Free downloads available all this week!

To celebrate the upcoming release of my sci-fi mystery VATIC on Sun Dec 6th, I’m hosting a free giveaway of a selection of Kindle novels and shorts between Monday 16th and Saturday 22nd of November . That’s right, all the below novels and stories are free for download.

Here are the links, enjoy!


Blue Into The Rip (Into The Rip #1) by Kev Heritage http://kevheritage.comBLUE INTO THE RIP (Into The Rip #1)
A Young Adult, Science Fiction, Climate Change, Time-Travel Adventure.

Getting back home was the only thing that mattered to messed up, mixed race teenager, Blue (named after his stupid, googly blue eyes) – and that was the problem – home was over four hundred years in the past.  

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FREE TO DOWNLOAD: 16th-21st NOVEMBER ONLY!
Amazon Kindle US | UK



Mixed-3D-CoverTHE COWL (IronScythe Sagas Omnibus #1)

‘And from the dark unknown came a hooded avenger, a sable-weaved nemesis branded with living iron whose will it was to destroy all works of delving. His name? He had many over his lifetime, but history only remembers him as… the Cowl.’ 

Welcome to the IronScythe Sagas and the world of Arn, where two suns fill the sky and metals are forbidden, dangerous things. And introducing the hooded nemesis of delving himself—the enigmatic Cowl, the wielder of the land’s own avenger, IronScythe.

Fast-Paced Adventure Fantasy

THE COWL OMNIBUS #1 is an exciting new trilogy of linked adventure fantasy novellas featuring:

FLESH GOLEM
THE WEIRDING WAY
GOD GOLD.

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FREE TO DOWNLOAD: 16th-21st NOVEMBER ONLY!
Amazon Kindle US | UK


The-Indie-EditorTHE COMPLETE INDIE EDITOR – 55 Essential Copy-edits for the Professional Independent Author.

Welcome to the world of copy-editing – the revision, correction and adaptation of a piece of writing for publication. An edit is the singular name given to an individual edit or group of edits in the process of copy-editing. By working through this guide, you will apply each of the fifty-five edits to your novel.

These Copy-edits include:

*Redundant adjectives & overuse of adverbs
*Over thirty overused words & phrases such as that, it, up/down, was/were, had, even, got, etc.
*Overuse of exclamations and the ellipsis
*Proper use of italics, quotations & capitalisation
*Word pairs & homophones
*How to handle numbers & time
…And descriptions of flow, show not tell, writing tenses, dialogue handling and more.

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FREE TO DOWNLOAD:  16th-21st NOVEMBER ONLY!
Amazon Kindle US UK


Balacing the Books - by keve heritage. A Time-Travel Short http://kevheritage.comBALANCING THE BOOKS

A Sci-Fi short:

Time-travel is a dish best served cold…

Dan has a hobby, but if he asks you out for dinner,

you may want to politely refuse…

 

FREE TO DOWNLOAD: 17th-22nd NOVEMBER ONLY!
Amazon Kindle US | UK


GYRE WITCHERYGyre-Witchery
A fantasy short included in ‘FROM THE INDIE SIDE’ anthology.

All Tam wanted was to be loved. Was that so hard? Made outcast because of her green eyes—the sign of witchery—Tamina, a well-meaning simpleton, is shunned by a superstitious people who blame her for the ills that have overtaken their small island.

It was not her fault that she put on weight while the others starved, or that wild animals slinked at her side, or that men and women both desired and despised her. But change was coming, brought upon the back of a terrifying squall…

FREE TO DOWNLOAD: 17th-22nd NOVEMBER ONLY!
Amazon Kindle US | UK

 


 

Please download, read and post an honest review to Amazon and Goodreads.

Kev

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‘At the editors…’ the awful wait

One of the most exciting things that has happened to me on my self-publishing journey, is the opportunity of sending my work to the editors. I say ‘exciting’, but what I really mean is ‘nerve-wracking’!

