Writers’ Block

August 3, 2020

I’m excited to say that I’ve officially earned my MA in Journalism & Creative Media from the University of Alabama. It was quite the journey, and I appreciate everything the fine faculty and students at the university taught me. Sometimes all you need is an opportunity to showcase your capabilities, and I wish that would happen more across the board. Thank you for everything, my Crimson family! Roll Tide!

A promising new chapter is set to begin. As my mission to bring a different voice to media will gain momentum, I can now also focus on providing more consistent content to this site, as well as more works to share.

January 3, 2020

I’m pleased to announce that the “Lake Erie” issue in Cursed: A Jack Swift Case has been fixed. I would like to apologize again for the error. With that being said, those print copies already sold have become incredibly rare, kind of like the Honus Wagner card in the story, so be kind to them.

One another note, now that we have entered 2020, relive 2019 with Jack Swift’s #LyricoftheDay 2019 Spotify Playlist. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

December 9, 2019

There’s an error in Cursed: A Jack Swift Case that I would like to address because I find it embarrassing. Lake Erie is spelled “Lake Eerie” in the novel. I twice lived in the Great Lakes area, central Ohio and western New York, so I am well aware that “Erie” is spelled differently than “eerie.” It’s frustrating for two reasons: First, I and the editor should have caught it, and I’m disappointed in how I and others have become reliant on little colored squiggly lines to alert us of an error in word processing programs; and second, “erie” was auto-corrected to “eerie” in said program. That still isn’t an excuse, and I deeply apologize for the error–especially to those in the Great Lakes area.

The error will be fixed a soon as possible, so readers of this current edition–especially those with print copies–can look at it this way: that mistake will make this edition very rare. Thanks for reading, and please don’t judge the entire novel on an innocent mistake, because it was fun for me to write, and hopefully my passion is on display in the story.

Happy Holidays and happy reading!

October 8, 2019

Cursed: A Jack Swift Case is officially available! Universal Butterfly Publishing released the highly-anticipated sequel to Crooked Gold last Tuesday. It’s been called, “A wicked, action-packed adventure.” Follow Jack Swift on an international journey as he searches for his next prize–beware of dangerous vixens and voodoo, however.


May 10, 2019

Now that I’m on a tiny break, I wanted to give you all an update on two happenings.

First, I would love to say that the local author fair was a success at Page One Books, but unfortunately, local readers aren’t quite sold on their local talent just yet. If you’re in the area next time, please at least mingle with the authors a little to get to know them. There’s no obligation to purchase any of the available works, but it’s nice to feel connected to the community. I mean, even eye contact and a smile is fine. The author fairs happen once a month for the summer, so come out and say hello if you would like. If you’re not in the area, try and support your local authors as much as you can. Every author started as a local talent somewhere, remember that.

Second, Forgotten Kids is set to release in the fourth quarter of 2019. Keep an eye out for the novel. Also, Curses!: A Jack Swift Case, the second installment in the series, is currently being shopped so keep tight for its release.

January 4, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a good time replacing their wall calendar (if you even have one–and hopefully it was a good choice because you’re stuck with those photos for 12 months).

I’m excited to announce the first good news (fingers crossed it’s not the only good news) of 2019: Forgotten Kids will be released by Michelkin Publishing early this year! Keep checking in for updates of the novel’s release date, and in the meantime, have a look at Michelkin’s catalog.

August 15, 2018

I recently finished an author interview for Qwertythoughts.com. You can find out more about my writing processes and my likes and dislikes. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing. Click here to read!

It’s always nice to learn a little more about the author you’re reading (assuming you’re reading one of my works). I hope you enjoy!

July 13, 2018

Crooked Gold: A Jack Swift Case has finally been released! Currently, it’s just an Ebook, but the paperback will come in the next week or two. High crime, gold, pretty girls, and a cat and mouse game between a detective and his rival criminal. What could be better? You don’t have to answer that.

The staff at Sharpe Books and Author Enterprises provided a fantastic cover for Crooked Gold, and they worked very hard to make this novel go live. Thanks to the publisher for the fantastic help and efficiency; they’re a great and talented group to work with.


Keep a lookout for excerpts in Entries, Excerpts, & Observations, and please enjoy my crime debut, Crooked Gold: A Jack Swift Case! Also, please feel free to leave a review on the Amazon page.

March 8, 2018

The Dark Goddess  was released by Michelkin Publishing on January 19th, 2018! Check out Jason DeGray‘s thrilling sequel to The Ruined Man. Magic is real. And it is a filthy, evil thing!

Both books are paranormal thrillers and not for the faint of heart. DeGray truly masters the influence of evil in The Dark Goddess, pushing the limits even more than he did in The Ruined Man, and it’s executed brilliantly. DeGray flexes his knowledge of religion and the occult and the plot remains fast-paced and consistent and all references are accurate. There is a wonderful mixture of emotions throughout. If you like the unknown, hardboiled detectives, and everything evil, this is a great series to read.

For more from Jason DeGray you can download his latest short, Blood & Lust, from Michelkin Publishing. Also, kudos to the illustrators on staff at the Roswell, New Mexico-based imprint as the covers for both DeGray’s books have turned out beautiful.