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The Tour Rolls on: 5 Star Review & Keeping a Series New

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stoopy bookA lot of people who read my blog are writers. This is a two-edged sword, of course.  I love the camaraderie and the sharing of ideas, but at the same time if a cruise-ship full of readers wanted to virtually dock here and start buying books – that would rock.   Anyway, today’s post was – a little bit – for the authors in the crowd.  It’s featured over at The Realm of Fantasy and Fiction.  The subject of this post is keeping a series new and fresh – not falling into the routine, formulaic morass that can suck you down and take something magical away from your characters…  There is also a very positive, five star review of Nevermore on their site…which is greatly appreciated.

Here’s a snippet from today’s guest post:

“Early in my career I wrote a lot of licensed fiction. I wrote a Star Trek Novel –Star Trek Voyager #12: Chrysalis, and I wrote a number of novels for a company called White Wolf in their “World of Darkness,” which grew from their game Vampire, the Masquerade. I wrote a trilogy about a vampire named Montrovant and his quest to find the Holy Grail, which he believed would allow him to walk in sunlight. I wrote a “Wraith” novel, and another for their game “Exalted” – I even wrote the Dark Ages clan novel – Lasombra, and ¼ of the clan novel Malkavian. For me it was a way of getting novels out there with my name on them, and to hone my writing abilities for my own projects.

A lot happened in the middle of my life, and I’m not going into that here, but I had a very slow period that nearly derailed me completely. When the dust cleared, I found that no one remembered who I was –at least, readers didn’t. People still read and loved my trilogy, and commented on the Star Trek book (lover or hate on that one, it seems) – but no one seemed really interested in what was coming next. I bumped through several agents, wrote a few things, even did a bunch of ghost-writing that was interesting and paid the bills…”  ==>READ THE REST at The Realm of Fantasy & Fiction.

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read the interview at One More Chapter

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour for August 2nd – An Interview at One More Chapter

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parallelToday started with a good, and a bad thing. My son graduated boot camp for the US Navy, and I was able to watch the entire ceremony streaming live…that was very good.  I updated WordPress, and one of my plugins killed this site (bad) But it could be worse.  I might NOT be a web guru, and it might still be down.

Anyway- the tour!  I have tried very hard across the interviews involved in this tour to talk about different things.  It helps that none of the interviewers was too generic, and that all of them asked something different.  In today’s interview I talk a lot about The DeChance Chronicles, and what’s in progress and coming up next for me, as well as Nevermore – which you should go and buy.  Seriously.

Here’s a snippet from the interview:

What inspired you to write this book/series?

Since I already talked about the book, I’ll talk now about The DeChance Chronicles. Early in my career I wrote a number of novels for a gaming company called White Wolf.  I wrote about vampires in the Dark Ages, Wraiths, and a number of other magical creatures, but I always felt too constrained.  Though my books were very popular I knew that the rules the edits I had to make to get them published, all of it hampered what was important.  The story.

I wanted to write something like that – a world where there were two realities – the mundane, mortal world we all take for granted, and another one just beneath the surface.  Magic, demons, voodoo, everything you can dream about and more exists in the world of Donovan DeChance.  His origin story is told in book III of the series,My Soul to Keep & Others – as well as some novellas that provide background useful in reading the series (and also background for Nevermore)…” ==> READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT ONE MORE CHAPTER…

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read my post about writers – and reading – at Janna Shay’s blog!

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

The Blog Tour Enters August – Writers Need to Read

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yikezToday’s blog tour post is an interesting one.  One of the things that fascinates me about other writers is – what they read.  What irritates me the most is hearing an author say that they don’t.  If you don’t know what has been written, your very cool idea has likely been done, sometimes with the same title.  If you don’t know who and what is popular, you can’t learn from it, and if you don’t read the classic stuff – the works that have stood the test of time – how can you aspire to join them?  Just me, of course, but I’m not alone. Famous writers from Mark Twain to Stephen King have tried to pound it into people’s heads that reading is important.

In today’s post, over at author Janna Shay’s blog, I talk about this from a slightly different angle, and explain how it helped solidify the novel Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe.  Edgar, of course, is a writer.  He traveled light, but he carried two books.  A novella titled Carmen, and a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Here’s a teaser, and a link to the post.  Remember, the novel is currently discounted, for the length of the tour, to $2.99 in digital.  This price won’t last.

