What a week it’s been! I finished an epic fantasy novel which will be released under a different pen name (watch for the announcements) and am ready to start new projects. But there are so many books and stories to write and so little time!
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THE ACCIDENTAL REBEL
Stacey Tanner flees a stalking psychopathic ex-boyfriend and confronts all of her worst fears in one fateful evening.
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THE ACCIDENTAL EXISTENTIALIST
US Marine Corps Criminal Investigations Division agent stages his death to go dark and take on the head of a Russian Crime Syndicate, perpetrators of illegal arms dealing, human trafficking and the death of his first born son. Action-packed and filled with more twists than the Coney Island Cyclone, this story asks: How far would a good man go to rid the world of evil and avenge his son?
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A few years ago, my son who was six years old at the time had been reading THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, by C.S. Lewis with me.Â He loves all seven books and can tell you their order, the character names, the places, the events by memory.Â One night as we were reading together, he said, “Daddy, can you write me a book?”
Well, I just had to say yes.Â I asked him what kind of stories he liked and of course, he said those like Narnia.Â Far be it from me to imagine I could ever attempt to fill the shoes of my literary hero, but I knew I had to try to write something my son and daughter would one day enjoy–hopefully as much as Narnia.
Amidst the loss of family members, loss of jobs, moving and downsizing of our home, I slowed down in my writing.Â Not that I stopped writing, I actually completed my fourth novel during that period.Â I also released BEYOND JUSTICE (my third) and a series of short fiction, all of which have reached the top of several bestseller lists.Â This is not even to mention the four or five novels I started and put aside during that time.Â (When I’m ready for those, there will be a trove of new books coming out fast.)
So last year, I finally decided to go back and fulfill my promise to my son.Â A morbid thought came over me:Â What if I were to die suddenly?Â I really wanted to have this completed for him.Â But more positively, so that he could begin to enjoy it sooner.Â And, this being the first in a series, I would need to get it done so that the other books could come out in due time.
Well, last night I finally typed the last words in the book.Â The first draft is complete and it came out to just over 100,000 words, which I understand is a moderate length for a fantasy book.
Now, I have to go over it in editing and get ready to send it out to different markets.
But after a few years of not completing any novels (probably about 13 or so that are waiting to be finished), it’s great to reach the end of one again.Â And it’s even better that this is the fulfillment of a promise to my son.
My short novella THE ACCIDENTAL HEALER is now the #1 bestselling ebook on Smashwords!
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After washed up CEO Dave McKenzie loses his job, his wife and kids leave him, he decides to end it all. Only to find a destiny he never expected. And for once in his life, it’s not all about himself.
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The next time you watch a movie, watch for the non-verbal actions from the actors.Â A really good actor won’t just say her lines and stand there.Â And believe me, nothing a great actor does is without purpose.
Watch his facial queues, what’s he doing with his hands, what’s his posture, what tone of voice, is he fidgeting, is he stuttering?
All these things enhance and bring verisimilitude to the scene/dialogue.
A question actors will often ask of their directors is:Â What’s my motivation?
Let’s say a character is talking to his dad.
Billy:Â Hey Dad.Â How are you?
Dad:Â Good, you look taller.
Billy: I’m sitting.Â Besides, you say that every time you seeÂ me.
Dad:Â Maybe if I saw you more often I wouldn’t notice as much.
Billy:Â Yeah, well, we know who to thank for that.
Actor playing Billy says to Martin Scorcese, “What’s my motivation?”
I’ll do one.Â Then write out in prose how it affects the scene and actions.
Scorcese: Okay, Billy.Â You’re Dad’s in prison for murdering your mom.Â You hated your mom.Â She abused you.Â You were only sorry Dad got caught.Â Deep down you blame your mom for everything.
Billy satÂ at the plate glass marveling at how close he could actually sit to Dad, and not even touch his hand.Â He shifted around in his chair.Â What’s taking him so long?Â Did he forget?Â Dad finally arrived.Â Looked like Hell.Â Did he get beaten by prison guards?
“Hey Dad, how are you?”
“Good.Â You look taller.”
Billy smirked.Â “I’m sitting.Â Besides, you say that every time you see me.”
“Maybe if I saw you more often I wouldn’t notice as much.”Â The trip from Owensville to the State Pen. took two hours.Â If only Dad hadn’t gotten caught.Â That witch deserved to go.Â After all she’d done.Â It was her fault he was locked up.Â Locked up for saving him.Â Billy sighed and gave Dad poignant smile.Â “Yeah, well, we know who to thank for that.”
Now, let’s say the motivation is different.
Scorcese: OK,Â Billy.Â You have to visitÂ your dad in order to find out why he murderedÂ your mom.Â It’s part of his closure process according to his shrink and he won’t sign off on your probation until you’ve completed his treatment.Â Â But youÂ can’t abide even looking at the bastard who killedÂ yourÂ mother.
Billy paced around before the plate glass, hating the fact that his shrink advised him to come here.Â This was sick.Â But getting Dr. Crane to sign off on his papers was the only way he’d finish his probation, so whatever.Â Finally, Dad arrived and sat behind the protective barrier.
“Hey Dad, how are you?”Â Billy barely made eye contact as he sat.
“Good.Â You look taller.”
Billy flipped him the bird.Â Â “I’m sitting.Â Besides, you say that every time you see me.”Â He glared atÂ the Â clock.Â Five minutes.Â That’s all he needed to do.Â Then he was outta there.Â Never coming back to see that bastard again, until the day they strapped him down and pumped him up full of lethal drugs.
“Maybe if I saw you more often I wouldn’t notice as much,”Â Â Dad said.
Billy slammed the plate glass with his hands.Â Snarling, he bolted up, his chair flew back and hit the wall.Â Â No way he was going to allow the man who murdered his motherÂ turn the tables of blame on him.Â ‘”Yeah, well, we know who to thank for that!”
Same lines, different motivation and different non-verbal cues.Â When writing scenes with dialogue, you must know what is making your character tick.Â You must know what they want more than anything else not just during the scene, but for the character’s entire life.Â This will shape everything your character says, does, and how he says and does it.Â Try to capture not just the internal thought, but the external visual cues too.Â Even better, make the external cues contradict the internal motivation sometimes.Â This will convey a feeling of tension and inner conflict to your reader.
January 11, 2011
It’s time for my short novella ebooks to take their turn at the top of the Barnes & Noble lists! Today THE ACCIDENTAL HERO takes #1 in the Christian Thriller category.
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A young runaway finds himself in the employ of Huntington Manor, where he falls in love with Aria, the sweet and enigmatic daughter of Lord Hungtington. In a clash of station and pride, denied love and tragedy, overshadowed by the horrors of World War I, FOUR GIFTS FOR ARIA takes you on a heart-wrenching journey of love, sacrifice and redemption.
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