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving this week, unless you reside in one of the numerous countries where this is not the case. So to tie in thematically to this glutinous holiday, what am I thankful for this year?

  • Cain S. Latrani tipping me off about Booktrope.
  • Booktrope accepting The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose.
  • The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose successfully being published.
  • Even people I’m not related to are actually reading The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose.
  • People who read all the posts on Matt the Catania to their very ends.
  • My cat deigning me to live.

Last week was another busy week for podcast interviews. Not only did I speak to d20 Roulette, I also had an interview with  Mission: Date Night for Fiction Friday. Your mission, irregardless of whether you choose to accept it (how did the IMF ever accomplish anything if agents were free to decline time sensitive impossible missions?), is to  click on this link to listen because the embed isn’t working:

http://missiondatenight.com/fiction-friday-medieval-fantasy-comedy

I did this interview over the phone so sometimes it’s a bit echo-y. I should learn how to speak  with an echo like the Hsalf more often.

It’s never too early to give your child the gift of The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose! Marian & Shamus Fatzinger’s youngling, Julian, has excellent taste! I hear it’s a great tool for potty training.

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This photo will probably haunt him in the future. Where’s YOUR #BrotherBanenose selfie?

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I Got 99 Problems, But Bestselling Ain’t One!

Thank you very much to everyone who downloaded a freebie of Brother Banenose last week! Not only did it start the week off as #1 in free historical fantasy, it wrapped up as #4 in both free historical fantasy & free LGBT fantasy! Nobody gives away intangibles better than Runaway Goodness! And nobody accepts them better than YOU!

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The free period is over, but you can still get it for $2.99 for the rest of November. The morning after the promotion ended, it was #99 in non-free LGBT fantasy & #110 in non-free humorous fantasy! Barely making it onto a non-free top 100 list officially qualifies it a legitimutant best seller! Thank you very much, paying customers, for giving me a bona fide excuse to coin the term legitimutant!

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Then on Sunday, it popped up to #83 just to undermine the dated reference in my headline. Look whose book it beat out:

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Yup, I outsold THE Stephen Fry in this category. Even temporarily, this does not compute. Stephen Fry would be an excellent narrator for the audiobook, by the way.

I’m still avaricious enough to want to climb even higher in the rankings, so please continue to purchase the book or get other people to do it for you by adding it to your wishlists. A fortnight ago, I signed a big stack of paperbacks. In fact, I’ve signed every paperback I’ve had the pleasure of meeting thus far. So unsigned paperbacks of my debut novel may actually be rarer than the ones I’ve defaced with inscriptions & doodles. Pristine copies cou actually be worth a lot more money one day!

So now that people that I don’t know are reading my book, I’d like to hear what you think about it. Should I backtrack on my current plan to not write a sequel? Or should I not write another book, period? Tell me in the comments. Or you can click the heart icon to let me hear your opinion on a social feed of your choice.

Now here’s an interview with d20 RouletteI met half their team through the superlative fictional resource UncannyXMen.net & its equally amazing fan forum, Unstable Molecules. This was my first Skype interview:

https://rouletteproductions.com/?powerpress_embed=320-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

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And The First Interview Shall Be Second!

Robert Moore of The International Writers Association interviewed me! The interview portion of the podcast begins at 25:28:

http://iwaaudio.podomatic.com/entry/2015-10-18T17_34_47-07_00

This was actually my very first interview for The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose, albeit the not the first one uploaded. Do I sound like Kermit the Frog?

Would you like to interview me by audio or text too? Write to olivia.howe@booktrope.com. She can also arrange book signings & public appearances. Or if you just have a question, you can leave it in the comments or on the social media linked to the heart icon.

Look, it’s the first book photo submission that I didn’t take! Sending in photos of yourself with an ebook counts too. Just use #BrotherBanenose so I can find them.

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Falling tree branch implicated in arboreal assassination attempt on me. Only casualty was a cup of cold tea. Had special branch been successful, the aftermarket value of signed copies of The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose would’ve skyrocketed.

If you come directly to the main page, do you click “continue reading” or just ignore them? Do you prefer having entire lengthy blog posts appear or the main page?  Also, do you realize that purple text are hyperlinks? (It seems one of my links to Unstable Molecules isn’t working but I’m not certain which article it’s from. If you find this one or another broken link, let me know so I can replace it.)

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The Wages of Publication … Is Death!

The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose is a real live book! It came out right in the nick of time for me to be eligible for a “30 Under 30” list … hint, hint, whoever writes “30 Under 30” lists. Booktrope letting me become a first time professional author & illustrator in one go was an excellent early birthday gift!

I’ve been interviewed by my pal Jack “Green Eyes” Gattanella on The Wages of Cinema podcast about my writing process, creative pursuits, & nerdy pastimes!

Important question: Would you be interested in buying color prints of the book’s paintings? Let me know in the comments.

Hey readers! Send in your snap shots with the book! I’m not sure how best to add them in the comment section, but you can post them to the Fan Page or tweet them with #BrotherBanenose. (Maybe this is what Instagram & Pinterest are for?)Then I’ll repost them so YOU can become even more Interwuzzle famous. Bonus points if you get a photo of it being sold at an actual brick & mortar store. Here, I’ll start us off. Check out the lovely gilded bands Ashley Ruggirello put on the spine:

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Don’t have a copy of The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose yet? Barnes & Noble, Amazon, & iTunes can hook you up.

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