Sunday, 24 June 2012

Free chapters and bonus stuff

You can now read free sample chapters from My Tragic Silence and Blindsighted Wanderer by clicking these links, or by visiting their pages! If you have a look, please let me know what you think - I'd love to hear your opinions!

You can also see some bonus stuff for both novels: the map of the Elitland Valley here and a poster for My Tragic Silence here.

Keep checking back for more!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Phoenix Feathers completed!

Today I finished the last re-working of Phoenix Feathers, and nearly hit the ceiling; I was so happy. It’s the first in my upcoming Trilogy of J’hura, and has come out at a very satisfying 85, 400 words long. I still have the two sequels to write – I want to try and get the majority of work on the second book of the series done by autumn – but even though I’m technically only 1/3 of the way through, it feels like a much bigger achievement.

I think that's mainly down to the J'hura novels being with me for almost eight years. I wrote the first drafts when I was 14, and fell into the world so much that my schoolwork went a bit downhill. But it was something I felt I needed to do, and even though I still grimace a bit when I think of those dips in my grades, I'm happy I spent so long trapped in the stories. Since those early days, the series has had a huge face lift of an edit, which is the main reason why I let it brew for a few years before writing it again. I wanted to make sure I got everything right, and as good as it could possibly be.

I can't wait to share Phoenix Feathers, but it will probably be a little way off yet. I still need to do the covers for the series and make sure all the ends will tie up nice and neatly. It definitely has a very different tone to my previous stuff. It's quite a dark story, with a fair load of bloody battles, although there's some dry humour and unlikely friendships in there, too.

I'll be setting up a page for the Trilogy soon, but in the meantime, I'm working hard on trying to get my driving test out of the way, while my brain's still in 'study mode'. Apart from that, it's full speed ahead with Phoenix Flight! Whoohoo!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Novel soundtracks

I always listen to music when I'm writing, and seven years ago when I was working on the first draft of Phoenix Feathers, I put together a rough soundtrack for the story - the first time I did. It began when one of my favourite songs, Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy, came on the radio, and struck a chord so deep that it directly inspired a whole scene in the book. I've put together soundtracks for all my novels ever since. I think the longest one was something like 30 songs, but now they tend to be around 15-20 tracks long. Still not the shortest, but I hate things beeing too short!

Anyway, you can now get the soundtracks for Blindsighted Wanderer and My Tragic Silence by either clicking on these links or visiting the novels' pages. They both have 17 songs, but at the moment there's no accompanying playlists for either. I tried to use music with not only corresponding lyrics, but sound as well, so Blindsighted Wanderer has a lot of medieval folk, whereas My Tragic Silence is more alternative.

I hope you enjoy listening to them! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Edits, edits, and yet more edits

Like a lot of writers, I find it really hard to sit down with one of my novels and figure out where to draw the line. I think that when it's just been you and these characters holed up inside your own head, it can make it difficult for you to distance yourself enough from your own work to edit it properly. I once read that "easy reading is damn hard writing", and I couldn't agree more.

Saying that, I wouldn't stop for the world. If I was forced to give up all except one pastime, I could begrudgingly let karate go, I could probably even put my graphite pencils down, but if I tried to stop myself from writing then I think I would literally go mad.

The other week, I finished the absolute, final, complete edit of Blindsighted Wanderer. I say 'absolute, final, complete' because there's been too many single edits that I was convinced were the last ones. It seems that no matter how many times I go back to a manuscript, there's always one typo hiding somewhere or a sentance that warbles on. Finishing an edit and then stepping back, saying "right, that's it, I'm not doing any more," is really tough. No matter how many edits you do, it is never enough, but sometimes you need to find that line, draw it, and let it go.

In the next few days, I'm beginning the 'absolute, final, complete' edit of My Tragic Silence. I'm quite looking forward to finishing that one, because it's been through such a huge number of drafts and reworkings. At one point, I took to thinking of it like a wrestling match with a snake that shed its skin every ten minutes. But overall, I'm happy with the way it's turned out.

I will say here, however, so there aren't any misconceptions: My Tragic Silence is a vampire novel, but it's not a romance. I'm not the biggest fan of romance anyway, so even though most of my books have some kind of romantic element to them, it won't ever be the main subject. On the other hand, I love fantasy, history, and horror/action, and all of these will feature prominently (and most probably in that order) in basically everything.

Later this summer, I'll be beginning a huge edit of Phoenix Feathers, and starting work on its sequel. On top of that, I'll be continuing with plans for Wintermourn, and pushing to get Blindsighted Wanderer and My Tragic Silence out into the big wide world! It feels so strange; I've been writing for a long time and managed quite a few novels, but the fact that I've started my blog and am letting people know about it all is making it a bit more real. I can't wait to see how everything turns out!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Up and running!

Hello, there!

Well, now my exams are all done and dusted, I thought it was high time to follow through with my idea of starting a blog for my writing. I'd uploaded the first three chapters of my two novels, Blindsighted Wanderer and My Tragic Silence, in my deviantart gallery, but since I started that account primarily for my artwork, I'd like to keep it that way. So anything relating to my stories will end up on here first, from now on.

Anyway... I suppose I should say something about my stories... I hate this part, talking about them; it took me a long time to just pluck up the courage to let people see them! I guess the best way to sum everything up is that they're generally young-adult orientated, and fantasies, and written by me. I'm in the process of getting my first two ready for publication - with at least another nine in the works.

For a bit more info about them and me, have a lookie on the links... I'll put up more soon.

Thanks for visiting!