I go through a whole host of emotions when I’m writing a novel: excitement, desperation, frustration, anger and depression to name just a few. This is because I’m what you might call a ‘moody guy’. Some days I take a look at what I’ve written and feel like deleting it all and starting again. Or just giving up. It’s that bad. Other days, I think the polar opposite… I can actually write! I literally dance around like an idiot.

And every other shade of emotion in between.

This makes the discipline of writing difficult. I have to slog on through the moods regardless. And that’s what I do, day after day. In many ways, I actually find the writing process cathartic. Finishing a story that I’m proud of is an achievement that always keeps giving. And that’s all well and good… when it’s just me. 

At some point, though, I have to send it off to the editors….

My first novel, Blue Into The Rip, was copy-edited by myself. It sounds a dumb thing to do, but other than letting a friend read it, who spotted one or two typos, that was it. Luckily, and because I have a robust redrafting process (and because I put the novel in the bottom drawer for six months, and because I was shit-scared of fucking up), the novel was well received with mostly five star reviews. Phew!

But I was lucky. Luck played its part again when I was edited by Indie editing genius, David Gatewood for the short story anthology From The Indie Side. Working with David made me realise that I needed a more professional approach. I advertised on Twitter and found four editors!

The first time I sent my work off to the editors, it happened without me really noticing. I was banging through the three stories for my IronScythe Sagas and it was only when I’d finished and they’d been emailed off that I sat back and thought… oh shit!

It was an awful wait. Should I email the editors to see how they’re getting on? Should I ask if they liked it or not? How many marks out of ten? But I did what I do best, which was nothing.

Why break a winning pattern?

Within a few weeks the manuscripts came back. Reading their notes I soon realised that I was being precious. I found the process invaluable. Sure, there were a few red-faced moments, but at least they had been spotted. Changes were made and the MSS did the rounds again. And it turns out, the editors liked the stories as well, which was a nice bonus. I felt cool, on top of things…

Last week I finished my latest novel, Vatic.  I was writing a short story for my upcoming anthology – just 8000 words – and damn and blast if it didn’t turn into a novel. Vatic is a ‘space mystery murder thing’ written in First Person Present. So it was a big departure for me. It’s now at the editors. And guess what? Nothing has changed. I’m just as nervous as I’ve ever been.

Hopefully, they will read this and let me know…

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WIP UPDATE & SPECIAL OFFER!

Yep there’s no big news in this post, but since my last post was yonks ago, I thought a little WIP report and a great £0.99 / $1.47 book offer from my author friend David J Roger would be just enough to keep you all interested… possibly… maybe… hopefully!

BLUE INTO THE PLANET (Into The Rip #2)
I know many of you are anxiously awaiting news on the sequel… well you’ll have to wait a little longer! But watch this space. In the meantime, I’ve released a Blue Into The Rip 2nd Edition. This will  automatically update your Kindles in the coming week. The printed version is also available.

What’s the difference? A spanking new cover, a bigger size and a new chapter heading font and design. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts.

THE LADY IN THE GLASS – Tales of Death, Justice & Dying
This was scheduled for release in January 2015. But, I’ll be honest, the cover design is just not coming together. I know, it shouldn’t matter that much. Just some words on a background with my name somewhere and that’s all that’s needed, right? But… no. That’s not for me. I want it to be as lovely as I can make it.

Kev’s recommendations
This is a little segment where I highlight a book I’ve read or an author I know.

This time it’s my good writery mate, and best-selling author,  David J Rodger the acclaimed author of God Seed, Dante’s Fool, Iron Man Project, Edge, Living in Flames, Dog Eat Dog, The Black Lake, and The Social Club. He is also the creator of the role-playing game Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur.

His writing is classed as crossover fiction, mainly thrillers with a science fiction and dark fantasy horror twist.

Fans of Cyberpunk and H.P.Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos” will undoubtedly enjoy seeing threads of these genres woven through the fabric of his work. There is new technology and there are monsters!

I asked David to write a few words about his new release ‘Oakfield’.


Oakfield has both feet planted firmly the Cthulhu Mythos. A form of horror I find appealing because it is both chilling yet can be incredibly subtle.  You don’t have to be a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos or even know what it is to enjoy this work; in fact, it is a pleasure to discover it fresh.

