Audiobook of “Fade” coming soon

If you’re into that sort of thing, I just received the first audio draft of the performance. I will be going over it the next few days to make sure there aren’t any glitches or issues. To be honest, I don’t anticipate any whatsoever. I was extraordinarily lucky to nab narrator J. Scott Bennett, who has a done a ton of prior work. He has a great tone that works, in my opinion, perfectly for Paxton.

It’s definitely going to be surreal listening to someone else read something I’ve written, though.

Everyone have a great weekend!

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2017 Dragon Awards Nominations

DragonCon, held annually in Atlanta, has long been one of the largest conventions of its type – encompassing multiple buildings and creating a literal city-within-a-city for a few days every September. So the creation of their own award last year was probably long overdue.

This year, nominations close in a few months, but I’d like to ask those of you who’ve read “A Place Outside the Wild” to consider nominating it in the post-apocalyptic category. If you go here, you can nominate your other favorite works that fall within the release date window of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. There’s no cost to join, and voting is open to all.

For those of you who haven’t read “A Place Outside The Wild”, you’re probably asking yourself – who’s this guy, and why does he think he deserves it?

Well . . . don’t just take it from me, I guess.

Author Richard Paolinelli has tabbed it for his pick, as has author and marketing whiz-kid Jon Del Arroz. And, to make it a trifecta, Alfred Genesson of Injustice Gamer raved about “Wild”, giving it an amazing review that I had to double-check just to make sure I was reading it right.

So if you read and enjoyed “Wild”, please do me a favor and consider nominating it for the 2017 Dragon award, in the post-apocalyptic category. And if you haven’t read it, check it out here. It’s free every day on Kindle Unlimited.

As for my own nominations – working on it, post date TBD. It’s been tough as I’ve been so consumed with writing “Fade” and “A Place Called Hope” this year there hasn’t been much time for reading.

 

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On influences, tie-ins, and the best book you’ve (probably) never read.

Author Jon Del Arroz and I were debating the relative merits of the Star Wars expanded universe (or what’s left of it) recently. We both agreed that Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole produced top-quality stuff, in comparison to some of the other, so-so tie-in novels that Bantam shoveled out over the years. Most all of that material was disregarded as non-canon after Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise in 2012.

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Z-Day Book 2 – Another Snippet

One of the fun things I’m doing with “A Place Called Hope” is bouncing around a bit in the timeline. Most of the action occurs less than a week after the end of “A Place Outside The Wild”, but a smaller chunk is set just a few months after the outbreak and focuses on a new character, Alexandros Scopulis. His arc is critical to the story going forward. When, and how, he and any survivors he teams up with encounter the rest of crew – would be telling far, far too much.

But for a sample, read on.

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What do you want from me?

This isn’t an abstract question. I’m getting more and more hits, driven by various sources, and I’m honestly curious. A lot of authors I know can expound and pontificate each day and every day on a wide-ranging array of subjects. Me, I’m a simpler sort. I post every once in a while – I figure I’m better served with writing actual content for my current work-in-progress. My opinion on, oh, flying United or whatever the story of the day is doesn’t strike me as all that interesting.

So leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail. What would you like to see in this space? Snippets of works in progress? Spoiler discussions on plot points? Movie and book reviews?

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Short and sweet

Author Jon Del Arroz had a great amplification of a Sarah Hoyt blog post.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many friends of mine are still out there with 3 or even 4 books just sitting, waiting, hoping that one of the dwindling number of editors with piles of books in the thousands to review will even bother to open their email. If you sell books, they’ll notice you and your manuscript will go to the top of their list. And at that point, you won’t need them anymore. All you’re doing by the grind is delaying your mark on the world, and people reading your work, which in theory is what a writer wants.

There is, in my humble opinion, no better time to be a writer than right now. Technology and the market have converged to a place where the only barrier to entry is the investment of time.

Obviously things like talent and the ability to tell a story come into play, but the publishing world is no longer Rapunzel’s tower. You don’t need someone to throw you a rope down from on high. Sit down and do it yourself.

 

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The Marvel of Modern Technology

I don’t know when I first got turned onto Joshua Guess’ episodic zombie blog “Living With the Dead”. From the looks of my Amazon order history, it was probably toward the beginning of 2011, which makes sense as that was right around the first season finale of The Walking Dead. I was semi-into the whole zombie genre as a kid, but kind of lost interest due to a lack of good content (more on this later). I seem to recall figuring hey, maybe there’s some other good stuff out there to whet my appetite, in between seasons. One way or another, I found the blog and was hooked by the concept immediately. The fact that these blog entries were collected into novel format and used as the foundation of a truly epic series was even more interesting to me.

All too often in zombie media, the entire focus of the endeavor is on the fight against the zombies during the outbreak. Joshua has that to some extent, but he takes it one step further, which is what really hooked me in the end. He showed the grind of day to day life, as survivors tried to adapt to their changing surroundings and make something in a more dangerous world. It’s a concept I adore, and one I tried to emulate in my own writing.

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