I’ve been doing, just as the title of this post suggests, and stretching the writing muscles for the past few nights. I’m writing fan fiction at the moment and decidedly not anything I am prepared to share with the world at large.
Fan fiction is a bit of a grey area for me. I find it fun to write about my favourite characters from various TV shows etc, and yet, there is that kind of guilty little nag in the back of my mind in re to plagiarism. I guess this is why I tend to add a lot of my own characters into my stories and occasionally–as is the case with Jack and Casey, in fact–they take on lives of their own and make it into a published novel.
I have always said that I cut my teeth on slash fan fiction and I don’t see any reason to hide that fact. I learned a lot about writing, characterization and world building through writing fan fiction and also from role play gaming. I can think of worse ways for a budding author to hone his or her skills.
Anyway, all of that to say that it feels good to be writing again, and I think that before long, the constraints of fan fiction will pall for me and I will get busy with something new for my reader/s.
Hopefully that is not in the too far distant future!
It is with great excitement and relief that I can finally announce the re-release of the first in my series about paranormal investigators Jack Stephens and Casey Lambeth.
Originally making their debut in my novel length story Hunter’s Dawn: Laying The Ghosts, Jack and Casey have searched for a new home and have finally found the perfect fit with MLR Press.
The story has had a very good polish up with the help of the terrific team of editors and proof readers over at MLR and will release under the new title None So Blind on December 6 2013. I am completely in love with the new cover designed by the extremely talented (not to mention incredibly awesome!) Zathyn Priest.
So, with no further ado here is the long awaited unveiling!
None So Blind (formerly Hunter’s Dawn: Laying The Ghosts)
When a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic meets a starry-eyed psychic, sparks are sure to fly. Can they resolve their differences and find a future together?
Jack Stephens is a skeptic who lectures in Parapsychology at a community college. In his spare time, he works hard to prove that things going bump in the night have rational explanations. When Jack meets psychic, Casey Lambeth, he sees yet another chance to debunk paranormal phenomena. But there is something about Casey that defies explanation. When they’re thrown together to investigate a haunting at Edith Andrews’s home, sparks begin to fly. As they work on the case, Jack and Casey are forced to face some issues from their pasts. Together they work their way towards understanding, respect, and possibly something more…
Buy None So Blind | Read Chapter One
I read this over the space of a few days and really enjoyed it. I have seen other readers complain that the main character of this book is weird and that they didn’t feel they had gone on the journey. Such was not the case for me. I found that I related very well to Janine and followed her journey very well. Perhaps this is because she is very much like me…or I am a lot like her.
I did find that the catalyst of her self destruction was a little cliche, but then, life is cliche too, quite often! In some ways, I found the stories of the strangers she met along the way a little distracting, and they didn’t really contribute to moving the story along. They could have been left out, completely and the story would not suffer for it. Simply recording the conversations would have been enough for me.
A good, quick read and I enjoyed the lesbian interest. Will be looking for this author’s other works.