“One thing that is true about writers, and has probably always been true, is that they begin as readers.  Some fall off over time and get caught up in their own work, but most – I think – carry a love of reading with them from a very young age to their graves…  That is one of the things I worked in to my newest novel, Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe.  I wanted my characterization of Poe to be fresh – to carry some weight and to have that ring of truth that helps bring stories to life.

In Nevermore, when Poe arrives at The Lake Drummond Hotel, he has only a couple of bags, and his companion – an old crow named Grimm.  He is traveling light, making his way back to his home – and to his dying bride Virginia.  He is not a happy man, and he does not live a happy life – and yet – there is a spark in him, and in Grimm, that will not be extinguished…”  ==> Read the entire post at Janna Shay’s blog!

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read My post – Everybody Loves a Mystery – here in this blog!

Read my post “Let There be Magic” at the main Buy the Book Tour Site!

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Let There be Magic! – The Blog Tour Continues

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tikibooksIn today’s blog tour post, I talk about Magic, the various kinds wielded by characters I’ve written, what I think about things like Ritual Magic, The Tarot, I Ching, and other similar subjects, and how I use all of that in my writing.  There’s a little bit of memoir, and a little bit more about Nevermore – because I want you all to read it.  Here’s a little snippet to lure you over to the main post:

“One of the repeating themes in my novels, stories, and ongoing series works is the existence, and use, of magic.  I believe strongly that there are a lot of things in the world that cannot yet be explained.  Today’s magic is probably tomorrow’s science – at least that’s how it’s played out in the past – so I like to handle things occult and mystical with care and as much insight as possible.

As a younger man, I intended to become a minister.  I spent my last couple of years in High School, and my first couple in the United States Navy, certain that I would be spreading the word of the Lord throughout at least the Tri-State Area.  I like to say – I got better.  Over time, I believe that most free-thinking men and women who spend any extended period involved in organized religion come to realize that, while love thy neighbor is a great standard to live by, it’s not any more likely that the big Kahuna of the Israelis is up there watching us with fire and punishment in his eye than it is that Zeus, or Odin are doing the same.  We should not, in other words, need to live our lives in accordance with words written by largely unknown authors and in reference to a world that has passed mostly into the dust of time, to guide our actions or beliefs.

Anyway – when I shifted gears from my roots in organized religion, I turned to more esoteric sources.  I studied the Kabbalah.  I studied the use of Tarot cards, and the I Ching…” ==> Read the Full post – LET THERE BE MAGIC – at the Buy the Book Tours Blog

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read my post about “The Dark South” at The Open Book Society Blog…;

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour Day #5 Guest Post on the Dark South

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hatezhuminzSo, on this fifth day of the great blog tour that I hope at least some of you are  following along and reading what I’ve put together.  Hope I’m reaching some new people / readers also… I have a lot of confidence in Nevermore – a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe – but my confidence won’t make you read it.  I’m hoping 27,000 words or so of promotion will do that … I figure it can’t hurt…

Today’s post is about how moving to the south has changed my writing, and affected the worlds my characters inhabit.  When I lived in Hampton Roads, Virginia, it was very urban.  The cities are big, there is a lot of action, business, and integration with the rest of the country (largely due to the huge military population).  Bringing the family south (and not even that far south) to North Carolina dropped us into a completely different world.  Without our move to Hertford, I’d never have created Old Mill, North Carolina, or conceived The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs, not to mention Nettie the swamp witch.  Another thing I would not have done is written the novel I’m asking you to try.. (only $2.99 in eBook for the duration of this blog tour) – Nevermore.   Here’s a short sample of today’s post and a link to the rest – as well as links to the tour so far.

“Over my years as an author (more than 25 of them since I got serious) I’ve placed my stories in a wide variety of settings.  Since I spent the early years of my career in the US Navy, a lot of them in San Diego, CA, the first large, fictional city I created was San Valencez, California.  Then I spread out from there, creating Lavender, California and Friendly, California, up in the mountains.

As I matured, I spread the wealth back to my origins, small town Illinois, and created the town of Random, where my novella Roll Them Bones took place.  There are more stories in store for all of these places, but over the last few years, my muse has brought me south and east, to the fictional town of Old Mill, North Carolina, where I’ve now told a number of stories, and expect to tell a lot more.

