Category Archives: Personal

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For writers: getting out of your comfort zone

Play it safe or get out of your comfort zone?  Here’s a two-part essay I wrote on the topic, drawing on my own experiences.

Part 1

Part 2 

A wonderful day at Lynn English High School

Oh… my… God. What a response at Lynn English High! The school adopted my novel Offside for its summer reading and on Friday, September 30, I spoke at two assemblies (one for Freshmen/Sophomores, the other for Juniors/Seniors). Those kids loved the novel and they loved me coming there to speak to them.

It took my breath away. The applause was thunderous, especially with the juniors and seniors, and went on and on and on, with one group chanting, “Offside! Offside! Offside!

After the talk, I signed copy after copy after copy of the novel, with the students telling me how much they loved it, and for those students who didn’t have their books with them, I signed agenda books, post-it notes that the students were going to put in their books, and–no exaggeration– about a dozen bare arms and a couple backpacks.

This was Writers’ Heaven. There can be no drug possible to induce a high like the one those students made me feel. Just unbelievable. Thanks to everyone at LEHS for making the day possible.

[I’ll upload a couple photos as soon as I get past some formatting issues.]

Pentucket Publishing releases Offside for e-books

Pentucket Publishing has released my latest novel, Offside, in all electronic formats. The paper version will become available in early January.

Offside

Officially, it’s a Young Adult title because its hero is a teenager and the content is age-appropriate for readers 13 and up. Offside will also span both the Young Adult Sports and Young Adult Historical categories. Even so, I expect that, as was the case with Cracking the Ice, most of its readers will be adults and they’ll love it. Offside is truly a story for all ages.

Those who like football (and fans of the 1967 Boston Red Sox) will find extra things to appreciate, as will those who remain fascinated by the sixties and all the conflicts that existed in that era. But I’ve also had first readers who aren’t sports fans (and a couple who aren’t American so they aren’t into the historical angle), and they still loved the story.

It’s all about the story.

Here’s the description along with the links:

“Rabbit” Labelle loves football, but the tiny, rural Maine town where he lives isn’t big enough to support a team. After his father moves the family to the big, bad city, Rabbit finally gets his chance to play the sport he loves the most, but he must also confront the dangers of “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin.” Since it’s 1967 and cities are torn by racial turmoil, this includes his father’s greatest fear: “the Negroes.”

Rabbit, who’d been the most popular kid in Plainfield, Maine, struggles to make friends and wonders if he’ll even survive. Only football can save him.

Find Offside here: KindleNookKobo, and Smashwords. $5.99

Body Check featured in Georgetown Record

The Georgetown Record‘s  Jessica Sacco interviewed me about Body Check in its May 2 issue. I’m very happy with the result.  Read it here.

Hendu’s Story now available in ebook formats

Hendu’s Story: From Dream To Reality has been released by Pentucket Publishing in all major ebook formats. It’s one of the most personal things I’ve ever written and one I’m so very proud of. 

How did the kid who was always falling down achieve his dreams of playing college hockey? How did he finish as co-captain on a team that enjoyed the best season in the program’s history?

This cult classic tells it all: part memoir, part roadmap of how to achieve a dream, and part story of a father’s love for his son.

Hendu’s Story follows the little kid with the big heart through all the tough decisions. Go to the team that always wins or the one with the best coach? Play summer hockey? Leave home for boarding school? Play it safe or roll the dice during the gut-wreching college selection process?

Hendu’s Story will make you laugh, make you think, and just maybe make you cry.

Although it’s available in six individual parts, the full collection offers the best value and represents the intended reading experience.

Part I: Beginnings
Part II: Youth Hockey
Part III: Summer Hockey
Part IV: High School
Part V: College Selection
Part VI: College

Interview in the Georgetown Record

Joshua Boyd interviewed me about Cracking the Ice in The Georgetown Record. It’s a substantial one, over a full half page.

What a great day!

What a wonderful, wonderful day. The book release party in Boston was a blast! Great food and drink. The readings went well (I think). Lots of people either bought the book or had me autograph books they’d gotten earlier, already read, and in virtually every case said that they’d loved. I’m on cloud nine.

A neat moment

I walked into a FedEx Office store tonight to get a quality scan of my book’s front cover. They guy behind the counter groaned and started to say it was copyrighted material so…

But then he flipped to the back inside cover and saw my photo.

“Oh,” he said. “It’s your book.”

And I was able to say with a very big smile, “Yes, it is!”

I love my credit union



On Friday, I went down to the credit union and one of the women there asked if my book was out yet. I told her it had been delayed until Jan. 15th.

 Next thing you know, all four employees were asking me for details, cooing about how fascinating it sounded, and then asking if I’d autograph their copies after they buy them.

Did I ever say how much I love First Tech Credit Union?

New banner image

How do you like the new banner?  The image is based on original artwork by Glenn Chadbourne, depicting me as Jack Torrance in Stephen King’s The Shining

It isn’t perfect. I’m hoping the WordPress theme I use can be customized to allow for the artwork in its original form, as opposed to the stretched version I’m using to make it all fit.

But I like it.  Certainly a lot more than that boring old pen I had up there.

Here’s the artwork in its original form.  (Thanks to my wonderful daughter for her help with the formatting.)

Don’t you love it?