Well, it finally happened, we in Newfoundland finally got a warm sunny day, we all went into shock. I really should be out there cutting the grass, weeding the garden, or any of a dozen other chores that are overdue. So what am I doing? Sitting here at the computer working on a sequel to SUVI. I can’t seem to get that story out of my head.
What, you haven’t read SUVI yet? Oh now, you’re in for a treat. Check it out:
Enslaved as a child, her DNA altered until she was barely half human, Jeannie Sorenson still managed to engineer her escape back to the ship that brought her to that deadly planet. Could the humans accept her now that she was half alien? Could she learn to interact with them and still retain her freedom? And why the hell did they keep asking her for answers when they didn’t want to hear them?
Well, I’ve teased you long enough. The last tale in the Children of the Goddess series is now available. Even a goddess can make a mistake, overlook something important, and the repercussions of that can be all encompassing. Worse yet, when the gods make mistakes, it’s we poor humans who usually suffer the consequences.
Now, as the darkness falls, the children of the goddess, the enhanced warriors of justice, must face that possibility. Find out what happens here:
I will admit, writing this one took the starch out of me. It was a roller coaster of emotion from the beginning, and even I didn’t know how it would end. So, get your copy today, see what all the excitement is about.
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I’m talking about my writing process again today. This time I’ll explore a bit about the beginnings and the ending of a series, how I get them going, and how I bring them to a close.
Actually, I don’t have all that much to do with it. The characters come to me, tell me the stories, and I write them down. I’ve written a number of series, a couple of trilogies, and a few stand alones that eventually morphed into something more. Case in point, the Children of the Goddess Series began with the stand alone, Lady Blue, written to draw attention to the horror of enforced child prostitution. This eventually grew into a series of six books, and #7, the final chapter in the series in now a finished first draft.
The Children of the Wild began as my take on the popular vampire theme. I gave them a different beginning, and a different way of life. People asked for more, the characters asked for more, and so it began. Race the Wind is the latest book in that series. Find it here:
This series is showing no signs of wanting to be finished, so you can look for many more stories from the Children of the Wild.
So, now with the tales from the Children of the Goddess coming to a close, I’m waiting to see who shows up next to tell me of their experiences, I mean, besides Lady Hawk. That girl has dozens more stories to tell.
While I’m waiting for the next long story arc to show up and demand to be told, perhaps I’ll work on a few stand alone tales. What do you suggest?
I believe that ordinary people are capable of remarkable feats. I’ve always believed that given the right circumstances people can tap into the well of limitless possibilities. I saw this more than once as an athlete and coach many years ago. I’ve seen it more recently through the anecdotes people post on social media.
Despite this, we are all inundated with negativity and bad news stories every day. And this has seeped into entertainment as television series have become darker, filled with tragedy and angst-ridden plots that drag on season after season.
This is not my idea of entertainment and I’m betting it isn’t yours either. I want to offer you something different and invite you to find out more about me and the stories I tell….
Now, here’s what a couple of folks think of my storytelling.:
Great addition to the Children of the wild series. I was hoping you would add an herbivore (that’s not an insane elk) to your were family. What a fun story. Please keep them coming.
Keep putting out the children of the wild series love them. Ronnie and Igor are great along with Derek and Jillian. It’s nice to see the other characters as well. Can’t wait to see what comes next in the wild series and I have no problem recommending this book to my friends.
So, my point is, there’s a few folks out there who like a story with a more upbeat ending. How about you, do you prefer happy endings, or do you prefer dark and foreboding cliffhangers? Drop a comment, let me know what you really like.
Last time I introduced you to some of Lady Hawk’s history. People have been asking for some background on Lady Blue, so, here’s what Penny will let me tell.
She was born to a poor family, named Penny, as her father said the birth cost him his last cent. That attitude continued until her fifth birthday when he didn’t come home from work. Penny Preston never saw or heard from her father again.
After her father abandoned them, Penny’s mother began drinking heavily. All her bitterness and resentment were delivered to Penny in the form of unrelenting emotional abuse. School was no better, for she was bullied and mocked for her obvious poverty. By the time Penny was fifteen she had contemplated suicide several times, came close twice.
When Penny was sixteen she fell down a steep embankment in the highlands of Scotland and there she inadvertently awaken something that had slept for long ages, and she was changed forever. She became Lady Blue, an elusive vigilante who fights the bullies, defends the weak, and isn’t gentle about it. You can find the rest of her story here:
I didn’t go into a lot of this history when I wrote Lady Blue’s story, after all, it’s her story of life after the change came upon her. Any and all of us who survived child abuse can tell you, every damn one of us dreamed of, and prayed for, that elusive supreme being to come and grant us the power, the power to make the pain stop, the bullying, and the emotional abuse, to give us the power to make ourselves safe. Lady Blue’s story is one way that might look if it happened.