It is set in the near future, and has technology that brings the book into the science fiction genre of Cyberpunk, like most of my novels.

There is hope in Oakfield.  It is a story of survival in the face of increasing peril. But there are victims as well as heroes.  It is this hope, and the struggle the characters go through that creates the tension of this novel.  It’s already been well received by early readers:


For a short period only (Until April 5th) Oakfield on Kindle can be bought for only:

 £0.99 / $1.47

•    LULU paperback
•   Amazon paperback
•    Amazon Kindle: UK | US

Find out more about David:
Rodger lives in Bristol writing from a house on a hill.
http://www.davidjrodger.com/
@DavidJRodger

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TAKE ON ME meets DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 ‘FLATLINE’ Review

I’m just loving this series of Doctor Who which has found its feet midday through the series. As you may (or not) know, I was really worried after the first few episodes. With a brand new Timelord and new writers, the show could’ve fallen over. But I think that the series is shaping up to be one of the entertaining and the best since the 2005 reboot…

FLATLINE is imaginative and thrillingly entertaining. Comedy, fear, horror, action – and all in fifty-five minutes. The Doctor and Clara materialise in Bristol under surprising circumstances—the exterior of the TARDIS has shrunk, with the Doctor trapped inside. Cue Clara to take over with sonic screwdriver in hand and investigate the mystery surrounding the missing persons and murals that come to life due to the threat of two-dimensional aliens. This is the main thrust of the episode, putting Clara in the position of the Doctor and forcing her to make the big decisions. Along the way she meets Rigsby, an urban artist on Community Service whose graffiti skills come in very handy.

The episode is  creepy from the outset, full of scares to enthrall and terrify the kids. The writer, Douglas Mackinnon, unlike last week where we saw far too much of the Mummy, makes full use of what we can’t see—of the shadows, of things hiding in paintings and murals, in the carpet under our feet and even patterns and wallpaper. The spatial and visual tricks were fascinating. The Women Police Constable sinking into the floor and the zombie-like 3D, stumbling aliens (reminding me of the a-ha video, Take On Me) were particularly frightening.

With the shrinking TARDIS, carried in Clara’s handbag, we have the Doctor’s eye peering out of the doorway and his hand passing her things. It leads to one of the funniest scenes in Doctor Who history in which the Doctor’s hand pulls the tiny TARDIS out of way of an oncoming train. I literally laughed out loud.

We also had an intriguing scene from Missy, saying “Clara, my Clara. I chose well”. There has been a lot of speculation about what this means. That maybe Capaldi is only around for one season, and Clara will become the Doctor after he leaves. I really, really hope not. But this role-reversal has been going on for a while in this series. I can’t imagine committed fan-boy Capaldi leaving after one year. I’m sure he wants to put his mark on the Doctor for a few more series at least.

It’s also been hinted at that maybe Clara is some kind of spy, working consciously or unconsciously for Missy. I have no idea, and prefer to be surprised, but there is going to be a helluva lot of speculation as we count down the remaining three episodes.

The trailer for next week – a London consumed by jungle (reminiscent of a chapter from my own sci-fi, BLUE INTO THE RIP)—looks fascinating.

Can’t wait.

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What reviewers are saying about BLUE INTO THE RIP:

5-Stars“An amazing read and Kev Heritage’s writing is superb and unique…I definitely recommend this book to sci-fi adventure readers!!!…A book you don’t want to miss :) ” – Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)

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5-Stars“Fun, quick-paced…intense, exciting…a roller-coaster ride. Kev Heritage’s use of imagery in Blue into the Rip is just wicked! …rich with characters” – Nada (Nadaness In Motion Reviews)

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5-Stars“Fun, heartwarming, made me want to turn the pages faster” – Kat, Queen of Tarts (The Book Tart Reviews) – click below to see full video review & reading

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5-Stars“[Kev Heritage] tosses us into the future, pulls us into the past, and then throws us back again, points us down unfamiliar roads with nothing but a compass, and drops us in the middle of events without a map—and the process is enthralling…Heritage seems to understand that you don’t need to go ‘over the top’ in order to make contact with the human heart…I look forward to being there with Blue through each new release date as his fight through time unfolds, and I certainly hope that many of you will join me.” – Heather (The Underground Treehouse)

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Fear of Flying – the what makes a good character blog hop

Hi there writery fans. After the phenomenal success of my last blog hop entry (or possibly because no-one else was available), I’ve been asked by my Aussie mate, top movie reviewer and fantastic author, Susan May, to take part in another um… blog hop. Hooray!