The south is the perfect setting for dark fantasy.  History is longer and deeper here, and old ways linger…” ==>Read the rest of this essay at The Open Book Society Blog…

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Read about Genres & Why I hate them : ==> AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

The Blog Tour Day Four – Guest Post – Genres & Why I Hate Them

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cockerToday, I am being hosted on Blog Tour Day Four – at The Author’s Cafe.  I particularly enjoyed writing this guest post because it’s something I probably would have written here anyway.  Today’s post is about not allowing agents, editors, publishers, or – really – anyone tell you what you should write, or what you can’t.  It’s one of the biggest shames of the publishing industry, in my mind, that authors have become convinced they have to emulate the “big thing” to get ahead, that they have to write just one thing so as not to confuse fans, and that they have to do what their agent tells them.  Newsflash.  The agent works for the writer, and if that’s not true, it’s not really agenting – if your agent isn’t enthusiastic about what YOU DO and how you do it, you have the wrong agent.  Anyway, here’s a short excerpt from today’s guest post:

Genres and Why I Hate Them
By David Niall Wilson

All through my career I’ve been plagued by a couple of misconceptions and a string of bad advisors. The misconceptions are:

A: You should write what’s hot.

B: You should choose a genre and stick with it so fans don’t get confused.

I won’t get into the long string of bad advisors, except to say that at least two of my agents turned out to be crooks (one went to jail for it), one told me things were being submitted and I later found out – not so much. Still another advised me to pick a bestselling book and try to do something “like that” – which led to a string of outlines, with three chapters each, that said agent could not “get behind.” I had her get behind me, and it worked out better. I sold all of those books….”  ==> READ THE REST OF THE POST AT THE AUTHOR’S CAFE.

THE TOUR SO FAR:

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

READ THE Guest Post about History in fiction at  MELISSA’S BLOG!

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour Three – First Review and "Where Did Nevermore Come From?"

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ratgoggehToday is the third day of my Nevermore blog tour.  Not every day, but most of the days of this tour, there will be a stop at a different blog – some are reviewers, some are authors, others just like books.  At each stop you can enter to win free copies of the book.  At each stop you have the opportunity to read Chapter One of the novel.  Then, the unique part – each stop has either an interview with me (all different) an interview of one of my characters, or a guest post.  Today, the stop is at Nancy Jardine’s Blog – the “Welcome Wednesday” post of the week.  Since it’s a guest post, and I was given no direction, I started off with the beginning…  Authors don’t really like the question “Where do you get your ideas?” very much.  I have a lot of answers for it, but it’s mostly irritating, because it’s not a question that you can simply answer.  What I did in this guest post is to reverse engineer the question – where did I get the idea?

As is so often the case, it’s a dual answer – history, and one of my other stories combined.  I’m not going to spoil the post by going on about it too much here..  If you would like to know more about how the novel was conceived, how I came up with the character Lenore, and to read a very nice review of my book, head on over to NANCY JARDINE’S BLOG and check it out!

From the review (I love this):   “The language flows beautifully, harking back to olden times. It is a dark tale which left me a bit staggered at the end- but I don’t do spoilers- read this really good tale for yourself!”

ALSO today, I was interviewed for Blog Talk Radio for the tour:

Listen to internet radio with BuyTheBookTours on BlogTalkRadio

THE TOUR SO FAR!

Interview with me at the Blog of author Hywela Lin

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Blog Tour Day #2 – Interview in Which I Speak of the Amontillado & More

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So, it’s day two of the big blog tour has arrived, and I have been interviewed by Hywela-Lin for her blog.  This was a fun interview, not necessarily the same old questions, and I went out of my way not to provide the same old answers, as well.  One of the tricks of this blog tour thing is – in my opinion – mixing it up.  If you have nothing new to say, and twelve blogs interview you, asking the same old questions and getting the same old answers in slightly different hats, well, I think you can see how boring that would be.  I am not famous.  Instead, I strive for interesting.  I believe (probably foolishly, but there you go) that if I make a real effort, I can show people who I am, and why I write what I write, and why it would be worth their time to check it out.  One thing you learn in life is that even those who are already mildly interested in you have their reasons.  Sadly, for me, only a small portion of those interested enough in me to know who I am are also interested enough to read my books.

I wish I had a small truckload of copies of Nevermore … I would ride to the next two fan conventions I could reach and just hand out copies.  I wonder how many I’d have to hand out before a sufficient number actually read them, and then talked about them, and it became a “thing?”   We’ll never know, sadly – books are expensive.  I DID lower the eBook price on Nevermore – a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe to only $2.99 for the duration of this blog tour.  $2.99 is still in the impulse buy range, right?  I want to give you that impulse, so, without further ado…

Here is a very short bit from the interview with me over at Hywela Lin’s blog… and a link to the rest.  Below that are links to yesterdays posts, where I conducted interviews with my own characters, Donovan DeChance, and Edgar Allan Poe…

HL: Tell us a little more about yourself , with three things not many people know about you.
DNW:  I’ve been writing seriously since the mid 1980s.  I published my own magazine in the late 1980s, early 1990s calledThe Tome.  I served for twenty years in the United States Navy, where a good number of my stories and novels were written.  I have 31 books out now, including novels, licensed novels, short story collections and one book titled “American Pies” that is about – well – baking pies.  It’s also something of a memoir.  Three things:

1)      I occasionally tear up during emotional movie and television scenes, and even when reading books, if the story is that good.

