Saturday, May 26, 2012

Coming soon...

  Very few of my readers will remember this. Well, that's because my readers are very few. And you have to be of a certain age, so that really narrows it down. But anyway, when I used to go to the movies as a kid, before the previews started, they’d flash up on the screen, COMING SOON… (Nowadays you just get a ratings screen assuring you the following is appropriate for the audience – whether it’s appropriate or not. But that’s beside the point.)

   Last week I put up my first ever blog post. And, surprisingly, I got a few dozen visits the first day. I even got a comment from a friend who suggested I add the option to follow by email. I’m embarrassed to say it has taken me the entire week to figure out how to do that, but if you scroll to the bottom of the page, there it is. Lucky y’all.

   So I spent so much time trying to figure out the follow-by-email option that I didn’t come up with anything clever to blog about. Therefore, I thought I’d try to wow you with vacant promises of things to come. So, COMING SOON…

  First of all, more blog posts. Okay, maybe that’s not such a big wow. But I promise as I master the technology, I’ll post more often and make an effort to throw some stuff up here that’ll make it worth your while to drop by.

  Second, I might drop a hint here and there about what to expect from future Red Wolf novels. In fact, I’m going to do that right now. I’m writing the final chapter of The Dragon of Doughton Park at the moment, and the first draft will go out to beta readers in the next few weeks. For those of you who already read The Draculata Nest, here are a few tidbits. (If you haven’t read TDN, they might be spoilers. Don’t read any further. I mean it.)

1.      Everyone’s favorite character, Nicole, is back; and as we learn more of the prophecy, it seems she just may be a part of it.

2.      Danielle, the girl a few readers wanted to punch in the mouth, is back, too. And she’s no longer human.

3.      The ending is full of surprises, including one I bet nobody could ever guess. In fact, I’ll give a free ebook to anyone who can. Post a comment or shoot me an email if you want to try. If you get lucky, I’ll contact you anonymously and we’ll work out the deal.

 Until next time…

Sunday, May 20, 2012

One Disadvantage of Not Writing Paranormal YA

   I’m considering doing something I have no business doing – writing a Young Adult Paranormal Novel.  But, I’ve always heard you’re supposed to write what you know, and I just don’t know about young adults. I won’t reveal how many decades ago I was one, but suffice it to say I could use the excuse that I’ve forgotten over the years. Truth is, at that age I was engaged in activities that promote memory loss, so if it was only yesterday I still wouldn’t recall. So if I tried to submerge myself in that world to write about it, I’d most likely fail.

   I shouldn’t even read the stuff, but I do. I was seduced into the genre last year by Richelle Mead, one of my favorite adult paranormal authors. I’d read all of her Succubus series and was waiting for the next Dark Swan book to come out. I needed some more Richelle, so I broke down and tried her Vampire Academy novels. A few chapters with Rose Hathaway and I was hooked. Now my kindle is full of YA books, read or waiting to be.

My friends think I’m a dirty old man. Okay, this is not the place to argue that point. The thing is, if you take a teenage girl, already crazy by definition, and imbue her with supernatural powers… heh-heh, you’re in for a wild ride.

   As a writer, it must be nice to have a character like that. Need her to go off half-cocked and do something to create some drama? Just have someone tell her not to. Need to create some romance? Just have another character forbid her to see the guy. Teenage girls are predictably unpredictable, which makes for exciting reading.

  My characters, on the other hand, are too damn mature. They’re likely to accept the advice of someone in authority and if a love is forbidden, they’ll consider why and accept it. They’re too logical and they have too much control over their hormones.

  Case in point, I’m on the third re-write of a scene where I’ve put two women interested in the same man together in an antagonistic situation. Cat fight guaranteed, right? Wrong. They keep talking it out and coming up with a workable compromise! I can’t have that. What am I going to do, have the gods intervene? Actually, that might work, but if they were both seventeen…