July 2013 Update

The first draft of the latest novel is finished! I was able to write 22,000 words during the week I was on vacation, and now I am exhausted. Writing takes a lot out of you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. There is something about working from deep down inside yourself that is draining, and I’m using this week to recuperate. The title has now changed from Dead Awake to The Island – A Novel of Terror. As the story evolved throughout the writing process I discovered that zombies that were originally the focal point of my idea were only a minuscule part of the plot; the story was really about the island, its culture and secrets. I’m going to let it set for a while and mellow, but will tackle it again in a few weeks for rewrites and edits. I hope to have it out by autumn.

Meanwhile, my new middle grade book is back with me now after being on submission for a couple of months. There was no interest in this story from agents at all. None. I can’t hide the fact that I’m disappointed, but I have to say I’m happy to still have it under my control to be indie-published before the summer’s over. Here is the blub:

Zach Ziegler’s mom says he’s “big-boned.” His grandfather referred to him as “strapping.” His dad, whom he never sees much, calls him “Sporto.” No one uses the F-word: fat. But Zach’s arch-nemesis, Trevor, doesn’t mind pointing out the obvious, and Zach is horrified when Trevor christens him with a new nickname in front of the whole PE class. If that isn’t bad enough, the science fair is coming up, and Zach and Trevor are paired up on a project. But while working together, Zach and Trevor begin to learn things about each other that neither has revealed to another soul, and they come to realize that maybe they aren’t so different after all. This is the story of an unlikely friendship – of setting aside misconceptions and labels and finding the true heart underneath.

As usual, I’m stuck on a title. The working title just didn’t feel right. My beta readers have been stymied as well. I may have to resort to using the online title generator. Worked well for The Killing Vision, after all.

On the Brock Ford front, my illustrator has taken some time off to work out some personal issues, but we are now shooting for a Christmas 2013 release of all three books in print. I’m really looking forward to sharing Brian’s great work with all my readers. It has been a long, arduous process but when you see the results I’m sure you’ll agree it has been worth it.

That’s all for this month! Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook for more frequent updates and don’t forget to drop me a line. I’m always happy to hear from readers!

June 2013 Update

Not much to report this month.  The Killing Vision is still selling well.  May 2013 was my best month for book sales ever.  I appreciate everyone who bought the book or downloaded the e-version.  If you read it and enjoyed it, please do me a big favor and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  Goodreads is easy, because all you have to do is rate it using the star system – no writing required!

Dead Awake is coming along very well.  In fact, I’m very near the halfway mark.  I’ll be taking a week off from the day job in July, so I’m expecting to finish it then.  Keep watching the blog, Twitter, and Facebook for progress reports!

In the meantime, feel free to drop me a line!  I’m always happy to answer questions!

May 2013 Update

Things have really been moving and shaking here on the writing front!

The Killing Vision was released at the end of April, and it’s selling like hotcakes.  In fact, May looks to be my biggest month for sales EVER.  Thanks to everyone who downloaded it or bought the paperback.

Work on my new book, Dead Awake, is progressing nicely.  Last weekend I was lucky enough to get a whole day of uninterrupted writing in and pounded out 5,500 words.  If I can keep up the momentum, this book should be ready to release by early fall.  It’s going to be more of a horror novel, but still character-driven as is most of my work.  There are zombies involved.  Really.  I’ve got some dynamic characters I can’t wait to play around with, and I look forward to how they interact with one another.  Especially when they get to the island.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

As always, keep watching here, on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest on what’s happening with me, and feel free to drop me a line.

Don’t forget to head over to Goodreads and enter to win one of three signed copies of The Killing Vision.  The giveaway ends May 31.

Happy reading!