Originally posted on Stroppy Editor: The remarkable thing about language change is that it only started happening when I started noticing it. For centuries, English was constant and true, but as soon as I was old enough to have an appreciation of good standards of usage, people around me started falling short. Since then, there…
Ages ago, I shared with you some of J.K. Rowling’s writing tips. Today, I’m sharing some more great tips from 12 famous authors. I hope they help inspire your writing! Many thanks to Lucy Benton for sharing it with me. Note: right-click the image, open in a new tab, and click inside to enlarge it […]
Review: Sarah is wracked with every possible adverse event a mother could face. She grew up with the mother from “hell,” a woman who dragged her around the house by her hair. To get away, she married a man who was an alcoholic and a wife beater, mentally and physically. Sarah finally found the happiness she sought in the baby, Joshua, who passed away early on. Then came two other healthy boys, Noah and Eli. Things were looking up for Sarah. Until the unthinkable happened. Eli came down with Cancer, a rare and aggressive form that zapped the life out of him. This is the story of Sarah’s struggle to care for and keep Eli alive with the help of some superb medical professionals…
Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.
“Who am I? I am Spiderman.”
Well, not really, but this should tell you all you need to know about me and my writing style.
I’m a huge Marvel (plus Game of Thrones, Star Trek AND Star Wars) fan, which shows since my novel is loaded with pop culture references. If you are a sci-fi fan (I assume that you are, otherwise what are you doing here?) you will enjoy them tremendously. I even went full Deadpool in my first draft and broke the fourth wall multiple times, until my editor told it was distracting and kept taking her out of the moment. Shame. Those fourth-wall breaks were hilarious. Still, I can guarantee a few laugh-out-loud moments. Case in point: The “good” aliens in my novel are a race of pranksters, whose main goal in life is pulling other people’s legs (They have four legs, hence the slight change in the idiom). My favorite author is Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), which is probably how I ended up writing in a first-person POV with the same light-hearted, funny tone as he does. The fact that my MC’s name is Jim is purely coincidental though.
I am a university/college level English teacher, and including Canada, I have lived and worked in five different countries. I have met people from all around the world. Plus, my parents are from a different background, and so is my wife. As a result, diversity has become a major theme in my novel. My characters look like the bridge crew from Star Trek. One of my female characters even impersonated Uhura once, albeit posthumously.
Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?
I have got purely obsessional OCD. What this means is a thought enters my mind–usually something negative–and doesn’t leave. I end up having to think about it 5000 times a day, and once this starts, my life is ruined for a week, two weeks, a month, or six months. I’d tried a lot of different ways to get rid of this problem: therapy, medication, meditation… Nothing ever worked, until I read an article that said the people who had this problem had an overly active imagination, and it would help if they channeled it into something productive, like writing.
I’d always wanted to be a writer. This is literally a childhood dream, one of those you give up when you grow up. I had the story of The Crimson Deathbringer in my mind for years (even started writing it and stopped a few times). When I read that article, I was going through a tough time in my marriage (fighting with your wife is no fun, even for sane people), and my mind had gone into its life-destroying overdrive, so I told myself, “Well, you’ve tried everything else, let’s give this a shot.”
And then a miracle happened.
My mind put the same energy it used to put into producing BS and making my life miserable into coming up with stories. Ideas would come to me fast and furious, and I had to stop whatever I was doing several times a day to write them down. I’ve been OCD-free since then (I know, I sound like a recovering alcoholic). When TCD (cool, eh?) was finished, it took my out-of-control brain half a day to plan my second novel, which is about a nerdy scientist and a sexy female mercenary who use a time machine to defeat an alien invasion.
Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
Science fiction, or more specifically, space opera. I’ve been a Star Trek and Star Wars fan for as far back as I can remember!
How difficult was it writing your first book?
Once I started, it was super easy. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
I couldn’t stop my “creative juice” even if wanted to Ideas come to me fast and furious. All I do is write them down.
What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
Funny story here: my target audience is Star Trek and Star Wars fans such as myself. However, my publisher advertised my book as a YA novel. Given the books success, it’s hard to argue with their strategy, but I personally don’t think The Crimson Deathbringer is a YA story.
What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?
The sequel to The Crimson Deathbringer. It’s impossible to talk about it without major spoilers. Let’s just say, like the first book, it’s fast-paced and funny, and the stakes are very, very high (This time, our heroes have to save all the sentient beings in the universe, not only humanity!).
“The Akakies, a peaceful, technologically advanced alien species known as “the galaxy’s pranksters,” are under attack by the Xortaags, a vicious military race bent on conquering the universe. The Xortaags are deadly, but Tarq, the Akakies’ chief strategist and legendary shadow master, has a plan.
Meanwhile on Earth, Jim, a wise-cracking, movie-quoting, OCD-suffering fighter pilot, is about to propose to his girlfriend Liz when his childhood friend Kurt shows up at his house, injured and covered in blood. Kurt is a freedom fighter/super- assassin hunted by a brutal military dictatorship’s security forces. Soon after, Jim, Liz and Kurt’s lives are set to crash with a galactic war that threatens the very existence of the human race.
