I wouldn’t call this a blog post, exactly, but I am honored to have been interviewed by Self-Publisher’s Showcase. They do a great service for independent authors. If you’re interested, check out the complete interview for a little insight into my writing process.
I just finished reading Relentless by Dean Koontz. I’m a big fan of Koontz (he’s my favorite author), but this one didn’t grab me. I like the premise (author and his family are terrorized by a truly psychotic book critic), but the characters were so unrealistic to me that I just didn’t care about them. Some of Dean’s later works also have had this problem, with characters that are just too perfect, have no flaws, behave in a manner that just defies logic, and thus the believability of the story suffers as a result. I hesitate to write a negative review of Koontz because I don’t want anyone to dismiss his other works. He truly is a great writer, and most of his books are worth reading, and many are truly great. Just skip this one.
Just finished reading The Dead Zone. If you think Stephen King only writes horror, then give The Dead Zone a read. This is a solid drama. Actually, it’s a very sad, emotionally moving story of a common man who loses everything in life, and it’s heartbreaking at times. What he gains, after a terrible accident that leaves him in a coma for four years, is the ability to see into the future. Yet this “gift” is an unwanted curse. What he sees when he shakes the hand of an up-and-coming politician leads him to make a decision that will cost him everything. If you’re not a horror fan and have passed on King because of that, then I highly recommend this book. It’s been a while since I’ve read one of his early novels, and The Dead Zone yet again proved to me that he rightly deserves to be one of the most popular and successful novelists of all time. Damn, the man can write. Highly recommend.
Would just like to say thanks to everyone who entered my Goodreads giveaway to receive a free copy of my novel, The Spiral. I figured I’d be lucky to have a handful of people interested, but over 900 signed up, which I’m very humbled by. Could just be that they like free stuff, but I’m hoping maybe it’s because they liked the cover, and perhaps were intrigued by the synopsis. Either way, I’m pleased with the results. It’s my first ever giveaway, and even though I now have to get busy mailing, I’m just happy to have another opportunity to get my book in the hands of readers. To the winners, congratulations, and I hope you enjoy reading it.
I’m giving away 10 FREE copies of my paperback novel, The Spiral. If you don’t already have a Goodreads account, just take a minute to sign up and then enter to win! Since I’m not yet a household name, let alone a global phenomenon, I’d say your chances of winning are staggeringly high! You have between 10/8 and 11/8 to enter, so there’s plenty of time…but I would recommend you drop what you’re doing this instant and sign up now. What if your computer blows up? What if you need to make an unplanned trip to the Australian outback and can’t find a computer once you’re there? Do you really want to take that chance? Check it out and good luck.