Wednesday, July 18, 2018


I have a couple updates for The Raven's Tale, my upcoming novel about a year in the life of teenage Edgar Allan Poe!

☙ The Raven's Tale is currently slated to release in May 2019.

☙ The cover reveal is tentatively scheduled to go live in mid-August.

I'm still awaiting the next stage of revisions from my editor, so I don't have anything new to report in terms of the content of the book. The official catalog synopsis will likely debut at the same time as the cover . . . but I may have already slipped an early version of the summary on my Raven's Tale page as a bonus for visitors to my website.

Pre-order options aren't yet available; however, you can add the novel to Goodreads.

More soon!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

My Guest Appearance on a Poe Web Show

I'm so thrilled to announce that I made a guest appearance on The Raven Lunatics, a web show devoted to all things Edgar Allan Poe. If you're arriving at my site because of the episode, welcome! I invite you to subscribe to my posts (see the subscription option at the bottom of the sidebar ⇘) and have a look around.

Amulet Books/Abrams will release The Raven's Tale, my upcoming novel about teenage Edgar Allan Poe, in Spring 2019. Pre-order options aren't yet available, but you can add the novel to your Goodreads shelf.

Thank you so much to comics creator Dwight L. MacPherson and Poe Museum curator Chris Semtner for interviewing me! It was an honor and a delight to appear on their show. 

Monday, May 21, 2018


I just wrapped up the first round of revisions for my newest book, The Raven's Tale—my novel about Edgar Allan Poe's teen years—which Amulet Books/Abrams will publish in Spring 2019. This was the editorial letter stage of the process, in which my editor, Maggie Lehrman, sent me her comments and suggestions for the book, and I revised the novel accordingly. I spent over 2 1/2 months gutting and rewriting about 70% of the manuscript—an intense yet, ultimately, exciting process—and I'm ecstatic to now have a little break.

Next up will be line edits, which will involve Maggie going through the entire manuscript and marking suggestions ranging from grammar fixes to additional story changes.

Because the plot of the book might still get affected by future revisions, I'll only share a few more details about the novel at this point.

  • The Raven's Tale opens shortly after Edgar Allan Poe's 17th birthday in January 1826 and ends in May 1827 when he's 18.
  • Poe himself is a point-of-view character, which has been a challenging but ridiculously fun and entertaining viewpoint to write. 
  • I'm calling this book my "literary rock opera." As I've hinted before in an Instagram post, there are certain scenes in the novel that unfold like musical numbers.   

I haven't yet seen any signs of early cover plans for the book, but if the novel stays on track for a Spring 2019 publication, I'll probably get to look at a design this summer, and, of course, I'll share the finished cover as soon as I can!

Pre-order links aren't yet available, but you can go ahead and add The Raven's Tale to your Goodreads shelves.

Me and "Eddy" at The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA.

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