Okay folks, that’s a look at Lady Blue. Go ahead, check out the rest of her story.
Now, on to other business. I’m really hoping to get Race the Wind out this month. Race the Wind will be the sixth book in the Children of the Wild series, more adventures of the Lady Hawk.
Well, I’m here to tell you, boredom can make you do strange things. In my own case it caused me to do something I thought I’d never do. I messed with my website. When I first had it built it was a thing of beauty, but, over time WordPress updated this and that and not everything behaved like it was supposed to. So I broke down and messed with it.
So, here’s where I ask you to take a poke around, see what you like, what you don’t, and let me know which is which. All feedback is greatly appreciated. Here’s the page for one of my favorites, start there.
Well, it appears that I’ve messed up. Trust me, it’s not the first time. What now? Well, I’ve been informed by those who are supposed to know this stuff, that I’ve mislabeled the Children of the Goddess Series. I’ve listed the series as fantasy/adventure, but I’m told that, in reality, the proper genre is Urban Fantasy.
Yeah, it really is a big deal. I’ve got work to do. So, if you’re wondering, here’s where this exciting urban fantasy begins.
I’ve been asked many times, “Where do you get your stories?” The short answer is, I make them up. That’s called writing fiction. How do I make them up? Okay, here’s an example, start with a character, then let them tell you their story. This is how I came to write Hell Comes Home.
I’ll start with how I found the main character. Characters can come at you from anywhere, and they will if you let them. As a confirmed people watcher I often find in the people that pass me by. Here’s an example from one of my books.
A friend and I were on our way to the city. Once aboard the ferry boat she took off with her camera and I settled behind the wheel with a Stone Age laptop. (paper and pen) Once the boat was loaded I noticed a very attractive young woman beside our car. She was dressed in purple leathers and sitting astride a purple motorcycle. She looked rather pensive as she gazed out over the waters. For just a moment she looked like a super hero from the movies. I turned to a fresh page and began writing.
No, I didn’t start writing a story, no chapter one. I started with a quick physical description and a few notes on her mood, her attire, her motorcycle, etc. I then moved on to some possible reasons for her mood. Could have been anything, but the story sprang from those few things. No, I didn’t talk to her, didn’t want to know her name or anything about her. I write fiction. I can’t bring too much of a person into the character. That’s not fair to the real person nor is it fair to the reader. No, I have to let my imagination supply the rest. So, I went on with the day.
Later on that trip I saw a girl in Starbucks writing. She was writing poetry. Hmm, okay, I can use that. In the bookstore a graphic novel about a demon hunter caught my eye. The word demons went in my notes.
So now I need to know a bit about this girl. Who is she? What’s her life been like? There’s a news story about a teenage runaway. Okay, that will work. What else? Okay, from my head, she joined the military, special forces, black ops, becomes disillusioned, gets out to go home.
Now she’s real. She’s the heroine of my book Hell Comes Home, a story about a kick ass woman trying to make a place for herself in a world gone mad.
So, that’s it, folks and fans, that’s how a main character, and her story, is born in my world. This process may work for you, maybe not. Everybody works differently. The thing is, take a hard look at what works for you then find the strengths in that.
Best of luck in your reading / writing. Oh, and if there’s a topic you would like me to discuss, mention it in the comments. Feel free to ask questions too.
I was recently asked ( again) why I continue to write. I gave a few standard answers, it’s what I do, I’m a writer and can’t stop, etc. easy stuff. Later that evening as I sat mulling over that question, I had to admit to myself the real reason.
I’m 68 years old, I could have another 40 more good years, or I could run out of time tomorrow, nobody knows for sure. When I leave this life for the next one, what will I leave behind? I’ve always aimed for one main thing in this life, to leave this world a better place than I found it. I like people, and yet I see people getting more and more stressed as time passes. There’s the key to the question.
The stories I write have one overriding purpose, not to scare you, not to educate you, not to jerk your emotions around, but to take you away from this stress filled life for a few hours, maybe even offer you some hope. Join me in a different world, share the adventure, and be assured before you start, you will find a reasonably happy ending, even if the book is part of a series.
That’s why I do what I do, folks. These stories are my legacy, what I can leave behind to hopefully better someone’s life, if only for an hour or so. It’s my hope to reach as many people as possible to share the adventure with, so, pull on your PJs, fetch that mug of tea, and curl up in your favorite chair for a while, and let me tell you a story, make you smile.
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