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P.T. Hylton News — “A Place Without Shadows” is now available

PWS_web_cover-188x300I read an early copy of this book and was floored — what an incredible sequel in a fun, fascinating series. For those of you who haven’t read book one and would like to know a little more about it, here’s my review: Regulation 19.

Both books are fast reads, and you sort of forget you’re reading a book — which is great, because we all hate books right? 🙂

Haha, kidding (now go buy my books).




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Regulation 19 is burning up the charts…

Screenshot 2014-06-29 19.09.28

Pretty cool 🙂


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P.T. Hylton’s book “Regulation 19” is free

regulation19I think this is the first time he’s made the book free.  I do know his sequel is done, and in the final editing, and should be ready by September.  That said, if you were leery of buying a book from a newish author, now’s your chance.

Please note: the reason authors put books out for free are:

1) To get reviews (hint)

2) To get more exposure (another hint)

If it was my book out for free, I’d probably be all like “Hey my book’s free, hope you like it…no big woop” while secretly hoping for reviews and word of mouth and the NY Times picking it up and/or Oprah calling my house begging to interview me. But since it’s not my book, I can be a little more obvious on Hylton’s behalf, so if anyone know’s Oprah or whatever, tell her about my book, and never mind P.T. Hylton…


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First Draft of the Regulation 19 Sequel is Complete

Very exciting.


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Finally: Interview with PT Hylton


One of PT Hylton’s annoying fans…

It seems like every day I check my email and get another note from a supermodel asking, “Omg, when are you going to interview PT Hylton?”

Usually I’m all like, “Ladies, please, why go with Coke Zero when you got ice cold Dr. Pepper right here?”

To which they reply, “That makes no sense. And we’re not supermodels, we’re figments of your imagination.”

“Touché,” I hypothetically reply…

Anyway, here’s my interview with Awesome Indie PT Hylton, author of “Regulation 19“.


JLM — Cormac McCarthy once said fiction that doesn’t deal with issues of life and death isn’t literature. How do you feel about that? And do you have any guiding philosophical beliefs about writing?

PTH — Literature needs to feel like it’s dealing with life and death issues even when it isn’t. Whether your character is trying to save the world, catch a thief, or get the girl, it’s your job to make it feel like the most important thing in the universe. Do that well, and you have a killer book. Do it poorly, and you have melodrama.

My guiding principle while writing is ‘always forward’. I never go back and change anything, not even the smallest spelling errors, until the first draft is complete. My forward momentum is the most important thing to me, and I’ll do just about anything to protect it. After the first draft, I pull out my samurai sword and start chopping off the rough bits of the story. But not before.

JLM — When you wrote Regulation 19, did you come up with the entire plot ahead of time? Did you outline, or did you just fly by the seat of your pants the entire way and hope you weren’t wasting your time?

PTH — I did not outline, and I didn’t really know where story was going. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to do that again. That said, I think I subconsciously knew where it was headed. The villain, Zed, showed up when he needed to without any planning on my part.

JLM — How did you approach editing? Did you hire someone, or did you do it yourself?

PTH — I hired an editor. She was great. Worth every penny. Working with an editor teaches you a lot about your weaknesses. The twelfth time you see a similar issue pointed out, it starts to sink in.

JLM — At what age or time in your life did you first start writing fiction? Did you always keep it up, or did you quit for a while and then come back to it?

PTH — I’ve wanted to be a writer since junior high. Through high school and college, I turned out the occasional short story, but I didn’t start writing regularly until my early twenties. At that time I started a production company with two friends, and we began making very low-budget films. I wrote all the scripts. That was the first time I got serious about my writing. I think I wrote something like six feature-length scripts and ten short scripts in about two and half years. I wrote my first novel shortly after that.

After our production company shut down, I threw myself into podcasting and stopped writing so much. I suddenly looked up and notice eight years had passed. That’s when I decided to get serious about my writing.

JLM — Did you read any books about prison before you wrote Regulation 19? If so, which books? Be honest, have you been to prison?

PTH — I have not been to prison. In fact. I have this irrational fear of being falsely convicted of a crime and sent to prison. That’s probably why I was drawn to write about it.

