Saturday, December 14, 2019

My Write Place

   I am a writer. You have no idea how incredibly odd that sounds, despite the fact I've written and published six books since '12.
  I write police procedural stories I call the "Tony Rains Novel Series." You'll notice I use the word 'Novel,' but I don't consider myself a novelist. Highfalutin titles like that don't fit me very well. No offense to all the Novelists in the wide blue world so deserving of the accolade, but it doesn't work in my case. I see myself in a much different light. 
 A lot of indie writers consider themselves Novelists, and they're deserving of the title. They're better writers than me. I'm comfortable saying that mainly because I have zero formal training as a writer. The only thing I bring to the table is a passion for the pursuit; I love storytelling.
   I didn't begin writing in earnest until I was fifty years old. As a fiction writer, I make up plausible scenarios and write about them. And now that I'm 62 and retired, writing is pretty much what I do when I'm not napping. I usually write upwards of fifteen-hundred words a session, two sessions a day. When the juices are gushing, there's no telling how many words I'm capable of putting to paper.
  I hope I'm becoming a better storyteller with every book. Notice that I haven't said anything about ever mastering the craft of writing. Honestly, I don't see that ever never happening. I don't have the necessary training in the mechanics of writing. I just write what feels right. I'm not in this for the money. I write for my own enjoyment.
   My sixth book, "Talking Dead," came out at the end of December 2019, and I've already started my seventh book in the series, The Rocker Agency. I hope to publish number seven in January 2021.

My Write Place

  When I'm not on my MacBook Pro laying down words, you'll find me in "my write place" in front of my window on my world; blinds open of course. The thoughtful feline you see there is not my cat. My son dropped Loki-Doki off for a few days while he moved. That was four years ago.
   Anyway, I'm a writer, but you already knew that.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Talking Dead - Tony Rains Novel Series Book 6


Talking Dead - Book #6 in the Tony Rains Novel Series is now available on Amazon.Com as an ebook and paperback. 


Talking Dead

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

I’m A Pantser

  That's right, I've never written a single outline for any of my books, ever. Not a single word. I like the idea of making it up as I go, and I'm in good company.
 Hugely successful author's like Michael Connelly of Harry Bosch fame does not outline. Then there's Jay Kristoff, author of the wildly popular 'Nevernight Chronicle' who said in a recent interview with Australian BookTuber, Piera Forde, "I'm a pantser by nature." These are two very successful author's that write in two very different genres. They can't possibly be wrong, I say.
 Personally, I think spending time outlining is time wasted. It's like writing a prologue before you've written the story. Mind you, I do write prologues, even epilogues, but I write them after the fact. 
 To date, I've written 60K+ words for my sixth book, and I still haven't decided who really done it, although I do know how they did it. You know why? I wrote the story, no outline required. 
 I've talked with several writers on the subject. They all cringed when I told them I don't outline. One told me she had trouble getting an agent until she started to outline. For some reason, I don't think not outlining stood between her and fame and fortune. I don't have an agent. I've never gone fishing for one. And yes, I self-publish my work and have sold tens of copies, ebooks mostly.
 Alas, here I sit writing about not wasting precious time writing outlines. Time to move on. Bye!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Excellent Story Lines

It's always great to get positive feedback on my work. In the interest of full disclosure, she did go on the say my grammar needed a little work. But excellent storylines, I'll take it.