Check out Susan’s blog hop here: Character whispering & what does Scarlett O’Hara and Hannibal Lecter have in common? 

The theme this time is ‘what makes a good character?’ To answer this, first take a look at how writing ‘works’. We writers put down words, and the reader, reads them. Are you with me so far? And it is in this reading that quite an amazing thing happens. The reader brings all their experiences, everything that has happened to themthe people they’ve met, what they’ve said and done, the good and the bad, all of itto that moment. So no matter how we describe a scene, or a person within that scene, the words we use will always illicit a different response. This has always fascinated me, especially when creating characters. That’s why I always prefer to always ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’. Its basic writing technique, but the most successful characters are always the one’s we feel we know and the best way to get them across is to see them in action.

Okay, I’ve done my intro paragraph and now comes the the questions section. I’ve already blathered on about my last release, the Cowl Omnibus (IronSythe Sagas), recently in this blog, so instead, and because I’m presently working on the sequel, I’m gonna chat about my sci-fi adventure ‘Into The Rip’ series, starting with BLUE INTO THE RIP.

So to the first question…

‘What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
He’s called Blue and fictional. Here’s how I introduce him:

BLUE, THE colour of the sky, of the ocean, of certain stars and planets and the hue of the bluest eyes you have ever seen.

The lanky teenager, nicknamed Blue after those same eyes, ran headlong through the trees. He criss-crossed the rising ground, creating a perfect search pattern in the near total blackness. Dim light from a thin crescent moon was nothing more than flecks of ghostly white poking through the packed canopy. Gloomy, mysterious and dangerous, the crag upon which sat Dooleys Wood dominated the local landscape like the giant head of an old grizzled ape.

Blue is every disaffected, morose, troubled teen. Except that there is nothing everyday about his intelligence. He’s a fifteen-year old with super-brain. He’s also possess a mish-mash of genetics—he’s a melting pot of races but does not resemble any one of them. His features are odd—rounded and pointy in the wrong places. Brown-skinned, blue-eyed and absurdly tall, standing at six-foot five, he’s pretty much unmistakable, which is a shame as he’d like to disappear into the background.

The name ‘Blue’ came from how I work. I was looking through a few old notebooks for inspiration (yes, I was in that awful, desperate place) and found this perplexing set of words in a pretty impressive circle of pen: ‘Blue Into The Rip’. I knew immediately that this referred to a character called ‘Blue’ and that he was going to go through some space or time rip. And that’s how he came about.

When and where is the story set?
Now there’s a question. Let me try and answer without giving to much away. BLUE INTO THE RIP is set in present day England, in the future of year 2454, in London, in an enormous and impressive habitat under what is left of the Amazon Jungle, in space, upon The Charles Darwin Spacestation, and above the rings of the planet Saturn. Oh, and inside a giant stalactite.

Most of the action takes place on a flooded, globally warmed future Earth, so the novel can be classed as a ‘Cli-Fi’. Regardless of the debates about global warming, which I tire of, there is no doubt that the Earth is presently heating up, with the possibility of another ice-age if it doesn’t cool down again pretty soon. With this in mind, I set about thinking about this future world and what will be the end of civilisation as we know it. Yet the novel is not a survivalist, doom and gloom story. The humans here formed themselves into Earth Corps, who are pretty much over all that ‘end of the world’ stuff and are happily building new civilisations off-world. With the discovery of the rip, there is plenty of scope for this series to be set anywhere in the universe.

