read my stuff while you’re stuck at home, part 2: TV tie-ins


So many of us are kinda stuck staying home a lot, and that means more reading time! Or, at least, time spent reading so you don’t go batshit because you’re stuck staying at home a lot……

As one possible thing to read, how about my writing? I’ve already posted about my Star Trek work, and now we move on to other TV show tie-ins, which are listed below in alphabetical order, and include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI: NY, Doctor Who, Farscape, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Heroes, Leverage, Orphan Black, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate, Supernatural, The X-Files, Xena, and Young Hercules.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


  • The Xander Years Volume 1 — novelizing three Xander-focused episodes, “Teacher’s Pet,” “Inca Mummy Girl,” and “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”
  • Blackout — a novel focusing on previous Slayer Nikki Wood, who worked in New York in 1977 and faced off against Spike and Drusilla
  • The Deathless — on Ring Day at Sunnydale High School, an evil Russian sorcerer is attempting to be resurrected




  • Four Walls — Mac Taylor and his team of CSIs have two cases, a murder in a medium-security prison on Staten Island and another one in a café in the Bronx

Doctor Who

Short stories:

  • “UNITed We Fall” in Decalog 3: Consequences — the Fourth Doctor must defuse a time bomb (literally) in the United Nations, aided by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
  • “Life from Lifelessness” in Short Trips: Destination Prague — the First and Fourth Doctor both encounter the Golem of Prague

Anthology editing:




  • House of Cards — taking place during the late second season, the gang goes to a gambling planet where Rygel loses Moya in a card game

Short stories:

Comic books:

  • Farscape Omnibus Volume 1 (written with Rockne S. O’Bannon) — collecting four post-finale storylines, “The Beginning of the End of the Beginning,” “Strange Detractors,” “Gone and Back,” and “Tangled Roots” — Rygel returns home to claim his throne, a vicious disease spreads through the Uncharted Territories, Crichton visits an Unrealized Reality, and Aeryn learns a shocking truth about the Peacekeepers — and the three D’Argo miniseries D’Argo’s Lament, D’Argo’s Trial, and D’Argo’s Quest — which provide D’Argo’s backstory as well as what he did between seasons three and four
  • Red Sky at Morning — Moya returns to the homeworld of the Pilots and learn of a new threat to the Uncharted Territories
  • Compulsions — Moya teams with another Leviathan to deal with a new foe
  • The War for the Uncharted Territories — the Peacekeepers have a surprising new leader, the Kkore are invading, and Crichton must bring the species of the UTs together or risk losing everything

Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda


  • Destruction of Illusions — a prequel to the series, showing what both Tyr Anasazi and Beka Valentine and the crew of the Eureka Maru were doing in the nine months leading up to the discovery of Andromeda Ascendant and the time-frozen Dylan Hunt





  • The Zoo Job — a small zoo in central Massachusetts didn’t get the black rhinos they paid for, leading half the Leverage crew to west Africa and the other half to the world of the uber-rich who illegally purchase wild animals

Orphan Black


Sleepy Hollow


  • Children of the Revolution — toward the end of the first season, Ichabod Crane and Detective Abby Mills must find a series of medals that were issued during the Revolutionary War before they’re used to resurrect Serilda of Abaddon



  • SG-1: Kali’s Wrath — toward the end of the fifth season, Jacob Carter and Bra’tac must team up to help SG-1 face off against Kali and the return of the Reetou

Short Stories:

  • “Time Keeps on Slippin'” in SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons — a story that takes place between seasons three and four, explaining Carter’s non-regulation haircut and Teal’c’s soul patch
  • “Sun-Breaker” in SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds — on board the General George Hammond, Carter and Teal’c must stop the Lucian Alliance from acquiring a Go’auld weapon




