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Jeff Mariotte
Jeffrey J. Mariotte is an award-winning author, occasional editor, news junkie, photographer, reader, and dog owner.
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A couple of weeks ago, Marcy and I had the pleasure of attending our first Western Writers of America annual convention. I'd hung out with some of the members before, at other events, but had never met so many at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Let's get right to the big news: today is the release day for the WordFire Press edition of supernatural thriller MISSING WHITE GIRL! Here's what's on the back cover: "Terror in the borderlands… "Lulu Lavender’s mixed-race family has been slaughtered,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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So much news today, it's hard to know where to begin. No, on second thought, I guess it's not. The biggest news of the day has to be the release of my novel The Slab. I wrote this one years... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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My first novel, GEN13: NETHERWAR--a horror novel written with my pal Christopher Golden--was a horror novel disguised as a superhero novel. It was released in 1999. In 2019, in celebration of my 20th year as a novelist, WordFire Press (publishers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Sorry you didn't make it! I only saw Jeff Parker once, from a distance. He was on the move, and I was signing books for someone and couldn't chase him down. I usually manage to run into him at least once during the festival. Next year!
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It's mid-late-March now, or late-mid-March, but in the early part of the month, Marcy and I were at the Tucson Festival of Books (for the 11th year straight, for me). We had a great time, as always. We sold and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Next weekend, March 2 & 3, is the 11th annual Tucson Festival of Books. This newspaper story (from the Tucson Daily Star, the festival's main sponsor) describes one of the important factors about this year: "Are you a faithful follower... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
I'm an old-school guy. When podcasts came on the scene, I was living on the ranch in the middle of nowhere, with dial-up internet, then satellite--neither of which were conducive to streaming video or audio. As a result, I never... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Next Saturday, December 1, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I will be presenting authors at the KJZZ Holiday Storyfest and Author's Showcase! All the deets are at the link. We'll be speaking from 4:45-5:15, but we'll be there from the time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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So, even though last week I wrote that we'd be at TusCon this week, we're not, and we won't make it (and we're bummed not to see our old pal, the great Joe R. Lansdale his own self). Turns out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Because Tucson Comic-Con is the only comic convention Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I always attend, early November, not summer, is "con season" for us. The week after TCC is TusCon, about which more next week. Then early December brings a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
CoKoCon is koming--er, coming! It'll be held August 31-September 3 in Phoenix, AZ. If you're there, wish me a happy early birthday (I like chocolate cake). Here's my panel schedule: Sunday, Sept. 2: 11-noon Not Dead Yet Jeff Mariotte, Harry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
I do. After graduating from high school in Germany, I moved to San Jose, CA for college, eons ago. San Jose was where I had my first piece of writing published (an interview with ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith), won my first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
It's MegaMania time again! Every year, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I make the trek down to Tucson for the great one-day con put on by the Pima County Library. This year's con is on Saturday, July 14, at the Pima... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I can finally announce my latest writing project: I wrote the first licensed novel based on the Netflix TV series NARCOS. It's an incredible show from Gaumont International Television, a division of the French company Gaumont (the oldest film company... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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The 10th annual Tucson Festival of Books has come and gone. Marcy and I spent most of our time in our booth, meeting readers old and new, signing books, and talking with friends (or covering and uncovering our books on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I've been writing professionally for 30 years. But I was in the book business, as a bookseller, for years before that, since 1980. And I started attending conventions of various kinds even before that, in college. During those decades, I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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In the great wide world, genre fiction awards don't mean all that much. They're not like Oscars or Emmys or Tonys or Grammys, because comparatively few people read genre fiction (and the awards ceremonies aren't packed with celebrities and broadcast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Next Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, my beloved wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I will be in Sierra Vista, AZ for C4!! (yes, that's how it's officially spelled, with two !!). We'll have a table just inside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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2018 marks 30 years since my first professional fiction sale--the short story "The Last Rainmaking Song" in the first Full Spectrum anthology. Before that, the only money I'd made from writing was a literary award in college. I didn't sell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I've known author Kevin J. Anderson for so long, I can't actually remember the first time we met. He was, at the time, a successful science fiction writer, who's only become more so in the intervening years. Among other things,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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As so often happens at cons, I came back from the Tucson Comic-Con--which was an absolute blast!--with what's popularly known as con crud (and now Marcy has it, too). We're both trying desperately to be fully recovered by Friday evening,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Tuesday was not only Halloween, but the release date for the newest novel by my wonderful wife and brilliant writing partner, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell--Mafia III: Plain of Jars! Here's how the publisher describes the book: Before Lincoln Clay laid waste... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Although it's still a couple of months until the release of our next novel, my amazing wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I have been busy, and there's some new short fiction by us out there for your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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The San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest pop culture event in North America (though some comic conventions in Europe dwarf it, surprisingly enough)--often too big to be as fun or comfortable as it once was. Since I won my Inkpot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M