Have you been following #ECGA?

I have been giving little nuggets, insights, and chapter previews of my current book twitter campaign1release. I’m trying to build up interest. I honestly don’t know if it has made any impact, but I’m proud that I’ve been persistent with it and actually have something to show for it.

If anyone should ever get the notion to look up the initials of my first book and add a hash tag to it, they will find quite a bit to keep them busy, and I’m still adding to the list. I’ve posted one-liners, questions, articles, and excerpts. Surely, there is something there to peak someone’s interest.

#ECGA is easy sometimes, but sometimes it’s hard. I don’t have as much time to put into as I wish I did. Sometimes I feel like I’m not sharing enough or that I’m sharing the wrong stuff. I feel like I’m just picking and choosing random lines from the book to post, even though I know, I am actually trying to pick relevant stuff to post.

In any case, I know I’m making the effort. Maybe one day all this will amount to something more, but for now, #ECGA is keeping me alert and in the game.

This is an unofficial Author Insights post. The new official Eternal Curse Series hashtag is #cursescanbebroken. 

Give and Take

In a world of give and take, I feel like an old penny pincher taking away, just to give back in a different form. If I’ve completely lost you at this time, don’t feel too bad, I’m having trouble understanding myself right now.

The thing is, I have this wonderful companion blog that I wrote as a writing challenge to myself for my first book. It provides all sorts of wonderful information about the book and is an in depth and interesting read all on its, but I want to sell books. I think I’m just too passive about it. So I’ve decided to give the companion guide away for free as an ebook in hopes that people will read it and want to read the actual whole novel. In doing so, I’ll be removing a small amount of the content from the blog to add to the ebook as exclusive material, though some exclusive material will be new and never before seen. The blog covers 40 days of entries so I won’t short change blog readers of that if they should happen upon the online companion guide, but I will make known what’s missing and where to get it.

For all I know this may backfire on me, but I doubt it. At this point, the companion blog has reached the top of its viewing peak and people love free stuff. If no one takes my free book it’s not like I’ve lost anything. As I see it, it’s a win or no effect at all situation, and that’s not too shabby for me.

This is an unofficial Author Insights post.

Titles Make Me Crazy

I don’t like coming up with titles, but not nearly as much I as I don’t like writing a synopsis; that’s a topic for another day. Titles are very important in many ways, but are also not import in many ways. As much as it seems to be the way to go these days, I just can’t make myself into one of those authors who comes up with the perfect title to either shock or entice an audience.

So many people have told me about the misconception they believe the title of my current book gives. Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel has been perceived as a dark horror story by so many that I often regret the title, though in retrospect, the title is very fitting to the actual story. I have nothing against horror, but so many people haven’t bothered to learn more about the book, simply because they think they know what it’s about already. They only reason a few people have moved beyond this is because of my tiny web presence on multiple social media channels.

I have received several emails from people who have read my bio, seen interviews, and read samples of my work who stated that they’d seen my book before and overlooked it, simply because they weren’t in the mood for horror at the time. To their surprise, while my book isn’t a light hearted fairy tale targeted at children, it’s also not a horror tale. The thing that worries me now, is that the people who’ve picked up my book expecting it to be horror, maybe disappointed, but at least they are getting a fair share of demons and nightmares.

It’s so hard to tell what it is people expect from a book these days. Several people have told me that they liked the premise of my book, but that they are avid YA readers. So, my book isn’t written as a YA novel, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like it…And on top of all this, I have to start thinking of titles for my next few releases. At least the companion guide for ECGA already had a title that I’m not about to change. It will be a free ebook anyway. I don’t know that the title will be much of an issue for it.

Then there is the collection of short stories I’m working on and my new romance. I have no idea what I’m going to call them. My mind is so twisted with the notation of coming up with new titles, I’ve even started to question the use of titled chapters in my book, but again, that’s a topic for another day.  It’s just too bad that ideas can’t serve as titles. A gray man meets a woman online who helps him discover his true purpose in the world, only to realize that he’s not of this world, doesn’t really make for an easily searchable title.

