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It Never Gets Old

It Never Gets Old
     Releasing a novel is very much like releasing your grown children into the world. You’ve had your time to shape and guide them, but now your job, that of preparing and advising, is complete. Now it’s time for them to accomplish whatever they can on their own.
     But still, like any proud parent, I cannot help but point with pride.
     And so, Foreign Embassy, my third released novel, appears—hopefully to provide as much pleasure in the reading as I enjoyed during the writing. I’m especially pleased with the cover, a Deron Douglass original. Using my comment that the Talperno Embassy—the foreign embassy of the title—was a slightly futuristic, albeit flying, office building, he captured exactly what I’d been visualizing.
     Embassy is a first contact story, but not one you’ve seen before. The Talperno didn’t just come visiting, they came prepared. Forget the idea of traditional spacecraft and intergalactic landing fields. They flew the whole damn office building, then set it down on the grass by the reflecting pond, next to the Washington Monument.
     It’s only three minutes after landing and they’re already open for business, welcoming their very first guests, a group of boy scouts from Philadelphia.
     There’s an excerpt, here.
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Uncategorized


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A Small Yippee

A Small Yippee

I started this blog with the idea that it would focus on some writing help for the beginner, a sample of my own writing for fun—and to demonstrate that I follow my own advice—as a sales tool, and as product pages for the released novels.

But today’s blog is for none of them. It’s a small yippee, and a thank you to Double Dragon Publishing for having offered me a third novel contract, this one for, As Falls an Angel.

Angel was great fun to write, and literally told itself, which made it exciting to write because I was never quite certain of where it was going, so in many ways it was like reading the story. I began with the idea that I was creating a light romantic short story, based on the premise: Angels exist, and can do amazing things, but must work within the framework of existing natural law.

That was the plan, but my characters refused to stick with the script, and began to meddle with the plot. And as so often happens, I fell in love, and could deny my characters nothing—especially my angel.

Before I knew it characters were screwing with gravity and going into battle. At one point I found myself typing, “Twenty years later,” skipping two decades of my character’s lives—something I never expected to do when telling a story.

And in the end I learned that Satan’s real name is Suzanne, which, when you think about it, may explain a lot.

No idea of when it Angel will come out, I still have to sign the contract and await an editing slot, but my guess is some time before the end of the year.

I’m stoked. After all, I stand to make tens of dollars from this.

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized


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