There is a great interview with me (and not only because it’s with me!) on Castles In The Air: Author Quinn Cullen’s Scribbles:
A great blog from author Tim Baker about thinking big while thinking small. Or maybe it just mentions me by name…
It’s not really a challenge but it sounds cooler in the title, right?
I’ve been contracted for not one… not two… but three! Count ’em, three! new stories to write. I can’t tell you the details and can’t really tell you much more (what a damn tease I am), but I can say they are going to be two 14,000 word and a 40,000 word novella.
Since my math skills are super-sharp (and there is a cute calculator feature on this laptop) it comes to 68,000 words in 28 days… which comes to 2,428 words a day to get everything written (first draft) and submitted on March 1st.
Wish me luck!
The downside to getting it is the back-burner status of all the other projects I was working on, like Dying Days 3, Dying Days: Origins, the next two stories in the Keyport Cthulhu series, and another hundred things.
But I’ll eventually get to them, and get in a few pages here and there when I have time.
Until then… don’t expect a ton of Mando on social media, since I need to really buckle down and write, write, write…
25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror – reblog of a reblog… good stuff!
I found this post over at terribleminds.com the home of fellow author Chuck Wending, and wanted to share it with you.
1. At The Heart Of Every Tale, A Squirming Knot Of Worms
Every story is, in its tiny way, a horror story. Horror is about fear and tragedy, and whether or not one is capable of overcoming those things. It’s not all about severed heads or blood-glutton vampires. It’s an existential thing, a tragic thing, and somewhere in every story this dark heart beats. You feel horror when John McClane sees he’s got to cross over a floor of broken glass in his bare feet. We feel the fear of Harry and Sally, a fear that they’re going to ruin what they have by getting too close or by not getting too close, a fear that’s multiplied by knowing you’re growing older and have nobody to love you. In…
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A great summary post from Yawatta Hosby about the key points she took from the Mighty King…
I’m featured on the Z Girlz blog talking about my Keyport Cthulhu series!
Today an interview with Jairus Reddy, owner of Hobbes End Publishing, went live on JE Gurley’s Quill and Ink blog, in which he talks about “Miami Spy Games”…
TW Brown was nice enough to review my Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun book…
The Extractor Excerpt and Blog Post Information
A detective tries to solve the mystery of disappearances surrounding a dentist who is more horrifying then he could ever imagine.
“Have you seen this young lady?” She shook her head a little bit more this time, but still remained silent. “Can you tell me when you saw her?” He felt someone walk into the room behind him, and turned away from her desk to see who it was.
“She is mute for the most part, Detective; you will have to excuse my wife.” Dr. Parks stood before him a man shorter than he, but with wide shoulders. He had dark eyes that Detective Gibbs felt were staring straight into his soul and stopped from visually shivering as he pulled his gaze away from them.
“I suppose you heard me speaking to your wife.” He gathered his thoughts and returned to his questioning.
“I did,” the dentist said to him, taking two steps and closing the distance between them. “You are looking for a girl?”
Holding up the picture of Jewell so that the dentist could see he nodded, “Have you seen her? Your wife said that she had? Was she a patient here recently?”
The dentist smiled as he looked at the picture, it was as unnerving as Mrs. Parks’ plastered on grin, but in a way that was different. “Pretty girl,” he said, “but no I haven’t seen her.”
Something about this office made him uncomfortable, and something about Dr. Parks made him think he was lying. He had never felt a stronger desire to leave a place, and he wanted to sprint for the door. He handed Dr. Parks his card.
“If you and your wife suddenly remember seeing this girl, give me a call.”
“Certainly,” Dr. Parks tucked the card into his white coat, “have a nice afternoon Detective Gibbs.” With that he left the room, Mrs. Parks returned to staring at her desk, and Gibbs walked quickly to the door.
I’m featured on another blog today about Miami Spy Games, by the great author Patrick C. Greene… won’t you join me?
I’ve been very blessed to have been in quite a few anthology releases and had several of my own books out in print in just the last three years. I have a growing bookshelf with a ton of my releases I will someday get around to doing a proper display of. Until then, the piles keep growing.
