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And here we are at the end of Author Life Month (#authorlifemonth).  It has been interesting, and I hope you all have found it the same.

Fan Love
That seems strange to me, to even think that anyone out there is a fan of me.  If you are following me, reading my work, giving feedback and especially reviews, then I thank you, dearly.  Without all of you, this is just a solo exercise.  I crave the audience.  Thank you.

Your Last 5-Star Read
I just finished rereading The original Hitchhiker’s Trilogy by Douglas Adams.  That makes probably the third time I have read it (maybe fourth).  It is definitely a 5-star read.

A Challenge Overcome
Anytime I finish a work, it is a challenge overcome.  I have hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of half-formulated, incomplete ideas.  I have written hundreds of pages into a novel only to decide it is not great and give up on it.  I like the blank page, so starting is the easiest and most exciting for me.  I love brainstorming.  My second book just came out, and I am working on more.  Each of those is a challenge.

A Self-Reward
I suppose I am not huge on these.  I did not really do anything specific to reward myself when I signed a publication contract or when I saw my book in print for the first time.  I think of those acts themselves as the reward.  I do sometimes ‘reward’ myself when writing and editing by taking a day without doing any of that.

A Bookish Gift
I am not entirely sure what this means.  I sure do like bookmarks.  Does that count?  I used to have this wonderful red leather bookmark my mother got me from England.  I lost it …

An Author I Admire
China Miéville.  His imagination amazes me to no end.  I will say that I have not liked everything by him that I have read, but I do like the majority of it, and it blows my mind.  His ability to reach into creativity and pull out things that are just stupefying in their scope never ceases to impress me.

Acknowledgements
I will thank my family, my readers, those who helped me with my writing, and my publisher.  I deeply and dearly thank you all.

As always, please feel free to like, comment, and/or share.

~Scott

Oops!  I missed posting yesterday for the third week of #authorlifemonth.  I better catch up.

Pub Sib’s Book
So many to choose from, but I will just put this one here since I am about to dive into it. The Haunter of the Moor by Jeffrey Kosh.  Give it a read.

Dream Writers’ Retreat
I honestly have never put that much thought into this, but since my book largely takes place in Central Europe, it would be nice to visit the cities I drew from for inspiration – Vienna, Prague, and Budapest.

Betas
This has fluctuated, but one person who has read my books from the beginning and seen them go through many changes, offering feedback throughout, is my dear friend Jericho.  If you have read my book, then you may recognize a character with that name.

Research
I did quite a bit of research for my book.  As I mentioned above, its locale is inspired by several major Central European cities.  I did some digging into these to give little hints as to the location (since I never outright state in which it takes place).  I also did research into a lot of other things, like how to mitigate the sound of a motorcycle, firearms, martial arts, self-defense, and the list goes on.  Even little things like which vehicles are popular in various places and smoking laws.  I feel it all helps to add that touch of realism to the overall fantasy tale.

Bookish Bucket List
I am not sure what to put on here, but I would like to visit Tangier. This originated because of its infamy as a place where William Burroughs went to do a lot of drugs and ostensibly write,  but as I learned more of its history and cultural melting pot, I became even more interested.

A Dream Achieved
Well, this one is easy.  I achieved a near lifelong dream when my novel was published.  How apropos that the initial inspiration was from a dream.

A non-Author Photo
None of my photos are professional or intended to have been official “author” photos, so really, any of them qualify.

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And there it is.  Thank you, as always for stopping by and reading.

~Scott

Continuing Author Life Month (#authorlifemonth), it is time for another post.

Awesome Moment
Well, I suppose there are many awesome moments, but the one that stands out to me was when I first held the print version of my debut novel in my hands.  That was amazing.

Killed Darlings
Now come on, I can’t say that.  Read my series to find out who this happens to … I mean if it even happens at all.  I’d never kill off a beloved character.  Nope.  I have never experienced a decisive moment when I almost talked myself out of a bold move, because I didn’t want to kill off a character.  Never.

Reviewer Love
I will throw love at all those who have taken the time to review my book.  I love hearing feedback, and I thank all of those of you who have provided it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Swag
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Here is some swag.  A nice draw-string bag with the name of my publisher, along with some post cards, magnets, and a neat journal.  I use the journal for writing music.

Character Inspiration
Well, the characters in Dance of the Butterfly are somewhat obviously based on people I know, including myself.  As I discuss in the post Seeds, it all began innocently enough as my son and I had a fun discussions of how easy it would be to dress up for a con if there were characters based on us.  Though this began as something silly and off the cuff, the seeds were planted.

Dedication Page
No one gave me more inspiration, desire, and discipline than Jane.  Had I not met her, I don’t think the books would have ever been written.  Thank you.

