It was with a very happy heart that I submitted The Devil Within Us for publication. I had not intended to write another novel this year, I was supposed to be learning all about marketing in order to be discovered, become famous, and obviously rich. That is what I will - hopefully - be doing next! … Continue reading The Devil Within Us – Published!
Part Thirteen? That seems a little coincidental! Up until a few days ago I did not have a proper title for this book, which made designing the cover somewhat problematic to say the least. I was still using the working title of 'Mephistopheles', but I knew that it was not appropriate. The story begins with … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Thirteen
So how did that happen? When I began writing this book I had a clear idea of who the protagonist was; Doc Hunter. He is the ‘ubermensch’. The superman of eugenics. A fitting hero for any novel. Well, he would not agree with being either an ubermensch or a eugenic superman, but he is no … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Twelve
I have passed the 70,000 word limit! I have reached my target. Everything else that I write after this point I consider a bonus. I have mentioned previously that some people question the need for such an objective, but I find it useful. Reaching 70,000 words means that I have everything I need for producing … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Ten
It has been almost ten days since my last post, which is not a measure of how lazy I have been but rather how busy. Writing has been taking up quite a bit of my time, thanks to a wife who is both understanding and encouraging. Maybe she just wants me out of the way? … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Nine
One of the most interesting things about writing is when a story appears to take control of itself and starts making decisions for you, the writer. When I started Mephistopheles, still only a working title but I have got an idea that I like for a better one, I had only one protagonist in mind, … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Eight
Plotting. When it comes to writing there is no question of whether to plot or not to plot, it is an integral part of the story building process. Events have to happen for the story to move forward. This is true even where the tale is character driven. How successful a writer is at spinning … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Seven
Torture. Not the writing, the act of extracting information from an unwilling person. It is not a pleasant thought. I suppose, unless you have prior experience of being a torturer, then that is exactly how it should be. However, the act of torturing someone does appear to be something of a staple in thrillers. The … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Six
I very much enjoyed the 1987 movie starring Steve Martin and John Candy, but that is not what I am writing about. In my book, Eugenica, the protagonists use planes, trains, and automobiles to escape their pursuers. Well, actually they use the singular of each of those modes of transport. One plane, a De Havilland … Continue reading Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
An Epic Fantasy set in an original world. On the Holy Mountain of Oroson women cannot hold positions of authority over men, but Princess Saran, facing the imminent death of her father and becoming the last of their dynasty, plans to take the crown. Her enemies are greater than she knows. The original occupants of … Continue reading The Queen of the Mountain Kingdom: Read for FREE!