A Novel Idea(s)

Coming Out of The Winter Doldrums

Let’s face it, it’s been a long, difficult winter here in the Northeast. And while being stuck at home in blizzards sounds like a great time to write, well, it can be. But shoveling nine feet of snow and binge watching things on Netflix and so on and so on and let’s just put it out there. I can be easily distracted, I guess. I did start two new projects, but sort of got stuck and moved on. One was a vampire novel that was pretty interesting, until it wasn’t. And the other was about the legalization of prostitution and how that might look, because hey, I’m still me and sometimes my writing goes down those roads.

On the sales side of things, well, I published four novels to Kindle right before Christmas. Well, you already knew that, because they’re in your account showing 100%, right? Well, not everyone I know’s device anyway. However, it was a great sales period for me. And by great I mean more than ten and less than fifty, so the checks rolling in from Amazon aren’t going to put that Ferrari in the driveway quite yet. But there was some interesting things learned in this timeframe. Somehow, people in four countries besides the one I’m sitting in bought my books! Yes, I’ve been read in five countries on three continents! Pretty exciting stuff. Even more exciting is the fact that on two occasions, someone bought one of my books in a foreign land and about a week later, they bought the sequel! I think this might just mean that they liked my writing, which is more rewarding than any big check could ever be. Well, in some ways anyway.

So, here I sit with five novels on Kindle and Deja vu sitting in the can at the moment. The book with the long name, Art Is the Soul… something or other, is mostly a one off. The kids side of the house is doing best. The Children of Secrecy series now has two books on the digital shelf and two more books are finished with writing. The Hedonist series for the adults is also at two books available and an additional seven written. There are three Hedonist novels in writing, at various times in the story’s timeline and the Children of Secrecy book 5 is also under way.

Right now, I’m working heavily on Children of Secrecy 5 and am continuing the heroic story of Gardee and Star. I’m not sure exactly where to end their story, as they’re introduced in the sequel to Deja vu, called The Battle For Earth, which is complete, but unpublished as yet. It’s interesting writing characters and knowing that they must end up at some point joining another story and thus ceasing to be available to write as their own story. I’m not yet sure how much I want to do with them in the meantime, but I’m figuring it out.

Well, that’s where I am at the moment. Stay tuned and there will be more to come!

Working More Openly

In the past, like fifteen seconds ago and every second before, I’ve been a very private, keep to myself person. This goes quadruple for my work as a writer. I’ve completed the text for fifteen novels and thus far decided to publish three. I’ve decided to release the ‘Hedonist’ series and will have the first two books out once I have models for the covers, which I’m closing in on. Now, when I say first two books, what that actually means is the first book and a prequel six years prior that tells a lot of the ‘how did it get to that point’ sort of things readers might wonder about. There are an additional six books behind that in various states of editing, but with the text complete. And unmentionable hordes of books in flight, but unfinished.

But the world is changing and artists of all media are now ‘giving their fans a taste’ of the work before it’s released. This is due to social media and the availability and thirst for knowledge about things people are interested in. Having given up on social media due to much of the pettiness posted in such large volumes, this is a challenging concept for me to work with. However, social media isn’t going anywhere, so I must begin to delve into things I may not necessarily like, but find necessary to connect with my readership.

I’m considering a very new concept, not just for me, but the industry in general. While writers have posted glimpses into their novels, whole chapters even, I don’t know how many have tried this. What I’m considering doing is releasing the novel a few chapters to start, then a new chapter or two every week until the book is complete. This will be raw, mildly edited on the fly writing, almost as it happens.

Being a train commuter, aka not a write all day and live off the royalties kind of writer, I have a block of time of roughly 30-40 minutes each morning and afternoon. Depending on the day and where I am in the story, I push out 500-1000 words each ride. This is a very disjointed way to write, but I work with what I have. And as I do that writing, I’d like to share it with anyone who would like to read along.

The book in question is my second jump into the vampire world. I know, vampires were so two years ago and people prefer their undead in zombie form, but I have no interest in that. Vampires offer a certain romanticism that is tough to find in other undead lore and I believe they will be popular at least at the cult level for some time to come.

