Monday, December 17, 2012


Huzzah! So I've been waiting a bit to share this, and the time has finally arrived! I present to you, in all its 'outlaw' glory, the cover for my upcoming book, Can You Survive? Howard Pyle's Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. I'm so very excited for this book. It's part of a series of 'Choose Your Path' books by publisher Lake 7 Creative, where you are the main character in a work of classic literature. As you read the story, you get to make a number of choices. Decide correctly, and you'll survive until the final chapter. It was such a pleasure reading the ballads of Howard Pyle and adapting the story of the infamous outlaw of Sherwood Forest into an action-filled narrative for young readers.

So, without further ado, <drumroll please> I give you the gorgeous cover, illustrated by David Hemenway...

Golly. Ain't she a beaut? The book will be available in mid-January, so check back here for more info about where you can find it!

Happy holidays, all!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


A train book coming? Why, it's already here! Hey gang. Been a while since I've dropped by with a nugget of info. Fear not, though. Things, they are a-happenin'. Aside from the aforementioned picture book that's out, I've been working hard on a variety of projects: writing episodes for The Choo Choo Bob Show, wrapping up the final volume in the Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution series, and putting the finishing touches on a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' style novel based on The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. So yeah, been a bit busy. But I digress. The main thing I wanted to share today was where you can pick up your very own, mint condition copy of the Choo Choo Bob picture book I wrote, Holy Smokestacks! Here Comes a Steam Engine! The book is based on the characters from the TV show, and on the wonderful, train-tastic town of Bobville. Currently, Smokestacks can be found at The Choo Choo Bob Train Store in Saint Paul, and on their WEBSITE. You can also find the book online, (at the usual book-related websites), or it can be ordered at your favorite book emporium. Our plan is to get it in as many local book stores as we can! Take care and all the best, B

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Hey there, Engineers! So, there's this super-cool model train store here in St. Paul that Alex and I frequent, a place called Choo Choo Bob's. I swear, my kid could watch their window display of moving model trains for hours. Well, the man behind the store, Bob Medcraft, is a local commercial producer. In fact, back in the ol' Production Assistant days, I worked a time or two with the guy. Swell fella. Anyway, a few years back, Bob decided to create a television show about trains, one similar in tone and content to Casey Jones and Captain Kangaroo. The show, aptly titled The Choo Choo Bob Show, produced six episodes, and starred some amazing local talent: Sam Heyn, Rich Kronfeld, Emily Fradenburgh, Dave Tufford, and Charlie Hubbell. Now, I have worked with each and every one of these talented individuals, on commercials, shorts, and even feature-length flicks. They're solid, hard-working peeps. Doubt me? Check the sidebar and marvel at Sam and Rich in two - count 'em TWO - of the 48 Hour Film Festival shorts I co-wrote/directed. Also, many of the crew are people I've worked with for years in the commercial world. So I took the first opportunity to snatch up the DVDs of the show and introduce Alex to the wonderful world of trains.

Okay, so long story longer, the gang is back again, producing an additional 46 episodes! The Choo Choo Bob Show will air locally beginning this June, so be on the lookout for this wacky gang of train-iacs. And I'll be sure to remind you. Why? Because I've become a part of this madcap production! I've currently written two episodes of the show, and I'm the author of the Choo Choo Bob picture book Holy Smokestacks! (coming soon) It's been a joy to work with this group again, and to be a part of a locally-produced children's television show (especially one that my son cherishes so much).

This Saturday, April 14th, from 9:30A.M. to 11:30A.M. the Choo Choo Bob gang are screening new episodes of the show at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. The cast will be on-hand, signing autographs, hanging with the kiddos, and performing live music. It's going to be a great event. Tickets are $2.00 apiece, and all of the proceeds are going to the Midway Food Shelf. So come on over and check out The Choo Choo Bob Show!

Here's the details again:
Saturday April 14th
The Riverview Theater
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Tickets: $2.00 apiece

Hope to see some of you there!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


...tap tap..."Is this thing on?" ...tap tap...

So yeah...Hi everyone! Been a while. Remember me? Tall, lanky, prone to bad puns? Well, it seems as if whole seasons have gone by since my last post (June? Really, dude?), and for that I apologize. It's been a pretty busy 7 months or so, and I'm thankful for that. Had a few books released. Worked on a handful more. Watched my toddling little toddler turn into a 'big boy.' So yeah, it's enough to forget I've got this little corner of the Interweb to update.

Since 2012 kicked off, the kidlet has hit three pretty solid milestones: he's potty-trained, he sleeps in a bed and not a crib, and he started preschool. The Trinity of Toddlerhood. And he's taken to them all like a champ. Sure, the newfound freedom of bed life has made for some interesting evenings, as did the Defcon 1 scrambles to the bathroom. But he loves school, the social interaction has been great (for both father and son!), and it's created a new favorite moment to my day: asking what he did at school, and trying to decipher his answer. It's awesome.

