Finding my niche

even zombies need vacations -zombiewalk 2012

I am a newbie when it comes to writing. I have one book that I’ve self-published and a second on the way shortly. I have about a dozen other works-in-progress too. Plus some other projects on the horizon that I can’t talk about yet. 🙂

But I am still exploring what genres I find exciting to write in. In all honesty I enjoy pretty much everything. I love when my characters are so much smarter than I can ever hope to be, finding out solutions to things I’d never guess at in a million years. They always do too, which astounds me because I have no idea what is going to happen next when I write. I simply provide the means for them to decide for me.

(I also ramble a lot, obvs)

Genres… The whole focus on genes frustrates me at times. I understand what a valuable marketing tool they are, I do. But I ingore them til the book is done (to my editors’ despair) and then figure out what comes closest to the mark. I think for me, that if I try and force my words into a marketing-style niche, my work will suffer. But if I had to break down my most common themes, I’d have to say thriller, new-adult, pulp-horror, dark-reality, sigh…

See? No idea. How about I just write, and we see what the readers decide?

Bad Guy Simon

I have to admit I really enjoy writing the baddies. They are without a doubt my favorite characters in anything I write.

So… who do you picture as Simon from Flashback? I have always pictured an older (and much more overweight) Vinnie Jones in my head for Simon.

Think he’d be interested if Flashback hits the big or small screen?

A Writer’s Search History

Like a lot of people, I use Gmail for some things. Primarily for the free Google Drive folder so I can access documents or photos or whatever when needed while out of the house (rare though that might be in pandemic times), and that I have an online email client that is fairly reliable. The fly in the ointment of course is that the big G wants to know every single detail about you that it can get it’s hands on so that they can sell or use the data. Whether that is for outside analytics or for ad-targeting or some other use, it is common. It comes with the territory and everyone knows that Google, like all “free” social media platforms, considers users as the product, not the client.

Google search is a powerful. When it comes to researching and writing, it’s pretty hard to beat for finding those nifty factoids. I cannot even imagine what it had been like for authors relying solely on libraries and snail mail to research books pre-internet. I fear my skills at procrastachievement would have been my undoing before I even got started, and in fact they were.

The fun part is that every search I do nowadays usually results in third party cookies or Google itself sending buttloads of spam via email or by the sending of completely inappropriate ads to my browser. I used to find it frustrating but now it’s just entertaining. Plus it is completely useless to them, they just don’t know it. Unless of course, they want to have some sort of idea about my next book(s).

Where else can I get emails about chicken coop spacing between nests, autopsy equipment, Tunisian fishing boats of the 12th century (as some of you saw recently), data storage solutions, how to fletch, sew, draft, swing dance, weld, or the composition of various kinds rocks, famous outlaws, how long a heart can beat with a car aerial stuck in it, types of tires for 1950’s bicyles, and what to do when finding yourself trapped inside a large fish… sigh, the list goes on and I haven’t even gotten into the thriller/horror side of searching…

(fyi, none of those searches are relevant to Throwback 😉 )

I also get a lot of mental health emails because of my search histories. And who knows who else finds it interesting, amiright? Should be interesting if I ever cross a border again. 🙂

Ahh the writer’s life. Could be worse, Amazon seems to think I collect crockpots and toilet brushes…

A sunny day for writing…

Today is a beautiful sunny day, so of course, as you can see I am working hard on Throwback (this isn’t really me, but the premise is the same 🙂 ).

I am also testing out how to post on my website and have it auto-post to my facebook page. I find I am more likely to post here than on social media these days, as I am sure you all have noticed.

The book is so much better, and I hope you will agree very soon. I have always found as a reader that sequels are either terrible filler, or surpass the first book. I am aiming for “surpass”. Flashback was my castle, Throwback is my Kingdom, if that makes sense…

Ok, back to work here…

Writing is Work

Who knew? I feel a blissful excitement when the words come unbidden and I scratch off reams of wonderful plot lines, new characters, and woeful turning of tides for my poor heroes. But those times are few and far between for me. The majority of my time spent writing is a hard and sometimes painful slog through tired cliches and “hey I had an idea for another story” that needs to be recorded right that moment.

It’s work. I love it. But I also know it takes a tonne of polish to make others like what I write. I am the guy who misspelled his own name on the cover of his first book, so yes. Polish, then polish some more.

(My first name on my book is two freakin initials. I still mispelled it. Sigh…)

Back to work…

Or maybe a procrasti-snack.

Now in these stores

Well this is new. You can find FlashBack around the world now.
Available from these ebook stores:
Amazon Apple Kobo Google Play 24 Symbols
Scribd !ndigo Angus & Robertson Mondadori Store Vivlio
If your preference leans toward print, you can get either a 9×6 trade paperback or a 5×8 pocketbook. Both are currently available at Amazon.
More stores (and more offerings!) are coming soon. I have a lot of new things to share and I cannot wait to tell!

World events

Well, the pandemic is putting a crimp in things for all of us, but I found that the couple of hundred pages I have written on virus-laden zombies now needs a rework. 🙂

You may have noticed my book page is no longer on Facebook, and my twitter feed is gone as well. I found both to be enormously distracting therefore I decided to take a social media break for a bit so I can work on writing.

As you can also see I have a new domain, and I hope to consolidate all my various websites to come to here eventually. Stay tuned!

Confessions, a short story

Two years ago my friend Shae Mills induced me to write and enter a short-story contest for the Surrey Writer’s Conference here in BC. I didn’t win. And being new to writing for an audience, plus with Flashback being my primary focus at the time, I had forgotten about it.

Time went past, as it does. A few days ago I was reminded of it and dusted it off. It read well (which isn’t always the case when you leave your words alone for a while), so I decided that I should share it with the world.

Here is “Confessions” available exclusively at Amazon and KDP Select.

“Good enough is not good enough”

Hi folks, I thought I would let you all know that I had an interview recently with my local paper about Flashback. I am very excited about it, and I hope you have a read.

Throwback is coming along nicely. I thought I had finished it, but it wasn’t exactly how I had picture it in my head and I want this book to shine like Flashback does. Some polish and extra attention will make that happen. I want to thank everyone for their patience and continued support.

As a small tease, I will say that Ondy shows up A LOT in this book. 🙂 I received many notes about him in book 1, so I am happy he is returning. As you know, I only write what my characters decide to tell me, and he has a lot to say this time around.

Here is the article that came out today. I hope you like it! My Interview