Me? Beautiful? Why I Never

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  • Jazshael in The Corridors of the Dead is a nod to an unpublished work.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!

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  1. Jonathan,
    Thanks for the award. I can relate to characters who refuse to go offstage when you want them to. Prolific writers like yourself usually work in more than one genre. That kind of goes with the territory. Thanks again! Much appreciated.

  2. Thank you, Jonathan! I like that you add in jokes. Congrats on 8 novels! That’s quite an accomplishment. I hope to rival that soon …

  3. You are most welcome Jonathan! I think you did a terrific job with this post and now we know why you also got the Kreative Blogger award. 🙂

    I will definitely have to check out this other bloggers.

  4. This is a fun interpretation of the rules!

  5. WOW thank you SO MUCH Johnathon, and I LOVE your interpretation of the rules! You’ve inspired me to get off my butt and get some stuff done on my story as well as start building some great character profiles too!

    • Jonathan D Allen

      You’re quite welcome! I’m glad to be able to honor you. Can’t wait to see what you end up writing. 🙂

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  7. Thank you for the nomination and for the sweet words, Jonathan. 🙂 Have added the awards to my list here:

  8. Many of my characters are also amalgams of people I’ve met, and most of them also have a little bit of me in them. Honestly, though, my favorite characters are the ones who are complete inventions, with very little influence by myself. Even better when they feel fleshed out and not just flat or stereotypical characters. I had one of these characters in The Imaginings, an old farmer who ends up dying as a result of trying to help David. Unfortunately, not only did he not survive his run in with David, he also didn’t survive to the final draft.

    And on the flip side, I like that one of your characters in COTD (I know which one) ended up surviving instead of letting you kill her.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

    • Jonathan D Allen

      Very interesting. And oddly enough, the one who refused to die was also a completely new character in my mind. Of course, lots of the others were, too, I just needed to draw on a few experiences with a first-person narrator.

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