Saturday, August 20, 2016

Another Piece on Addiction Unscripted

While promoting Detroit Muscle, I've had a lot of opportunities to share on blogs, etc. Bloggers have been kind enough to share excerpts of the book, introductions behind the story of the book, and I've even written some addiction-related pieces for Recovery Campus and Our Young Addicts. Recently, I've had the opportunity to write some really creative pieces. Addicaid had me write a piece from Robby's point-of-view in which he answers the question, "How did you get clean?" If you scroll down, you can read that piece.

Just recently, having seen the Addicaid piece, Addiction Unscripted asked me to write a piece from Robby's mother's point-of-view. They asked her the question: "How has it been to support your son in early recovery?"

You can read her answer on Addiction Unscripted: here

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Interviewed on the Recovered Podcast

I had the pleasure of being interviewed about Detroit Muscle on the Recovered Podcast.

You can hear it on iTunes, but it's also loaded up to YouTube.

Check it out if you wish: here

Monday, August 8, 2016

Detroit Muscle: The Story Behind the Story

The good folks over at Recovery Connection gave me the opportunity to answer this question about Detroit Muscle: Why did you write the book?

I had a good time answering their question in a guest blog post that you can read: here

Monday, August 1, 2016

Detroit Muscle Now Available for Kindle

I know there are many readers out there who read exclusively on Kindle, so I was excited today to learn that Joel Van Valin, my publisher and editor at Whistling Shade Press, launched a Kindle version of Detroit Muscle.

You can get it: here

Saturday, July 30, 2016

New Blog Post in Addicaid

For people in recovery, there's a question that I often see asked: How did you get clean? Another question that's essentially the same question is: How did you get sober?

When the folks at Addicaid suggested that I write a guest blog post, I got an idea. What if Robby, my main character from Detroit Muscle, could answer the question, How did you get clean?

As a result, Robby got his moment in the sun.

You can see his response: here


Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Piece in The Millions

I have always admired the quality and quantity of articles over at The Millions, and I am proud to say that they included an article of mine that talks about how studying screenwriting can help novelists with their novels.

Check it out: here

Friday, July 22, 2016

Reactions to Detroit Muscle



"Detroit Muscle has something for all walks of society in relation to viewing addicted people in a more compassionate light." – Nicola O’Hanlon, I Love Recovery CafĂ© blog

"Vande Zande is at his best when his characters are in a car, searching for an America that is changing before their eyes. He’s managed to pour the jazz-like staccato of Kerouac’s On the Road and John Steinbeck’s folksy Travels with Charley into a tortuous journey of redemption."
-- Bill Castanier, Lansing City Pulse

“Vande Zande does not shy away from the pain, loneliness, and anguish that exist in every addiction. In this intimate novel about hope and renewal, past and future become inexplicable linkages within the trajectory of one’s road trip back into life’s greater purpose."
-- Ken Meisel, LMSW, author of The Drunken Sweetheart at my Door

"While Vande Zande is a master of the man vs. self tale and the simplified and stripped down line, this book is new in its dealings with the greater social climate. We are all Robby, fighting to become what we were always intended to be."
-- Ben Champagne, New Pages 

In Detroit Muscle, the writer paints an accurate picture of some of the landmines that often await newly sober addicts, when they return to their home town."
-- Abbie Wirick, Abbie in Wondrland blog 

If you're considering purchasing a copy, please think about buying directly from the press. Free shipping, and your $$ go farther toward supporting an independent press (and me).

Purchase from Whistling Shade Press: here