But no matter how many stories I get published or books get released, it is still exciting to get another batch of books in the mail. Anytime a package arrives I get all excited, like it’s my first published story all over again.
Author Tim Baker and I put out Dying Days: The Siege of European Village in early December 2012 and had a successful book signing at Farley’s Irish Pub. It was so successful we ran out of copies within an hour or so. It was a wonderful night, shared with friends and some new fans.
So I ordered another batch from Createspace so we could sell a few more to those who missed out on the book signing, and for more book signings coming in the near future. And then Createspace hit a glitch and I had to wait three weeks for the copies.
Seriously? I have no patience for that. But I made a ton of phone calls, we missed a few good sales, and then… today, on a holiday, I heard the doorbell ring. I dashed from my always sitting position at my desk in front of this damn laptop, but the brown blur of the UPS truck was already streaking away.
On my porch, like the baby Moses on the river (too dramatic?) was a box.
I gleefully opened it, even though I’d seen the book before. It is always a great thing to smell fresh print books as you press your nose into the box. (I hope everyone does this and I’m not a freak). It’s always exciting for me.
No matter if I release another thousand books (I need to write faster, I guess), it is always a genuine thrill to see that box on my porch and know it is something I created in some way.
How about you?
I wrote a new short story set in the “Miami Spy Games” world and Quinn Cullen was nice enough to share it on her wonderful blog:
Special Thanks to David Royall for help with the boating terms and reality of sailing
I write quite a bit, I’d like to think. I publish many varied stories, both in length and subgenre. In the beginning (OK, about three years ago when I started taking this seriously again), I just did what I loved doing… I wrote. No matter what it was, I just wrote the story and was done with it. Let it sell and I was happy. No Master Plan and no thought to the future or series. Just write.
But then I wrote Highway To Hell, an extreme zombie novella. In fact, I originally thought I’d write many more stories featuring the main character, Randy, and I called it the Extreme Undead series, figuring it had a nice ring to it. But then I added the Darlene Bobich short story, “Rear Guard”, as the bonus story. And the rest is history.
I started writing Darlene into a new story, loosely set in the same world as Highway To Hell, and called it Dying Days. Then I wrote a sequel, Dying Days 2, when it got great reviews and nice sales. People responded and liked Dying Days and liked Darlene Bobich.
So I combined the few short stories I’d written about Darlene that hadn’t gone into the first two Dying Days books and wrote some new ones as a prequel and called it Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer. The cover idea was a bit different, since most of the action takes place in her backyard of Maine and then coming down the coast toward Florida.
And that’s where the confusion lies… if I was smart, I would have titled the prequel Dying Days and then just kept going on with numbers for the books, since there are some people who have no idea Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer is tied into the Dying Days ones unless they read it first.
Even Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days is confusing to a handful of people, because Dying Days isn’t the lead words on the title.
So, I’m thinking of retitling the two books to better slide into the Dying Days groove, and also come up with another cover for the Darlene Bobich one, since (while I like the cover) it really isn’t Darlene. It’s too slick, too Lara Croft kick ass. I want to showcase the ‘real’ Darlene Bobich you find inside the book. I’m working on it, and a new cover should be revealed soon…
Now to my question to readers of this fine post, and I’d love to hear from both writers and readers: would changing the titles make it easier for potential new readers to find the books, or am I just being dramatic about it?
And if I did change the titles and covers, should I also add in some bonus stories or new material, or do you think those who’ve read the original versions already will feel slighted and think I’m trying to make them buy the same book again? Just leave it alone, change the title and the cover, and be done with it?
Interview With Dale Comstock from Miami Spy Games
Welcome – Please enjoy this guest post from my good friend Armand Rosamilia. Armand’s latest work is called “Miami Spy Games” – it’s a fast-paced action thriller with Russians, top secret weapons and zombies…check it out!
Dale Comstock plays a key role in my Miami Spy Games spy thriller series, and I thought it would be fun to take a moment and chat with the man that actually inspired the character in the story… Dale Comstock himself, a larger than life American Bad Ass who was gracious enough to let us use him in the book. Take it away, Dale!
