So what’s with all the food competitions these days? I look at the food network on TV and most of what I see is competition type shows. Iron Chef, Cupcake Wars, Cutthroat Kitchen and the list goes unfortunately on. Don’ get me wrong, I love competition in sports, business, or war but food? I think they are all missing the point; food isn’t about competition it’s about love. Continue reading
The cops finally caught up with me and I got a ticket a couple weeks ago. I’m no real outlaw but this governmental assault made me think of a question I’ve been asked with some regularity since A Dark Country has been released and people are now reading it. The question is: is the main character you? Or some altered version of you? Continue reading
Inside most human animals lurks a potential monster. A latent tender. A tiny grain of darkness that lies dormant, encapsulated by the civilities of law and order, religion, and the love and tolerance most people have for one another. But history has shown us through the centuries that when times get tough, the shell that protects us from our own darkness erodes, igniting our bad sides. This is the inner conflict with our protagonist, Jack Duncan.
What I would like to do with this post is give you some insight into A Dark Country. I would like to answer some of the questions that my readers and family and friends ask about me and my writing. I am going to give you some of the story behind the story. So to start with I’ll go with the most commonly asked question I get: “what’s the book about?”
Many of the blogs I’ve seen from authors talk a lot about the mechanics of writing. They talk about the dos and don’ts, grammar, plot development and so on. This blog is not one of those. This blog, and the next several in this series are going to talk about my novel, A Dark Country, to give potential readers a little insight into the story and perhaps a little of the same into me and what makes me tick. What makes me tick is really what makes the story tick. And something you should know up front before we dive into this is that I am brutally honest. I’ve been accused of being brash, insensitive, harsh, and too much from time to time. All of these are fair accusations. I often notice my wife, friends, and business associated hold their breath in apprehension of what is about to come out of my mouth when I open it at parties and public events. Most of the time I don’t make these honest statements out of meanness, it’s just that I hate untruths. So I will always do my best to be honest here, and in all my writing. With this little spiel on honesty said, I will be honest with you here and now. The reason I’m writing this blog is to promote A Dark Country and the novel I am currently writing, and the works that will follow. I want you to buy my book, at least ten thousand of you, maybe more. How is that for honest?