Now, my first foray into vampires was never finished. It delved quickly into a sexual odyssey, which those who know my non-children’s books know is always a possibility with me. But more importantly, it turned into a light versus dark battle from the viewpoint of the light. Overdone, right? Yeah, I thought so as well. This book is darker, not taking sides, but chronicling the story of an ancient vampire and a human who figures him out and wants in, good or bad. I expect it will stay dark and while sex does pop up, it will not be as invasive to the story as some other stuff I’ve written.

So, as I stand on this uncomfortable precipice, I’m left with the same question every independent writer faces every time they put themselves out there. What if I write it and nobody reads it? Keeping stories to myself is a sacred safe zone that I leave very calculatedly. But this will be different. I will be throwing myself out there every week and I’m still left with that age old question. “If I put it out there, will anyone read it?” Tell me your thoughts on this.

Thanks for reading,


Why Is Everyone Blaming Amazon?

Sure, as a Kindle Direct Publishing author, maybe I’m biased on the issue, but let’s look at some facts.

People are accusing Amazon of being monopolistic. As someone who studied economics in college, like it was my business concentration, not a one or two class requirement, I know a bit about monopolies. Now the accepted definition of a monopoly is a situation where there is only one seller. I’ll get to that in a bit.

The reason monopolies are generally considered bad, and here is where you want to pay attention, is that monopolies are generally and historically used to restrict the supply of the good or goods which the monopoly has sole control over for the purpose of keeping the price up. And monopolies, by definition, restrict competition. The economics text has all sorts of terms like ‘barriers to entry’ for instance.

The book publishing industry has long been ‘difficult to break into’, because they operate under a model where very few books written actually get published. Are they the best books written, well, you have to decide that on your own. But one might argue that many of the big house published authors are more lucky than good, because they managed to wade through the minefield and got into a big firm.

What is this minefield? Many authors send hundreds of manuscripts to big publishing houses every day. They print these manuscripts themselves, either by purchasing lots of paper and printer ink (not a cheap approach) or paying a printer like you might find near a college (that may also ship packages overnight and again, this is not cheap for the author). Now, what happens to these manuscripts when publishing houses get them? It’s anyone’s guess, but the circle file is the most likely answer, whether they read a page, a chapter or simply dropped it into the recycle bin. If the author is lucky, they get a rejection letter. The unlucky ones sit waiting, hoping that no news is good news. Sadly, it’s not.

So, how does one get published by a big house? There are a few methods, but one is an infinite circle of insanity that goes something like this. To get in front of anyone at the big house, you need an agent. To get an agent, you can either get scammed by someone who will take your money and never get you in front of anyone, or you can get with a reputable agent, and get this, only if you have a sales record of success. Now, as the old saying goes, you can’t get a job without experience, but how do you get experience without a job in the first place, this is a similar conundrum. How some lucky few get through has a lot to do with nepotism, friends in the biz and so on. And yes, some get in because they persevere beyond where it would be insane to keep going (same act, expect different result and so on…). And yes, there are actually some very talented writers that manage to get their work in front of an agent, get them to see how good it is and take off from there. They are talented and successful and alas, the wee exception to the rule, but deserving of respect for their accomplishments nonetheless.

Now I’m not sure about you, but this sounds a lot like a barrier to entry. Many people with great books will never get to the top, simply because they can’t find the right place to jump onto the big publishing wheel of fortune. I would also maintain that by severely restricting the number of writers they will sign, big publishing is also restricting competition for the sake of the writers they do sign. By simply smacking down 99% of the submissions, they help the 1% they do sign have large volumes of space on the bookshelf in the local Barnes and Noble et al.

So, let’s look at how Amazon addresses these issues. As for barriers to entry, here’s how it works. Any author who can follow the submission guidelines for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) can put EVERYTHING they write onto KDP and have it in front of their electronic consumers on in 72 hours or less. Yes, you heard that right. Anyone with a story to tell, no matter how good or bad can publish on Amazon. And Amazon allows readers to return books they do not like within a limited window of time for a full refund. So, if you buy something and find so many run-on sentences on the first page that it’s unreadable, simply return it for a refund. That is how Amazon does quality control. Let the consumers decide what they want to buy and what they want to keep. Ultimately, the choice is yours, consumer, and not some marketing department trying to tell you what you should think is good.

