Denis Johnson Craft Lecture

112299617-30232943In 1999 I had the good fortune to study with one of my heroes, the novelist and short story writer Denis Johnson. This happened at a workshop put on by the University of Montana at a place called Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake.
I took a two-day train trip out of Boston, on Amtrak, and stepped off a train in Whitefish, Montana, spent the night there, and arranged for someone to drive me the rest of the way to the lake. A couple hours, I think.
During that week I met other writers and had a great time. But the highlight was meeting and actually becoming friends with my hero, Denis Johnson.
He liked the pieces I put up for workshop very much, chief among these “When They Were Calling You in for Dinner.” Late in the week, he took me aside. We walked along the shore of the lake, skipping rocks onto the water. He told me (and here I’m paraphrasing), “if you take care of your craft and focus on writing well, everything else will work out.” He said it much more succinctly, clearly, but that was the heart of it. In short, he gave me the confidence to write. Even more than that, he gave me the seed of a faith that this could work. Not the start, but perhaps a foundation of my belief.
He encouraged me to apply to graduate programs, and a year later I wound up at his alma-mater, the University of Iowa, and the Writers’ Workshop. We corresponded for a few years after that and I had the pleasure of being his Iowa City tour guide when he came to read in 2002.
He was a friend, a teacher, and a great writer–the author of Jesus’ Son and the National Book Award-Winning Tree of Smoke, among others.
And now we have lost him. May Denis Johnson rest in peace.
This summer I searched out the tape I bought of his “craft lecture” at that conference and found it, bought a small auto-reverse cassette walkman with a USB output, and I converted it to audio. I hope you’ll enjoy this. I certainly taught me a lot.
Click here to listen or right-click to download the file: http://shoutengine.com/SethHarwoodCrime/SethHarwoodCrime-1999-denis-johnson-craft-lecture-1999-37622.mp3
 

Replay of The Maltese Jordans / Patreon Q&A and Hangout

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This is the audio replay of the Q&A on April 26, 2017. Click here to download or listen (or right-click to download).
In this audio, I talk a bit at the open about what you’re getting, what’s coming up, and give a new pre-release pitch for THE MALTESE JORDANS.
Thanks to Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff  for the quickie intro at the open. It’s great to hear from an old friend in the game. I’ll have more from him coming up soon for you. What a voice on that guy!
Included content in this episode:

  • Short history of my publishing career.
  • Why I’m using Patreon now.
  • Updates on what’s to come in the near future.
  • Pitch content and new info about THE MALTESE JORDANS
  • I answer some cool listener questions
  • AND…
  • Pre-release reading of the first chapter of the book.

Enjoy! Want to go ahead and get in on a Patreon subscription for upcoming work? Go here.
You can also see links in the video here of my process in Scrivener, a tour of the Patreon page, all the funny faces, my sneakers, and more.
 


Full video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kVB8_SnDS4M
 

The Maltese Jordans / Patreon Q&A – Hangout

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I’m going forward with the online live session tomorrow night to answer questions, talk about why I’m doing Patreon, what this means, and get all the necessary details for you on THE MALTESE JORDANS.
Mainly, I want to get in touch and say hey.
If you’d like to join, please use the following link and come out tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th starting at 8:30 Eastern. We’ll wrap up around 9:00. If you’re on the Pacific Side of things, that’s 5:30 to 6:00. 🙂
Here’s how to attend:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/190665239
You’ll have to download some Zoom software that you may not already have going, but if you don’t want to do that, you can use phone lines below, or use the following link to find the live action via Kickstarter:
https://live.kickstarter.com/seth-harwood/live/the-maltese-jordans-patreon-q-and-a-hangout   Continue reading

Audio Promo


Now that I’m BACK, it makes sense that I’d start spreading the word. Well, first off pal Mike Bennett dropped this promo onto his latest episode of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. That’s right, he’s reading from the good old book! And doing a damn good job of it, too!
He spread this promo: 
See what you think, rejoice in the streets and come over to my new Patreon page if you want more goodies, including eBook versions of a new story featuring Snake Eyes from G.I. JOE and an oddly-named head of the Sinaloa Cartel. Ever heard of El Chapo? Well, this one is for you!
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Audio Interview

Seth Appears on “Not Old–Better”

Thanks to Paul Vogelzang for having me on his show!

It was great to sit down with Paul Vogelzang, the host of “Not Old–Better“, and talk about my newest crime novel EVERYONE PAYS.  We also talked about podcasting, teaching, the successful processes of a professional writer and other career path trivia. Good times!
Paul’s got a great audience and I’m very happy to post this interview for both our followers! If you’re new to this blog: Join the Nation (my mailing list) and I’ll send you my Crime Blotter! It’s full of regular updates and news straight from YOUR BOY’s mouth!!

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

EXTENDED Q&A from the Mysterious Bookshop, NYC

I’M BACK!… with more from my live event at the Mysterious Bookshop this past May. New York City’s famous Mysterious Bookshop is your home (and mine) for all things crime fiction, and a regular stop on any crime novelist’s book tour.  We had a great time that night that included a wonderful discussion about the writing process and craft, as well as how I created my newest characters: Clara Donner and Danny Hendricks. If you already have your copy of EVERYONE PAYS you know whom I’m talking about, if not go get your copy today!

Presented here is the whole video in full.

You can also DOWNLOAD or STREAM the audio below. Have fun!

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Podcast Audio

MAY 12, 2016 — Seth Harwood reads from EVERYONE PAYS at Boston’s Noir @ the Bar

Logo2-166x300     Trident Booksellers & Cafe’s ongoing author appreciation events bring a new installment to the long running national series Noir @ the Bar. Listen as Seth takes to the podium to read from the newest crime novel: EVERYONE PAYS.

     This podcast features Chapter One of EVERYONE PAYS, taking you along for a homicide investigation into one of the city of San Fransisco’s uglier cases. Meet my newest protagonist: Clara Donner — Detective with the San Fransisco Police Department.

Check it all out over at ShoutEngineDotCom.

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Exclusive New Video—NYC Reading

LIVE from NEW YORK it’s…

YOUR BOY reading from EVERYONE PAYS!! (Of course!!)
No need to stay up late! Or make a trip to NYC… or even leave your computer!

On Friday May 6, 2016 the purposeful visitors and unbidden patrons of The Mysterious Bookshop in lower Manhattan had the singular opportunity to hear a teasing selection from my new novel.  We love those folks at The Shop!!  Thank you all for hosting my reading and meet-up!  And special thanks to everyone who came out to see YOUR BOY, those who ordered signed copies, and those who generally like a good author event!

Here’s the YouTube clip of my First Installment.  This 19-minute video has me reading Chapter Six and Chapter Nine of EVERYONE PAYS, for those of you following along at home.  If you’re looking to feed those ear-holes; the audio-only version is also available for stream or download.  Check out the links below and find your vice!

Watch for the Second Installment with full Q&A coming soon… Enjoy!

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