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Tag, You’re it!: Blog Hop

So, my writer friend, Jeremy Hicks, tagged me in a blog hop.

jhAfter nearly dying at birth, Jeremy Hicks gave up his ghost during the sorrowful autumn of his twelfth year. The outsider that occupied his body from that point onward did the best it could to imitate him. However, this being’s bizarre sense of humor and inability to fully mimic human emotions kept it an outsider. After many unhappy years of trying to assimilate to this plane of existence and its daily doldrums, he turned to the cadre of demons in his life for other options. He teamed up with one of them inhabiting a ginger known as Barry Hayes and together they turned their nightmares into fiction. The writing team of Hicks & Hayes created an original horror-fantasy environment (Faltyr™;), wrote a screenplay (The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers) to introduce it, and then adapted it into a novelization of the same name. As a result, their first novel was published by Dark Oak Press in August 2013. Jeremy co-owns Broke Guys Productions and served as Associate Producer on the independent horror film, “Curse of the Rougarou.” He is also a poet and short story writer

Meander over to his page or blog to check him out and see his answers to the questions below.

So, here’s how this blog hop thing works. I get tagged and answer the listed questions. In turn, I chase down three authors and they get to answer those questions as well. It’s an interesting way to discover new writers and books.

What are you working on?

My dissertation. It’ll be long, boring, and even I won’t want to read it. Yay science! What am I putting off to get that little thing called a PhD? I was hopping around among three works in progress: book 3 of Crossroads of Fate series, book 2 of Guardian series, and a stand alone science-fiction/fantasy novel, “Riding Time”.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I completely ignore genre lines and use whatever makes my story work. This often causes editors to scratch their head in puzzlement as they try to figure out exactly what genre they should put it in.

Why do you write what you do?

I want to have my cake and eat it too. Why can’t I have fantasy in a science fiction or science fiction elements in a fantasy story? Why can’t they both have romance? Why can’t there be intrigue and politics, and action? When I said as much to my sister years back, she laughed and said I’d probably have to write it. So, I did. By the time I finished that first draft, I was addicted to the process of creating characters and worlds. There’s nothing quite like it.

How does your writing process work?
  1. Random idea pops into my head at worst possible moment.
  2. Obsessively think about idea until a character emerges from the mists of my brain.
  3. With a vague plot outline rattling in the attic of my mind, I sit down to write… in between barking dogs, complaining kids, work, cooking, cleaning, etc. It comes in fits and starts.
  4. I’ve learned to keep editing to a minimum on the first draft.– Get the story down.
  5. 1 or 2 rounds of edits for plot, have a beta reader give me feedback, export to Word and do another round for spelling, formatting, etc. and address any issues beta readers bring up.
  6. Send to publisher where the merry-go-round of edits begins again.

While I rarely write a formal outline, I do come up with one in a way in my head. Sometimes, with a particularly tricky work, I will actually jot out plot points, conflict and motivations. For me, that stuff has to be done in old school pen and paper. There’s just something about that process that requires me writing long hand. When I type a story, it’s already in my head. I’m merely transcribing it onto the page.

If you’d like to see what this miraculous process produces, check out any of the following:

Reaper COverDaughter of Destiny Cover AMAZONcoverNow, for the fun part, I get to tag three authors and y’all can check them out next week.

First: Jimmy Gillentine, quite possibly the world’s biggest Godzilla fan.

JimmySecond: Ethan Nahte’

Ethan NahteThird: A. Christopher Drown


In the immortal words of Porky Pig, th-th-that’s all folks!


The Next Big Thing Blog Hop- Part 2

Welcome to the blog hop!

To recap: blog hopping does not require bouncing on one foot.  I’m much relieved, as I have an adversarial relationship with gravity.  I explained the concept in my post the other day. Basically, it’s a way to help readers discover new authors without having to play our favorite guessing game, “which brick and mortar bookstore hasn’t closed yet”.

