We’re getting closer to the launch of Book 3 of ABANDONED, and I hope you enjoy the full cover which I am releasing today.
Thanks once again to everyone who has taken part in the survey. As promised, I will answer three questions today.
First Question: “What inspires you/where do your ideas come from?”
Everything inspires my vivid imagination. Usually, it’s a what-if something or other happened. CLAW started out with the concept of what would happen to a small mountain town if they were cut off from the rest of the world by an earthquake or other natural disaster. And then, what if something were loosed by the quake? Something that had been frozen in a glacier and got thawed out somehow? So that was the start. Just an FYI, I have a glacier only about eighty miles from where I live, and the mountain passes can be nasty at the best of times. On top of all that, I had a dream around the same time where a gigantic beast was bursting into the local recreation complex (it was a bear, I believe). This was actually a scene I wanted to have in the first novel, but logically speaking, it worked better up at the casino for that first story. Fortunately, I was able to use it in the sequel, as those of you that have read CLAW Resurgence are aware.
Second Question: “I love that your tales are intertwined.”
Okay, I admit, that’s not a question. But it is an excellent subject to bring up. I love connected universes in stories that I read or movies that I watch. As you are all aware, Star Wars is a prime example of that, along with the Marvel movie universe, of course. For those paying attention, CLAW Resurgence and ABANDONED are both taking place in the same time period. In fact, the storm system in Resurgence battering Lawless is part of the same storm system hitting the coast at the beginning of ABANDONED. Also, as Resurgence reveals, Christine Moon and Minerva Deadmarsh were college roommates. And for those of you wondering, I do have plans to eventually bring the two stories together into a crossover novel in the next year or so.
Third Question: “If you couldn’t be a writer, what would be your dream job?”
That is such a good question and got me thinking long and hard. I suppose it would have something to do with music and movies. I love how music brings a story alive, adding to the drama unfolding on screen. I am sure that many of you have watched something without sound and gone, “Meh,” but when you turned the sound on, you were so much more engaged. As someone who’s played the organ/keyboard/piano for the last forty years or so, I love creating my own music, and the thought of being able to score an orchestral soundtrack for a movie and coming up with the right music for each scene sounds so intriguing to me. In fact, if CLAW or ABANDONED are ever made into a film, I would love to be involved in the musical soundtrack as well as the production in general. A prime example of music making a movie memorable is Quentin Tarantino’s remarkably appropriate use of licences music for various scenes in his films. Imagine the casino attack in CLAW, where Angus crashes through the glass (filmed in slow motion) and everyone is running around screaming, set to the tune of ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ by Blue Oyster Cult.
You’re from Where?
Well, that is about it for the little email blog blast. I don’t believe the automatic release of blog posts was working correctly, so I have discontinued that for now and will send out posts manually for the time being. Thanks again to everyone who responded to the survey. And you are truly a worldwide audience. So I will just give a shout out to a few places in this email and a few more in the next. Thank you, Victoria Australia, Tennessee, Portland Maine, Nova Scotia, Iowa, Texas, Marlborough Massachusettes, Norway, ‘A small village 20 miles south of London England’, Berin Germany, India, France, and many more. Thank you all so very, very much for your support and engagement.
The next email blast will be just about the same time as the launch of ABANDONED Book 3: Chaos and Corruption, which should be released within the next two weeks.
Thanks again to everyone. Stay tuned and stay awesome!