My critique group and I a few weeks back were discussing technology and references that date novels, such as public pay phones versus common cell phone usage, or gas station attendants who pump customers’ gas. Should a writer leave the novel alone, as a snapshot in time, or should they issue a revised edition that brings the work into the here and now? There were pros and cons to each, and our discussion led to the question of pop culture references. These can not only date a novel, but their intended reference can be lost as time marches on. It’s one thing to have a reader puzzle over a Rocky reference, but what if a novel is wall-to-wall pop culture? How long before no one has any idea what that Hot Pocket reference in chapter five is about? Continue reading
Yes, book one, A Demon Bound was just released on June 17th, 2012, but that doesn’t mean my team and I haven’t been hard at work on several other novels. Satan’s Sword, book two in the Urban Fantasy series featuring Samantha Martin, is currently in edit with a tentative release date of October 20th, 2012. It may be only August, but the cover is ready to roll! Thank you Crimson Chain Productions.
I DNF’d (did not finish) a romance book last week, and I’m on the verge of doing the same to an erotic novel right now. All because I don’t give one flying doo-doo about any of the characters. Continue reading
I read an excellent blog post recently about indy published work written by children . The blogger made a comment that a writer is never *really* a published author until a publishing company, i.e. someone other than themselves, has evaluated their work, deemed it worthy of risk and investment, and assumed said risk by publishing the work. Yep. That’s validation. I agree.
Then I thought about it some more Continue reading
A COCKROACH BOUND started with a “what if”, a spark of thought.
I had been reading Jung and thinking about the unconscious, where we store all of our “no’s”. The unconscious is where we put all the things we want to do, but don’t because they are socially unacceptable, or possibly illegal. (Think of the time you really wanted to ram your car into that jerk who cut you off at the stoplight.” Sometimes these “no’s” are acceptable enough to admit to our close friends and family, sometimes they are dark enough that we won’t even admit them to ourselves. The unconscious is where we store who we might have been if we’d chosen differently, acted differently. It’s where our demons live. Continue reading