Sunday, August 31, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Zooming out a bit further, full title banner can be seen, with Esau's wings serving as the "W" in Bad Wizard. The spires of a crystalline city are becoming apparent, and the fact that Esau is falling from a gray sky into a full color landscape reflects gives further hints to the setting.
This Sunday, I'll reveal the full cover online in all it's glory! If, by chance, you are near Hillsborough this Friday (August 29) and want to get your hands on a poster of the cover, come by Purple Crow Books during the Last Friday street festival between 6 and 8 pm. I'll be set up out front selling books and will have a limited number of posters on hand to give away. If you aren't in the Hillsborough area, don't despair! Everyone will have a shot at getting a free copy of the poster next month. Stay tuned for details!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
The front cover of Bad Wizard has been decided on by Antimatter Press. The art by master illustrator Jeremy Cavin is filled with amazing detail, so I'm going to reveal it in stages, so there's time to marvel at all the tiny touches that make up the jaw-dropping whole. Pictured above is Esau Bejano, a.k.a. the Winged Monkey, the acrobatic engineering-genius temperance crusader who winds up as Dorothy Gales biggest ally in her struggle against Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, the former Wizard of Oz.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I've delayed starting typing on my next novel until early September. I thought that I'd be done with Bad Wizard by this point, but I won't be getting the final line edits until this Friday. Once those are done, I need to work on getting the print edition set up, since Antimatter Press is only handling the ebook edition. In addition, I'm also working on a secret project that I'm not yet ready to announce, but that I will unveil before the end of this month.
The fact that I'm not typing doesn't mean I'm not writing. I've taken to carrying a thick stack of notecards in my front pocket. Anytime I get even small ideas about the next book, I'm jotting them down. When I am ready to start typing, all I need to do is organize my notes into the correct sequence and I'll have a functional outline I can follow. My big challenge at the moment is figuring out how to integrate the villain's back story. I'm currently planning a single POV, but the villain's motives are complicated, and it sure would be a lot easier if I could tell things from her POV. Hopefully, I'll be able to avoid the standard villain explains her motives and master plan monologue.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
For my summer special, I'm offering the ebook edition of Burn Baby Burn for free! You can download it for Kindle from Amazon or at an epub from the Nook store. You can also download it from Smashwords in both formats plus PDF.
Burn Baby Burn is perhaps the most heartfelt book I ever wrote. It's a love story unlike any you've read before, a book with protagonists who can diplomatically be described as complicated, or bluntly described as cold-blooded killers. But, hopefully I dig down into the core humanity of both characters. Oh, and I should also mention the book is pretty much non-stop crazy superhuman action. Check it out!
Friday, June 20, 2014
Having only read two Faulkner novels so far, I can hardly consider myself an expert on his ability to create characters. But, one thing did catch my attention in both Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury. Faulkner didn't seem to like mother's very much. They tend to be weak and sickly, or else bitter and hateful, or barely register as characters at all, all but invisible next to much more vivid male characters.
Of course, mother's don't fare well in a lot of pop culture. Many, many iconic characters are orphans. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Tarzan, Luc Skywalker, Popeye... being the mother of an action hero is extremely dangerous for one's health. There seems to be an unspoken assumption that having parents in general and mothers in particular would just hold you back.
Being dead is sometimes the best fate a mother can hope for. Think of the characters in Big Bang Theory. Most of the major characters have surviving mothers, and most of these mothers are pretty messed up. Howard's mother is a fat, nagging, hypochondriac. Leonard's mother is a manipulative intellectual who belittles him constantly. Sheldon's mother is a strong character who is allowed to offer wise advice to her crazy son, but she's also a religious nutjob with racist attitudes.
All of this, of course, makes me think about the mother's in my own writing. I've got a lot of orphans at the center of my books. I can't think of any mother's I use for comic relief, at least. And, I do have at least one strong matriarch who doesn't suffer from any obvious personality flaws: Gale Romer from Hush and Witchbreaker. Luckily, I do have an opportunity coming up to add a second strong mother to my mix, since I'll get to show Infidel as a mother in Soulless. I'll also start looking at the three superhero novels I'm currently outlining in hopes of finding a good place to insert a strong mother figure among the cast.