I read a reference book for writers about how the legal system works. I got most of my prison knowledge from there. I had a couple people with, um, inside knowledge of the penal system read the book as well. I tried to get Frank out of prison as early in the book as possible to minimize my chances of getting stuff wrong.

And, okay, true confession, I also read ‘Orange is the New Black’.

JLM — What’s your take on the state of indie publishing today? What about its future?

PTH — It’s been said a million times, but this is a great time to be a writer. Without getting too grandiose about it, I think you can liken it to the early days of punk. Everyone was grabbing a guitar and starting a band. Some of it was good and a lot of it wasn’t. But there was an excitement in the air, a sense of freedom that you can still hear today when you listen back to early punk.

It’s also cool that there are all these little ‘scenes’ in indie publishing. A lot of them are gathered around particular genres, message boards, or podcasts. Indie writers are (mostly) quick to help each other out and support each other.

I think the future is bright. Indie publishing will continue to grow. The quality of the books will continue to improve. I think we will see new services popping up that cater to the indie writer’s needs. Hugh Howey has speculated that we will see agents moving into a ‘producer’ type role and helping to coordinate the cover art, editing, and proofreading for their indie clients. It’s going to be a fun ride, and I can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend.

JLM — Other than John L. Monk, who is your favorite indie author and why?

PTH — There are so many good ones working today. You took the obvious answer off the table.

I think I’d say Robert Swartwood. It is partly for sentimental reasons as his book ‘Man of Wax’ was the first indie book I ever read. Swartwood is great at writing action, making us care about his characters, and putting those characters into ridiculously tight spots. Check out ‘Man of Wax’, ‘The Serial Killer’s Wife’, and ‘Legion’.

JLM — How easy or difficult has it been writing the sequel to Regulation 19?

PTH — Depends on the day. Some days it feels as easy as sledding down an icy slope. Other days it feels like hiking through knee-deep mud. Overall, I think it has been easier than Regulation 19. I know the characters already (most of them) and I understand the world.

The most fun part has been playing with the larger mysteries that were left unresolved in Regulation 19. I love sneaking in little payoffs to things the reader had probably forgotten all about until I reminded them. That’s not to say all the mysteries will be resolved in this book. They won’t. But the answers we do get are going to be really fun.

JLM — How do you feel about reviews? How did it feel when you got you first non-five star review?

PTH — Reviews are awesome! I read each one with a smile on my face. As I said earlier, I spent years writing scripts that were never produced and novels that were never read outside my immediate family. It is a joy to see strangers react to my fiction, even when it’s not positive.

My skin thickened substantially during my eight years of podcasting. We got plenty of negative reviews. At first, it was upsetting, but over time I came to understand that it was no judgement on my personal worth if someone didn’t connect with my stuff.

JLM — What are your plans going forward regarding marketing Regulation 19 and/or the sequel?

PTH — I plan to start an indie author interview podcast sometime in the next few months. The key is to figure out how to pull it off without cutting too deeply into my writing time. I’m still working out all the logistics.

There are some excellent podcasts that focus on the business end of writing (Rocking Self Publishing Podcast, Self-Publishing Podcast, The Creative Penn). Mine would be more geared toward readers. We’d have an in-depth discussion of one of the author’s books, their characters, their world, etc.

Now, if some of that author’s readers listen to the podcast and decide to check out my stuff as a result, all the better! But it’s mostly an excuse to call up some of my favorite writers and ask them questions without coming off like a stalker.


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Trick locks, hat tip to P.T. Hylton

I want one of these locks so bad it’s almost illegal 🙂


I learned about them by listening to P.T. Hylton’s spoiler-ridden Regulation 19 interview (was a fun video).

Anyone who buys me one of these $300+ locks will be my best friend for life…just saying.

**UPDATE: here’s an interview with Rainer Popp: http://seekingariadnesthread.com/2014/01/12/the-eighth-trick-lock-of-rainer-popp/ **

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New Awesome Indie: Regulation 19, by P.T. Hylton

regulation19The only way “Regulation 19” could have been better is if it was called “Regulation 20”. An incredibly memorable read, it mixes elements of thriller, mystery, sci-fi, and (possibly) fantasy. As Einstein once said, “When you mix sci-fi and mystery together and dribble in what may or may not be fantasy, you’ve got yourself a damn fine novel.” And I agree.