The author has very little restrictions on KDP. One thing Amazon does ask, which is totally fair, is that the author not sell their e-book through any other retailer at a lower cost. Put another way, Amazon wants to offer the consumer the lowest price possible, in their store. So, when we think about a monopolist trying to keep the prices inflated and Amazon wanting to sell for the lowest price, that doesn’t seem very monopolistic to me.

And what was the dispute about anyway? Oh yes, Amazon reached out to big publishing and asked that they rethink the prices of their e-books and lower them closer to Amazon’s target top price of $9.99. That’s Ten bucks for what amounts to basically an email to your Kindle reader, whether a Kindle, smart phone, PC et al. You purchase, the file shoots across the airwaves and you’ve got a book. No muss, no fuss. So, what was the problem? It seems big publishing, the people who control the popular writers of their own making, wanted to charge more like $19.99 for books they cornered the industry to thrust upon you.

Here’s a little bit about how book publishing works, and yes I have my own little pub, so I know a bit here too. Printing books is expensive. To lower cost, publishers order in volume. Unfortunately, this carries a risk. If a book doesn’t sell and they have a hundred thousand copies leftover, well, trees died not only for the books, but for the money they burned printing those books. There are other cost considerations like storage, freight, shelf space in the stores and so on. It’s sort of an outdated process, which is why a hard cover can cost $35 nowadays (did you ever notice Amazon sells a lot of books at less than list! Price gouging greedophiles! Wait…).

Now, let’s look at the cost of an e-book. There is editing and art required. The book still has to have a cover, even if it’s just a picture of it on a web page. Otherwise, let’s see… I write on computers I already own, using word processors I already own. The files are about 2 MB, so storage isn’t an issue. When finished, edit, cover, package the file. Submit the file to Amazon for FREE through KDP. Amazon web page is FREE. And my cost of goods sold is literally computed by the fixed costs of editing and cover art divided by the number of books ultimately sold. If I sold millions of e-books, the cost would be fractions of a cent per book. Oh, KDP has an author tool for creating a cover for FREE, if the author is on a shoestring and wants something basic.

With a COGS (cost of goods sold) of next to nothing, because there is no physical product, everything the book sells for is gravy, right? Well, not exactly. Amazon has two royalty plans, 35% and 70%. Read the KDP literature if you want to know why everyone doesn’t do the 70%. So, roughly 70% of every sale goes back to me. And I’m reasonably sure that if I were a big pub house, I could probably bargain better than 70% given millions of potential sales. Even assuming the big pubs get 70%, they’re going to get just under $7 per $9.99 Kindle download with virtually no risk of eating product that doesn’t get purchased. Yet they’re not satisfied and want $14 for an electronic file whisked through cyberspace.

So, what we have is the big publishing companies acting like a monopoly, an oligopoly to be more correct, shouting at the news left and right that Amazon is an evil monopoly, when Amazon just wants them to lower the price to give Amazon customers more bang for their dollar. And for anyone who thinks Amazon restricts competition, look at just about any retail item and see how many ‘other options’ there are to buy that product. Amazon lets them all put their stuff up and gives the consumer the choice to purchase the item they wish to. If that’s Amazon’s product, so be it, but there is a choice.

And as a KDP author, I operate as though I have my own retail space on Amazon. Yes I pay Amazon a fee for the space I use, the accessibility of the product to more consumers, collecting the purchase price and handling that accounting part of things, but that all makes it better for me as a writer. I can spend more time doing what I love, which is writing novels, while Amazon takes care of the selling and logistics. And if they get rich doing that, so be it.

I will always be first and foremost a KDP author, because in a world of ‘no’ from the publishing industry, Amazon never even raised the question. They simply opened the door and gave me a voice. And if all I sold were a couple of copies to family members, they recouped their expenses and made a bit of money. Multiply that by everyone who has a story to tell and it’s a great bit of business. And they never have to say no to authors who are so beat down that the author may ultimately delete their only copy out of despair, robbing the world of a great story. By giving everyone a voice, everyone has a fair chance, which is way, way more than big publishing houses can ever say they gave all authors.

Call me crazy, but it seems like someone is trying to profiteer in this case. And it’s not Amazon! Shame on the big publishing industry for taking away your right to choose and trying to charge you twice as much for what’s left over, which they happen to slam you in the face with advertising to convince you it’s good.


