Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nick's Cover Reveal

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.



Bio

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon US, Amazon UK

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Kidnapping of Simon Ostrovsky


Last year when Russia invaded Ukraine, I started following the online videos of this great journalist, Simon Ostrovsky (an American born in Soviet Russia, both fluent and knowledgeable about the region). He often speaks to both sides of the conflict, getting himself and his cameras in places other Western Media have great difficulty doing. I really like his straightforward questions and his ability to get answers from people on opposing sides.

When I watched his online videos last year, I was surprised when he suddenly went missing for several days. No one could find him and many feared the worst. It turns out he was taken prisoner by the Pro-Russian rebels and was beaten and interrogated. Yet he did not break in the face of such inhuman injustice and was later released only to return to covering the story in Ukraine despite the danger to his life.

I find it truly inspiring to see someone fighting for truth and making such an effort to show both sides of the story in the ongoing propaganda war. If you have a chance, watch the interview about his experiences or some of his videos and judge for yourself. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Erin Go Bragh!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Time for something tall, dark, and handsome…that’s right, a pint of Guinness! But just for my health, of course.

Just another fun day to sport some green, when everyone can celebrate being Irish. My little red head son told me the other day he wants to go to Ireland so that he can sing for “the little people.” So here’s a toast to everyone celebrating today, and may you have a fine St. Pat’s Day!

Slainte!   


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Kaufman’s Hill

Last night, I had the honor of attending a book-signing session by my former professor, Dr. John Hampsey, as he read excerpts from his newly published memoir entitled Kaufman’s Hill. Sitting in the Book Passage bookstore inside the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco, I got to listen to John Hampsey speak as he transported us to his childhood in Pittsburg during the early 1960s. Needless to say, it was both an entertaining and moving experience.

Chronicling his own personal experiences of a bygone era, Kaufman’s Hill is a heartfelt and insightful book that really enables any person of any generation to get into the mindset and world of 1960s America and what that meant to a young child. For me personally, it’s interesting to hear about what would be my parent’s generation and the many ways in which their upbringings were both similar and completely alien to my own childhood.

After his reading, I got a chance to reconnect with my former professor as he signed my copy of his book. It made me smile to see that he was still every inch the fascinating man I knew in college, and he remains as warmhearted and jovial as ever.

Kaufman’s Hill is a must-read for anyone who enjoys memoir or just a plain good story. You can order a copy online or look for it in a bookstore near you. I promise, you’ll enjoy it.  

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My New Website!


Today I’m launching my new website! In preparation for my upcoming novels with St. Martin’s Press, I’ve created a place where readers can learn a little about my books and myself. It’s also a place to connect with fellow authors.

Built thanks to the herculean efforts of a good friend of mine, I hope to continue to add to the site as my work evolves. I still plan to totally keep my blog (also viewable on my website), but hopefully this will help tie together my various forms of social media online. I may have a couple bugs to still sort out as far as viewability on certain mobile devices goes, but the site is more or less good to go.

So check out marknoce.com and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Guest Speaker at 2015 San Francisco Writer’s Conference!!!


This morning I got to speak to five or six hundred awesome attendees at this year’s San Francisco Writer’s Conference! Needless to say, I’m pretty pumped and had a great time interacting with everyone while sharing my story. Helping to draw a crowd, it also probably didn’t hurt that President Obama was literally across the street at the Fairmont Hotel during my speech. ;)

As a former attendee myself, it was pretty surreal to address people who were sitting where I had been just two short years ago. On top of that, some of the other speakers I got to share the stage with were people I had listened to at previous conferences. Never did I guess I’d get to shake hands and hang out with such talented writers and members of the publishing industry.

So where to from here, right? I think I’m just going to enjoy the feeling today. After all, tomorrow is another day and I’ve got plenty of edits from my publisher to go through before I get to see my novel on the shelf at the bookstore. Nonetheless, I definitely think I’m going to remain in a celebratory mood. J

Friday, January 30, 2015

Career Day

I was recently invited to speak during Career Day at my old high school. Needless to say, I had a blast! It was pretty cool getting to connect with students and talk about writing, both Technical Writing and Fiction Writing.

I hadn’t been back to my high school since I graduated fourteen years ago, so it was kind of a trip to see all that had changed. The students were awesome though, and really enthusiastic to learn more about how they could make a living as a writer of one sort or another in the working world. I’d definitely go back and speak again.

I know we writers are supposed to be somewhat introverted and stick to written text, but I actually enjoy public speaking and have a lot of fun connecting with people interested in writing. If I enjoy speaking at the upcoming San Francisco Writer’s Conference half as much as I did speaking at Career Day, then I’m sure I’ll have a great time there too. Wish me luckJ