As for those books I mentioned...they're listed on the sidebar now, but my second graphic novel in the Sports Illustrated Kids line, Riptide Pride was released.

I was also asked to write for an exciting new series from Stone Arch Books, a collaboration with legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk. The series, Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution, follows a quartet of extreme sports enthusiasts tracking down the scattered pieces of a mystical skateboard once used by The Birdman himself. It's a healthy genre combo: equal parts action, mystery, sci-fi, and yes, even romance. I was fortunate enough to be asked to write volumes 6 and 7 (titled Tunnel Vision and Exiled, respectively), and continue on with the series. Four more volumes are on deck for Fall of 2012, three of which were written by yours truly. It's really been a great series to be a part of.

I've also been working on few other projects, but for now I won't say too much about them. They all vary so greatly from one another, in exciting and challenging ways. And when I can share, you bet your sweet bippy I won't wait another 7 months to spread the news!

Hope everything is well in your corner of the world, folks!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Let's take a trip back to the early 90s. I know, it'll be scary. There's all sorts of things we'll probably see: pinned and rolled acid-washed jeans, Boyz II Men videos on MTV, maybe even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or two. We're also apt to see a scrawny, gawky-looking teenage drama nerd with a penchant for mystery novels and big, swooping hair. Like, Jason Priestley, 90210 large hair. And as you may have guessed, the nerd with the comic books and Stephen King novels in his backpack, rushing off to play practice? Yeah, that's me.

In our basement, there are bins of old work from my childhood, from elementary school through the aforementioned awkward teen years. There are papers and stories and poems (yes, I wrote them for a girl. And yes, it did work, so lay off) written on my grandfather's old typewriter. There's childhood stories about Spider-Man, about werewolves, about The Hardy Boys. There's also a bunch of printed out emails from college, when my friends and I would spend our workstudy time sending one another lyrics for a fictional rap group (don't ask).

So I'm going to start sharing them with you. I thought it would be fun to see what that early work was like, and how it has - or hasn't - influenced my current work.

Up first? A little gem titled Blood Moon, a short story I wrote in '93 for my creative writing assignment. It's about a man who discovers his one true love has been kidnapped by an ancient vampire, and he and his chums rush off to rescue her. Yep. I was on to the whole vampire craze waaaay before that Stephenie Meyers lady.

Here's the opening paragraph:

He crouched there, quivering. Deep in the shadows of a far-away corner of the castle, he sat with his head between his knees and his arms wrapped around his legs. His body ached from the amount of time he had hidden there, in the abandoned room in a cobwebbed corner. His mind, filled with fear, ran back the dreadful events of the night so far, fearing the end of it.

Exciting, right? You want to read more, right? Well, if you do, God bless you. The whole story is just one click away.


Be on the lookout for more posts like this, where I start to share all kinds of quirky stories from and about my youth.

Until then,

*NOTE: How cool is that Photoshop art I whipped up?!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


So, I've got a nice deck. Yeah, I know. "That's a weird thing to brag about, Brandon," you're saying. "What does that have to do with books?" But stick with me here. This deck? You'd almost say it's dang-near perfect. It's large, there's a great table and chairs and a wide umbrella, and it rests in the shade of a towering tree. It's the ideal spot to kick back in the summer, crack open something cold, and get acquainted with a good book. And nearly every spare minute I have, I'm doing just that. So now that summer has arrived, and that shady perch is once more a warm weather mainstay, I thought I'd share a few of the things on my reading list.

THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins: I'll be the first to admit, some of the books on this list are ones I've been hankering to read for some time. This past Christmas, I received the set of all three hardcovers, and they've been patiently sitting on my shelf, waiting for me. I polished off the first book in no time, and plan to do the same with the other two soon. I can easily see why this is a popular and engaging series of books. And the fact that it reminds me of The Running Man (sans a flag-wearing Jesse Ventura and an evil Richard Dawson) makes it even more awesome.

THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin: Again, something I've been waiting to read for some time. Last summer, when I started my latest WIP, I purchased Passage as a reward for a completed manuscript. Two revised drafts later, the WIP is still just that. But I feel like I've earned some killer zombie action.

FUN AND GAMES by Duane Swierczynski: Reading a Swierczy book is like getting an adrenaline shot to the heart, Thurman-style. If you love fast-paced, smart action, definitely check him out. Games, about a group of hitmen who specialize in making deaths look like accidents, seems to be another jolt of action. It's almost like Eric Stoltz has already drawn an 'X' on my chest in Sharpie.