Pete Adams

Author of Children of Secrecy, only on Kindle!


Uncertain Times For a Writer

It’s a wonderful time. I’ve put 130,000 words in to finishing a novel (Book 7) in an unpublished series and book 8 is already at 54,000 words. That’s all since May of this year. So, what’s uncertain? My popular, and I use that term very, very loosely, work is in a Children’s series called Children of Secrecy. I’m pretty good at writing novels for the 10 and up demographic. So, what’s the problem?

My first book, Deja vu was commissioned as a science fiction novel for adults. Adults who like a good story with cutting edge action and a healthy dose of sex too. And I’m pretty good at writing that stuff. But what you might be asking yourself is why a writer that’s only published three novels is working on book 8 in a series. The math doesn’t work, right?

And the series in question also has three prequels, one of which is done and the other two are in various stages of writing. So, there are 8 completed texts and 3 in production for a series that hasn’t had a word see the light of day. In all, we’re talking about 1.5 MILLION words. So, what’s the problem?

I’ve been pretty much ready to publish Book 1 and Book -3 (Or Book 1 and Book 4 if you want to get technical). Unfortunately, I like to use actual models on my works for adults, just headshots, but enough to give the reader an idea of what my vision of the main character of the story looks like. But I’ve been unable to find the right model for either book.

So, I’m waffling on the idea of just using the Kindle Direct Publishing tool to create vanilla covers to get the work out there. I can always add models later, as the cover can be changed at any time. So, logistically speaking, as soon as I send in the copy writes for these two books, I can put them up.

But do I want to? The working title for the series is The Hedonists and it is fully an adults over eighteen series. Will that jive with the mothers of my young readers? Will they dismiss me as some twisted perv and not let their kids read my novels that are fully appropriate for kids, because of my other works?

I don’t know where other writers fall on this. Most of the authors I read are pretty genre specific. I’ve not yet come across this sort of cross over, so I have no frame of reference. If anyone has an opinion, please comment and let me know, because I’m fully at a loss as to what to do. The one suggestion I will dismiss immediately is to publish the new series with a pen name. I am proud of my work and doing that, for me, would seem like I was in some way ashamed of the work, which is totally not the case.

Help a writer out. If you have an opinion, let me know.



#$&@ing Microsoft!

Today, I am not in a good mood and it’s all down to Microsoft. I usually write about 800-1000 words on my 35-40 minute train ride to and from work each day. I began a new job on May 19th and had a novel at about 34,000 words. Earlier this week (7/1), I completed the novel at just over 168,000 words, mostly written on the train. This was book 7 in a series that I haven’t published yet and upon finishing, I was ready to jump into book 8, which is over 13,000 words already.

This morning, excited to continue on, I sit in the train seat and begin typing. About six minutes later, before my former 10 minute auto-save caught anything, I got a message about losing internet connection, which I wasn’t using at all. And that Microsoft had failed an Office update. And to thank me for using their product, they froze my Word program fatally. Hard crash, sit fuming all the way to work.

At lunch, I pull my laptop out and make sure it’s working. Everything is okay. Get on the early train to beat the crowd and there isn’t a seat anywhere??? Great, I can’t type anything. But I’m getting to my stop an hour and a half before my ride home, so no worries. I go into the station, find a quiet bench and bang out the stuff I lost (something I loathe doing, as it’s work, not creating). Less than ten minutes in, steam coming off my fingers, because I’m rolling right along, BANG! Microsoft lost internet connectivity and an update failed… WTF! I’m not using the internet, I’m using word.

And after another hard crash, I sit in front of my home computer, looking at exactly the same spot my laptop is showing after hard crashing. Today’s word output, 0, zilch, nada! And why? Because Microsoft felt the need to screw with me. Why is it they need to update everything so often. Sure, they’ll tell you it’s for security patches. Here’s a question for your umpti-billion dollar company: WHY DON’T YOU BUILD IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!!! Surely after monopolizing the industry unfairly and imposing a substandard standard on the world, you have the resources to actually pay good people to build something right.