2)      I’m a member of a motorcycle “club” – Tiburon MC – formed in Rota Spain and could write horror stories about the initiation.

3)      I have visited a Bodega in southern Spain and tasted Amontillado – I don’t care what Poe says, it is one of the nastiest varietals of sherry available.

 

READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT HYWELA LYn’s Blog – along with an excerpt from Nevermore.  Enter to win copies of the book – or just buy it already!

Interview with Donovan DeChance at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Interview with Edgar Allan Poe at MJ Schiller’s Blog (join the discussion)

Get the details of the book tour – and the giveaways – at Buy the Book Tours…

BUY NEVERMORE!  AT AMAZON.COM  or BARNES & NOBLE or CROSSROAD PRESS

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOBOOK FROM AUDIBLE.COM – NARRATED BY GIGI SHANE!

Day One of the Big Blog Tour – Two Character Interviews

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First, let me start by posting a link to the main site for the blog tour.  At this site you’ll find a schedule of all the blog stops, all the ways you can enter to win copies of the Hardcover, trade paperback, audio and eBook editions of Nevermore – A Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe. The book is discounted for the length of the tour from $4.99 to $2.99 – nearly half off!  You can find tour info here: The Buy The Bool Blog Tour for Nevermore!

The First two stops on the blog tour required me to do something I have never attempted before.  They are “character interviews,” where I sit down in a virtual room and chat with the characters from my own worlds and novels …quite the change from other types of guest posts I’ve written in the past.  Sort of half fiction, half real – and as it turns out, not a bad exercise in getting into the head of your own character.  As it turns out, I actually had questions, and probably have a lot more – I limited myself this time out to things that relate one way or another to Nevermore

At LAURIE’S THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS – there is an interview posted today with the protagonist of my series, The DeChance Chronicles… It’s an interesting way, I think, of showing how the series ties in with Nevermore, and hopefully convincing readers of Nevermore that they might want the entire story…and vice versa.  Assuming Donovan has fans, I want them to know it is important for them to read Nevermore.

DNW:  Today, I am interviewing Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, sometimes private investigator – and some say – hero.    The book Nevermore, a Novel of Love, Loss & Edgar Allan Poe would never have happened if not for Donovan’s chance visit with Poe so long ago, so I thought it would be appropriate to see what he has to say on the subject.  I’ve spent a lot of hours chronicling your adventures, Donovan, but I must say – despite all of that, I still have a lot of questions.

