Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Silent Doll

Well good news. Silent Doll is going to be published by Eternal Press. I haven't the release date yet but I am working on my AIF and got my contract to sign and send off. This is the exciting time when I work out how I'm going to promote and the art work gets created. Then I get hit with the edits which is my least favourite bit but I slog through them knowing once out the other side there will be a book that I can hold in my hands.

I've been working on the blurb- that bit we write on the back of the book to entice readers into buying the book. Here's what I've come up with for Silent Doll...

Life is tough when your learning to control a new array of supernatural powers and your vampiric ex lover is on a no holds barred campaign to lure you back into his arms.

Swearing off men to engage in a journey of self discovery and mending fences is hard when a nasty murder falls at your feet. Cassandra must unravel dark magic and mystery in order to stop another girl losing her heart to this fiend...literally.

But the men in her life won't let her be as well as a living doll named Trinket who desperately needs her help but is unable to tell her why. Is Cassandra strong enough? Or will she too lose her heart, to a man or a murderer?

Please comment and let me know what you think.

Monday, 9 April 2012

The Fifth

Today I submitted the fifth book of the Cassandra Farbanks series - Silent Doll - to Eternal Press and now all I have to do is wait. Waiting is the worst part of writing a book, the waiting to see if its good enough, if its wanted. My favorite bit after writing the book itself is getting the cover art. I love to see the covers for my books and one day, when money and time allows I would like to print them, maybe A4 sized and frame them on my walls because I love them so much. I really loved the last cover, the one for Inhuman Heritage, it was so dramatic. Dawne Dominique - the cover artist I've worked with for the last few years is brilliant, she never minds my scatter brained ideas but always seems to know instinctively what it is I want from my ramblings. Her work has never disappointed me! She also made my bookmarks for my last three releases which were ace.

I've already worked out a little blurb for Silent Doll but that will have to wait I think for another post because I don't want to go doing anything silly like jumping the gun or getting over confident. I also have a werewolf book, along the same sort of lines as Triton Rising that I'm working on at the moment, so that should keep me busy during my long wait.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

No sparkling vampires here

One thing as an author that bugs me is talking to non authors and non avid readers about what I write about. For instance, I mention I'm writing a book that has vampires in it and what reply do I get "So your writing the next twilight." I would like to point out that no I am not writing the next Twilight. Don't get me wrong, I've read the books and have enjoyed them for what they were but I am not and never will be a rabid fan. Despite the fact that its gratuitous author fulfillment and I think the whole team Jacob, team Edward shit is nuts. Although if Taylor Lautner was to walk into the room right now...but I digress.

I prefer my vampire a) not to sparkle like some attacked them with a glittered fueled bedazzler and b) to act like frickin vampires. Vampires do not walk around during the day and if they do they have a mystically forged talisman they had to hunt years to find, not just walked into Walmart and bought like tacky costume jewellery. Vampires drink blood; I'm all for the old tortured routine but in the end aren't vampires just more sexy when they do in fact bite. I think if Edward were to meet a real vampire, Eric or Bill from the Southern Vampire Mysteries, or any of the Anita Blake vamps, heck even Lestat at a push (Tom Cruise version, accept no substitutions) they would kick his pasty emo ass into the next century.

I was thinking about this because a thought occurred to me: why don't I just write the next Twilight? I can create a host of characters that are only skin deep, I can create a Hero that has no real tangible flaws and a heroine who is so bat shit crazy about him that it destroys any chance of realism I could have tentatively created. Why was I thinking this? Because the post the greeted me today when I got in from the day job was a letter from Conville and Walsh, an literary agency, rejecting my first book Soul Market as not worthy of their list. Rejections are always sad for me but I have to try to remember that I am writing something I believe in, some people like it, some people don't and I should not attempt to flood the market with more of the stuff that's already out there.

It took JK till she was forty after all...

Monday, 2 April 2012

A conversation with a Demon

I'm currently working on Cassandra Farbanks Book number six- Deadly Sin. Chapter Eight which I have been working on involves a conversation with a demon. Oh no, how could our heroine converse with an evil one - simply answer isn't that the world isn't morally black and white. No way. There are all sorts of grey areas in which you can get bogged down in and I embrace this reality of life. Cassandra isn't completely good, helps old ladies across the street, lives by the girl scout code but neither is she rebel without a cause, destined for evil. I like to think as her as a person in the middle, just trying to be. She wants to help others but sometimes she had to skate a moral line to do so - which is why we find her in conversation with a demon during this chapter.

I'm never sure how to write characters that are supposed to be inherently bad. Mainly because I can't believe that any race is inherently bad - I am sure there is variety to even demons. For instance we wouldn't these days cast a man down to hell because he was proud. We'd call him a dick and move on with our lives.

So how about a witty urbane demon who isn't mad on killing? I know it sounds odd considering their preoccupation with collecting human souls but there could be a reason for that couldn't there? Ah but that is something for another book.