I just discovered that the contact information at the back of the paperback version of Last Fight of the Old Hound points to this page. It’s especially embarrassing as I just gave away a bunch of free copies.
This weekend marks the one year anniversary of my debut novella Emma’s Story. It’s only a year, but it feels like a very long time ago, and for sure I’ve come a long way since that day.
I’ve published four more books, with a fifth one due out in two weeks. I’ve quit my day job to focus on my writing, and – I believe – I’ve grown a lot as a writer. Perhaps most of all, I’m much more confident in my stories.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have doubts. They’re just not quite as a bad they used to be.
Emma’s Story is where it started though, and the story will probably always be extra special to me. Three years in the making, countless revisions (well, seven or eight or so), and a large number of changes back and forth, while at the same time trying to figure out how to tell a story in the first place.
It did eventually get done though, and a year ago, I published it.
One thing I’ve been asked is if there will be a sequel. The story ends with a few questions unanswered, and people are curious to know what happens next.
The answer is that I don’t plan on writing a sequel to Emma’s Story any time soon. It would be fun to get back to her and write about what happened next, but there are a lot of things I still need to figure out myself first.
That said, I’m going to be rewriting an old, never published, novel called Enar’s Vacation, and in doing so, I’ll have an opportunity to reveal what really happened to Emma after Emma’s Story ended.
I don’t yet have a specific time frame for when Enar’s Vacation will be out, but hopefully I’ll be started on it before the end of the year.
Finally, if you’ve read all this far, you’ve probably also read Emma’s Story already, but perhaps you know someone who hasn’t. This weekend, to celebrate the anniversary of the book, it’s on sale for $0.99/£0.99 on Amazon – here. Please let your friends know.
I’m also running an ad campaign on facebook over the weekend, and hopefully it’ll lead to some more people discovering the book. The horse in the image probably wasn’t intended to be Ussilago, but a friend of mine linked it to me, and it kind of works. The artist was kind enough to let me use her image.
Looks like it’s been forever and a half since I last posted anything here. In this case “forever” means about a month, or perhaps slightly more. Things have been busy, and the blog here hasn’t received much in the way of attention.
Among other things, I’ve published the third part in the Lost Dogs series: A Freak Among Freaks. It’s available on Amazon, here. I’ve also started work on parts four and five, and part four, Lost Naked Furious, is scheduled to be released on the 27th of November. It’s available for pre-order here.
Perhaps more importantly, I’ve created a new website dedicated exclusively to the Lost Dogs series, here:
It’s got information about the setting, the characters, and the story. It’s even got a page about me as the author of the books.
My ambition is to do a weekly post for the site, commenting on the world or the stories, or just sharing my progress as I work on the next book. Please head over and have a look. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
I received my first ever book-blog review. It’s awesome, and you can read it here.
This all came about due to random internet chance. Someone commented on my previous post about my cover issues, comparing the image in the post with one from an earlier post. Turns out they run a book blog, and that they’d found the description of my book intriguing.
I checked their site, offered them a free review copy of Lost Dogs #1, and they were happy to accept. A few days later the review appeared, and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, it’s four stars instead of five, but that doesn’t really matter compared to the actual review itself.
The critique against the book is fair. The reviewer loves MMA and romance, and would have liked to see more of it. It does say in the blurb that Roy (the main character) is a superstar wrestler (or something to that effect), but in the end the story really isn’t about the fighting. There also isn’t much shown of the back story between Roy and Toini (his love interest), but that’s something that’ll come up again in later parts. It’s fair to have been wanting more of those things.
The review mentions some other things as positives though, and that’s what makes me really happy, as those are things that are important to me and that I put a lot of pride and effort into. Again, check it out, here.
Due to reasons that probably aren’t any of my business, my cover artist had to cancel the art for the cover of my next book. I’ve got no hard feelings, but it put me in a bit of a tight spot. I learned about this yesterday (27th), and I have up until the the 29th to make the final changes to the book before it goes live.
I’ve got some experience working with layout software, but I have no confidence what so ever in my visual artistry skills. I know how the tools work, but not how to use them – if you catch my drift. I did put something together though, and it’ll have to do for now.
Once things calm down a little (“things” in this case meaning “me”). I’ll have a sit down and think things over. It’s annoying when things don’t work out as planned, but with a little bit of luck I’ll be better off with a new start – or something. Go me.
EDIT: Seems like I misread something. Instead of the deadline being tonight, it’s tomorrow night. Means if you have any feedback, let me know.
Today is the day. The ebook version of Lost Dogs #1: Last Fight of the Old Hound, is now available for purchase, here.
It’s a big deal for me, and it’s been a long time coming, so I’m quite excited now it’s finally here. Excited, and a little bit nervous.
I feel good about the book when I read it, and I have read it quite a few times. I just hope it’s good enough people will want to read the next part too, and the part after that, and so on. There will be a lot of parts.
I updated the blurb for the book. It’s now significantly longer, but I’m hoping it’s also better. Have a look:
As you can see, it’s longer, and it’s a bit difficult to read as it’s so much text, and the font is a bit weird. I’ll be tinkering around with the layout for a while, and I’ll update the text on the Amazon page, but I won’t update the paperback cover just yet.
I have a hunch there will be more updates before the week is over.