The sequel, BLUE INTO THE PLANET, is an off-world story, and as I don’t want to give anything away, that’s all you’re getting…

What should we know about Blue?
Like most adolescents, he’s his own worst enemy. Add a superior brain, a photographic memory and a bad attitude and you’re pretty much there. But this is a temporary veneer that hides his true personality. He’s altruistic, honorable and very loyal. Back in the past at school, he is very different from everyone else. He looks odd, he’s tall and, he believes, possesses stupid, big googley eyes and calls himself ‘The Freak Boy’.

In the future, he’s forced to join a military academy and has to live with cadets who at first he hates, but slowly comes to respect. He is no longer special, he’s just one of the guys and this allows him to relax… mostly, until I hit him with some pretty shocking plot developments. HAHAHA!

What is the main conflict that messes up his life?
Blue is stolen to the future, but when he gets there, it turns out he’s not wanted. He finds out he’s a minor player in a bigger story. But he doesn’t care about any of that. To him,the future world is all temporary until he can find a way home to the past. He brings with him his sarcasm, his anger and resentment and consciously tries to not fit in—and anyway, why should he bother?

As a result, he gets into arguments and into trouble with Commander Dauntless, the Academy’s honour-obsessed nutter of a commanding officer. But soon, Blue’s single-mindedness comes back to haunt him and he finds himself in danger of losing everything important.

What makes great characters?
‘Believability’. Us humans are pretty complex creatures. Most of us at sometime or another have been selfish, cruel, angry, irritated, cocky, sad, lonely, lost, pushed aside, etc.—the list goes on. This gives a rich vein from which to create characters—characters that we understand from the inside. Great characters tap into these emotions and allow us to feel the same emotion. Some writers go into long, descriptive passages to achieve this, some use just a few words, but however we do it, they must have ‘believability’. Get into the mind of your cocky character, channel your actual emotion into that character, revel in them. You may feel a little dirty afterwards, but hey, it’s ‘art’ so we’re okay.

So why ‘fear of flying’?
I’m frightened of flying. It’s a an awful phobia. I’m flying in a few days so it’s very much on my mind. But I get on the damn plane, give myself over to it and suffer until it’s over. And that’s what we must do with those difficult characters. Sure, it’s easy to write a character we’re familiar with, but sometimes we have to go into the mind of someone we don’t like. Don’t shy away. Let them take you over for a while. The turbulence might scare you, but you can always have a cocktail at the airport bar afterwards… and work on better similes!

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As if I needed a reason. Tsk. BLUE INTO THE RIP is the first novel of the INTO THE RIP series. here’s the blurb and stuff:

A Young Adult, Science Fiction, Climate Change, Time-Travel Adventure.

Blue didn’t want to be in the future
They didn’t want him there either…

A rip in the fabric of time, a far-flung globally warmed future, a flooded Earth and the only remainder of civilisation – a militaristic organisation living underneath ‘Desert Amazon’…

Getting back home was the only thing that mattered to messed up, mixed race teenager, Blue (named after his stupid, googly blue eyes) – and that was the problem – home was over four hundred years in the past.

Ripped forwards in time from his odd hippy parents, their peculiar house and his lonely school life, Blue had only one thing on his mind: return. But how does a lowly cadet in a militaristic Academy living in a post-apocalyptic future achieve such a goal, especially with the distractions of girls, pilot training, spacewalks and his almost constant unpopularity?

The more Blue found out about this flooded, gung-ho annoying future, about himself – who and what he was (was he even human?) – and the equally disturbing and shocking truth about his ‘parents’ – the more he realised getting home was the only solution. Wasn’t it? If Blue knew one thing, it was that he would at least try.

You can get this book absolutely free is you subscribe to my newsletter. yes, FREE! See the subscribe form below, or you can buy BLUE INTO THE RIP from the following links… Enjoy!

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Book 2, BLUE INTO THE PLANET is nearing completion and will be out in the next couple of months.

And there we have it. Another blog hop done and dusted! Hopefully I’ve not scored too highly on the pretentiousness meter this time… hopefully.

So who’s next on the blog hop? Um, right. Yeah.  should’ve got someone. Bugger. I am flying in a few days, so blame that. Watch this space…

 

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The Writing Process Blog Hop!

