I don't want to be the I've got a baby so I'm really busy guy, but alas we are who we are. It's been some time since I've posted here, and a lot has happened since we last chatted. Perhaps first and foremost the third book in the Jackalope Stories saga, The Lost Prairie BBQ is available now. You can order a copy here. Alternatively, for those interested in a signed copy, feel free to reach out through my contact page to work something out.
I want to thank those that have posted reviews for Lost Prairie. I've enjoyed getting people's perspective on this one. I've also been surprised at home many readers identify this one as their favorite in the series so far. I have a soft spot for each entry myself but it's fascinating to hear what really speaks to different readers, particularly those familiar with the series as a whole. To be fair there's a lot going on in this one, so I imagine there's something for everyone, including familiar faces and places from the previous books.
I was also flattered to be spotlighted in Our Mississippi Home. Our Mississippi Home is an online publication that specializes in positive and uplifting news relating to all things Mississippi. I was flattered to participate in an in-depth interview about the books, my influences, and what's next once Jackalope Stories concludes. It's a neat article, which you can check out here.
It's hard to believe that we are now three books deep in the Jackalope Stories series. It seems like just yesterday I was talking to my wife about a boy who spends the summer visiting his grandparents boarding house full of monsters, and whether or not I should try to make it into something. Now I'm currently working on the final book in this series. The whole experience feels surreal, but I wanted to talk a little about what to expect as things begin to wrap up for Chester, the Blacklocks, and all the other familiar characters who've come to feel so real for me, and hopefully you as well.
Without getting too far into spoiler territory, readers who have been paying attention throughout books 1-3 have likely noticed there's often a lot going on in the background of my stories, particularly as it relates to The Auditor and the mysterious villain known as The Man in the Gray Suit. Towards the end of the Lost Prairie BBQ we finally get a brief encounter between these two enigmatic and powerful figures who seem to have been circling each other for some time. This brief but colorful confrontation is essentially a prelude to the final act of Jackalope Stories.
You can also expect to see several familiar faces. For Thin House, Hinderwood, and Lost Prairie I essentially treated each story as a standalone book that could be enjoyed on it's own, but that also contained some treats and Easter Eggs for returning readers. The fourth book is a little different, as it essentially acts as the first true sequel to each of the preceding entries. Kat, Nick, and the Doe Brothers all play big roles, but the main protagonist will be a grown up Finn Anglin who like me has come a long way since that first summer at the Blacklock's boarding house.
I'm excited for you to see the conclusion of what I've been building these last few years. I know endings can be sad, and in the spirit of fair warning this book will, like the others, contain some hardship and tragedy. However, with that being said I really believe I'm crafting something special that those who've been with me from the get go will really find rewarding.
Also, even though Jackalope Stories will be wrapping up, I have no intention to stop writing. I've actually already begun working on another project that's a little different but should be pretty cool, especially for fans of things like Fargo and True Detective. Anyways, I hope to be able to share more details soon. In the meantime I'll be reaching out a little more regularly with new updates on the books, merchandise, and some other cool stuff. Talk soon!