Can our heroes save humanity from the wrath of an overwhelming enemy?
The Crimson Deathbringer seamlessly blends breathtaking action sequences with mischievous humor. If you are a science fiction/space opera fan, this book, with its memorable characters, formidable antagonist and Game of Thrones style shocking moments, is written especially for you.”
Review: Sarah is wracked with every possible adverse event a mother could face. She grew up with the mother from “hell,” a woman who dragged her around the house by her hair. To get away, she married a man who was an alcoholic and a wife beater, mentally and physically. Sarah finally found the happiness she sought in the baby, Joshua, who passed away early on. Then came two other healthy boys, Noah and Eli. Things were looking up for Sarah. Until the unthinkable happened. Eli came down with Cancer, a rare and aggressive form that zapped the life out of him. This is the story of Sarah’s struggle to care for and keep Eli alive with the help of some superb medical professionals and despite some inept and incompetent doctors and nurses. To add fuel to this fire, mother Ethel and husband Henry do their best to sabotage everything Sarah tries to do for her son. There are the court hearings, the constant verbal abuse, recording conversations, and stealing Sarah’s documentaries about her son’s care. The divorce that takes way-to-long to finalize.
But, along with that, there are the good times. The moments when Eli sets up squirt water game at the medical professionals with a needleless syringe—and other games that make Eli and his mother laugh. There’s Eli’s little red tricycle that he races down he hallways. There’s Matt, a true and increasingly deep friend who surrounds Sarah with love, something she’s needed for a long time.
“What ever was attacking his thin little body was simply eating up all the platelets as soon as they were transfused.” ~ Sarah
“Just when I thought I couldn’t cry anymore, out poured more tears. I cried silently around Eli as my heart broke into a million pieces.” ~ Sarah.
“When Angels Fly” is a cross between memoir and journal. I can’t imagine the story being written any other way.
The book engrossed me so that I fell into the lives and surroundings of Sarah, Eli, Noah, Ardy, Matt—Henry, Ethel and Gavin and all the medical staff. They were a fascinating study of humanity (and non-humanity.) I gave this story five stars. It was well-worth the read and embraced my entire emotional center. ~ Patricia A. Guthrie
by Sara Wolf It is a frequent occurrence in the news to hear about authors cutting multi-million (or even billion) dollar book or movie deals. Famous examples of ridiculously successful authors, such as J.K. Rowling, E. L. James, and Stephen King, often lead people to think that becoming an author will undoubtedly lead […]
on Just Publishing Advice: Writing your book will be a long term project. There are many facets involved in the writing process that you will need to bring together. But before you start writing, make sure that you have the very best tools for the task ahead of you. You might have already started writing […]
So, I thought it was high time I did another Monday Marketing post! Now, no matter how much I say it, I’m still seeing new writers who claim they “don’t need to market” or that they will “Market after publishing.” I get it, no one really likes marketing. I’ve worked in Marketing Departments, and it…
Hi, everyone. Harmony here. Many thanks to Mary for hosting me today. I have a new book on pre-order called FALLOUT, which is a post-apocalyptic dystopia. This novel started out life by playing a little game. I sat and closed my eyes and imagined an empty room … in that room, a vial appeared. A dull orange plastic thing covered in scratches. It sloshed when I shook it. From that tiny beginning, the world of Exxon 1 and its deadly virus was born.
Who should Priya take the vial to?
Who can she trust in this uncertain world?
Does it hold the only known cure or not?
WHEN EVERYTHING FALLS APART, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The year is 3040.
The location is Exxon 1, part of a six-planet system in settled space.
Determined to avoid the mistakes of old Earth, the surviving humans avoided democracy and opted, instead, for a non-elective totalitarian system.
The new way worked well, until now.
A crazy, despotic president releases a nano-virus on the population.
No one was ready for the fallout. It came anyway.
In this post-apocalyptic world, can you stay safe?
Kaleb smiled, still at ease, and took a step toward the coffee-skinned man he’d called Marino. ‘We’ll go together. No need for the gun. We’re all friends here.’
Marino said, ‘Orders.’ However, his actions belied his words when he lowered the weapon so that it pointed at the floor. Kaleb took another step forward, then another. ‘I know, mate. I’m not fighting you on this.’
Marino’s shoulders came forward a little, and his spine lost its rigidity. Priya puffed out a soft breath of relief. This might work out yet. Then, in one fluid, sudden, and unexpected move, going from at-ease to a pouncing raptor in less than a second, Kaleb sprang. He grabbed the gun from the soldier, swung it ass-backward, and slammed the butt into Marino’s jaw. The man crumpled to the ground in an unconscious heap.
‘What are you doing?’ Priya yelled. Soldiers shouldn’t be attacking one another. ‘You … he … Who are you?’ She backed away, hands up in front of her, palms out, and cursed herself for not getting away from him before now.
After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.
Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.
Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.
Life on Molly is a travel and lifestyle blog. I am a normal girl with many passions. I am an explorer of new places, a learner of new languages, creator of my ambitions, blogger, and a good pal. This blog is my little corner of the world where I am able to share my adventures with you and inspire you to live a life full of purpose.