Last Light Studio is so proud to report that our literary crime thriller , Headlong, took the number one sales slot for fiction at Small Press Distribution for the early fall! We do realize that your average person-on-the-street has not heard of Small Press Distribution, but in the world of small and independent publishing that’s a big deal, kind of like winning first place at an important film festival!
Thanks to all the readers and fans who made this amazing feat possible, and congratulations to author Ron MacLean who has been working his posterior off while touring his book!
Have you added Ron MacLean’s literary thriller Headlong to your to-read list yet? If so, or if you just want to learn a little more about our newest title, check out this great interview and discussion at Small Press Picks!
provocative and utterly believeable.
– Kirkus Reviews
It’s a hot Boston summer, and Nick Young, a washed-up journalist back in town to care for his dying father, is feeling the heat. Using his old skills to solve a mystery before the police do – to connect the dots between a major labor strike, a violent Occupy-style movement, and a murder that may involve his best friend’s teen son.
HEADLONG is a literary thriller about fathers, sons, eco-terrorism, death, immaturity, anarchism, friendship, and failure. The new novel from Ron MacLean.
A gripping, timely novel.
– Cory Doctorow
William Maxwell is the author of our up-and-coming dark fantasy thriller, Shadow Path.
LLS. What writing project are you currently working on?
WM: “Taste for the Dark” is a pulp detective novel set in a present-day occult Los Angeles. In a world where magic has replaced technology and gods and spirits run rampant, Peregrine Dunn is the one you want on your side if you want to find out why a crime occurred. When a Templar Knight hires Dunn to look into a simple Possession & Entering, Dunn understands it’s more than just a simple job. From pacts with ancient spirits to gods created by committee, it’ll be a miracle if Dunn can keep his skin intact on this case, let alone keep his soul.
LLS: What book are you currently reading?
WM: “Mongolian Cloud Houses” by Dan Frank Kuehn. Because my wife insists that I need to build myself a Hemingway Hut.
LLS: What is your favorite bookstore or library?
WM: I love going to the Los Angeles Public Library (any of them really) with the kids. It’s magic for them and a treasure for me. I can request any book in the immense system and have it sent to me or I can just root around in a strange branch and see what I pick up.
LLS: What are you busy with when you’re not writing?
WM: A few things!
a) I’ve been hired as the Operations Coordinator at the TAMIT program, which means I’m helping the local tribe run a high school after-school program for American Indian youth striving to get into college.
b) I’m working on founding a Makerspace in the San Fernando Valley, basically a place where people can get together and make all sorts of cool and interesting gadgets for fun and business.
c) I’m chipping away at an open-source educational project that invites teachers and students to create a game-space, where they can use role-playing (both live and simulationist) to study what they’re supposed to learn in school. It’s RPGing for fun, but in a way that everyone feels comfortable coming in and playing.
LLS: Bonus question: What’s the best snack to have while reading?
WM: Seaweed. Liking gnawing on tiny whispers of the ocean.