Sunday, November 19, 2017

Riddle me this...

         ?    When is a writer not a writer?

                  When he doesn't write.

Despite my best intentions, I'm no longer compelled to write fiction. When I first stopped writing, it was easy to convince myself that I was just taking a break. After several years "on break," I decided to make an effort to rekindle my once-burning passion to write. I managed to kick up some sparks, even a tiny flame from time to time, but the fire wouldn't catch. Then came the hard part: admitting to myself that that old obsession isn't returning anytime soon. So here I sit. Not writing. Not intending to.

All the learning, plotting, writing, editing, rethinking, rewriting...required for me to write novels dominated my life for many years. I believe I'll always be shaped by the effort, and I'm glad, but I no longer call myself a writer. Writers write. I was a writer.

Will I write again? Maybe. Depends on what the future holds, I guess. I like thinking I'll wake one day with my fingers twitching in anticipation of tapping out a few thousand words a day, day after day, until I have a new novel. Or maybe I'll concentrate on short stories the next go-round. Or maybe there won't be a next go-round. I just can't say.

What I can say about the future is that my website's hosting service is paid up for another 2+ years, so my Horror with Heart website will remain online into early 2020. My four published novels will remain for sale in paperback and as eBooks (purchase links here) for that same length of time. I suspect I'll retire this blog in a few months. I've rarely posted in recent years, so it's disappearance will barely make a ripple, but I want to post this goodbye and a thank you before the blog goes dark. I've had a wonderful time. I'd definitely do it all over again.

So thanks to everyone who took an interest, read my posts and/or my novels, and encouraged me! It's been a great time in my life that I'll always remember with the greatest affection.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween week sale - 99 cent eBooks

I've been mighty quiet for a mighty long time, but there's nothing that'll bring a horror author out of hiding better than Halloween. I love it. We're having a party on Halloween night again this year, something we're apt to do if we're not otherwise obligated. We always require costumes, which we think pumps up the fun. Sure makes for colorful guests anyway, and it's great fun to have a horde of costumed adults answer the door when trick-or-treaters come a'callin'. Quite often the parents tell us -- quietly -- that they wish they could ditch the kids and join our party. Ha!

I've also decided to reduce the eBook price of my novels from $3.50 to 99 cents for Halloween week. Just head over to Amazon any time from now (October 25th) through Halloween to purchase an eBook of Daeva, Above Haldis Notch, Dark Knowledge, and/or Struck for 99 cents. Any one of them should help get you in the proper Halloween mood.

Have a safe, fun, and frightening Halloween!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Celebrating 8 years with a $1.99 sale

Facebook showed me a memory from eight years ago. In the old post, I was all aglow after opening a package from my first publisher containing my first paperback copy of my first published novel, STRUCK. "What a great feeling," I said. And it was.

Since then, I've had other novels published, and they've all run their courses with their various small publishers. Now they're all available as self-published eBooks and paperbacks from Amazon.

To celebrate the anniversary of STRUCK's release, I'm having a sale. I've reduced the eBook price of my novels from $3.50 to $1.99. This special will run for one week only, from June 7th through June 14th. Don't miss out. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE MY NOVELS THROUGH AMAZON.

Many thanks to my readers and friends for all the years of support and encouragement you've given me. I've never enjoyed the marketing aspect of writing very much, but I've love getting to know people through my book writing, marketing, signings, and talks.