Women want love to be a novel, men a short story.
—Daphne Du Maurier
The more truth you mix in with a lie, the stronger it gets.
The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.
Nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it.
Say what you mean. Say what you see. Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.
There is no such thing as simple. Simple is hard.
You let the story cool off and then, instead of rewriting it, you relive it.
I am currently listening to the Audible Edition of GALAXY OUTLAWS by J.S. Morin.
This has been a great value. 1 Audible Credit purchased 85 hours of this series. All 16 Mobius Missions and 6 Stowaways.
Meet the galaxy’s unluckiest outlaws.
Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy’s most-wanted wizard.
Along the way, the Mobius crew crosses paths with the Black Ocean’s vilest scum, from pirate fleets to criminal syndicates, and most law-abiding scum, including Earth Interstellar Enhanced Investigative Organization, ARGO high command, and the Convocation of Wizards.
Time and again, riches lie just out of reach, because for all the talents Carl Ramsey and his crew possess, they’ve also got an outlaw’s greatest weakness: a conscience.
Galaxy Outlaws is a collection of all 16 Black Ocean missions chronicling the adventures of the starship Mobius and her crew, along with six short stories. This series is the perfect cure for the Firefly Season 2 blues. It’s what you’d get if The Orville took place on Serenity, or if Star Wars had wizards instead of Jedi.
I’m married and live in Old South Wales, UK.
Aside from the obvious addiction to writing, I’m an avid computer game player and cinephile.
My favourite food is pizza and I’ve eaten every option on the Frankie & Bennies’ menu.
My favourite film is Fight Club, but I hated it on the first viewing. I own all of David Fincher’s movies and Tarantino’s.
My favourite book is Domain by James Herbert, but I also have a huge crush on Dune by Frank Herbert (no relation to James).
My favourite drink is currently Gin and Tonic.
This is my mug shot:
I don’t have any where I’m dressed smart AND sober.
When a big ass object bits a big ass spacecraft, the Captain’s son, Ford must fill his father’s big ass boots, fix the spacecraft, and everything else the universe throws at him or else everyone dies.
It’s a crazy night out at the movies: Die Hard, The Poseidon Adventure and Alien all rolled into one.
Write the verbose blurb. Make me want to rush to Amazon an buy it! Make me fear that I will be socially outcast if I don’t read your book!
I went for a more classic approach:
“In the depths of space, the commercial cargo hauler Jian Seng collides with an unknown vessel. The collision is catastrophic. Stranded; faced with a crippled ship and failing life support, a handful of survivors must now fight for their lives…”
Once Save Our Souls is launched, it will be full steam ahead with the sequel to Gunboy. The book will follow new protagonists, Mike and Madison Tate. If you’ve read Gunboy you will know them as a famous power couple from the news feeds. Mike is a world champion gamer (First Person Shooter) and Madison is the world’s leading adult starlet.
I’m already in the editing stage and I’m also working on a story for the SOS sequel as well as something that I’m really excited about: a modern, supernatural horror entitled QPIG.
I’ve tried writing in bed, which is my favorite place to be but it never works out. So I’m still writing in my study. It’s a mess with a large whiteboard for plotting and I have a good sound system connected to my computer so I get to blast 65 days of static while I write.
If you want to write, don’t wait. Do it. If you think you suck, you’ll get better. If you don’t think its ready for other people, shelve it. I’ll be honest; it’s probably going to stay on that shelf. But in ten years time, you may have an idea on how to fix it.
Start blogging and creating content; don’t wait for your books to come out first. It’s a chicken and the egg problem, why do people care if you don’t have a book? Why should people care if you do have a book? If they know who you are then you’ve already doubled your chances of them giving you a chance.
Listen to the voices; they come up with good ideas. But ignore them if they want you to kill someone.
It used to be Den of Geek, but I’ve found myself looking at others. I guess you get complacent in any relationship. So I’m actually up for finding a new one. https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/ is an interesting one, type in your job and it will tell you if you’re going to be replaced by Wall-E.
I have been away for a bit. Time to get this show back on track. Today, I am working on a short story for a yet to be named anthology. The Story is called BRAUEN’S MINE.
I am also working on the covers of two more projects that Tannhauser Press will publish later this year.
I will be signing books today at The Manassas Book Festival: Manassas Reads on April 28, 2018.
The Prince William County Public Library System, City of Manassas and Manassas City Public Schools joined together to host the first community-wide book festival in October 2014 at the Harris Pavilion. The annual event now takes place in the spring every year and continues to offer many events and giveaways, including LOTS of free books for all ages, prizes, special community guest readers, Manassas Therapy Dogs, the chance to meet published and local authors, student presentations, live music and so much more!