State Of The Author Address

Hello everyone!

A quickie post to bring you guys up to date on what I’m up to these days. Since I’ve had people email me with questions, I thought it best to answer here. So here goes:

Q: Is Blood Hunt ever coming out?

A: YES! It absolutely is. It was delayed by a side project which turned into a mega novel, and now it’s being delayed a bit more due to life/work stuff, but rest assured, the fourth installment of the Blood Series is almost finished, and I am planning (hoping) for a release date sometime this winter. For those who follow my Facebook posts, you’ve seen me share some excerpts in the past. I also have a gorgeous cover, which I will be unveiling later this month, or early June. I do need to apologize for the long wait. If I could have helped it, believe me, this book would already be out there. Unforeseen circumstances and all that. But I am working hard to get it out there ASAP.

Q: Will there be a sequel to WolfenPlease say there will be a sequel to Wolfen!

A: On this, I must plead the 5th. Okay, I can see that won’t fly, so full disclosure: This book was meant to be a stand-alone. One and done. It’s really two books in one, so I figured that would do the trick. But I have to acknowledge I’ve left a lot of things unresolved. Some on purpose, others not so much. You know that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish something? Well I never got that with Wolfen. The world I’d created is still with me, much like an earworm I can’t shake. So might there be a sequel at some point? Possibly. But it won’t be any time soon. I have promised my readers Blood Hunt first, and then there are two more stories to follow The Royal Wizard I really, really need to tell.

Q: Speaking of The Royal Wizard,  where is Dragonborn??

A: Umm… *shifty look* It’s in there somewhere… Yep! There it is. Liadan and Tir still butting heads like there isn’t a swarm of soul-eating demons chasing them. Crap! Was that too much information? Well, anyway, that’s where the story is at the moment. It was about half done when I got stuck so it’s patiently waiting its turn until I finish Blood Hunt. And yes, there is one more story planned after this one. Titled Prince of Deceit, it will take up just after, or shortly before Liadan’s story ends to tell her brother Fal’s tale of woe. Seriously, the man’s got issues…

Q: You’re writing too slow. Can I send you money so you can quit your day job and write full time? 

A: Well, if you insist… ;) [Okay, this wasn’t actually a question I received, but I thought I’d sneak it in there in case anyone actually did want to send me money to write full time. Any takers? Bueller? *sigh* Worth a try…]

Q: Are you planning any book signings?

A: At the moment, no. Mostly because an event takes a lot of time to plan, organize, and conduct–time I feel is better spent writing the books you guys are waiting for (and thank you so much for being so patient!). If, however, you live in the U.S. and would like an autographed copy of one of my print books, you can now order at this page. Quantities are limited for the moment, but if there is a higher demand, I will up those numbers. I am unfortunately unable to offer this to international readers yet. Working on it, though!

Got a question I haven’t addressed? Leave it in the comments section below. Thanks for reading! :)

 

 

DIYDay Lesson 21: Graphics Editing – The Evolution Of A Book Cover

There are gifted individuals out there who can sit down at a brand new task and instantly excel at it. The rest of us learn by trial and error. And if we (yes, I’m mostly speaking about myself here) insist on going it alone, there is a lot of trial and error. What I’m sharing today is the evolution one of my self-made covers has gone through. It wasn’t the only one, by any means, but it was the one with the most revision. I do this to show you that sometimes stubbornness, perseverance, and versatility pay off. Most of the time, actually. Sit back, relax, and watch me screw up.

A lot. And then finally get it right. I give you…

 

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To Play Or Not To Play: Writers’ Choice

Dear readers, writers, aspiring writers,  and anyone interested in the writing world,

Brace yourself. You’re about to read a collection of personal tales of horror and deceit. This is the stuff writers don’t usually talk about. We like to pretend we exist on accomplishments and success alone, but that’s not really how it happens. What follows is my cautionary tale to others to be aware and beware. O.o

And the worst part is, it’s all true…

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Soar, Sink, Repeat: The Writing Cycle

**Open with picture of cat to put reader at ease**

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Oh, hai, you’re still with me. :D Most excellent! Now we can get started.

Forget about fame and fortune for a moment. Take book signings, launch parties, marketing, social media, and all that other stuff out of the equation. Let’s get down to the actual process of writing a book. Writers often talk about inspiration striking out of the blue, long stretches of writer’s block, and any number of levels in between. Of course, for each one who says this, there is another who says “real writers” don’t rely on inspiration, and you’re not a “real writer” unless you write every day. Truth is, there are as many ways to write as there are writers out there, and the trick is to just find the method that works best for you.

Here’s how I do it. The squeamish should look away.

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Definitions: How Best To Defy Them

There isn’t a week goes by when I don’t see an articles shared on my Facebook news feed about what makes a writer. Must be because so many of my Facebook friends are themselves writers. The thing is, this isn’t just a writing phenomenon. It’s something ingrained in our everyday life. We label things and people so we can better put them into categories and respond to them in the manner appropriate to their pigeon hole.

What makes a writer?

What makes an artist?

So You Think You Can Dance…

Confused

“The Artist At Work” by Mary Ellen Best

Did you know there are people in the corporate world whose whole purpose in life is to come up with more imaginative and important sounding titles for workers? I kid you not. It makes sense when someone has “Editor” or “Graphic Artist” on their business card, but when another someone introduces themselves as the “Director of First Impressions” and it turns out they work as a receptionist, that’s going into the realm of the ridiculous. And before you ask, yes, this is a real thing. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

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Goodreads Giveaway – Win an Autographed Book!

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This beauty could be all yours…

Hear ye! Hear ye!

I am holding a giveaway over at Goodreads for 3 autographed copies of WOLFEN! The contest runs the length of March, 2015, and is open internationally to readers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. To enter, just hop on over to the Goodreads Giveaway page and enter your name and mailing address. Winners will be chosen at random by Goodreads at the end of the giveaway.

Help me spread the word! Use  #Wolfen and  #WolfenGiveaway. Share on Twitter, Facebook, reblog, and tell your friends!

Zen and the Art of Tolerating Bad Manners

TalkSo you go to an event or meeting where you don’t know 95% of the attendees. Being one of the first to arrive, you sit down in the middle of the row so that late-comers don’t have to crawl over you to find a seat. Someone you don’t know sits next to you and introduces himself, so you extend your hand for a handshake and reply in kind, but before you can finish the sentence, the woman in the row in front of you turns around, grabs the man’s hand, and boldly–one might even go so far as to say flirtily–cuts you off to introduce herself and strike up a conversation. Curtain closed. From that moment on, you might as well no longer exist.

You’ve just had a taste of what it’s like in my world. Welcome! Pull up a seat and have a cookie. :)

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