2018 marks 30 years since my first professional fiction sale--the short story "The Last Rainmaking Song" in the first Full Spectrum anthology. Before that, the only money I'd made from writing was a literary award in college. I didn't sell consistently for the next few years, and when I started to, in 1993, it was more comics than prose. So I can't say I've been writing professionally for a full 30 years--yet--but I'm getting there. My first novel was published in 1999, so next year does mark 20 years as a professional novelist, with somewhere north of 70 novels in those two decades. Various events are on tap to celebrate these anniversaries, about which I'll start to share more details soon.
If you'll be at ACE Comic Con in Glendale January 13-15, along with thousands of other folks, big-name celebrities and luminaries from the world of comics (including Stan the Man Lee and mi amigo John Cassaday, whose art graced my first Desperadoes miniseries, I hope you'll come by Artists Alley booth #691 to see my wonderful wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and me. We'll have a bunch of books and comics available, spanning our whole careers--and some cool freebies besides! On Sunday, we're doing a panel on young adult horror with pals Tom Leveen, Joe Nassise, San Sykes, and David Boop.
In February, we're appearing at C4! (Cochise College Comic Con) in Sierra Vista, AZ, and in March, as always, we'll be at America's best book festival, the fantastic Tucson Festival of Books. More details on those as they get closer.
Hope to see you somewhere along the trail in this 30-year anniversary!