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What to do when you get a 'meh' book review
Red Phone Box was released on Saturday. Just three days ago. During pre-release we got all four and five star reviews. Even Kirkus appeared to like the book. Yesterday, we got our first 'meh' review -- three stars.[Read more...]
Kirkus Gives a Nice Nod to Red Phone Box
"Want to hear something scary?" Tim called out to me while I was in the kitchen making tea.
So much for not opening with dialogue.
I peered around the wall between the kitchen and the living room. "Good scary or bad scary?"
"Neither yet." He gave me a mysterious smile. "The Kirkus review is downloading." [Read more...]
Book Launch and Party
Mostly writing books is about work, but sometimes you get to have fun. [Read more...]
The first book I've worked on that's something special
In one week, Red Phone Box will be released by Ghostwoods Books. This is the first project I've ever worked on that I feel really proud of. [Read more...]
Life in London: Indian Food
Indian food has been available in England since the 17th century when the East India Company began bringing Indian spices back to Britain. Obviously colonization led to even stronger ties between Britain and India. Indian food is very popular here, similar to Mexican food in the United States (and that may be the reason why Mexican food is much harder to find here. They don't need it. They have their spicy, exotic food wrapped up.) [Read more...]
The F-Bomb: Writing terrorism or legitimate language in modern fiction?
Before I get started on this topic, let me clarify. I'm pretty sure 'f-bomb' is an American concept. The Brits and Aussies don't hesitate to use the word 'fuck.' In fact, some Brits or Aussie is probably going to laugh at me in the comments for even discussing this topic. Oh well. I've 'ad worse, as the English like to say. [Read more...]
So Now You're a Writer
...It's not just a talent. It's an artistic problem. It requires an individual sort of genius. It's complex, composed of layers of words, rhythm, meaning, plot, character, theme, tension, and intrigue. If you were to ask me when I write, my answer might be that I write from 10 in the morning until 2 a.m. That is, all my waking hours. But a more accurate answer is that I write in my sleep -- wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for how to solve a problem in my novel and jump up to write it down before I forget it. I write when standing in line at the corner shop. I write as I walk down the street, putting images into words in my head:a woman balancing, straight-backed as she rides a bicycle, the mottled color and pebbly texture of a brick wall, the color of the sky before a thunderstorm. I can't guarantee that there's any time when part of my brain isn't working on the problem of writing.[Read more...]