My “To-Write” List
I have many of these.  I am working on the third (and likely final) book in my urban fantasy series.  I have another novel that is about 95% finished and yet another that is about 5% done.  And yes, still another that is fairly well along.  These are all fantasy-related, some dealing with vampires, some with other dimensions, some with wizards, maybe some dragons.  My hope is they will all pull from standard tropes but come forth in a non-standard way.

And there we go.  I do hope you have enjoyed this further glimpse into my life.  As always, please feel free to like, share, or comment.  Thank you all.

~Scott

So, there is this Author Life Month (#authorlifemonth) thing happening on Instagram.  I don’t have an Instagram account, but I won’t let that stop me.  Instead of making a post a day, though, I think I will do them weekly and just lump everything together.

My Books
I have one book published, the second in the series is coming very soon, and a short story in a just released anthology.  My series is in the urban fantasy genre, but it is grounded in quasi-realism.  It is very much a mystery and slow burn to the reveal, though things will be much more open in the second installment.  You can see (and buy) all three from my Amazon Author Page.

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Here is a photo of me.

Fan Art
I have had the pleasure of some art being done of characters and events in my book.  You can view these in the Artwork category here.

WIP
My current work in progress (well, officially, as I am working on several things) is the third book in my urban fantasy series.  Allow me to share a little teaser –

One is of a woman, wearing a dark gray, nondescript dress that covers from wrists to ankle, but her face hides behind a mid-twentieth century gas mask.  Close examination shows the mask to actually be part of her face, giving forth a meld that is quite out of the ordinary.  Her hair is stringy in some places but others seem of ridged rubber.  The combination is so well done as to somewhat trick the eye.

“Look at her fingernails,” Zoe mentions, giving further personification to the statue.

Lilja notes the cracks and chips, the detail again as she had seen it in the smaller works.

“It’s like she tried to get free.”

Where I Write
I have a little media room, I call it, in my house.  It is not fully enclosed, which makes it wonderful for me.  It is where my desk and computer reside along with another desk on which I have set up my keyboard and amplifier.  I do most all of my creating in this space.  I have used an old typewriter and even done handwritten manuscripts, but I prefer using a word processor.

Writing Music
I do not often have music playing when I write.  I can find it distracting.  If I do listen to music, it is instrumental.  Music with lyrics is far too distracting for me to work to.  Some music I have listened to when writing my series has been the soundtracks to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Hannibal, the television series.

Cover Inspiration
I always had an idea for the cover of Dance of the Butterfly.  I am not sure what inspired me, but the basic aesthetic always seemed to be there, lingering in my mind.  I want to thank Tomi Rautanen for the sketch of my idea which eventually became the visual basis for the cover.

That is the first week.  I do hope you have enjoyed these insights.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions.  Thank you.

 

There are things out there we don’t understand.  There are things in the darkness that hiss and whisper and gnaw at us.  We have our doubts and our fears.  There are behaviors we don’t understand.  Why are some people so horrible to others?  Why are some people convinced of living by hate and greed?  Mysteries abound within this existence.  We’d be arrogant to think we know everything.

There are those who have experienced things, and through the frailty of their own imperfect interpretation, they have attempted to relate these things.  There are books of strange knowledge, and there are those who would search through these for what kernel of truth may lie within.  There are those who protect such treasures, for even if they are not fully aware of the contents, they shall not let them be abused by others.

Three such rare and valuable books of power are out there.  Two have been found, but one still eludes.  There are two powerful families, one ruled by arrogance, the other tempered by responsibility.  Both could be very wrong in everything they do, and we might be headed to disaster no matter the efforts.  We might be headed to disaster if one or both succeed.

How does one stop the demons of men, even when those demons threaten to take on a life of their own?

Find out in my book, Dance of the Butterfly, the first in a series.

“This story has, action, romance and sex, …, intrigue, crime, and the occult, literally something for everyone. Give it a read. You’ll find it well worth the time.”

“The characters are rich and fully developed and the story reads like a great mystery film. Each piece of information is a puzzle piece – all leading down a dark road that the reader must travel to get to the revealing end.”

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Stuff About Me

Posted: January 19, 2017 in Blog
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  1. I began creative writing when I was in elementary school. My teacher gave me an extra credit assignment to write a fictitious newspaper from another planet.  I chose Venus.  I used my parents old typewriter, leaving space for “photos” which became hand drawn pictures by me.  One was of a bank robbery in action.  I remember the Venetians were thin, hairless, and had antennae.
  2. I wrote my first “complete” novel when I was in my mid 20’s. It’s still sitting on my old Macintosh SE.  As far as I know, the old Mac still works.  I took it to a Mac store some years ago and asked what it would take to transfer the info off and into a more modern format.  They quote me a price in the high hundreds, so I didn’t do it.  The story was influenced by the Tarot deck, and each of the major arcana is represented as a character or concept in the story.
  3. I am influenced in my writing style by my philosophical background as well as by such writers as Douglas Adams, H.P. Lovecraft, and Frank Herbert.  I went through a period where I was writing very Lovecraftian short stories.  I sent many of these off to magazines, but none of them were published.
  4. I am a stream-of-consciousness writer. When I write, it feels like I am telling a story I have witnessed.  This has also led to some pages of bizarre stuff that I ended up abandoning.
  5. I don’t often listen to music when I write. I prefer quiet.  But if I do listen to music, it has to be instrumental (the vocals distract me), and something “moody” that fits the vibe of whatever I am working on.
  6. I have written and directed a play about the Marquis de Sade.  It was seen by very few people, but I think it was very entertaining.  It was certainly somewhat shocking.  I still have the script.  It was an idea of the Marquis “pressing” local actors into service and forcing them to act out a play about Don Quixote and his horse.
  7. I have written many poems and songs in addition to my usual creative writing of fiction prose.

