Saturday, April 15, 2017
When I started out on this writing journey, I never saw myself as someone who could a whole bunch of writing projects going at the same time. That kind of thing was reserved for some of the great prolific authors like Isaac Asimov, who was notorious for working on multiple projects on a regular basis. The man insisted on having a portable typewriter or two wherever he went. And if he couldn't get his hands on a typewriter, he'd pull out a pad of paper and a bunch of pencils/pens and wrote the old fashion way, long hand.
But me, I could never picture myself even thinking about working on more than one story at a time. In fact, the very first novel I started working on was set in the early 1800's and I had gotten about 2/3's of the way through the tale when my wife pointed out that a historical piece would be harder to market. On hearing this, I gave it some thought and put the story aside and began a whole new piece which eventually turned into my first published novel "The Bridge".
After finishing that book, I thought about going back to the piece from the 1800's, but wound up moving forward with my current characters, one of which had connections to the family who were featured in my unfinished work. However, moving forward was still difficult. I was taking college classes which of course made excessive demands on my time. But that was only natural. School had to come first, however when we moved to Marina so Helen could attend CSU Monterey Bay, I took two years off from studies and focused more on my writing. Which in turn led to my finally finishing "The Ship" which I released back in 2014.
From there I began work on a third book with those characters, which is still underway at this point and time. What happened? I was having difficulties in building the story, things were getting too complicated. Too many characters, too many ideas, it was turning into something too unwieldy. Yet I still wanted to be writing, so I wound up putting it aside and started up "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home".
With that book I had a more clear idea of where I wanted things to go, who the characters were, and how it would end. Plus, I had a co-author, namely my wife Helen who had been my consultant on the first two books. Mind you it still took another 2 years before this book was ready to for release, however I didn't mind it so much. Why? Because I had started up another blog, called The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition, http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/ where I was regularly writing short stories involving different characters who were to appear in the novel. The idea behind this was to build an audience for the book before it was released and create a loyal following. Yet by doing this, something wonderful happened.
I wound up training my brain to think about more than one story at a time. Writing all those shorts, was a great exercise and now I find myself thinking about multiple storylines on a regular basis. Now why is this such a big deal to me? I'll tell you in my next entry.
I know, I know, I'm cutting things off just when things are getting even more interesting, but this post is getting pretty long and I still have much to say. So please be patient and I WILL have the 2nd installment up in a week. Until then, take care and keep writing my friends.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
First I'd like to thank everyone who took advantage of my "Hobbit Birthday" party. Over 30 copies of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" were snatched up. While I would've loved to have seen triple digits, I'm not going to complain. The book got into more readers hands and that is always a good thing in my opinion. Hopefully, this will lead to some more reviews. Sadly, Nathan and company have been stuck in the single digits as far as reviews go on Amazon, with absolutely none on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.
So I'm going to offer everyone who is interested the opportunity to get a free copy of the book (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, PDF, even paperback) in exchange for a fair and honest review. Reviews are important to bringing a book to a wider audience. We all know that whenever we think about purchasing a book or almost anything these days, we check online to see what kind of rating the item has.
Naturally, I'd love to see a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, but I leave that up to the reviewers. I ask for honest and I mean it. If you found the book wasn't to your taste and you don't wish to leave a review, just let me know so I'm not left in limbo wondering what happened. The only thing I ask is that the reading and the review be done within 2 months of you getting the book. If by chance you volunteer and life gets in the way, again just let me know. Life happens to all of us including yours truly, so no worries. Just stay in touch is all I ask.
So if anyone wishes to be a reviewer, please e-mail me at:
Please include your name, e-mail address, and what book format you want and I'll be in touch with you shortly.
On another note...
I'm happy to announce that there will be an anthology involving my vampyre and friends, which will be released this December. This volume will contain 'select' short stories from my other blog "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition" (link: http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/). The reason for this is that I've been told by a number of people that they find it hard scrolling through a bunch of old blog entries to find the short stories, even though they really want to read them. And since that blog is over two and a half years old, I know there's a lot of stuff to wade through.
However, the anthology will not just contain stories from here, we are including 4-5 brand new stories just for the collection, which will NOT be reproduced here. They will only be found within the pages of the anthology itself. The total number of tales to appear in this first anthology has yet to be decided so stay tuned for more details.
In other news:
Book 2 of the Vampyre Blogs is now officially under way.
At this time "The Vampyre Blogs - Family Ties" release date should be early October 2018 (which is why I'm releasing the anthology in the meantime, so as not to leave you all high and dry without anything new). The story will take place two weeks after the conclusion of the first novel and will open with Nathan's return, along with new trouble brewing.
The presence of Isabella will raise new questions and concerns for all who dwell under his roof, while an unscrupulous developer tries to influence the upcoming town council elections so he can get his hands on 1000+ acres of land Nathan's home stands on. Then there's Marisa's father. Are the cancer treatments he's receiving really helping or will Nathan have to undergo a procedure that could leave him more vulnerable than ever to an attack from an old foe he believed had been vanquished?
Finally, "The Door" which has been plagued by numerous starts and stops has been growing and is coming along very nicely. This book continues the saga of Alex, Veronica, Julie and Cassandra and will wrap up several lingering story fragments including who the mysterious white-haired man is that has been stalking Cassandra for the last year. It will also reveal why the ghostly Brandon has watched over the heiress all these years, as well as introduce some new characters who will play a pivotal role in the entire Para-Earth Series in the future.
So as you can see there's a lot going on in the writing department for me and I hope the results will please and intrigue you all.
Until next time, stay tuned to this blog and keep writing.