Character Development: Aiden and The Break of Chapter 26

Have you ever been asked to do a character analysis in English class as a student? I don’t remember much from the ones I did, but I do enjoy the concept. Obviously, not every character ever written is worthy of the bother, but every once in a while you get one you could spend hours on the couch with (in psychoanalysis…). You think you know them, but the more you look, the deeper you see. Part of why I love reading, re-reading, and writing is that all three allow you to revisit a certain situation, a certain place and time, a certain sentence spoken, and look beneath the surface in a way you can’t do in real life. Nuance and subtlety are the most irresistible lure for any hardcore bookworm. Yes, we enjoy action and passion, and witty dialogue, but what really keeps us coming back isn’t the obvious, it’s the things you have to dig for, think about, and chew on.

Why would you do that to a person??

WolfenNot too long ago, I was confronted with a reader’s question that gave me pause. The question was about Aiden from Wolfen and a certain thing that happens to him about halfway through the book. My answer was going to be simple and to the point: it was a test for him and another character, and their arcs hinged upon how they responded to it. But I paused because as I was typing this answer out, my mind veered off to a place I hadn’t gone before, even while writing this book, and it completely changed what I wanted to say. That place was Aiden’s past.

“Why would you do that to a person?” they asked.

Here’s my answer:

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Black Friday Sale: WOLFEN 75% OFF

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EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

 

Wolfen (click to go directly to purchase page) is now on special sale until Sunday of this week! Only redeemable at Smashwords.com, and only with the coupon code YZ66F.

This is not going to carry over to other retailers. To get the book for the super low price of $1.50, ya gotta hop on over to Smashwords before the sale ends. šŸ™‚

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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 Ā #Wolfen and Ā #WolfenGiveaway. Share on Twitter, Facebook, reblog, andĀ tell your friends!

Introducing: The #Wolfen Hula Babe

Hula Dear friends and readers,

I’ve been sitting on this for quite a while, debating the wisdom of dipping my feet into somethingĀ like this, and in the end decided I’d rather do one thing well, than a thousand things poorly.

For those of you who’ve already read Wolfen, you might recognize this little hula galĀ as the secret Aiden had stashed in the side compartment of his car. You might also recognize the quote as Aiden’s signature Zen philosophy on life. It has become my adopted motto in life as well, andĀ the Hula Babe has become a de facto mascot for this book. I originally put her on a mug solely for myself (and you may have seen pictures of it on my Facebook page) and kept her a well kept secret until now, waiting to see how Wolfen the book would be received before I did anything dramatic and over the top.

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Let me assure you this is not the start of a merchandise store. I most likely will not be doing this for any other book, or any other design. The only reason I am even putting this doll out there is because it has special meaning to me. SheĀ is my souvenir from the world of Wolfen, now happily sitting on the edge of my writing desk and singing her ukulele dreams in my ear. I will admit I am a little possessive of her, so I can’t and won’t sell her or give her away, but I still wanted to share her with the world somehow, and the best way I knew how was to put her on a mug.

So, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the Society 6 Hula Babe line of high quality art-printed products.* Maybe now someone else’s day canĀ be brightened as much as mine is whenever I look at it. šŸ™‚

s6*Prices for these items are pre-set by Society6, and I unfortunately have no control over them, but, having tested several of them out myself, I can vouch for the quality of their products.Ā 

Wolfen Stuffs…

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Hello everyone!Ā This is an official Wolfen update. With the book out on virtual shelves for a week and a day now, I thought it was time to catch you up on a couple things. First, a little hiccup. Which is not actually that little. Funny thing happened when I made Wolfen available in print… CreateSpace decided to send it out to expanded distribution with a price tag of $200… needless to say, I was not amused. I was even less so when I contacted them and was told there would be no way to expedite the correction of this, and that the proper price of $25 would not show up until January 1, 2015. So, at the moment, the listing on Barnes & Noble looks like this:

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