BLOODY CRIMES by James Swanson: Swanson penned one of my favorite non-fiction reads, the amazing Manhunt, which follows two parallel storylines: the death of Abraham Lincoln, and the search for his elusive killer, John Wilkes Booth. Crimes, the story of Jefferson Davis and the funeral pageant of Lincoln's body, continues his captivating, heavily-researched narrative.

BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey: Let's go back five years or so. NBC was producing 2 shows about late night sketch shows. One had the name Aaron Sorkin attached to it; one was a sitcom with, of all people, The Shadow..I mean, Alec Baldwin. I'll admit, I thought the Sorkin/Matthew Perry drama had the legs to make it, and didn't put much faith in 30 Rock. Damn, I'm glad I was wrong. Tina Fey is like the prettiest girl in band class, the one you totally have a crush on, the one you know is not only way smarter than you, but that she wouldn't have time for Indiana Jones references. She's too busy being amazing. Nerd crush? You bet.

KILLING KATE by Julie Kramer: The fourth book in the witty and entertaining Riley Spartz series. Set in the good ol' Twin Cities, with the backdrop of local television reporting, the Spartz series is always smart, funny, and filled with twists.

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs: Sometimes, a book comes out of nowhere and you can't stop thinking about it. Last week, I had no clue what Home even was. Now, I'm obsessed with reading it. Weaving a story around, peculiar...photographs is an ingenious idea. Must. Get. Hands. On. This. Book.

THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta: Perrotta excels at making the craft of writing effortless, and his natural tone made Little Children one of the best books I've read in a while, and cemented him as one of my favorite authors.

The fun doesn't end when summer does, though. Fall is looking pretty mint as well, with a number of great books (many by talented Minnesota authors) hitting the shelves.

NORTHWEST ANGLE by William Kent Krueger: I've been a fan of Kent's since he visited the Barnes and Noble I worked at and graciously signed and chatted with me for my entire 15 (plus) minute break. The arrival of a new Cork O'Connor mystery is always met with eager anticipation in the Terrell home, and this is no exception.

BROOKLYN, BURNING by Steve Brezenoff: I feel pretty lucky to have befriended a number of talented writers courtesy of the Interwebs, and Steve tops that list. His previous work, The Absolute Value of -1, is a fantastic book told from the perspective of each of the three main characters. Steve's ability of weave character and voice through out the narrative is an enviable trait. Be prepared, people. From what I've read, Burning is going to knock your proverbial socks off.

THE TANGLEWOOD TERROR by Kurtis Scaletta: You know how they say never judge a book by its cover? Well, they haven't seen this damn cover. How could you not pick up this book? The fact that Kurtis (another Minnesotan I've been fortunate enough to speak to on the Internet, where we grumble about the Twins or make fun of Steve's love of the Yankees) is a great storyteller. And if you love baseball, check out Mudville, Scaletta's novel about family, and the longest baseball game in history.

THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK by Kelly Barnhill: Yet another MN author I've been fortunate enough to discover online. Jack is Kelly's debut novel, about a boy who visits his family in Iowa, and discovers the townsfolk have been waiting a long time for him. I can't wait to get my hands on this magical, whimsical book.

BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX by Laurel Synder: Speaking of magic...I've only recently discovered Snyder's work, but I'm thankful I have. Her novel Penny Dreadful was a charming book, and Breadbox - about a magical breadbox that delivers your wish, so long as it fits inside said box - is earning rave reviews.

Last but not's been about a year and a half (oh how time flies) since one of my favorite publishers, Hard Case Crime, has released a book. And this October, they're back with a vengeance. Included in the line-up of books by authors like Max Allan Collins, Donald Westlake, and Lawrence Block is this killer little novel called CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust.

So there you have it. That's what I'll be reading on my deck this summer and fall. Care to join me? There's enough shade for everyone!


Friday, May 20, 2011


Happy Friday, everyone! Well, it seems like we had to arm wrestle Mother Nature for spring this year, but after turning our hat around backward and going 'Over the Top', we finally won. It's been a pretty beautiful stretch here in MN (until today, of course. As I write this, it's dark and rumbly and glum-lookin' outside. Almost like the Rapture approaches...)

Of course, this isn't just a post about the weather, because really, how boring would that be? I wanted to remind all of you comic book fans and lovers of all things nerdy that this weekend is the annual SPRINGCON comic convention hosted by the Midwest Comic Book Association at the State Fairgrounds. This is the big 2-day event, held in the large Grandstand building. If you haven't attended the show, it's a great venue, filled to the brim with talented folks - artists, writers, vendors, panels, etc. - and I'm proud to say I'll be there at a table, once more selling copies of Horrorwood & Drake Bacula.

So if you're in the area - hell, even if you're not! - come on over and check it out. The show runs 10AM - 5PM both days (Sat. and Sun., barring earthquakes, zombie uprisings, or Kirk Cameron sightings).

For more info about the con, check out the MCBA's website HERE.

Hope to see you there!