Here’s another question. WHY, AFTER HOW MANY YEARS, DO I HAVE TO RESTART MY SYSTEM EVERY TIME YOU MAKE AN UPDATE? Surely this complaint has come up before. You damn near invented the personal computer, why can’t you figure out such a simple conundrum? I have 35-40 minutes each way. How do you suppose I feel when I open the laptop and begin writing, only to be interrupted by the “Windows needs to re-start” alarm? Knowing that it usually takes fifteen minutes to configure the update and get back up running, I’ll tell you how it makes me feel. It pisses me off!

Well, while you’ve been screwing up your OS every few years, changing things for the sake of change, instead of actually fixing your problems, the world has moved on. Yes, I can get what I need elsewhere. I’m out Microsoft, with a big double bird. I’ll be on Droid’s Kit Kat using open source word processing as soon as I can get to the store for a tables/keyboard pack. You’re no longer needed or welcome in my creative space. You’ve become the weakest link, Microsoft. Goodbye!

Alexz Johnson at the Sinclair in Cambridge MA

Being a writer of fiction for teens and young adults, I run a lot of stuff on Netflix for noise while I write. Instant Star was recommended several times, but not being a fan of reality television, I know, sad but true, I passed it by for a while, as it was about a winner of a reality show. My mistake! When I finally did give it a shot, one thing was immediately obvious. Someone could sing their ass off! After a bit of research, thanks, I learned that it was the show’s star actually doing the singing as well. Not totally unusual, but singing talent like that with acting talent to boot is rare indeed. Many try, most fail, but not Alexz.

I’m a longtime musician and I’ve opened for a few big names myself, so I know of what I speak when I say that Alexz is a rare and phenomenal talent. As I bought more and more of her stuff, it became clear quickly that not only does she have talent, Alexz is a true artist. Many people with a lot less talent are singing substandard songs to huge crowds who don’t know any better. Alexz rises above and refuses to compromise and for that, all real musicians owe her a huge debt of gratitude.

Real music has been under attack since the dawn of the music video, which made looks more important than talent. Please don’t think I’m slighting Alexz in any way, as she is a beautiful young lady and I stood beside her for pictures, so I’ve seen more than the Hollywood version. The point though, is that in today’s music world, what we find are mostly model perfect people and a healthy dose of Autotune (SP?), the bane of music’s existence. Looks, check, voice, don’t worry about that… And that’s what passes for music to the masses.

Alexz delivers real music that doesn’t have to be blessed by a marketing department that is more worried about what sells than what is good. Her music lives and breathes and goes wherever her artistic heart takes it. That’s rare today and more than welcome!

So, to the show. Upon arriving at the Sinclair, the first thing I notice is that I’m one of two guys waiting to get in. The second is that I’m OLD! I have to admit that I had no idea who Max was, so that was sort of surprising, but no big deal. Ten to fourteen year old girls are easy to see over, even at my modest height!

After most of the line went inside for the Max VIP experience, my daughter and I walked inside to find out about Alexz’s VIP thing. Big swallow, shake of the head, um, sir, she’s um, not here yet. Probably cancelled… Ouch! Yes, the disaster that is the traffic of New England caught Alexz out, as it catches pretty much anyone not willing to travel at 2 a.m. (Pun intended!) out in the cold.

Well, the nice folks at the Sinclair threw us a bone and let us into the show area before the main crowd. We ended up right in front of Alexz’s monitor and watched in mild amusement as she ran into the place, unpacked in a frazzle and did a quick, but brilliant sound check. I was close enough to hear her voice in its pure, unamplified state and it was magic!

Upon completion of the sound check, Breezy called for all of the people with VIPs for Alexz. Doh! Perfect viewpoint lost, but the VIP experience was on. I never doubted for a second! Alexz was friendly and personable and nice to talk to. My daughter and I got pictures and scooted back inside, posting up right behind the sound guy, which was elevated and a great viewpoint and close to center of the sound.

Alexz takes the stage, pretty much on-time too! Not bad considering Breezy was still parking during the sound check and Megan had to bang the cajon. At some point, I will see Alexz with the full band, but this was a great first exposure to Alexz live. Alexz and a gorgeous guitar doing what she was born to do. As she worked through the set, Megan and Breezy came and went, although Megan played almost the full set.

The tunes were from the upcoming album, featuring all four songs from the Heart LP, which I signed up for almost immediately after hearing Alexz for the first time. The set was augmented by new tunes from both the album and the television show Blue on Wigs, which Alexz plays a part in. The song Mary from the Blue recordings was familiar already, because Alexz is very generous to her pledgers. Despite some delays in the album, she sends out songs on occasion that are much appreciated!

