Monthly Archives: September 2014

Physical books on Physical shelves.

Something big happened this week.  At least be for me.  I walked into a bookstore and sitting there on the shelf was my name.  A book I had written, and someone thought enough of to publish, was just waiting around for a random stranger to pick it up and take it home.  BookPeople on 6th and Lamar, here in Austin, is a new home for NIGHT SHALL OVERTAKE.

 

The proof.

The proof.

When I first decided that someday I would be a published author, my biggest dream was to do just what I described above. It’s a big deal for me and the last of my initial goals as a virgin published author.  It gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about it. Admittedly, I’ve been having a lot of fun with this whole book thing, despite all the work it is after it’s published.  I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone and in doing so met some great folks and had some fantastic opportunities. I’ve joined up with the Austin Horror Society and met some amazing folks, been interview on Austin Horror TV and taken place in the yearly Horror debate (details forthcoming).

 

Warm Fuzzies in their natural state.

Warm Fuzzies in their natural state.

The last couple months have been busy with the big book giveaway and dealing with the radio show. Speaking of The Headphone Bleed, I’m at a critical point with it.  I either need to make some big changes to it and commit some time and resources to it or let it go.  Time is my biggest commodity and I never seem to have enough of it.  I  don’t have quite the audience I was hoping for.  This tells me that either my format doesn’t quite have the appeal I hoped, I need to add/subtract to what I’m doing, or spend more time on promotion.  If I can’t get folks interested then I might be better off using that time on writing which is my main focus.

I’m not ready to give up yet.  I’ve got a few things I’d like to do first.  While I’m still on Live365, I’m going to make it a continuous 24/7 music station with that same random flavor of music.  I will still do the live show, but therein lies the main changes.  I want to bring in interviews, call-ins, guest playlists, etc.  Not to mention finding more visible venues to broadcast from.    Maybe even getting a better player for this site.

I’m open to any suggestions and ideas, the more the merrier.

As for my next projects in writing:  My next novel is almost ready for beta testing and someone needs to poke me with a sharp stick to get back to shaping up a few short stories I’ve been working on.  I’ve also started what could possibly be a serial story, which has been a lot of fun.  Hopefully in the next month I can get back to trying to get more work published.  It’s all busy all the time, but honestly, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and always look both ways before crossing the street.

 

Reviews & Interviews – Wade Garret

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NOT QUITE YOUR REGULAR INTERVIEW WITH WADE GARRET – GENESIS: Kingdom Come Book 1

Jak Hartlen, 19, the son of William and Mary, will face many thresholds of flesh and mind on his road to reaping the Whirl Wind; seeds of grief and guilt only now coming to fruition. If only they’d know what they were doing… The Gan and their Areht who shape the world behind the scenes will hate him, because he’s a threat they’re not sure can be chained. The Pillars and their Faithful who spread the world’s leading religion will fear him, because his existence, once known, will challenge Ages of dogma and accepted history. The Crimson King and its Servants who seek to return to power, destroying all that remains of The White, will hunt him, because even in death, they’re not sure he’ll ever bow to the Dark. —They All Should. For as One of Five with the power to shake the world, they will hollow his heart and mind through countless sacrifice and vengeful selfishness.

The first book in Wade Garret’s Kingdom Come series: Genesis is complex and compelling. Diving into this book is diving into a complete world already served and delivered. It’s hard not to get sucked into the rich and developed story as well as the elaborate and well fleshed out characters. As we follow the main character Jak, the story chugs along, building up momentum and makes it hard to put down.  There is a spirit of DUNE that is apparent and indelible. In the beginning you feel a little bombarded with all the little details, but the farther you get those details help guide you through and make it all the more real.

This isn’t a book you should expect to read quickly and move on. It’s a fantastic tome of sci-fi/fantasy immersion.

Tell us a little bit about yourself using sentences with 4 words or less:  I’m a Joker. I’m a Student. I dabble in Beers. I’m a tattoo Enthusiast. I’m a lover of Comics. I’m a Gray Jedi. I’m Paper or Plastic. I’m a Curmudgeon. I’m a Father. I’m a Husband. I love long Naps. I’m a bearded Bastard.

Most writers have little rituals or things that must be just so while they write. What are yours?  It’s mostly late at night when I get around to do any real writing, so: First, I have to have energy drinks. Next, it has to be quiet, except for a single TV somewhere in the house. Third, I pace a lot in the dark; I talk aloud, which is often how I get my wheels turning as I move from one room to another. Then, I do pull ups to stay awake or take a pause. Finally, If/When the writing gets more fluid, I tend to put on and take off my hat every hour while scratching my head. It’s weird. Those are just a few of my habits.

The first book in your Kingdom Come Series: Genesis is a grand sweeping epic with a truly complex world. The stack of notes you have in creating this world must be enormous. How tall would this stack of notes be? (round to the nearest inch):  If I had them all to stack and considering old napkins don’t stack well on crumpled yellow note paper….I’d say a soon-to-fall tower roughly 36 inches.

In regards to a series, is there such a thing as too many installments? Please answer in the form of a question:  What is writing till there’s nothing left to tell?

With the  prospect of writing a series what is your approach: sneaking up on it or already at the finish line waiting for it to catch up?  Knowing the Three: Beginning; Middle; End. Getting from one point to the next is fun and your destinations might end up slightly different when you finally arrive, but you’ve got to have a pretty good idea of where you want to go or you might never start the journey.

What upcoming projects are you looking forward to the most?  I’m working on some shorts. I’m excited by them, but mostly because I’m scared. I love how good short-story writers can give you just that right amount.

Some people listen to music while they write. Are you one of those, and if so, what?  When I listen, it’s Rock, all kinds, but I think my favorite is different variations of Folk.

Ask yourself (and answer) a question:  Q: What is the most important thing in creating Heroes and Villains? A: Believability—without this, you can’t relate to them or admire them or fear them; you can’t love or hate them. Without it, they’re 2D.

Ask me a question: What goes through the mind of a bowl of petunias as it falls from the sky and what could we hope to learn from it? The bowl of petunias would think “Oh no, not again.”  We would learn much more about the universe than we do now.  And of Agrajag.

Exactly where in the world is Carmen Sandiego and what country would she be extradited to if she was finally caught?  She’s in Florida, renting an apartment, selling T-shirts to tourists and she’d be extradited to Egypt.

You can find Genesis wherever fine books are sold such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as Black Bed Sheet Books.

Don’t forget to check out his website, Wade Garret’s World.

Free Stuff! Part 2 – Electric Bugaloo

It’s live!

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The super-d-duper freebie giveaway is up and running.  Free ebooks, free signed copies, and a sweet prize package of cool stuffs for those who enter.  You can be the proud owner of NIGHT SHALL OVERTAKE without spending a dime.

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The rules are simple.  Give me your name.  That’s pretty much it.  Leave me a comment here, or go here on Facebook or even do it on Twitter.  I’ll pull names and give cool stuff.

If you recommend someone to this little party and they mention that you did indeed recommend them, you get put in twice.  How about that for a slice of fried gold?  The more people enter, the better your chances are.  I’ll give updates and congrats to you lucky bastards through the month so keep your eyes peeled.

 

Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and this isn’t a desperate ploy to get someone, anyone, to read my book.

 

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