Thinking With My Skin*

Natterings and Fulminations by Bill Cameron

*For those who’ve asked: the title of this blog is from the name of my first series character, Skin Kadash.

Limited Number of Personalized Copies of Crossroad Available

Before the pandemic began, I had a number of bookstore and library events scheduled that were subsequently cancelled. No worries there, of course. Health and safety comes first.

But in anticipation of those events (particularly those venues that couldn’t sell books directly) I bought a bunch of copies of Crossroad. Since those public appearances won’t be happening, I’ve decided to make the books available for sale through Etsy.

If you’re interested in a personalized copy and don’t have access to stores that currently stock them, head on over to Etsy and place your order. Shipping is free in the U.S. if you’re comfortable with slow boat Media Mail.

But, of course, please check with local stores which may have signed copies (so long as you don’t want a personal inscription). I signed copies at the following stores[1]


[1] I don’t know how many, if any, each store may still have in stock.

Signed and Personalized Copies Available

A limited number of hardcopy books are available directly from the author—copies intended for events that have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Each copy can be inscribed and personalized, if desired.

Price: $26.99, with free shipping in the U.S. by Media Mail. Place your order at Etsy.

Hey Nineteen

Book Cover Art: A Beast Without A Name: Crime Fiction Inspired By the Music of Steely Dan, edited by Brian ThorntonDuring one of her first solo body removal jobs as an apprentice mortician, Melisende Dulac discovers an old man’s sad end may not have been all that natural.

“Hey Nineteen” marks the first appearance of Melisende Dulac, and precedes the events of Crossroad by about eight months.

The story appears in the anthology A Beast Without A Name: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan, (Down and Out Books, October 28, 2019).

Edited by Brian Thornton, A Beast Without A Name features stories by Steve Brewer, W.H. Cameron, Reed Farrel Coleman, Libby Cudmore, Aaron Erickson, Naomi Hirahara, Matthew Quinn Martin, Richie Narvaez, Kat Richardson, Peter Spiegelman, Jim Thomsen, and Jim Winter.

Talking Craft at Sentence to Paragraph

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with Daryll Lynne Evans and James Stegall on writing craft for the Sentence to Paragraph podcast. That conversation is now available, along with discussions with writers Eric Witchey and Cidney Swanson. More interviews in this new podcast series are coming soon. I’m very excited to be a part of it.

In my own interview, we talk about my approach to character development, voice, young adult and adult mysteries, and more. Check it out, and let me know what you think. I love to talk craft!

Say Hello to Frank

Frank demands scritchesFrank is our new family member—and a bundle of floof and attitude he most certainly is. He’s a rescue cat, about two years old. Beyond that, we don’t know too much about his history.

What we do know is he’s spirited and affectionate, though still a little startled by the sudden life change which came about when his previous human had to move abruptly. He found his way to us through an intermediary who didn’t know his former people well, so details are thin. The main thing we know is he needs a home and we’re happy to give him one.

Frank the Writer CatWe’re giving him a few days to get settled in, and then we’ll take him to the vet early next week for a full check-up. He appears healthy, and he certainly has the energy to barge around and stick his nose into things, or flop over and demand scritches. He also has a vertical leap that could land him a spot in the NBA. He also has a lot to say for himself, such that though he came to us as Frank, I’ve referred to him as Talky McCatface many times already.

Now, you might be wondering how the Dark Poodle of the Apocalypse and Lord Tyrant Editorial Cat feel about the new addition. Sadly, I must report they both died last year of complications related to the ailments of old age. Perhaps you are shocked to learn this now, nearly a year after the kitty passed and ten months after the doodle. To be honest, it hit us both very hard, and we spent a long time grieving. Time passed, and it just didn’t feel like something I was ready to talk about. We still miss them both very much—they were part of the family for a long time. But as spring came this year, we both felt it was time to add to the family again.

Hello, Frank!

Revisions are when you get to get to move the darts onto the bullseye while no one is looking.

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