Now, I come from a musical family. My 70 year old dad is also a huge fan of Alexz, but not much for concert going anymore. When I played ‘Thank You For Breaking My Heart’ for him, he couldn’t believe that the song was recorded in 2013. He said it very much reminded him of early Diana Ross. And when I played him ‘Walking’, the first Alexz song he heard, his reaction was immediate. “Wow, who’s that!” This from a man who still gets onstage and belts out the Elvis tunes when people ask him to.

I speak of these two songs, because they were immediate favorites of mine. I was actually walking for exercise right after downloading Skipping Stone and when ‘Walking’ came on, I actually stopped walking. It literally blew me away.

Now, being an artist and something of a musical tuning fork, I feel music very deeply. In all of my books published to date, I thanked Dream Theater for reasons not needed here. In one of those acknowledgements, I speak of being moved to tears at their 20th anniversary show at Radio City several years back. Musical perfection just affects me, especially when it’s powerful and emotional.

‘Thank You For Breaking My Heart’, even without Alexz’s introduction that it’s a true song for someone who did break her heart would have moved me to tears. Watching her bring out the pain and open herself up, while performing flawlessly absolutely did. I’m not ashamed to say that. Artists live by conveying emotion and we’re affected by others work, no doubt. ‘Walking’ once again moved me. A girl, her guitar and an outpouring of emotion is a powerful thing. If you don’t believe me, go see it for yourself.

I do have to mention the rest of the trio. Megan is amazing. She brings the right amount of keys into play and harmonizes very well with Alexz. I’d like to see them stick together for the long haul, because they work so very well together. And Breezy, wow. She’s the musical megatron. She’s the road manager, VIP tour guide, drives the blues mobile AND gets up on stage to add percussion to some of the songs. And together, the three young ladies will blow you away. If they haven’t come to your city yet, GET TICKETS!!!

Now that Alexz is a part of my creative process, she will be thanked in my novels as well. Being based in New York, three point five hours by GPS, 6 hours by the traffic from where I live, I hope to one day go see one of her local NYC shows and bring her a signed copy. Until then, I’ll continue to listen and support her in her musical endeavors, while she keeps it coming and keeps it real!

Pete Adams

Unblocked Finally!

Well, after quite a dry spell, I’ve finally unlocked the stories in my brain once more. Over the past month I have taken Nakita 7 from 34,000 words to over 145,000. This has been exhilarating for me to finally get back to putting words on the page. The frustration of writer’s block is indescribable and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

So, since my last post, I was able to inspire and mentor an aspiring writer to put words to the blank page. She has penned a short self help about confidence, using some of her own challenges in life as the backbone. Find Inventive Confidence on Kindle.

It’s always nice to help a young writer begin their journey or even to help them with a certain portion if they’re stuck. Many of us have some sort of story to tell and many of those people don’t have the first clue how to begin or to publish if they have begun. Thanks to Amazon’s Kindle, it’s a far easier and inexpensive process than in years past and I’ll help anyone who asks.

As for those with no idea how to begin, I offer this simple tips:

  • Start with the blank page and just type. Once you start, the words will find their way out. You can revise later, as needed.
  • Write every day, even if it’s only a paragraph or two. This simple task keeps the words flowing and will actually inspire you to create, whether actually typing or just during your day. Then when it’s time to type, release the hounds!
  • Edit. A lot. Many writers do not like this process, but I find that by editing, I can keep things like continuity at the forefront of my mind. There’s nothing worse than an editor pointing out to a writer that they’ve lost continuity. It’s hard to fix, but if you’ve been doing editing read throughs, you will be more aware of a possible misstep in continuity and catch it while it’s fixable. Editing also keeps your manuscript clean! Nothing like paying an editor to constantly point out typos, grammar errors and such. Make the editor’s job easy, especially if they charge by the hour.
  • Keep going! A very small number of books started, I’ve heard less than ten percent, ever get finished. If you let bullet 2 lapse, it builds. A day without writing turns into a month. A month into six or a year. It is very difficult starting again after years. I’ve done it, but it was far more challenging than the books I just ran front to back without stopping. And that brings me to my last point…
  • FOCUS! Love the one you’re with, as it goes. While writing that vampire book, zombies got hot and you thought, hey, I’ve got a great zombie story (I find that concept hard to believe, but I digress :-). Leaving vampires for tomorrow to start zombies today multiplies the chance that you will finish neither! It’s tough to focus and I’ve fallen into the trap, many times when I’ve exhausted the creative for the current project. And starting a new book is exciting! But given the number of books I have that haven’t been touched for years, I have to say tread lightly and set the goal of finishing the current book first, then go to town on the zombie thing.

