I mentioned that I had a pair of announcements coming up, but things have stalled a bit on one of them. I was considering an appearance at the Permian Basin Horror Fest last weekend, but chose not to attend after all. Another big announcement is on hold until further notice, but it could be a monster announcement if everything goes right.

Yeah, I know I’m not giving much information there, but there is a good reason for it. Trust me, if this comes to pass, I will be screaming the news from the mountain tops.

Well, here is the second announcement that I was planning on giving. I have chosen to move away from non-fiction novel writing for now, for various reasons, and have begun work on my first fiction novel. I am re-tooling an old mystery novel I was writing for a fiction writing class at OU and have set it up in a new world that I am building to turn this into an actual series.

I have already started to write the book, and I plan to put in the time to finish the first draft in full during NaNoWriMo in November. With that said, I thought it might be fun to have a contest here on my website.

Here is the idea for the world for my novel series: Superheroes are real and my hero is a police detective who works to solve murders that are often overlooked in a world where super villains are more dangerous, but the little people need protected too. The superheroes are really just background color for the series, although they will play into story lines in smaller, amusing ways. A good description would be Lucas Davenport in the world of the Dresden Files (but with super humans instead of mystical characters). I also want to keep the murders based in the human world, so this is not going to go in the direction of Powers, where the police are investigating superhuman crimes.

Here is the contest: I am looking to name my lead character – the detective. I would like to bring the readers into this and see if someone has a perfect name for a police detective in the world of superheroes. The person who comes up with the best name will get a free trade paperback copy of my Stephen King book, Dollar Deal, as well as their name listed in the acknowledgements of the first novel in this new series and a free copy of that first novel when it is published.

Use the comment section below to give your ideas and make sure I have a way to contact you if I choose your name for my new hero.

I’ll be keeping you guys updated as I work through this first novel and look forward to seeing the final result.


On a secondary note, there is a Dollar Baby Film Festival coming up in Minneapolis, Minnesota this month. I won’t be there, and my movie is not showing there, but there are some great ones screening. The event is Crypticon and it takes place on Oct. 23 through Oct. 25. I am sending three books to the organizer, Tony Northrup, to give away at the event.

Movies from filmmakers profiled in Dollar Deal include Doveed Linder (Strawberry Spring) and Warren Ray (Maxwell Edison). The other movies are adaptations of Deliver Glass, Suffer the Little Children, Beachworld, Cain, The Man Who Loved Flowers, Night Surf, and Love Never Dies).

Also, Tony interviewed me recently about Dollar Deal (if you haven’t bought a copy yet, buy it here from Amazon, and remember to leave a review on Amazon after you read it to help me promote my book). The interview, and Tony’s review of my book, will show up on the website Through the Black Hole later this week.