Okay, day two of this whole awards thing, and I thought I’d take a different angle since yesterday’s award and today’s award have similar requirements and I don’t want to do ego stroking the whole time. First up, the award:
The ever-helpful, cheerful, and fun Lynn Hallbrooks of Call Sign: Wrecking Crew on the Run awarded me this one (thanks, Lynn!). The basic concept behind this one is to recognize people for the beauty that they bring to the blogging world. I like it! So again, this one has the rules:
• Write seven facts about yourself.
• Link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
• Link to seven bloggers who you think deserves the award.
• Let those bloggers know they have been nominated.
Sooo, since I already talked about myself yesterday…well, I’m going to talk about myself still, in a way, but this time it’s all about the writing and characters, some pieces of trivia that I’ve never really shared.
- Matty from the Among the Dead series is an amalgam of people I’ve known. Of course I won’t name names, but almost every personality trait that you see there is drawn from some real-world reference.
- Jazshael in The Corridors of the Dead is a nod to an unpublished work. I have the completed first draft of another angel novel titled “Jazshael” sitting in my virtual filing cabinet. It may still see the light of day at some point, but I’ll have to change the title and protagonist, obviously.
- The Corridors of the Dead is my eighth completed novel. In order, my completed novels: 1. One Nation Under God, about a world where the Confederacy won the Civil War (Age 12); 2. Untitled witch novel set during the Crusades (age 15); 3. Tidal, an epic fantasy novel (age 19); 4. Hauntworld, about a detective tracking a supernatural killer. (Age 20); 5. Mirror Untrue, about an artists commune in 1970s California (Age 23-25); 6. Jazshael (Age 24-27); 7. “Motel Story” (working title), about a man who is drawn back to his hometown by an ex-lover with an offer of redemption for what he did in the throes of addiction – this one will definitely get released at some point. (Age 30). We won’t even get into the copious amount of unfinished novels in my back list, a few of which are still on my list to complete and release one day.
- I add real-world in-jokes to my stories. Sure, these are nods, and only people who I know will get these, but they’re fun. Look for such phrases as “condescending pat”, “No, Momma”, and “that color doesn’t occur in nature”.
- The Among the Dead series started forming in my head in the mid-90s. At the time, I was studying magick in a master-apprentice setting, and I began to wonder what a story relating some of my abstract lessons to the physical world might look like.
- The villain of The Corridors of the Dead was an afterthought. In the initial draft, she died within the first 20 pages, only serving as a catalyst to send Matty on her mission. When I began my rewrite, she refused to die and took on an ever-expanding role.
- I’ve written stories or novels in lots of different genres. I’ve kind of settled on a “genre”, for lack of a better word, but I’ve written horror, the coming-of-age literary story, a love story, pure epic fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. None really lit my fire the way that my current chosen genre does, however.
All right then! That wasn’t so bad, was it? How about some beautiful bloggers, then?
- Stacy Eaton. Stacy is the author of Whether I Live or Die and the Blood Runs Blue series. Stacy is a beautiful blogger because she was one of the first people to welcome me to the indie writing “community” and is kind in every interaction that I’ve ever seen. Check her out!
- M Pax. Mary is the author of numerous sci-fi novels, ones that are lurking on my lengthy TBR list. I’ll get to them soon, I promise! Mary is a beautiful blogger because she not only recognizes other writers, but supports them in their goals. She was another author who welcomed me to the community early on.
- JC Martin. JC writes Crime Fiction, and damn good Crime Fiction at that. She’s a beautiful blogger to me because, like Stacy and Mary, she is always supportive to other writers. You might detect a theme developing here, and you’d be right – to me one of the most important things we can do is help out fellow authors. This is already a harsh industry, no need to hurt each other further.
- Rachel Morgan. Rachel writes YA fiction, and she’s going to break the pattern. Not to say that she doesn’t support other writers (she most definitely does), but I admire her positive attitude. Again, not that others on this list don’t, but there’s something about her positivity that makes me feel positive, as well.
- Joy Campbell. Joy writes stories with a Jamaican theme – pretty awesome, I think, and she’s a great person all-around. I’ve had nothing but great interactions with her, and have been following her for quite some time.
- Nick Daws. Nick’s blog is full of great tips and resources for writers. He’s on this list for some of the above reasons: supporting other writers in their goals, being informative and educational while also being interesting, and just being a good all-around guy.
- Kriss Morton. I follow Kriss on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and she’s been nothing but great to me, though it’s not just me; she seems to be kind to everyone she comes across. I’m also fascinated by her takes on Alaskan living. Definitely worth giving a read!
And that’s that. Whew. These are a lot more tiring than I thought they would be. I’m ready for a break!