With the Unbound Book Festival coming up this Saturday, here's a fantastic article by the Columbia Tribune that demonstrates the scope and enthusiasm surrounding this festival (and by "festival", we mean that beautiful place where frenzied book lovers can gather together and obsess about books--yes, you know who you are): http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/ovation/first-edition/article_12b90cb6-dfb4-5b9e-96f9-424e342eda8e.html
I had the opportunity to do a guest blog on the Unbound Book Festival's website. Can you tell I'm a little excited about the festival coming up? http://www.unboundbookfestival.com/news/2016/4/7/eric-praschan-is-joyously-unbound
I'm thrilled and honored to announce that The Burden of Silence is the winner of the 2016 Unbound Book Festival's OPEN BOOK competition! I'm so excited to be part of the Unbound Book Festival on Saturday, April 23rd. Hope to see you there! http://www.unboundbookfestival.com/news/2016/3/2/open-book-winner-announced
I'm excited to announce that The Burden of Silence is one of five finalists for the 2016 Unbound Book Festival's
OPEN BOOK competition!
Here are the details: http://www.unboundbookfestival.com/news/2016/2/11/the-open-book-shortlist-is-announced?fb_action_ids=674927252647076&fb_action_types=og.likes
Yesterday's Unbound Book Festival fundraiser at Barnes and Noble was a wonderful success! We had so much fun meeting with people and raising support for the festival that will be taking place on April 23, 2016. The children enjoyed storytime with Princess Amadi and Prince Shaun, Carolyn Mulford and Carrie Koepke did a fantastic author reading and discussion, and Alex George and I also enjoyed a lively author reading and discussion. So many volunteers came out and helped make the event a huge success. A big thanks to Lisa Loporto from Barnes and Noble for her generous support. What a splendid way to spend a Saturday!
I had a great time visiting with friends and meeting other authors at the Local Authors Open House at the Daniel Boone Regional Library yesterday. It was also fun to meet so many excited readers of all ages. I'm very thankful for libraries and fellow book lovers who support them. Seeing such a great turnout at the event yesterday is an encouragement for the future.
I'm very excited about the Show Me Writers Masterclass this Saturday on the University of Missouri's campus! We're expecting a great turnout, and the day will be filled with lively guest speakers, mentoring sessions, book signings, and giveaways! It's like heaven for writers! http://www.voxmagazine.com/2015/11/showme-writers-masterclass/
I had a wonderful time discussing suspense fiction at the Show Me the Suspense event with my friend and talented author, Laura McHugh, this afternoon at Barnes and Noble. We had a great crowd, a lively discussion, and some fun giveaways. Who could ask for anything more?
This week celebrates the third year anniversary of my first novel, Therapy for Ghosts. These past three years have been amazing, and I’m grateful for the many friends I’ve made. I never thought I’d be able to connect with so many generous and passionate authors and readers. You all are truly a gift.
Just for fun, and because my wife will attest to the fact that I’m a number-crunching nerd, here are some stats from my three-year period as an author so far:
Number of books sold: 23,303
Number of website views: 71,331
Number of words written: approximately 750,000
Number of books written: 6
Number of books published: 5
Number of pizza slices consumed: unable to calculate
Number of story idea Post-It notes compiled: the calculator self-destructed while trying to add them all
Number of times I missed a turn while driving because of thinking of a story idea: nearly every day (cue wife rolling eyes)
Number of days it is worth being a writer: Every. Single. One.
Thanks to everyone for your support! Here’s to another great year ahead!