What’s a writing process blog hop? Well, it’s a kind of tour of writers explaining a bit about their process using the crafty technique of… answering questions!

I’ve been invited to join this hop by one of my team of top editors who is also a superlative crime & mystery writer, Caroline Bean. Her website is here: http://caronallanfiction.wordpress.com. Please check out her blog and the other blogs in this blog hop.

Each week two writers share their insights and experiences about their own writing process.  Today, you can get an insight into mine… At the end of which, I’m introducing two other writers for you to hop to, who will be taking part next week. The questions focus on the writing process, or as you will find in my case, the total lack of writing process.

So let’s get it on…

Inset_Card_BlueIntoThePlanetWhat are you working on?
I’m primarily writing the next novel in my sci-fi/cli-fi adventure INTO THE RIP series – ‘Blue into the Planet’. I’m at that pulling my hair out stage, where I’ve got 60K words written and no idea what the hell is going on. As an antidote to this general brain-mashing, I’m also working on an anthology of short stores called ‘The Lady in the Glass’—stories about death and dying—and a follow up to my adventure IronScythe fantasy sagas,  ‘The Caves of Kuu’Goroth’.

How does your work differ from others in its genre?
No elves
I use a slightly different font… But joking aside, I don’t like procrastination in my stories, instead I favour fast-moving action. I want the reader to feel out of breath as the events unfold. I also want to astound and amaze them—I know these are lofty ideals that I probably don’t always achieve, but I get so bored reading about stuff I know about. For instance… elves. They are so dull to me. And dwarves and dragons. It’s all been done before and so much better.  But this is a reflection on me, not on individual writers.

Instead, I try to make it hard for myself . I gave myself no easy options in my latest adventure fantasy novel, The Cowl. The world of the IronScythe Sagas has no ice-giants, giant eagles, goblins or trolls. The evil and darkness in this world comes only from humankind. Metals are dangerous, evil and forbidden, which makes weapons and other stuff somewhat of a challenge. My lead character is massively disfigured, shunned—he’s no Conan. Of course there’s some generic stuff in my stories, but I hope that they are at least occasionally startling.

Why do you write what you do?
I have an over-active imagination, which means that given the time and the inclination (and without something to keep my mind occupied) I can convince myself of pretty much anything and it all makes perfect sense! As you can imagine, overthinking in this way can be quite a serious flaw to a happy productive life. I’m a rational chap, and found ways to deal with it, but as young man, I unfortunately developed quite a nasty cancer and my imagination went into manic overdrive. I didn’t have a nervous breakdown, or anything like that, but I got stuck in a repeating anxiety pattern regarding all the tests I had to endure on a monthly basis. My mind worked overtime on every word spoken to me at hospital, every look—everything and anything. The chance of re-occurrence was high, so I had to be ready, but I was obsessing over it. A kind of psychological torture—or at least that what it felt like.

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Santorini – all them years ago

In the end, and against some very stern advice of my oncologist, I went to go and live in Greece for six months (a sort of extended travelling holiday). I needed to get away from the illness and the tests—I was sure my anxiety was not helping my chance of survival. I made my peace with the universe and booked a flight. I travelled the Greek Islands and finally began to relax. Wanting to chart my adventure, I started writing a journal. And writing that journal soon became very important. A sort of catharsis. One morning, on the island Santorini, I had a vivid dream:

A poet dying in a trench during World War One transported to a fantasy world where his spoken rhymes gave him a sort of magical power of healing.

I immediately needed to know more about him and put all of my thinking time into writing his story. It acted like a perfect heat sink for my overactive mind. I wrote for the rest of my time there. And writing has remained the same for me ever since. I don’t obsess about the minutiae of human relationships, my health, the climate, asteroid impact—anything—anymore. I put all that energy into creating worlds, characters, stories and plots.

And that is how I started writing. I lost my first story somewhere along the way—which is probably for the best—it wasn’t very good.

How does your writing process work?
I’m very much the ‘pantster’. The plot finds itself along the way. I let the characters guide me. It is a complete waste of time for me to outline any character or plot arc. My characters do and say whatever they please. Some evolve and even change sex, others arrive fully formed from the outset.

