Writing Update

Writing Update

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in News, Publishing, Writing | 2 comments

I am officially terrible. I have not posted here in months. That doesn’t mean that I’m not around though! I’ve been busting my butt to get the final draft of The Rise of Genesis complete, and my editor is ready for it in January. We’re looking at an early March release folks, which means a cover reveal will be coming at you soon! That’s right, there really is a new book. I wasn’t making it all up! I’ve spent the past few months focusing on getting back into routine with writing almost every day, and I’ve been successful for the most part! I’m starting to get back in the groove that I was in with The Protector series, and I’m hoping to have two to three new books out next year. The first will be The Rise of Genesis, the second and third will be the sequel to this series and the first in a new series, Sacred Cities. That was the one that gave me all the grief and it’s the reason we haven’t seen a book in so long. I wrote and rewrote and edited that book for a year and it just never came together. As sorry as I am to have been absent, I’m not completely sorry. You all have been amazing, and the last thing I want to do is release something sub-par. Now I think I’m finally equipped to take on the full force of Sacred Cities and trust me, it’ll be worth the wait. It’s an amazing world which rich characters and awesome magic. It was just missing a few screws to keep it all together, and now that I have all the pieces, it’s ready to rock! As most of my posts state over the last year, I am sorry for the irregularities. I promise I’m getting back on track, and I’ll have some new flash fiction up in my coming posts. Rather than fill this blog with news, I want to put some fun back into it. That’s why I started writing in the first place–it was fun. And it will be again. That’s a big part of what’s been missing the last two years. As things have come back around though, they’ll be plenty of fun to be had. Over the next year, we’re going to jump into new worlds and experience Fantasy on a new level. As I’ve gotten back into routine with my writing, I’ve noticed I have a ton of ideas flying past me. It’s true what they say; creativity breeds creativity. It’s time to grab some of that mojo by the balls and make something happen. Perhaps you’ll get a little entertainment out of it.   Until then, stay warm, because it’s damn cold up...

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The Draft is Done!

The Draft is Done!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in News, Publishing, Writing | 4 comments

Back to the grind today at the day job after two weeks off. It was an amazing two weeks, the first of which I spent on a family getaway. The weather was hot, beaches were beautiful, and the family vacation was a blast. The kids had a great time and so did I. It wasn’t easy coming back to reality, but such is life. After holidays, I spent the second week dedicated to my current work-in-progress. So dedicated, in fact, that it’s done. That’s right, I worked my fingers to the bone collecting over 30k words in two days and bringing the first draft of what we’ve known thus far as Blackwood to an end. After that, I took a few days break. My wife read the rough draft, to which the response was very encouraging, and I spent time making minor plot points for future books, cover ideas, title ideas, and outlining my approach to editing. With those tools in hand, I went back to work and am almost 20% through the first round of edits. This is exciting guys and girls! It’s been a little over two years since Endure  came out, and it’s been a rough patch for me. Life hit hard and knocked me down, I wrote Sacred Cities, rewrote Sacred Cities, ripped it apart and fixed it, and finally I gave up on it. I’d had enough and it was time to work on something else. SC just wasn’t working for me. Thus began Blackwood earlier this year. During my time writing Blackwood several things happened. First, I realized the issues plaguing SC. I now have the information needed to approach this story in the right way, fixing the mistakes with yet another rewrite. The silver lining of having to rewrite this again is that so much of the development is already done, it’s just a matter of realigning characters and plot points, and actually writing the words. I expect the re-write to be a fairly speedy one. The second thing that happened while writing Blackwood was that I hit my stride again. By that I mean I rediscovered my passion for story telling, something I’d lost in my unexpected two-year frustration. All this is to say it’s come together and we’ll definitely have a new book ready for you this year! I’ll be reaching out to my cover artist, Parajunkee Design, later this week on the cover for the new book. The title will be revealed soon! I’ll be busting out edits over the next two to three weeks, and then it’s off to a close friend for reading and if all goes well with her read-through, this book is off to beta readers. Exciting times have arrived here. We have a new book to actually look forward to, and Sacred Cities will not be far behind. Once I’ve finished this book and it’s ready for publication,...

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When Passion Returns

When Passion Returns

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in News, Publishing, Writing | 6 comments

My books are in a few book stores in my province, but the local Chapters is easily where they are most popular. They’ve been kind enough to give me prime placement on a local authors shelf in the Teen section, and it’s amazing how much better a book sells with cover out on a eye-level shelf. I speak with the managers there from time to time, and occasionally I get to hear a story that really brightens my day. Recently, while a women tried to find a book her son might actually read (he doesn’t like to do so), my book was recommended. She was on the fence. Was this something he would read, or was it another novel that would get thrown into a pile gathering dust? A second customer interrupted the discussion to explain how her son, who absolutely hated reading, found my book and tore right through it. He read Exiled and Shift in a short amount of time, forcing them to drive in from out-of-town (an hour away) and pick up the next installment. Well, this is all that customer needed to hear to pick up one of my books. That’s the kind of stuff that changes my life. I wrote Exiled for the express purpose of entertaining readers, but more so, in hopes that I could produce a book that would show a young reader that reading can be awesome. I wanted something that could grab–and hold–their attention. To hear stories about how that is actually happening is an incredible thing, really. If you follow me on any social media sites, or check this blog from time to time, you know I haven’t published a book in two years. You also know that I’ve been working on new books off and on, but something has been missing. The truth is, After going through a difficult spell, I lost my passion for story telling. It’s not that I didn’t like writing anymore. I did. It’s that I no longer made it a priority. I had gone back to work full-time, my kids are getting older and with that means we are getting busier. I was lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do anymore. Did I even want to publish? It’s a tough game. Sales spike and fall drastically, leaving you on the edge of seat and an eye on your bank account. Would I make it through the next month? With two little girls I had no choice. I had to make it work. I have others to take care of besides myself, and they have needs I won’t sacrifice like my own. I’ve written one book nearly three times in the past two years. I couldn’t get it right. Not to the point I was satisfied. I have a cover and a story, but the X factor is missing from it. I...

