Friday, December 24, 2010

First Step Completed

Hey folks.

I just (as in thirty seconds ago) finished the outline for my third book, Shadow's Master, sneaking in under my self-imposed Christmas deadline. This 15,000-word document will be my roadmap in the months ahead. I feel very good about it, and I hope you will, too, once you read the results.

Now, off the enjoy my Christmas Eve.

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gemmell Nomination

Hey folks,

Just wanted to share that Shadow's Son has been nominated for the prestigious David Gemmell Award in the Morningstar and Legend categories. Here is a link.

Voting begins, I believe, on Dec. 26.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Whose voice is it anyway?

A question from a reader has sparked some thoughts in my head. She asked (to paraphrase) if I believed in the things my characters said. Or, to be blunter, am I speaking my personal views through my characters?

On the face of it, the quick answer is no. For example, the main character of Shadow’s Son is a professional killer who sees little difference between assassination and killing an enemy soldier in war. I disagree; I think there is a world of difference.

But, as I think deeper, I have to acknowledge that my stories – and the characters who inhabit them – do represent a certain worldview particular to me. Just as our actions speak louder than our words, I have to “own” my work. That doesn’t mean I condone violence or murder, or treachery or zealotry, as much as it conveys that I see such things as essential components of our world. We can look away or ignore them (sometimes at our own peril), but that doesn’t make them go away.

But there are more positive aspects to such ownership, as well. Many of my stories include observations about valor, duty, and honor – concepts I very much favor. And there is love, which I enjoy in abundance in my personal life, and I’m sure bleeds over into my writing.

So, if my characters are not mouthpieces for my personal philosophies, they are enablers at the very least, fictional ping-pong paddles volleying my notions back and forth, often without a clear-cut winner. And I think I’m okay with that.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Farewell Party

My wife and I went to a local sports bar to gather with some of the fine people I've worked with at the detention center these past fourteen years. Needless to say, I'm going to miss them a great deal.

But, as they say, it's time to start a new chapter in my life.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pyr Books 100th Title

In honor of their 100th title, Pyr Books is giving away a FREE epub novelette by world-renown author, James Enge. Check it out here.