I write down whatever they want to do, or act like, or say. No constraints. I have no idea who the ‘goodies’ or the ‘baddies’ are until they reveal themselves to me. When I’m about two thirds in, I restructure, work out an ending and fill in the gaps. This gets me to my finished first draft.

The next drafts are pure hard work. Subbing. Refining. Plotting. Adding better concepts and ideas. Pruning. I always go through a stage where I doubt my confidence as a writer, that the story is rubbish—it’s a tedious process to be honest. I keep going until my gut feeling that ‘the novel needs more work’ goes away. I often ‘finish’ but become consumed with niggling doubts. My subconscious doing its job. I push on again until it sort of becomes something I almost, conceivably, maybe think is sort of perhaps okay. Possibly.

The Ying Yang of my process: first absolute chaos, then enforced order.

When I’m ‘finished’, the MSS goes off to my team of copy-editors (I have four who do this service free for me—out of respect for my writing, which is fabulous). This the most important step in my publishing process as they are very good at subbing, spotting inconsistencies, lack of flow, jarring/odd text and problems with plot and character. It goes back and forth 2-4 times until we’re all happy and then I’m ready to publish.

I’m an Independent author committed to producing as professional a product as possible. Getting my MSS properly copy-edited is essential. It’s no good getting your friends to read it, or to trust in your own editing abilities—you need other writers and editors to give your writing an objective critique.

TheCowl (IronScythe Sagas Omnibus #1)With THE COWL, my writing process was a little different from a novel. It’s a series of linked novellas—standalone stories. My very first attempt at novel writing came in the form of Tales of Arn. A two-hundred thousand word fantasy epic… or to give it a more apt description—a two-hundred thousand word epic mess. It is what I like to think of as my ‘apprentice piece’. A wonderful, sprawling, arse-over-tit disaster of a novel. Why am I mentioning this? Because the world building that formed the backbone of the novel—the world of Arn, its two suns and peculiar orbit, its fables and histories, its stone weapons and accursed metals—was the best thing about it. Ever since then, it’s been my desire to bring back Arn and its mad seasons. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with the IronScythe Sagas.

And there you have it! Hope you liked my answers. Now, please go visit these lovely writers who are next on the hop:

Martin Conterez

themathmaster.wordpress.com

Fantasy and other short fiction

Martin is working on his first book The Other Side of Darkness, which will eventually be self published. When he is not doing that he divides his time unevenly between Google+, his day job, and his family. He also manages to write and poorly draw the webcomic Raincloud and Whirlwind. All of his work can be found at his blog.

Martin Dickel

http://michaeldickel.info

Poetry, flash-fiction, short story

Michael Dickel writes poetry and fiction that has been published on four continents and translated into four languages. His work appears in print and online. His most recent book is Midwest / Mid East available on Amazon.

 

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Price change

Just a little note to let you know I’ve reduced the prices across the board for all my fiction!

Here are the new prices:

BLUE INTO THE RIP (INTO THE RIP #1)

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A Science Fiction, Climate Change, Time-Travel Adventure.

Blue didn’t want to be in the future
They didn’t want him there either…

A rip in the fabric of time, a far-flung globally warmed future, a flooded Earth and the only remainder of civilisation – a militaristic organisation living underneath ‘Desert Amazon’…

NOW £0.77 / $1.49

 

THE COWL (IRONSCYTHE SAGAS OMNIBUS #1)

The Cowl (IronScythe #1)Fast-Paced Adventure Fantasy

‘And from the dark unknown came a hooded avenger, a sable-weaved nemesis branded with living iron whose will it was to destroy all works of delving. His name? He had many over his lifetime, but history only remembers him as… the Cowl.’  

Welcome to the IronScythe Sagas and the world of Arn, where two suns fill the sky and metals are forbidden. And introducing the hooded nemesis of delving himself—the enigmatic Cowl, the wielder of the land’s own avenger, IronScythe.

NOW £0.77 / $1.49

And all these at £0.58/$0.99

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