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, are tasked with answering ten questions. We share a bit about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

 1. What is the working title of your book?

 Daughter of Destiny. It’s the first in a speculative fiction series I’ve titled Crossroads of Fate

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Seven years ago I had a late-night, phone-battery-killing, meandering conversation with my sister on literature in which I babbled about all my favorite stories. I wondered aloud why a story couldn’t have all the things I liked: science-fiction, fantasy, action, adventure, and romance. My sister laughed and said maybe I could write one. I proceeded to do just that.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Well, the thing with cramming all those things into one book is it makes it hard to categorize. I did it on purpose, and a number of editors liked, some even loved the story. The elements all blend, so well in fact that deciding exactly which genre to put it in becomes tricky. I’ve settled on calling it speculative fiction.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I admit this question kind of threw me. I haven’t really thought that far ahead, and I’m not a die-hard Hollywood fan. I only began recalling a handful of actors’ names in recent years, mostly due to accidental repeated exposure to radio or television media. I think I’d want to cast unknowns. Sure, big names draw crowds and money, but if you want a character to really come to life without the shadow of past roles or real life persona of a big name, unknowns are better.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Katarina O’Brian, a brilliant scientist with untapped psychokinetic talents meets Zane Gratig, a telepath and undercover soldier from across the galaxy and together they set in motion events which will defend Earth from the perils it faces.

6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

This will be a self-publishing adventure. I’ve had more than one editor say they’d be happy to take it if only I shifted the story solidly into a specific genre. I tried. The novel and I had a long, involved argument. The novel won.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four months. That’s a record for me, by the way. I have another finished novel that took upwards of two years to write, the rough draft for the sequel took me about a year. Of course, I then spent 7 years rewriting that very first draft.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I will openly admit that Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning awed me in their use of mythology, but their work is entirely different, both from each other and from mine. Considering I wrote Daughter of Destiny with the intention of blending genres, I challenge readers to decide what stories mine most closely resembles.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I owe inspiration to every book I’ve ever read, reached the end, and loathed with all my being acknowledging that I had to rejoin the real world. I carried that spark of inspiration and we can all blame my sister for that joking challenge which fanned the ember into a flame.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

  • They say write what you know, so bits of my home town, Memphis, show up in the book.
  • The main character shares my love of chocolate, coffee, and science.
  • It’s a futuristic earth after a viral pandemic and there’s magic, telepathy, an alien invasion, faeries, but sorry no werewolves. That’s my other series.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog in this hoppity adventure. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates and exciting developments.

Happy Writing and Reading!

Robert Krog


I heard via smoke signal that evil crud had invaded his abode and that a vicious battle wages on. I’m sure he’ll win, and when he does, he’ll hop you along to some other authors, but for now take a peek at his GoodReads page.

Adam Lowe

I send you forth over across the pond, where they say things like flat and torch and lift but not the same way we do. Poet and writer, he’s also editor-in-chief at Doghorn Publishing.

Alethea Kontis

Not everyone can claim they know a princess. I do. Okay, it’s primarily through Facebook, but it counts. Turns out, she already has blog hopped, but she said I could point y’all her way. I hear Hero, her next book, should be released very soon.

Also, thanks again, A. Christopher Drown, for inviting me to the hop.

The Next Big Thing Part 1

In addition to my excellent skills at being allergic, I am an author, as some of you might have astutely noticed whilst following my blog. A fellow author, A. Christopher Drown, tagged me in a little thing called a blog hop. If you are new to my corner of the interwebs, feel free to read up on who I am. Sometimes I blog about writing, but more often my kids or pets provide way more entertaining blog fodder.

What is a blog hop? Don’t worry, I asked the exact same question, as I could not fathom how jumping on my laptop could possibly be productive.

THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP is basically a way that readers can discover new authors. Bookstores are closing left and right, publishers don’t have the budgets to promote new authors as much, and so it’s up to us to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors simply by clicking that mouse button at your fingertip. In addition you’ll find information about my writing and updates on upcoming releases.

So what have I been up to? I have a short story, What Autumn Leaves, slated to be published later this spring. In addition, I’m in the process of prepping my novel, Daughter of Destiny, for release on Kindle Direct. The cover is currently being designed by a good friend, after which I shall brave the waters of independent publishing. Depending on the outcome, you can come back and read about my triumphs or horror stories.

Be sure to visit again on Friday when I’ll post Part 2 of the blog hop where I answer 10 questions about my novel, Daughter of Destiny, and point you in the direction of some other awesome authors you might wish to check out. In the meantime, I’d like to thank A. Christopher Drown for tagging me. Feel free to hop on over to his blog and check out his work.