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The Ticking Clock Edition


Love for Michelle’s bangs, a review that’s the good kind of bad, an invitation to you to join the podcast and a reading of the second chapter of Higher Than Jesus, “The Ticking Clock”. The title makes sense now, doesn’t it?

Thanks to our sponsor, Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com, and to Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com for the music “Pop Goes the Weasel”. 

If you’re interested in being interviewed on the podcast, use Speakpipe (on the sidebar to the right) to leave a message with your contact information. You’ll need a USB microphone (not a built-in mic) on your end and for the show you have to be on Skype. Or email me at expartepress@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening!

PS Blooper at the end. It’s sad.


I gave birth to myself

To hear the first chapter of Bigger Than Jesus, please click here!

Please click it to grab the gripping, funny crime thriller by Robert Chazz Chute.

I just had a very nice new review of Bigger Than Jesus on Amazon. It was fair and solid and four stars. No complaints, only happiness. However, I then spotted someone else comment that “He’s been dead for thirty years and people still try to imitate him.” I can only assume the commenter meant Mickey Spillane, since the reviewer noted that my main character, Jesus Diaz, is influenced by Mike Hammer (the hero of many a Spillane novel) and characters from many movies.

Jesus Diaz is a movie freak, mainly because movies are about escapism and that’s one of the great themes of The Hit Man Series: Escape. However, I must object. Spillane has only been dead since 2006 and he has new novels coming out starring Mike Hammer (to be completed by another novelist, of course, presumably with a Ouija board) all the way into 2014!

More to the point, I’ve read some Mickey Spillane and enjoyed it, but I’m not trying to imitate the author. The story is written in the same POV as Bright Lights, Big City, but I’m not trying to be Jay McInerney. I share a common worldview with Chuck Palahniuk, but I had that worldview long before I read Fight Club or any of his other excellent novels. I’m not trying to “be” anybody else in my writing. I’m me and deluded enough to think that will be sufficient.

Influences? Sure. I’ve got them. When I read Blake Crouch’s Run, I knew I wanted to have the same fast pace to the story without letting up. I love William Goldman’s talent for reversals, so just when you think you know what happens next, surprise! You don’t. I’ve learned from other writers, but it’s rather reductionist and insulting to call me an imitator. I don’t think anyone who has actually read my books would call me that. No one author owns fast pacing and cliffhangers. I call that learning, not aping. I don’t mean to be thin-skinned. I just don’t want to be mischaracterized.


REVIEW! INTERVIEW! MORE! YAY!: Sex, Death & Mind Control (for fun and profit)


I’m suffering a sore throat tonight, so I’m holding off on a new Self-help for Stoners Podcast for now. However, I still have candies for you! In lieu of me, press play to find out about one of my fave podcasts or just go to The Best of the Left.

Over at The Raven’s Quill, there’s an excellent review of Sex, Death & Mind Control.


(And by excellent, I mean, the author gets me, she really, really gets me…apologies to Sally Field for dragging out that old Oscars speech allusion.) Read Krista Walsh’s review here.

But wait there’s more! In a feature called Inside The Author’s Mind, I’m interviewed at Eden Baylee’s site and she asks such great questions that I’m forced to come up with some funny answers. Her site, and my responses, are definitely NSFW, 18+ and offensive to somebody. Somebody who doesn’t enjoy laughter. You’ve been warned. If you’re an adult, CLICK, READ, LAUGH.

I’ll be updating the Self-help for Stoners Podcast as soon as my throat recovers. I have fancy plans and pants to match (NEWSRADIO fans know that line). But seriously, I’m working on some huge and cool projects and, as soon as I can speak, all shall be revealed! Stay tuned. The podcast is going off in new and exciting directions.