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I was asked recently about my writing process…hmmm. First of all, I use an outline…but I’m not married to it. I find that if the outline is loose enough it stimulates the writing flow. Even though I get up every morning with the idea of getting to work, being methodical; the fact of the matter is most of my ideas come to me in the middle of the night in the form of dreams. The characters in ALL of my books are modeled after people I know. That way it’s easier for me to hear conversations that would involve them. For instance, the character Stephen Anthony from my novel “Vengeance of the Wolf” was modeled, in part, after my father. He’s intelligent, brash, aggressive, impulsive and prone to say whatever is on his mind at the time. He is the perfect characterization of the private detective. So…if I wake up at 2am with an intense idea of a conversation between characters, I’ll make a bee-line for the computer before the idea simply fades away. It was during one of those nights that I kept hearing a clicking sound. I don’t know how long it took me to realize what I was doing, but eventually it dawned on me that my forehead was on the keyboard. I had typed one letter for several pages! As a result I have developed my own curriculum; the number of hours changes daily. I do however try to keep my face off the keyboard!
As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve also been known to take long sojourns around my back yard; pretending to be both characters in any given dialogue. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m nuts! It does however make them seem more realistic. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand at the end of a rainbow in Ireland? Or watching the earth light from the moon? Or at the very least, have you ever seen a martian sunset? The answers to these are probably no, because in most cases there is probably no way for you to know…But, it occurred to me to ask the characters that I’ve created; and I’ll be a son-of-a-gun, they DID!
In conclusion, let it be it known that I also work on more than one book at the same time. However I recognize that this is potentially a recipe for disaster. Take two stories, add fatigue and total darkness; paragraphs have actually made it from book one to book two! I’m glad it doesn’t happen very often because whatever it is that flows is where my computer goes.
Oh! One more thing…
Call me paranoid, but part of my routine everyday involves saving the document I am working on in two completely different folders on two completely different hard drives. This ensures that should one of my hard drives crash, I have a backup. This actually happened to me while writing my very first book. I come by my paranoia honestly. 🙂
I’ve been asked where the inspiration for “Vengeance of the Wolf” came from…so here goes. When I was a kid my mother died on the operating table for four minutes. When they managed to bring her back, she spun a tale of the afterlife and out of body, that had it not come from my mother, I wouldn’t have believed. Many years and a boatload of research spawned the books, “Beyond the Astral Planes” and “Threshold of Perception.” While writing “Threshold,” an idea struck me with the strength of an eighteen wheeler. What if you could learn these things – what if the person who learned it was evil, or just riddled with a need for vengeance? Tada! Dorian was born from the recesses of my mind. (Remember its Dorian who’s macabre, not me) I chose something that almost everyone, at the very least, has an opinion about. Yep, you guessed it!…politicians. Needless to say, after they killed Dorian’s wolf, Dorian goes about attempting to place justice where open evil and dishonesty seems to abound. Remember, he’s learned how to do things and affect people by using the out of body abilities and manipulating their dreams. Theoretically, a man like Dorian couldn’t be stopped, and it’s up to the protagonists to figure out how to do the impossible. Imagine Dexter from the television series merging with the Zodiac killer, and then add a touch of immortality and you have Dorian Messaurick; a serial killer to pale all of his predecessors. Now imagine him affecting his habits all over the world…oh, and in a very short amount of time.
Once I completed “Vengeance,” it occurred to me that the story need not stop there…Introducing book two – “A Distant Howling.” Coming soon to a home near you! And as any other self-published author out there knows, it starts off as a great idea and ends up as a herculean effort, not only on the part of the author but all of those who support him/her, as the case may be. Now that book two, “A Distant Howling” is closing down toward being completed, it has occurred to me that this damn story is still not finished! It will require a book three! (Title yet to be announced) As you may have guessed, I’m like everyone else, and tend to believe that a good story needs total closure. You gotta dot the I’s and cross the T’s. As twisted as Dorian is, he still deserves to have his story told.
On a more serious note, I really hope you enjoy the story; and any and all help or ideas are appreciated! Be sure to read it late at night when you’re all alone. All the world is but a stage, and we are just players…yada yada yada! Enjoy!