Monday, January 30, 2012

Writing Flash Fiction

If you place your tongue firmly in your cheek, you might call my novel Struck flash fiction. After all, it starts off like this:

But there really is such a thing as flash fiction. I wrote my first piece in a writing exercise/competition at one of the writers organizations I frequent. It was fun and challenging. I decided to write another piece to include in my upcoming Horror with Heart Newsletter (sample my last one HERE, subscribe using the gold box to the right). I'm having a blast with it. It now has four endings, and it's going to be a poll/challenge/contest combination for my newsletter subscribers. Yeah, I'm getting maximum use out of a 1000 word story, aren't I? Why not? I think it'll be fun.

As dumb luck and good timing would have it, talented author, editor, and publisher Anne Petty (Kitsune Books, check out their novels if you haven't before) posted some very helpful BLOG articles on writing flash fiction. If you're interested in writing flash fiction, here are the links to Anne's flash fiction posts. I'm sure you'll find them helpful too.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Above Haldis Notch, the ad

Valerie Tibbs designed this ad that will be used to sell (I hope) some copies of Above Haldis Notch.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Readers love Above Haldis Notch

At least that's my optimistic take-a-way from Preditors & Editors yearly Readers' Poll. But seriously, it was a thrill to be nominated for best horror novel published in 2011 (I still don't know who nominated it, but THANKS!). It was even a bigger thrill when Above Haldis Notch came in 3rd out of over 40 nominees in the horror novel category.

Huge thanks to everyone who voted for Above Haldis Notch or gave me encouragement. I felt like I needed a shot of enthusiasm, and it's readers' input that provides it for me. As luck would have it, I started getting great reader input on my novels Struck and Dark Knowledge as the P&E Poll was going on, so I actually got several shots of enthusiasm all at once. I ain't complaining. I'm enthused! (See dancing man above.)

If you missed the poll but are curious about the novel, the listing on Amazon has great ways to sample 3 or 4 chapters to get a good idea if you like it. If you have a Kindle, click the "try it for free" button on the right, and they'll send the free sample to your Kindle. If you don't have a Kindle or prefer to sample it online, click the cover image for the "look inside" feature, and you can read the chapters on your computer screen.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Nominated for Best Horror Novel, 2011

1-7-12 Update: With 3 days left to vote, Above Haldis Notch is running 3rd.
1-9-12 Update: Tomorrow is the last day of voting, and I'm holding 3rd place. Thanks to all who've voted so far. 

Great news! Last night I learned Above Haldis Notch was nominated for Best Horror Novel published in 2011 over at the Preditors & Editors yearly Readers' Poll. I'm still uncertain how that happened, but WooHoo!

To vote for Above Haldis Notch, visit the link below before the end of the day on January 10th. If you're not familiar with the novel, Amazon's "look inside" feature provides a nice size sample that I hope will hook you. Click here to see for yourself.

Here's the link to vote: