Bowling, beer and books – tonight at the Village Lanes!

Let me admit right now that even though I wrote a novel whose main voice is a teenage star bowler from Sandusky, Ohio, I have never lived in Sandusky and I have just about zero bowling experience. But the truth is Midnight Bowling is a love story, and we all know that love can be unpredictable. For example, how could I have known that I’d fall in love with old-school bowling centers like Durham’s own Village Lanes? So I’m thrilled they’re hosting me TONIGHT, JUNE 9, 7-9 PM at the Village Lanes for a party to introduce Midnight Bowling on home turf. Also hosting is my wonderful Durham-based publisher, Carolina Wren Press. And joining us is the Lebowski-inspired Splitskrieg bowling league. If you buy a copy of Midnight Bowling, get a beer on the house. Come bowl with...
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MIDNIGHT BOWLING Rolls Out Today. Please Join Me!

If you’re here in Greensboro, and you have a bit of free time between 7 – 8pm tonight, I would like to see your sweet face at Scuppernong Books to help me celebrate sending MIDNIGHT BOWLING, my new novel, on its first roll. You’ll make my day, and I promise you some laughs, a hug (unless you’re not a hugger and that’s OK) and my gratitude. Some questions people have asked, w my answers: Where is it? … Scuppernong Books is on 304 S. Elm St. near the corner of Washington & Elm. Where do I park? … free street parking, the lot on Elm & McGee, or the deck on Washington & Green. Can I bring my kid(s)? … YES! This is a family bookstore. Also, writers love plot twists and kids never fail to deliver. What if I can’t come tonight but I want to get a (signed) copy? … Just call up Scuppernong Books, 336.763.1919, and reserve your copy. If you want it signed, say to whom. Are you gonna talk all night? (K I made this up) … Nope. I’m gonna chit chat w you, make you laugh, read a few lines, and (hopefully) sell some books. How many books should I buy? (Maybe I made this one up, too) … I can’t make a specific recommendation, so I’ll just mention some upcoming events: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays… If you’re on the fence about coming tonight, please just come. You’ll make my day, and then you can rope me into your event next time....
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Ten Pins

Like a nervous lover, I’ve started half a dozen letters to you. Why is this letter so hard? Because I’ve been waiting so long to write it. So, flustered and frustrated, I decided to write a list. I am excellent at lists; the form is always available to me. I will admit to adding already completed tasks to a list just for the pleasure of crossing them off. And for this list, ten points, because in bowling there are ten pins. Something to go on. First, the basics: My novel is called Midnight Bowling. I do not bowl. But I could spend all day hanging out in an old school bowling alley. There’s a great one in Durham, San Antonio, and two in Sandusky, OH, where the story is set. One is in the basement of the beautifully restored State Theatre downtown. The other, Star Lanes, was the model for Midnight Bowling’s Galaxy Lanes. You can’t love a place and a time without also feeling the loss of it. Also sometimes you do something for the art, and sometimes for the need. And everyone knows that there is one love that lodges in your heart. That is what this novel is about. Midnight Bowling started as a story told, then as a short story. For the short story, I figured I could fudge my lack of bowling knowledge for a couple dozen pages. Besides, the story wasn’t really about bowling. That said, my main character Tess Wycheski is a teenaged star bowler, so for the longer form additional research was required. I went to Sandusky and interviewed the owners of the Star (Galaxy) Lanes, as well as some local pros, and the retired coach of the town’s high school team, the Sandusky Blue Streaks. After that I had Tess’ world. Her father, a former pro, is her first love; the sport is her second. And then, because I like things to come in threes as much as the next person, her third love (her first boyfriend) makes her question everything she’s believed so far. And then there’s Leo Florida, ex-hustler and owner of the Galaxy Lanes, who betrayed her father but says he can make her a pro. And who has a secret that involves them all. Well I’ll be damned, I said to myself after about a dozen years working on this novel on and off. I’ve got...
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