Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.
Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.
All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.
Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.
From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.
No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.
There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.
Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.
All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is!
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!
The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.
Yes, The Twighlight Manor Library is a real place. It is in Old Orchard Beach Maine, and the fictional library was based on the real one. It was founded in 1983.
The last time we cataloged our collection was in February 2001, and at that point our card catalog indexed 12,000 books (fiction and non-fiction).
The collection continues to grow, added to at a rate of 20 books a week (about 1,000 books a year) from 2001, until 2012. In spring of 2012 the library received a grant allowing it to add to it's collection at a rate of 200 to 800 books per month, since that time.
In addition to this main circulating collection there is also a non-circulating comic book collection which is home to the world's second largest Disney Duck collection.
The Twighlight Manor Library is not currently open to the general public. As you know a bomb destroyed much of our property in October 2006 and resulted in $3million in medical bills.
The long term effect of which is the library's entire collection has been put in storage. Only very limited people have access to the collection, until such time as we are able to house them in a building again. Our current plans are to buy an old abandoned hospital (in Southern Maine) and house the collection there. There are many road blocks to that goal, which we are currently in the process of overcoming.