Bad Beats

A few nights ago I attended an author reading at Full Circle Books, the venerable and excellent indie bookstore here in Oklahoma City. The author was Hank Stuever, a Pulitzer-nominated journalist from the Washington Post whose new non-fiction book, TINSEL – about Christmas in the heart of 21st-century America (Frisco, Texas!) – is getting great reviews and making year-end best-of lists.
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Adequate Sex

My copy editor for GUTSHOT STRAIGHT is a woman named Maureen Sugden, who is smart, hilarious, and ruthless. Every single thing I deserved to be busted on, she busted me on. And she did this busting in such an artful, good-cop/bad-cop way that while I felt ashamed of my mistakes, I also felt immense relief that Maureen had protected me from them, and from myself.
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Little Did He Know...

As a fiction writer/screenwriter, I spend much of my day making stuff up (my wife uses a less polite, more colorful metaphor for this activity).
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