The plot:

I’m not telling you the plot. The plot is a mystery, to be honest. That’s what’s so damn maddening about this book—I never knew where the story was going beyond what I’d just read. Every page brought new information. Every chapter was like this gargantuan mystery/thriller/sci-fi (fantasy?) looming above me, laughing, and taunting and saying, “Try again Mr. Smart Guy!”

Ok, quick point on the plot and I shall say no more: it’s about a town in Tennessee. Something’s happened regarding the town. There are good guys, there are bad guys, there’s a REALLY bad guy, and that’s all I’m going to give you. Except for one thing: one of the characters is named “Frank.” You learn this right up front, so that ain’t gonna help you.

The writing:

P.T Hylton eschews both plodding pseudo didacticism and/or the emollient locution typifying some of indie-publishing’s more inchoate scribblers—and after you’ve read the book, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way. Furthermore, he writes like his ass is on fire. He writes so well he makes me want to slap my momma’s English teacher. P.T. Hylton’s writing is “invisible” – you don’t know you’re reading a book, you just know you can’t stop grinning and your wife’s given up on you coming to bed anytime soon. Hylton’s pacing is so maddeningly sneaky and miserly in the way he parcels out the juicy bits that I’m just a tad jealous of him. Everything in the book furthers the plot. Not a moment is wasted on nonsense because there simply isn’t time for that. If you go back and watch those Jim Butcher videos about scene->reaction->scene->reaction, Hylton seems to have channeled Butcher in the way he approached “Regulation 19”. When I interview him, I’m going to ask him about it. Also, he had near perfect editing. What’s not to love?

Depth of character:

The characters in the story all had their own voices and motivations. There weren’t any talking heads saying stuff like “as you know, bla bla bla can run 60 miles an hour” or whatever. There’s also a sort of manliness to the guys in the book, which almost makes me think P.T. Hylton was either in the military at some point or possibly in prison for armed robbery. Probably a military prison. When I do my interview with him, I’ll ask him about his “jacket” (he’ll know what I mean).


P.T. Hylton reviewed my book, “Kick”. He also did a book giveaway featuring my book. I kinda wish he hadn’t done these nice things. I would have told him not to if I knew his book was gonna be so amazing. I’m telling you all this because I believe in full disclosure. Would I have read his book if I hadn’t followed his blog, if one thing hadn’t led to another? Probably not. There are simply too many books out there to choose from, and these days I don’t get as much reading in as I’d like (sorry James Patterson, I’ll read something by you one day, I swear). But I have read it, and on my honor I promise you this was one of the most memorable sci-fi/mystery/(possibly fantasy) books I’ve read in a long time.

Awesome Indie Project:

One of the rules of the Awesome Indie Project is that if I know someone even slightly, or if they’re friends or whatever before I pick up their book, then I can’t add them to the list. This was meant to keep me from giving-in to the natural desire to help my friends. The problem is, awesome indies like P.T. Hylton get skipped over for the crime of being nice to me. I don’t want people to stop being nice to me or stop approaching me and saying, “Hey John, what’s up?” So I need to nix this rule. Just keep an eye out for the disclaimers, and give P.T Hylton a chance—he’ll blow your mind.

Without further adieu, I’m adding “Regulation 19” to the Awesome Indie list.

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P.T. Hylton speaketh again!

I love this guy, something about him. He’s just cool. I liked him before he read my book and 5 starred it, and did the contest where he gives away 4 in an entire month, but whatever, now I love him like a billion times more….hmm, maybe I need to walk that back a little.  I like him like a neighbor who lives across the street, firm handshakes only, manly head nods like “yo man, mad props” and “sup” and “I enjoy ultimate fighting, how about you?”

Check out his latest video — lots of fun.


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Promising new Indie Book now available: Regulation 19

I’ve read the sample and was immensely pleased. Kept my attention, seemed professionally formatted and edited.  Looking forward to it after I finish “Write. Publish. Repeat.”

Disclaimer: I kind of know PT now and he’s reviewed my book, so I can’t add him to the Awesome Indies list no matter how awesome he is. Sigh. I’m going to scare off all kinds of new friends with that dang list…


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