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Commentary on my own work









I’ve noticed something about the reviews of my zombie books, and I think it points to a fault in my work. Don’t get excited, it isn’t a huge fault. In fact, based on the fact that the majority of reviews are 5-Star, there are people out there who get it without extra prose.

The Blood Soaked books are set some two years into the apparent zombie apocalypse. That’s after martial law failed, riots happened, and all manner of crap. The kinds of people who’d survive that sort of environment are hardy, at the very least, and capable of manufacturing/producing things they need to survive.

What they aren’t, totally, is sane. Virtually everyone is packing some sort of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, simply because they’ve lived long enough to need to kill in order to stay alive. Many of them have seen friends and family members rise from the dead. I don’t believe that would be an easy experience, without psychological impact.

Frank is crazy. He’s functional, dangerous, compassionate, and bat-shit nuts… especially after the end of the first book. His friends, neighbors, and companions, are all a bit left of center, with gooey fillings.

After all the stuff he goes through, it is a wonder he functions at all. It doesn’t get better in the third book, or the fourth (42 pages into the manuscript). At some point, he’s going to flip his shit. Everything that has happened will land on him, and it could be catastrophic.

The finale of the third book will give people an idea of what “catastrophic” could look like.

In retrospect, I could have pointed out that the locals are a little nuts. Learning is a good thing!

Yeehaw, an update!

I’ve been lax so far. I apologize. There’s a lot going on on various fronts that I’d like to share.

Blood Soaked and Gone, the third book in my zombie series, is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.

Blood Soaked and Contagious will be available in German, in Germany, probably in the 3rd quarter of this year.

I am shopping the manuscript for Manleigh Cheese. If I don’t get positive responses from agents, I’ll self publish it. I’m in a much better position, as far as experience goes, to make that work. I’ve also started a little work on the sequel.

That being said, one of the things I ran into with Manleigh Cheese is that I’ve got a rich group of characters and situations to work with. Part of what I’m envisioning, as far as sequels go, is something like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: many plot lines occurring in the same universe, with the same magical rules.

Manleigh Cheese rides the line of urban fantasy/comedy, and another story I’m working on (set in that universe) is more suspenseful than funny.

I’m also working on expanding and re-releasing Super Love: Kaiju, one of my earlier efforts, as part of a three-story volume. It will probably be called Super Love: Combo, and include “Kaiju,” “Her,” and “Stag.” (Yes, you haven’t read those two yet.)

Again, Super Love: Combo is going to be the first in a series of similar volumes. I just started on the first story for the next set, “Clinical.”

So, yes, there’s a good bit going on over here. Please keep spreading the good word about me, because it really does impact my success in a palpable way. Thank you for your support!

An inspirational young woman.

I don’t comment on other people’s blogs very often, but when I read Amanda Fanger’s recent post, I felt compelled to. She’s an inspirational person, and I need to keep her in my head for when I want to stop writing. Writers understand something key about this craft that the average Joe doesn’t.

This thing we do is HARD. It hurts sometimes, bad enough that you want to walk away and never do it again. It haunts you when you don’t do it… unless, it isn’t truly a part of who you are. Then you can stop.

I have wanted to stop. I’ve tried to stop. I can’t.

I have to move forward.

Is there something in your life that requires you to move forward, not give up? What is the Muse for you?