You guys always ask me when I’m going to come to your town, and the answer is still probably “not this time”, but at least I’m to SOME towns.
I’m going to be touring with Dan Wells, my brother, who wrote the PARTIALS book, and who will be promoting the final book in that series: RUINS. I will be promoting BLACKOUT. Here’s the schedule (with editorial notes from Dan.
March 19: San Diego, California
( This is a great store, and I tend to get people from as far as LA at these events–I’ve done this tour route twice before–so if you’re anywhere in southern California please drop by.)
March 21: San Francisco, California
(How much do I love this store? It’s one of the best in the country. )
March 22: Portland, Oregon
Powell’s – Beaverton
(Don’t forget, this is the one in Beaverton, not the one downtown. It’s also in the afternoon, not the evening, so don’t miss it! This is a great store and tends to have a pretty big turnout with great Q&A.)
March 25: Orem, Utah
Barnes & Noble
(This event will be a full blown authorpalooza, brimming over with some of Utah’s best SF, fantasy, and YA authors. I don’t know the full guest list, but it’s guaranteed to have plenty of awesome folks.)
March 26: Salt Lake City, Utah
Weller Book Works
(The final, triumphant event of the tour. The crowd will be huge, and much awesomeness will be had by all.)
March 29th: Cedar City, UT
SCBWI, Cedar City in the Park, featuring Ally Condie, Ann Dee Ellis, and Ben Sowards
9:00am-5:00pm Registration required
It’s got to seem weird, since my website is dedicated to the writing books—books that I encourage you to buy to put money in my pocket.
Here’s the deal: I lost the ability to work a day job before I gained the ability to be a fulltime author. It was always my plan that I wouldn’t quit my day job until I had all my debts paid off, and I had a year’s salary stored in the bank.
So when I got my first large—“significant” as the book world calls it—advance, my wife and I thought the best thing to do was to pay off debts. We paid off all the credit cards, we paid off one of our large student loans. And then we put a chunk of money into the bank awaiting tax season. We were ready, still following our plan.
Then I got laid off. (The idiot CEO—who has since been fired—thought that MBAs were paid too much, so the four of us all got laid off on the same morning.) We weren’t ready for the layoff—we’d paid off debt with the money, not put it in savings. So, over the next six months, we dipped into the tax money, and when it was time to pay taxes, we couldn’t. Sucks to be us.
But I got a job again! And it was a great job with a great company, and even though it was an hour commute, I loved my coworkers and my products (I was a Product Marketing Manager.) But then all of my mental illnesses began to set in. I don’t know what was causing them—probably trying to do too much all at once. I had tight book deadlines, and tight work deadlines. Whatever the reason, I found that I couldn’t go into conference rooms anymore. I had trouble one-on-one with people in my cubicle. I hated going into an office. My company was more helpful than I had any right to expect, but in the end, they had to let me go.
I have severe panic disorder, agoraphobia, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I’ll write a post later on about what each of them mean, but the short version is: I’m fairly restricted in the activities I can do. My triggers are noise, crowds, places where I’m unable to have easy access to an exit, etc.
So, I was now unemployed, owing student loans, owing the freaking IRS, owing my parents, and my only consolation was that I could write books. So I write books, as quickly as I can. It’s something that, thankfully, fits my problems.
But I also have the donate button, because I’ve learned there are a lot of wonderful people in the world who can and have helped me out. Money’s tight for all authors, but it’s especially tight for authors with mental illness.
Most of you know about my mental illnesses. They hit a new low this week, and I nearly checked myself back into the psych ward.
Some of you know about my current financial troubles. They also hit a new low, with bills on the way that will break us.
A few of you know that I’m waiting on results for a cancer biopsy, possible melanoma. They already removed a little part of my ear. Could be a lot more.
Anyway, I want to ask for your prayers. My family will be fasting on Sunday, something you’re welcome to join in. Whatever devotion you hold to, I come to you humbly to ask for your help.
Or, if donations are more your style, someone on Facebook suggested a fundraiser to help. The link to that is below. Any little bit helps.