  • Nevermore — in the second season, the boys go to the Bronx to solve some Edgar Allan Poe-themed killings and stop a haunting
  • Bone Key — two demons super-charge the ghosts that haunt Key West, but one becomes too powerful and the Winchester brothers must work with the demons to stop it
  • Heart of the Dragon — a violent spirit appears in 1969 San Francisco and is banished by the Campbell family of Samuel, Deanna, and Mary; it returns in 1989, and is banished again by John Winchester; and it comes back again in 2009 in the midst of the angel-demon war and must be stopped by Sam, Dean, and Castiel


The X-Files

Short stories:

  • “Back in El Paso My Life Would Be Worthless” in Trust No One — a second-season story where Mulder and Scully are to work alongside an FBI agent who’s not thrilled at being stuck with the weirdos in the basement



Short stories:


my Sleepy Hollow novel on sale for two bucks!


I wrote the only tie-in novel (and one of only two tie-in books) to the delightful FOX series Sleepy Hollow. Entitled Children of the Revolution, and released in the fall of 2014, right when the show’s second season debuted.

Now you can get the eBook of the novel for cheapsies: Random House is offering a special deal whereby you can get the eBook for only $1.99! You can get it for your Kindle, your Nook, or whatever format you want.

The book takes place toward the end of the first season, with Crane and Mills in a race against time to stop a second attempt to resurrect Serilda of Abaddon, an attempt that requires gathering several medals given to heroes of the American Revolution, including Crane. Besides Sleepy Hollow, we also get to see our heroes in New York City (at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York) and Ticonderoga (visiting the historic re-creation of the fort), as well as flashbacks to the Revolutionary War and afterward, and the true reason why Washington crossed the Delaware.

So check it out!


from the archives: three months later, we have an approved book

Three years ago today, I wrote the following blog post about a project that I was not allowed to talk about in detail yet. Now, of course, the cat’s long out of the bag, as the book came out in the fall of that year: Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, the only novel that was done to tie into the FOX TV series starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie (which was just cancelled a couple days ago).

So here’s me describing the incredibly smooth process of writing the novel, working with Meagan Stacey and Kim Silverton at Random House — though, to my disappointment, it did not lead to more work, as they didn’t do any further SH novels, and both Meagan and Kim moved on to other jobs at other companies before too long.

Anyhow, feel free to fill in the details as you read the following post from 2014….


On Wednesday the 5th of February, I received an e-mail from an editor approaching me about a tie-in project. I said yes, and then we started the outline process.

Less than a week after that initial e-mail, I sent that editor a first-draft proposal. On Thursday the 13th of February, I got licensor feedback, and I sent a revised proposal the very next day. On the following Tuesday, the 18th, the licensor approved the outline, and a formal offer was made to myself and my agent.

The catch being that the book was due on 28 April.

I spent the rest of February clearing the decks, as it were, getting all the stuff done that needed to get done and then spent all of March and April writing the novel.

I turned in the manuscript on Monday the 28th of April as contracted (despite the best efforts of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport), I got feedback from my editor on Wednesday the 30th, but she held onto it until the licensor provided their feedback, which came on Tuesday the 6th of May.

To my delight and glee (and relief), the notes were incredibly minor. It took me all of three hours to do all the revisions requested by editor and licensor, and I sent the revised manuscript back on Wednesday the 7th.

I have written and edited more tie-in novels than I’m willing to count. It is very rare for a process to go from “you wanna do this book?” to an approved manuscript in three months, rarer still for those three months to be as smooth as this has been.

The book is going to be announced later this month, at which point I’ll be able to use less vague terms than I’m using in this blog entry, but I want to say what an absolute joy this project has been. And on top of that, it’s basically covering rent for several months, which is a relief to me and Wrenn, as it’s one less financial burden.

I can say that it’s a license I’ve never worked in before, and one that I think will be successful (and with any luck lead to more work). I really can’t wait to talk about it, but I can say that it’s been one of the best experiences of my career. And I’ve had some fantastic experiences, so I don’t say that lightly.