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Mystery Project

Mystery Project

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Author Advice, Publishing, Random, Writing | 2 comments

So as my last few posts outlined, Sacred Cities gave me a run for my money. I worked on it for a little over a year, although there were plenty of down times in between, and I finally threw in the towel…temporarily. I wrote 80k words in it, deleted 50k, then rewrote it up to 185k, had it finished, and partway through my first read through I knew something still wasn’t right. Not just one thing, but a lot of things. There was a decision to be made that wasn’t easy. I had to decide whether to tackle it again, tear it down and build it back up, or put it aside. The best decision I ever made was opting for the latter, for several different reasons. First, because I needed a break. I think Sacred Cities and I were too close. We were butting heads and I was trying to make it something it wasn’t. I didn’t realize it had a life of it’s own, and I was holding on too tight. I wasn’t happy about it, but I did it to myself, really, and it took me longer than it should have to realize it. The good that came out of it was I learned what it felt like to write against the grain. I forced it when I should have relaxed, and now I know what that feels like. That’s a good thing. Second, it gave me a chance to start a new book that had been tugging at my creative strings for a while. That is the mystery project, and to refrain from jinxing it, so to speak, it will remain that until I’m certain it’s ready. While Sacred Cities was the book I wanted to come back to the publishing world with, it wasn’t ready, and in all honesty, maybe I wasn’t either. The mystery project is taking me back to square one, a place I seemed to have forgotten: writing for fun. Writing what I want to read. Closing my eyes, letting go, and watching an action-packed adventure come to life. Over the past two weeks, that’s what I’ve been doing. I let the cursor on the blank page blink a few times and I started writing. It began as a paragraph outline that quickly expanded to a few pages. I created character outlines, back stories, and researched myths and legends and demons and all things that go bump in the night. It was fun again. I never finished the detailed chapter by chapter outline, and that too is a good thing. I felt too much excitement toward the story and needed to start, so I did. In a short time I racked up 26k words, and the story flowed with rapid excitement. Not only that, but I’m liking what I read when I review my chapters. It’s still exciting the second time through. I’m having fun,...

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2015 and the loss of 2014

2015 and the loss of 2014

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Author, Author Advice, Publishing, Rant And Ramble, Writing | 7 comments

2014 was a difficult year of evolution for me. It was better than 2013, which was a horrible experience for the most part,but 2014 did not shape up to be what I thought it would. It’s not all completely wasted, but I definitely expected a more powerful year. Instead, it was a year of growth and learning, which in all honesty, can be painful. At the end of 2013, I was ready for a new year. Boy, was I ready. I had published the final book in The Protector series, Endure, and I was moving on to bigger things after a year struggling through personal issues. Then 2014 came, and suddenly it was gone. I didn’t write as faithfully as I had in previous years. I can admit that much. My writing was sporadic at best. At first, and for most of the year, I thought it was me. I was recovering from major losses, my entire world had been changed, and I was trying to rediscover who I was and what I wanted out of life. I knew I wanted to keep writing, I just didn’t have it in me all the time. I thought one day I’d wake up and just be ready to get back at it. I wasn’t. Instead, I tried forcing it, regaining a little of my lost passion piece by piece, but even when I was sure I was ready, I still struggled. I wrote 80k words of Sacred Cities when I realized it wasn’t working. I probably realized it earlier, but I didn’t want to admit it. When I finally accepted it, I knew I had to do something drastic, something I’d never had to do before: I would delete a major chunk of the book and start again. 50k words to be exact. Even if you’re not a writer, surely you can understand how heartbreaking it is to delete that much of your work. I didn’t let it drag me down though, I grabbed the silver lining and told myself how much better the book would be because of it. I worked my butt off from that point on, and when it was done (again!) at a monstrous 183k words, I knew cutting those words was for the best. With my knew novel in rough draft  I was ready to start editing. The problem was, the 183k I’d written had been spread out over half the year. I didn’t realize what poor shape my story was in. Editing the book was painful. Very painful. I continued to tell myself I had to force my way through it to get back in the groove, but it wasn’t working. That’s when I realized that the book wasn’t done. Once again it wasn’t right, but this time I didn’t know why. I left it alone for a month, raking my brain over it. At this point,...

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A Darkness Survived

A Darkness Survived

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Random, Rant And Ramble, Writing | 2 comments

The lovely Christine Nolfi was kind enough to invite me to share a brief essay on her blog about the long road back from my writing break. It’s been a long and sometimes difficult process, especially as the publishing world changes so rapidly. Sometimes it’s overwhelming just looking at it all again, especially when you’ve been away so long. The road back from any break can be tough to handle, but if you stick to it, you can power through anything. If you have a chance, swing by Christine’s website and check out my guest post. Leave some thoughts if you have the time, and check out the many wonderful guest post’s she has. There are–and will be–some great...

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