Hello everyone! 
Back in the day, I used to post a recap of the closing year, as well as my plans for the new one. In checking my blog, I was surprised to find that it's been four years since I've made one of those posts. Time flies!

Undoubtedly, this has been a challenging year for everyone, and I (like many others) am looking forward to bringing 2020 to a close. Most of my family was fortunate enough to stay healthy and employed, but I realize that not everyone was so lucky. My thoughts go out to everyone who suffered hardships and losses. I have faith that 2021 will be better!

Despite everything 2020 threw in the way, I managed to get some new releases out this year. Most are new editions of backlist titles (primarily audiobooks), but I also managed to publish new words. This year, I completed the fourth and final book in the SANDSTORM series, published a brand new RUINS novella, and completed my first short story collection, BETTER GUNS & GARDENS! The latter has been on my "bucket list" of projects for a long time, so I was super excited to get that out into the world! Some of the stories have been in various states of draft since 2013, so it felt amazing to get them finished.

In addition to the 12 tales in BETTER GUNS & GARDENS, I completed an unpublished 13th story, "Rock Bottom", which will hopefully see the light of day soon. Who knows? I might include it as a bonus to newsletter subscribers, or perhaps it will make its way into a second collection.


January: A new OUTAGE short story included in the werewolf anthology Leaders of the Pack

I also managed to do some interviews and podcasts this year (all via ZOOM, of course!) Here are the links:

I was also fortunate enough to be included on a panel at the Career Author Summit 2020 Virtual Event entitled "Career Author Alternatives: Unique Ways to Live As A Full-Time Creative". It was a blast hanging out with all the other presenters and attendees, and I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2021! You can get more information at: https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/ 


I'm always hesitant to talk too much about upcoming projects, because things shuffle or change. But I'm in a rather unique position this upcoming year, as most of my current series are finished. That means that 2021 will be the year of new projects! 

I've got at least two post-apocalyptic series I'd like to launch this year. The first is a fast-paced thriller set in modern Cleveland. The project—a collaboration—will launch around February 2021. The second is a near-future post-apocalyptic story with cool creatures, lots of action, and suspense. I'm hoping to put it out in the first half of 2021. 

Other than that? I've got a few projects I need to get back to, like ALIVE AGAIN, as well as a few standalone horror novel ideas. I've also got plans for another short story collection, including an additional tale with Charlie and Diana from "The Pursuer."

And those darn characters from THE RUINS? They're always nagging me to write more about them. I've got a few stories started; we'll see if they carry weight.

2020 has certainly been a crazy year, but I'm grateful to have spent it doing what I love. Happy New Year and thanks so much for all your support! Fingers crossed for a better 2021!

Happy Reading!

Tyler Piperbrook
-December 2020