Most of my friends already know this (because I won't shut up about it), but my debut novel, Still Dark, is set to arrive in 2016 from Siren's Call. It's a remarkably long road from idea to print, but it's also pretty fun to look back and ask yourself, "Where the hell did that come from?"

It's an old question, and I won't attempt to answer for other writers, but let's just say that more often than not, ideas just happen. Sometimes it's in the middle of day, while driving, or occasionally even in a dream. I'm glad (for a lot of reasons) that Still Dark was the first  of my novels to be picked up because it just makes a good story.

Here's the dream...

I'm standing on the edge of a frozen pond in the middle of a snow-covered forest. The thin sheath of ice ripples and cracks, and I know, instantly, that something is hiding under the water. Just then, a shape moves just under the surface, and again, I know exactly what I'm seeing.

It's something that shouldn't be there. Something that couldn't be there...

I won't spoil the rest, but I immediately stumbled out of bed at 3:00 AM and started fumbling around in the dark for something to write on. After about three minutes of searching (loudly), my wife, understandably, said, "What the hell are you doing?"

I found that slip of paper just about a week ago. It was an insurance statement from a trip to the doctor. The date was August 12, 2013.  Still Dark was finished probably six months after that.

I can't wait to share it with you.