Saturday, December 14, 2019

My Write Place

   I am a writer.
 You can't imagine how incredibly odd that sounds. Even though I've written and published five books and have a sixth just about ready to go, that still sounds odd.
  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. It's just not me.
  I see me in a much different light. A lot of indie writers consider themselves Novelists, and I believe they're deserving of the title. They're better writers than me. I'm comfortable saying that for a number of reasons, but mainly because I have zero formal training as a writer, and the only thing I bring to the table is a passion for the pursuit.
  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. Now that I'm retired, writing is pretty much what I do. I usually write upwards of fifteen-hundred words a session, two sessions a day. When the juice level meter is set to gush, 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 I write. You'll notice I didn't say a thing about mastering the craft of writing. That will never happen because I won't let it. I thrive on being a touch different than other writers. I prefer writing to my own drum. You see, I'm a writer, I just made that up. 
   My sixth book, "Talking Dead," is due out in before Christmas ‘19. I've already jotted down a few ideas for my seventh book, not an outline, only hastily written notes. I'm a pantser. Pantser's don't outline.

My Write Place

  When I'm not on my MacBook Pro laying down words, I spend my time sitting in front of my very own window on the world. A little corner I call, "my write place."
  The thoughtful feline you see there in the picture is not my cat. My son dropped Loki-Doki off for a few days while he moved. That was four years ago. I added Doki to Loki's name when he didn't leave after the epic move was in the books. Generally, I'm not excited by Norse Mythology. Still, since Loki is named after a Norse god, I felt like it was appropriate to call him my inspiration cat. That's a significant misnomer, but who cares, I'm a fiction writer, I'm allowed to take creative license.
   Anyway, I'm a writer, but you already knew that.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Talking Dead - Tony Rains Novel Series Book 6


Book #6 in the Tony Rains Novel Series will be available beginning Friday, December 20th, 2019, 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.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Vellum by 180g - eBook File Creation App


I've been using an app called Vellum on my Mac to convert my books for use on many of the popular ebook readers. Each of my books currently available on Amazon were exported using Vellum.

Vellum is as close to what I would call WISYWIG as I've found for the task. It makes the job of dressing up your work easy and does not require any coding knowledge. Honestly, I thought Vellum was a bit on the pricey side at first, but once I began using it in earnest, the price was no longer an issue. I recommend you give Vellum a try.

Available export formats include:
  • Kindle
  • iBooks
  • Nook
  • Kobo
  • Google Play