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!
I had a great time on Saturday morning spending time with friends and fellow book addicts at the Boone County Historical Museum. I had the opportunity to discuss my latest suspense novels and try a little dramatic reading, hoping my voice wouldn't crack for the female characters. :) It was a lot of fun, and I'm grateful to everyone who crawled out of bed and showed up! I love being involved in the wonderful arts community of Columbia, and talking with so many other enthusiastic authors and readers is truly inspiring! Thank you, friends!
Here's a fun post about my odd, nocturnal writing habits on author Tierney James' blog: http://www.ptierneyjames.blogspot.com
I'm honored to be in the August edition of Inside Columbia magazine. Thanks to my author friend, Carrie Koepke, for writing a great piece and for making me sound literary. :)
This is my "suspense face." I only bring it out of hiding when writing a scene that is serious and dark, or when the photographer smiles and says, "Make a suspenseful face." :)
Photo credit: LG Patterson
The copies of The Burden of Silence came today! So exciting to hold the book after all these months. The first picture was a normal, enthusiastic reaction. In the second picture, I was going for "sinister and suspenseful" to match the mood of the book. Hmm...it just comes across as ridiculous. Moving on... I'll keep practicing my "sinister and suspenseful" face for the next book. Until then, it's all smiles. :)
It's official! The Burden of Silence, my new suspense novel, is released today! It's available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. Here's the link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Burden-Silence-Eric-Praschan-ebook/dp/B012ELLVTG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Thanks to everyone for your encouragement and support! I hope you enjoy it! :)