This is an unofficial Author Insights post.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop- Week 15

Greeting everyone. Today I am listing my contribution to the Next Big Thing
Blog Hop. It’s like a chain letter that’s not creepy, annoying, and is actually
fun. It’s a great way for writers to promote themselves and inform people about their works. Each writer answers ten questions about one of their current, upcoming, or works in progress, and them tags a few other writers to keep the ball rolling the next week. I will be answering questions about my current release.

Before I get started with my answers, I would like to send a huge shout out to Quanie Mitchell over at Quanie Talks Writing for tagging
me last week. Quanie’s w.i.p. The New Mrs. Collins is in its final editing
Be sure to stop by her blog and take a look around…And now
for my 10 answers.

A new edition of this book is now available.–Click.
What is the working title of your book? The title of my
published book is Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel.
Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea for this book came from areoccurring dream about a gray man who turns into an angel, but that’s not thestory I wrote.
What genre does your book fall under? It is considered to be
fantasy, spiritual fiction, and to some speculative fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? That’s a tough question because my main character is so odd. I think I’d have to choose an unknown for the role of Giovanni (the hero). I think I’d pick Naomie Harris to play Mira (love interest) and as for Abraham (the father figure), I might need two actors if I’m going to show him as young and old, but I have no suggestions at the moment.                                                                            IMDB->
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A gray man meets a woman online who helps him discover his true purpose in the world, only to find out that he is not of this world.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I have self-published my book. To learn about this, visit my Info. tab or go to this link https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236158.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It took me
about a year to write the first draft of my manuscript and another year to work
out all the kinks.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Many people have compared the story to an unusual take on the classic Beauty and Beast tale. I agree with that assessment, but also consider my story to a bit prophetic in the sense that it has a character being singled-out as “the one.” Such is the case with stories like the Matrix (the movie) or The Wizard of Oz. In these stories, on character becomes “the one” that will solve all the problems.                                                    IMDB->
Who or What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to write the book because my mind wouldn’t stop thinking about it until I did.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? This book is part of a 3-4 part series. The second draft of the sequel is complete and an outline with three chapters of the third book is complete. The Eternal Curse Series will
travel back and forth through time following the life of Giovanni and will open
up a world of angels, demons, and half-breeds. Even the fate of the world may be involved at some point.

These images are just place holders for the future book covers and not meant to be cover drafts, though the symbols were created and do belong to Toi Thomas, with the exception of the 3rd image.

When did fiction become so Speculative?

Someone posed this question to one of my social networking groups recently and though the topic was very popular, I don’t know that an answer was ever given. I guess the question is a bit vague. It’s not like all fiction has actually become speculative, but this genre has become very popular as of late. The term speculative is so broad that it’s not too hard to understand its popularity. There is something there to appeal to a great many people across the board.

Speculative fiction encompasses sci-fi, fantasy, horror, supernatural, paranormal, and all sorts of alternative reality themes including those with historical, romantic, and political undertones. The Speculative fiction umbrella is so vast that many like it and don’t even know they do, while some think they like it and actually don’t. I think it’s the term itself that’s really been getting the buzz lately.

As popular as the myriad of speculative genres are, fiction still stands strong and stands strong all on its own. Depending on the circles in which one travels, Speculative fiction may not even exist. I know lots of people who read fiction and have no idea what Speculative is. These people read historical novels, crime and suspense novels, romance novels, and so much more. People do still write stories that tell the tales of ordinary every people without any undertones of supernatural happenings, or creatures, or technological wonders of the past, present, or future.

I think maybe that sometimes people get so involved in the happenings of their social circles that they forget that everyone isn’t a part of their world. I know I’ve been guilty of that many times. And while I’m content to continuing working my series of Speculative spiritual fiction, that doesn’t mean I don’t take the time to step out of that world and experience something else from time to time.

This is an unofficial Author Insights post.