 DONOVAN:  It would be my pleasure to answer, as best I can.  You might find it interesting to note that, despite what most consider a very long and colorful life, this marks the first time I’ve been interviewed.  As you know, there’s a certain air of secrecy to my work.
DNW:  That would be something of an understatement.  Anyway, as I said, I have a lot of questions, but for the sake of this interview, let’s concentrate on your meeting with Edgar Allan Poe, and your adventures in The Great Dismal Swamp.  Your home is in California, but you seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time in my neck of the woods.
DONOVAN:  It’s true, the Carolinas have drawn me back time and again, but I believe you’ll find, as we continue to document some of my more important – adventures – that it only seems as if I’ve spent a lot of time in the Dismal Swamp.  Time is relative, after all, and I’ve enjoyed more of it than most.
Sometimes I think that I should put a tighter rein on my tongue.  It was only the passing comment about having met Poe in your book Kali’s Tale that led to any knowledge of the events in this new book – Nevermore.  Not all old tales should be told. Privacy has come to mean more to me as the years pass, and now that the tale of Edgar and Lenore has been made public, I fear too many rabbits are springing from too many baskets… ==> READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – leave comments – interact – BUY THE BOOK.
Also live today, at the virtual home and blog of author M. J. Schiller, there is a second interview.  This was even more challenging, because it’s an interview with the protagonist of Nevermore, where I not only have to portray Edgar with some historical accuracy, but as the Edgar from my novel (and possibly upcoming novels) as well.  Another interesting talk…
It is my distinct privilege today to interview one of my personal idols, a man formative to my writing.  I have been asked to present certain questions, and I have – to the best of my ability – done so.  Without further ado, I present poet, author, and adventurer Edgar Allan Poe. Mr. Poe could you tell me a little bit about what it is that you do?  What do you think your particular strengths, or weaknesses might be?
The short answer is that I am a storyteller.  I have been called an author, and a poet, a tragic romantic, and a wordy melodramatic hack, but in the end, it all comes down to the stories, doesn’t it?  They come to me – often in dreams – and once they have lodged firmly in my mind, there is nothing I can do to rid myself of them but to put quill to paper and give them a proper voice.
As for strengths and weaknesses, I have a tendency toward melancholy.  I love far too deeply and though I have traveled and searched, trying my hand at a number of solutions, I have never been able to shake off the cloud of depression that seems to find me its proper home. This translates to my writing in the form of very detailed descriptions in which I try to capture every sensation in every scene.  I’m told this can be tedious, but for me it is a therapeutic process.  The more I managed to get onto the page, the less remains with me.
Those that I love? They die.  If I have strength, it is in daring to go on, writing, and living.  I believe if it were not for my constant companion, Grimm, who readers will meet in your novel, I’d want to be gone from this plane of existence altogether.  Pardon me for such gravity, but I have not lived an easy life… ==>READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH EDGAR at the Blog of Author M. J. Schiller!
You can get Nevermore now at the Crossroad Press Store  / Amazon.com / or Barnes & Noble

 

This is NOT a Review of Ocean at the End of the Lane

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51aJWsQK3fL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_[1]I spend far too much time on trivialities in this blog, ignoring what it should truly be about. Words. Stories, creation and art – the ups and downs of the particular life behind my own stories. Some things matter more than others, and today, I have decided, is a very good day.

First, unrelated to any of the other topics involved, I went running for the first time in almost a year. I made it a mile and a half in the brand new Vivobarefoot Running shoes (more on those in another post). I came home, got the leash, and took Gizmo for a long cool walk, came home once again, fed the birds and closed their door so the rest of the family could continue sleeping…

Then, as I shook loose the final cobwebs, I opened up my Kindle Fire, turned on the Wi-Fi and began the download of the audiobook for Neil Gaiman’s newest – The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I knew nothing about this story. Well, that isn’t exactly true. I knew one thing. There are things you look forward to. There are movies coming out – concerts to see – television premiere’s – vacations. All of these things you hold inside and when things get rough, you turn to them and wonder about them a little, and forget the world.

For many years now, one of the things that has done this for me is the work of Neil Gaiman. It’s infectious, of course, and has spread somewhat to the rest of the family. I pre-ordered the book because I think Trish might want to read it, and that Katie most certainly will. (She loved Coraline and has The Graveyard Book and Fortunately, the Milk waiting on her Kindle). While I will sit and agonize over buying new books and paying bigger prices, I have cast this aside as unimportant in a very few cases, and this case – this new story waiting – has been a top-of-that-list case for some time now. I pre-ordered the audiobook the minute it came out, and purposefully timed the last book I listened to to end yesterday, so I’d be ready.

51HK7N5VRGL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_[1]So, I ran a mile and a half. I opened up my computer browser and went to check on my own story (written with the very talented author Steven Savile who – as it turns out – is also my very good friend) – Hallowed Ground, which has been enjoying a two day free promotion and has given away a (to me) staggering 18,200 copies or so. Currently, our little tale is #6 of all the free books available for the Kindle. If the gurus are right, well, this will continue on into sales when the promotion ends. If not – just maybe – some of those 18,000 people are settling into their day – perhaps with the Whispersync for Voice audio that is only $1.99 with the free book – but more likely with a Kindle – and dropping through time to the city of Rookwood, where magic, and crow-men, and even Lilith herself awaits them. That is what I hope, because here’s the thing.

I do not want to write like Neil Gaiman, though I count him among the three or four working authors I most admire. I do not want to write like Neil – but I want to “be” like Neil. I want to be seen for what my heart tells me I am – a teller of stories. Some of them are good, and others, probably not so much, but they are mine. I want to write like me, and be like Neil Gaiman, and -right this very moment – I want to be back on the bench, by the pond, where I left the protagonist of his new book staring at a pond and remembering. I want to listen for Monster, padding through the grass. I wonder what happened to Lettie. I will say nothing more about this book until I reach the other side…

But so far, this is a wonderful day. Thanks Neil.

-DNW

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