Monday, March 7, 2011

Bouda, the Playlist

Most novels have a characteristic vibe, or tone. Especially Noir and Hardboiled (Like..oh, say Gift of the Bouda -I think). One challenge I found in writing my book (over the course of a year+) was that it was hard to just turn that vibe on. You work all day, play with the kids, do your chores, have dinner, put the kids to bed, and then....then.. you sit down and crank out a few hindered words on your breakout novel. (Okay, maybe it won't breakout- I'm stretching, but it's my blog, so I can reimagine any way I'd like)..

Anyway, so over the course of the year, how can I just 'get in the zone'? Well, my way was to have a play list. I selected a few songs that I liked, that captured the vibe I was going for (a little melancholy, fast paced). I sat down, hit my iTunes tab and started by rereading, and lightly editing (sometimes chainsaw editing) the thousand or so words previous to where I started back in, and viola! Vibe inducing...

So what was the playlist? Here it is. After you read Bouda, let me know how it worked for you?

Sandman, Metallica

All These Things I’ve Done, The Killers

Under Pressure, Queen and David Bowie

Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin

I Love Rock and Roll, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Fight for Your Right, Beastie Boyz

Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gift of the Bouda- released

My second Novel, Gift of the Bouda has been released by Salvo Press. Though the release date says June 2011? Is this a prerelease? Not sure.
Cover looks fine- another red book.

It was a bit of a surprise, the editor hadn't told me it was going out yet, but I'm not sure it has exactly, so sorry to surprise you all (but imagine my surprise).

Salvo (pre) released it on Amazon as a paperback, kinlde, nook, you name it.

It's a little grittier than STG (I know, grittier than a heroin addict-fallen angel). Werewolves, strippers, mafioso, all in the biggest little city in the
world. You'll love it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Twelth of twenty-seven

So, I haven't seen it posted, but I don't think I made the Stoker cut with STG.

Of the 27 first novels recommended by Horror Writers, I was number twelve. Not too bad. They usually take the top five, members vote, and the most popular wins. five...I'm thinking no? But a good showing none the less. They don't have a category for best second novel, so I have to compete with the big boys next time. Yikes! Vote early vote often for The Gift of the Bouda, coming this spring.