Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Of New Book Releases and Points of View

I’ve just released the third novel in my Interstellar Dad series, Mass Reproduction. More on that in a minute. In fact, if you just want to go to the bottom of this post and look at the links of where to buy the book, by all means go right ahead.

But this post isn’t just about the book I’ve released. I mean, sure I could tell you that the third installment picks up right where The Battle at Stellar Daycare (ID #2) ended. I might even let you know how a Ph’mleez medical technician by the name of Ph’elle has taken it upon herself to detonate an embryo inducer bomb on Earth, and how a lot of men fall victim to the effects of that device. I’d probably even throw in a mention of how it’s up to the Interstellar Dad, Andrew Skyes, to stop Ph’elle and her new friend, Senator Trevor Spenchell, from manipulating the male population into subjugation.
What is that alien up to exactly?

Instead, I just want to talk about how proud I am of the process that went into this particular book. Of course, I’m proud of all of my books. But there’s something different about Mass Reproduction. I think it’s the fact that I’ve experimented with new ways of telling the story.

For example, I split the story up between three POVs, using chapter breaks to switch up the POV. They go between Andrew, the senator, and a character named Arend Fuller. Of these, the senator’s character proves the most interesting for me because I’ve really had to delve into what makes him tick. Exploring a wide variety of POVs enriches the material, I think. The animosity between Senator Spenchell and his son, Rory, serves as a critical piece of the puzzle for that story arc.

Playing around with various aspects of the craft can help a writer grow. I’ve learned a lot with all of the stuff I’ve done in the name of POV. As a result, the Interstellar Dad universe may well have expanded in a most wondrous way.

Here’s where to find all three books in the Interstellar Dad series, including Mass Reproduction:

Interstellar Dad #1

ID #2: The Battle at Stellar Daycare

ID #3: Mass Reproduction

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bang My Head, Bang a Drum

(Author's note: This post was actually written back in November of last year. I totally forgot I even had written this. Talk about accidentally creating a time capsule. Anyhow, I'm just going to present this in its original glory. Enjoy!)

Lately I’ve been banging my head on the latest rough draft currently in development. This book, Dead-End Demons, will be my ninth book I’ve written since becoming a self-published author. I’ve spent some time away from the genre of horror, hence the title.

But it’s not the book I wish to discuss today. Rather, it’s the head-banging I mentioned a mere second ago. Two months have passed since I began this title, and I’ve only gotten 30,000 words as of November twenty-seventh. Whole novels have been written in just the month of November, and I struggle to chug along. One could almost blame this on writer’s block, but really I feel it’s a cheap excuse to fall back on.

So I’m banging my head, and I’m head-banging to Pandora music, and then something strikes me. No, not the table surface in front of me, although that would be a reasonable assumption. No, it’s the fact that my soul is craving some serious storytelling in a quick way to ignite the spark I need to carry me through my writing sessions. I read books of course, but still the bind I’m in remains unbroken.

Then I come across a song by Jon Bon Jovi, on his album Blaze of Glory. It’s called "Bang a Drum", and dang if this isn’t exactly the thing I need to pick me out of my writerly doldrums. The prose in the song is enough to excite me, and the melody gives me pause for deep contemplation. Finally I’ve unlocked the block and found a way to press on.
Listening to music is a rather effective way to get a writer out of their literary woes. If you do not have a playlist, consider building one. Streaming services like Pandora can help, or you can even build a playlist on Spotify. I prefer Pandora only because it introduces me to a wider range of songs, but any radio app will likely work. Find what works best for you, and then incorporate it into your writing process.