Anything you might like to know, feel free to leave a comment.  If you enjoy my writings, please consider buying my book.  The second is in the publisher’s hands and will be out soon.  The third is currently being worked on.

http://smarturl.it/it8igt – print version
http://smarturl.it/D2D – electronic editions

Thank you,
Scott

Sword of the Butterfly, the second book in my urban fantasy series, will be published soon.  I received the cover concept recently, and I think it is amazing.  I hope you all enjoyed the first book and are anticipating the second as much (or more!) than I am.  I am very excited for it, and I think you will all enjoyment the development as we delve deeper into the tale.

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I think it is an amazing cover that really captures the feel of the story.  Many thanks to the artist, Jeffrey Kosh, for this wonderful work.

If you have not read the first book, please do so.  And as always, thank you.

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Expectations

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Blog
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There is too much expectation out there for free or very under-priced books. It takes authors a great deal of time and effort to write, edit, and publish a book. Independent publishers are also dealing with this. It seems a portion of the general public is shocked to have to pay more than 99 cents for an ebook or $10 for a print book, yet they hardly balk at the prices for coffee at Starbuck’s or the admission for a movie at the theater.

It can take authors years to finalize a book.  For some of us, there is a great deal of research, whether through traditional means such as digging into available resources or through the consulting of those more knowledgeable.  I have done both, and both take time.  The latter takes the time of another and can come with its own cost.  Then there are the many hours for editing, generally which takes the time of more than one person and also has its cost. When it is time to go into publication, the art for the book cover must be commissioned.  I have never tried to quantify the amount of workhours expended for the publication of one book, but I know from personal experience that it is a great deal.  For this, the price of a book is also a great deal.  Why consumers feel the need to blanch at the price or feel entitled to a free one is beyond me.

A book is yours to keep and re-visit whenever you like, or you can pass it along to a friend or family member.  A book opens up worlds that have virtually no scope.  They stimulate the imagination.  These treasures are highly valuable and should be treated as such.

To this end, please consider attending a Facebook even which will feature many, many authors along with their very affordable works.  You may find a door worth opening.

Our Books Are Not Free – Facebook Event

Thank you,
Scott

Hello, everyone.  I would like to invite you to consider purchasing my book (if you have not already).  I also wish to offer a deep, heartfelt thanks to those of you who have.  It has not gotten many reviews, but those that it has have been quite good.

I have been the subject of a few interviews and features talking about my writing.  I have only just begun, as this is my debut novel.  It’s a bit of a frightening aspect, because this is my dream.  It feels like laying a lot on the line, but I’d regret it if I did not.

The book is an urban fantasy, though I might further refine that into magical realism.  I wanted to write a book with paranormal presence that felt like it could be happening in our world.  It’s subtle, it creeps. The book also reads like a contemporary crime thriller as well as a romance.  There’s a lot in there.  It’s a tale of risk and growth, and it is very close and dear to my heart.

So, if you are looking for a new book, a new adventure, a gift, a recommendation for a friend, etc., etc., please do consider my novel.

Thank you.

http://smarturl.it/it8igt – print version
http://smarturl.it/D2D – electronic editions

Here is a teaser of my current work in progress.  I do hope you enjoy.  As always comments, questions, etc., are welcome.


Fog lurks thickly, impeding sight, enhancing sound.  A sibilant cadence shifts throughout like a dissonant orchestra teasing at ear drums.  Some find it calming.  For others it is a constant torture.

“Does the time finally near?” asks one of those here, one who is possessed of voice, fortitude, drive.

“Time is not the same for us,” remarks the other, a rise to the flesh of the brow.

Satariel says nothing.  He, for this one is indeed a male, possesses power in this realm.  As befitting, he also holds wisdom, and such does he restrain his tongue.

“Everyday has its dawn,” she says, realizing Satariel will not speak.  There is still the perch to the brow, the haughtiness, distasteful even if deserved.  “Motherhood teaches one patience.  Who knows more of that than I?”


This is from what will be the third book in my urban fantasy series.  The second is in the hands of my publisher, and the first is available.  Please join me in this journey.
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