Give the readers a little background on Dale Comstock
I am the son of a 20-year Army-Vietnam veteran. I joined the Army right after my father retired and I graduated high school in 1981. I enlisted and stayed in for 20 years too, and my son is now in the…
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Even Kids Can Read This… my guest post on Brent Abell’s fine site
If I were to name one of the biggest helps with getting my writing career off the ground it would be this guy, the man with the wicked goatee, and the zombie guru… Armand Rosamilia. His work lately has branched off into the world of spies and from what I’ve read, he’s made the spy genre his own. Of course, there is still ‘Zombie’ in the title…
Now for your pleasure, I bring you a few words from the man himself. I do admit, my mother is not a big fan of what I write either, but she’s not the intended audience. Sorry mom, that’s just how it is.
Miami Spy Games
Even Your Kids Can Read This
I tend to write adult stories. OK, I write really adult stories, with plenty of profanity, sexual situations and violence. Most of my work my own mother won’t read, especially…
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Another reblog of one of my amazingly insightful and life-changing posts… or maybe it’s just some poorly written sentences strung together. Anyway, thanks to Guy Anthony De Marco for sharing his space with me…
Today I am honored to be a guest blogger of the great dark fantasy author Tim Marquitz on his The Dark Fantastic!
The Progression of The Story on Lee Allen Howard’s fine blog
Every story, no matter how long or short, begins with a kernel of an idea. I like to call it the What If? moment. With MIAMI SPY GAMES the basic idea presented to me was, “What if there was a weapon that could turn people into zombies?”
That was what was pretty much dropped into my lap when Hobbes End Publishing came to me with the idea to write this story. I love a challenge, and when they gave me the three main characters and not much about them, I was even happier. I was allowed to create the story as I wanted, and it wasn’t being treated as some kind of adaptation, where I’m given pages and pages of notes and storylines and forced to implement them.
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Another reblogging for ya, this time on the wonderful Skippy & The Six-Gun Wizard blog… and I never said anything bad about Kerry King, they did!
How To Market A Spy Thriller With Zombies In 2013
~ Armand Rosamilia is the badass author of Miami Spy Games and much more. Today he guest blogs on leveraging cross-genre marketing for more book sales and happier readers.
Is it a spy story? A thriller? A zombie tale? Yes. Yes. Yes. But so much more!
I’ve self-published many a novella and short story in my time writing, and they have been pretty straight-forward in regards to subgenre: the Dying Days series is about zombies, Skulls And Bones collection is horror, Keyport Cthulhu is Lovecraftian horror, Death Metal was a thriller, and the Birthday Series (writing as K. Lee Thorne) is erotica. Regardless, there were a few slight mixes of genre, but I could put a finger on each pretty quickly when asked.
Miami Spy Games? Not so fast. The fun, for me as a writer, is knowing I have a great publisher backing me up in Hobbes End…
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I also wrote a blog post about the fears of attacks on U.S. soil and the coming zombie apocalpyse… and it is coming. Sb Knight was kind enough to run it for me:
Another reblog today (I am everywhere!), this time on the great Dan O’Brien Project
Reblogged from Rick Hipson’s Dark Bites blog… a post from Armand Rosamilia
Miami Spy Games: Fast Paced Writing
Today I once again hand my blog over to a guest, and today it is none other than the incredibly talented Armand Rosamilia, who is here to talk about his new novel, and the collection of interlinking novellas that comprise it; Miami Spy Games.
Take it away Armand, knock ém dead… well, not literally of course, because then, well, nobody would buy you books…
Miami Spy Games: Fast Paced Writing
Writing with a deadline (whether self-imposed or because of a publisher) looming is always a fun time. For me, anyway. I like the challenge of watching the clock and getting worked into a frenzy as the minutes and hours tick away and I get more and more words down, closer to the goal.
Often, during the year, I will find an anthology or three I see with a theme that catches my eye, and write a story for it. Some of…
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Writing Someone Else’s Character Idea