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What Else is Going On?   2 comments

So….interesting story, I’m not exactly ignoring you.  It’s just that I have all these excuses, that I’ve already used here and here and here…so they don’t really bear repeating.  Let’s just agree to agree that I’m working very hard, just not at the things I really wish I were working on.

...keep it classy, Knipp...

…way to keep it classy, Knipp…

And I haven’t been completely silent.  The good folks at Biff Bam Pop continue to defy all reason and logic and are letting me write for them.  In addition to my Game of Thrones duties, I’m recapping a weird (and somewhat disappointing) second season of True Detective.  I also have some interesting things to say about Dungeons and Dragons, Time Travel, and going way back…the private horror that is Rankin Bass.

...oh, the horror....

…oh, the horror….

Those crazy writers at the South Jersey Writers’ Group continue to grow.  I gave my reasons to go to the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference back in April.  Those reasons still hold true for most conferences, so if you have one coming in your area, you really should consider it.

And big news on the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference front.  I selected the black stone from the sacred typewriter case, which makes me president of the PWC!  I’m fully committed to embracing all of the benefits and boons the office has to offer.

...including the "no sleep between January and June" provision...

…including the “no sleep between January and June” provision…

My first correspondence as president is right here.   Our conferees had a lot to say, with reports from SJWG, the irrepressible Kerry Gans over at the Author Chronicles, the always entertaining and uplifting Heartprints author Mary Mooney, and Doreen McGettigan, who was  kind enough to share everything from her pre-confernence prep to the aftermath.  It’s always a joy meeting (and re-meeting) folks at the conference. I already can’t wait ’til next year!

Philly Flash Inferno publisher Catt Colburn and fellow winter issue contributor Elaine Paliatsas-Haughey have started an online community called “Scars and Tattoos: Our Story on Our Skin”  The group will include original stories, poetry, and artwork from and about women who bear the marks of their battles.  It’s an ambitious and inspiring project and well worth a look.

Literary lady-crush Kelly Simmons (One More Day) has a book coming out.  Friend of the Blog Kathryn Craft (The Far End of Happy) has one out now; and fellow Friend of the Blog, Jonathan Maberry released his latest Joe Ledger novel Predator One in April.  Jonathan has not let his move to the Left Coast slow him down, and he’s got more Joe Ledger, a new Rot and Ruin, and an X-files anthology all queued up and ready. the time I wrote this post, this guy finished two more novels...

…in the time I wrote this post, this guy finished two more novels…

(Hopefully) future Friend of the Blog , Fran Wilde, has her first novel, Updraft, hitting the shelves in September.  I had the pleasure of meeting Fran at the 2015 PWC and she’s smart, funny, and possesses an ungodly amount of talent. If she were a baseball player, she’d be considered one of those “high-ceiling” superstars in the making, so be sure to watch her.

The One Who Started it All, Jenn Brozek has had an exciting summer, winning a Scribe award and gearing up for another GenCon.  I think my biggest regret for missing this year’s geek mecca is simply missing the opportunity to chat with Ms. Brozek and talk about what’s changed since she first got me kickstarted in 2009.

What’s ahead for the rest of 2015?  Well the good news is the purple emu is still chattering, despite my inability to let him out of the cage for more than a few moments at a time.  I’m working on a piece now, inspired by Catt, Elaine, and my good friend Sam Lockwood who has done incredible things with HERA.  “Change” is out to market, but I’m going to fine tune the rest of the bridesmaids before I put them out again, and (let’s say it in unison), I’ll be expanding “Jonesing” to novel length someday soon.

...get on it Pop Pop!

…say it like you mean it, Pop Pop!

Until next time, KnippKnopp out!






KnippKnopp Interviews…..Dennis Tafoya Part Deux!   Leave a comment

My interview with crime novelist Dennis Tafoya ran over last week, so here’s the second part.  Enjoy!

You’ve garnered some interest in Hollywood, what’s that experience been like?

I have a great film agent and she sold the film rights to both the “Dope Thief” and “Wolves of Fairmount Park”.  I was going to be in LA, and she set up meetings with people…it was lot of fun, really energizing.  I spoke with a lot of smart, interesting people.  I know the film world can be famously frustrating, and it’s not that I don’t understand those frustrations.  I was lucky and met some really cool people, people who were involved in the Dope Thief and involved in Wolves.  And some people I was in touch with that were really interested and looking for good content.

That’s the good news for us.  It’s kind of the day of the author.  There’s people in Hollywood who are looking for material that comes from novels.  You look at True Detective from Nic Pizzolatto. Nic made his name from a great novel called “Galveston.” He has a novelist sensibility.  They’re hungry for content and more open to talking to folks like us, more than before maybe

It’s been a long process and basically stuck in that world…”Development Hell” they call it.  There’s a guy, a great guy and cool writer who has become a friend and who has been working on the script for Wolves for a while.  It’s very difficult to be in a position where you’re trying to adapt somebody’s work to bring a screenplay and have to attract an actor or attract a director who can bring the financing to get that stuff made.  It’s a world I’m really only starting to learn.  I have a lot of respect for those folks.  It’s not easy.

In The Wolves of Fairmount Park, you tell the story from several completely different perspectives; how do you manage to slip into the different characters? 

Actually, that is kind of easy for me, frankly.  I feel like I reach a breaking point at one point, where I’m writing through with one voice that I feel like it’s the time to change it up because I want to know what the people in that situation are thinking and doing.

Some of the stuff I really love, like James Lee Burke, he has this great novel set in Texas, not far from the Mexican border, there’s a sheriff.  They’re these great books, there’s these very compelling characters and he introduces these characters and the natural thing is to want to know what they think and how are they experiencing the same things from that other point of view.  So for me, it seems like a very natural thing to drop one….and pick up another.  It breaks things up for the reader.  As long as those voices are distinct, that’s the challenge and the opportunity. I’ve been lucky in being able to see how these other characters might be in the world.  I enjoy it and I think it’s kind of a natural feeling to want to do that.


How important are writers groups to a new writer?

I think two things about that

In terms of the process, everybody is different.  I wrote with some writing groups, and then I ended up with a developmental editor.  I think everyone’s process is going to be different. The way in which you use a group is going to differ from person to person.  How much you lean on the help that you get there, the reactions, the criticism that you get there.  That’s a very individual experience.

I know some fantastic writing groups, and I know people who are best selling authors who work with writing groups.  Chuck Palahniuk and Chelsea Cain…I’ve never met Chuck Palahniuk, but I’ve met Chelsea and she’s talked about how she’s in a writing group with (him)…that tells you something.  If folks who are writing at that level are using that vehicle, it clearly offer a lot to a lot of people.  It’s about personal chemistry, you have to find people who are on your page and help you fill in critical but not harsh feedback.

The other thing I would say about this, aside for the mechanics of writing, the society of writers is vital.  To me it’s been the best part of the writing experience has been in getting to know other writers.  To ask them questions, do they go through the same things I go, about agents and editors and the process and getting stuck and getting unstuck and all that stuff that brings on the language and experiences that writers understand best. Whether or not you work with the writing group…to me, I find it indispensible to find friends.

You can visit Dennis’ Bad Neighborhoods at, friend him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and hang out on his Goodreads page.

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