So, that’s my advice for the new writer in a nutshell. As for writing every day, you can do it anywhere, especially in this day of technology. Children of Secrecy was written over several years during lunch breaks at work. If you have to take a lunch break, follow corporate rules about equipment usage, but as I said, technology offers options. Type on an tablet or phone, bring your own laptop etc. This past month, I’ve written most of my words while on the train to and from work.

So, as for progress of things, I’m still looking for two models and a cover artist. I’ve got four books shelf ready, other than art. Look for these titles as soon as covers are in hand:

  • Children of Valor
  • Children of Destruction
  • Nakita
  • Candy Begins

All four titles will be Kindle only, as printing is costly and there’s nowhere to walk in my office with the stacks of unsold copies of Children of Secrecy sitting there.

That’s all I’ve got to say today. It’s time to get back to the words flowing! Thanks for reading.



Coming Attractions

So, after writing for an hour this morning and losing the entire blog, I’ve decided to move ahead instead of reflect on the past. Here’s where I am right now:

Children of Secrecy – Plenty of hard copies available still. Contact me directly at if you know of anyone who wants a signed copy. It’s also had a good run on Kindle, but slowing after a couple of years up. Find it at: and thanks to those who have checked it out already.

Children of Valor (Children of Secrecy II) – Text is finalized and I’m waiting for the cover. This will be a Kindle only release, as I’m out of room to store physical books in my house. If all goes well and enough people ask, a hard copy may be in the works down the line, but I’m not expecting it to come to fruition.

Children of Destruction (Children of Secrecy III) – Writing is complete. Going through self edit read throughs and will look for a cover once Valor is in the can. This ends the initial trilogy.

Children of Secrecy IV (As yet unnamed) – Writing Finished!!! After a long dry spell, I put this one away. Gardee and Star are a couple of years older and wiser and back for more action. It may take a year or so, but it will be out as soon as other projects are live and it’s ready for the public.

Deja vu – Where it all started. I’m struggling with when to release this one on Kindle. Original hard copies were flawed due to a printer error. When it resurfaces, it will be perfect. Stay tuned!

Deja vu: The Battle for Earth – Writing is complete and it will follow the re-release of Deja vu.

Deja vu III – Writing is about 80% complete and will be completed when blockage is busted through.

Vampire novel (As yet untitled) – See blockage comment above.

Captive Princess – See blockage comment above.

Spy novel (As yet untitled) – See blockage comment above.

Perfect Strangers – See blockage comment above.

New Project 10 (As yet untitled) – See blockage comment above. I found this last night from 4 years ago. 13,000 word kickoff. We’ll see if I can do anything with it.

And the big news:

I’ve decided to release the Nakita series!

Candy Begins – The beginning of the timeline and prequel to Nakita. I need a cover model with brown hair and blue eyes that POP! to finish up. I’ll probably release with Nakita simultaneously. Let me know if you have anyone who might work for the cover. Send pics to the email above.

Nakita – The first written, but in media res. Like Star Wars IV, it’s the logical place to introduce things, but the backstory has to be told. I need a platinum blond with blue eyes that POP!, just like Candy’s do. I wonder why…

Nakita 2-6, writing complete, but with a few scenes to fill in. Will follow the Nakita/Candy Begins releases as logical.

And in another life, the drumset is a bit larger and totally rocking. I just finished a show as a fill in with Liz Borden from the Axes and it went great. I think I may be looking for a band of my own once more. I miss the stage.

That’s really what’s going on. I’m hoping to remove the blockage soon and get the word machine running like a top once more. Thanks for reading.



I just bared my soul and something glitched when I tried to upload a photo and it all went poof. Sometimes I miss the typewriter…