For most people, GoodReads.com is a little like Facebook for reading. I guess they couldn’t call it Booksbook. Because that would be silly. It combines the social media aspect with something similar to DVD collection sites like DVD Aficionado or the late, lamented DVDSpot. You are able to list the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading, and the books you want to read. It also has a separate list for the books you actually own, so you can include library books and borrowed books on your reading list.
In 1984, I took the second of about five creative writing classes during my college career. The instructor was an author named James P. Blaylock. If you haven’t heard the name, then you’re not a fan of Steampunk fiction. What is Steampunk, you ask?
Steampunk stories tank place during Victorian times, often but not necessarily in London, and features technology that are advanced, steam-powered equivalents of modern devices. That’s it: Victorian society, semi-modern steam-powered tech. Within those parameters, it’s a pretty big sand box.
So this Blaylock character writes Steampunk, right? Is that all? Oh, no. It’s better than that.
One of the hardest things for me as a writer is to describe the physical appearance of my characters. I grudgingly understand the need to do so, if only because I’ve had readers complain that they don’t know what my characters look like.
Self-Published High-Tech Thriller Features Gay Character in “Jason Bourne” role.
June 27, 2012, Lake Forest, CA — Paul McElligott, of Lake Forest, California, has published his first novel, Human X, a futuristic thriller about a man who has lived thirty-five years unaware that he was the product of an illicit military genetic engineering project. Continue reading “Lake Forest Author’s First Novel Pushes Back Boundaries”
I start a new job next week. It’s just a three-month contract, but the big downside for me is that the office is about two miles from home. What, you may ask, is the problem with that? I’m sure many of you would kill to have a commute that short.
Well, I guess you don’t listen to audiobooks. Continue reading “The Perverse Life of the Audiobook Listener”
If you write fiction, your characters will ask you that at every turn. Of course, I don’t mean they will step off the page and literally put the question to you, unless you are smoking something especially potent.
If you’ve read the description of my first published novel, Human X, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that the protagonist begins the story dealing with the end of a committed relationship with a man named Ted. If you still need someone to connect the dots for you, the hero of the book is gay.
So what possessed you to write a book with a gay hero?
The story for Human X began life about seventeen years ago, and the original concept was just “a guy discovers he was the product of genetic engineering and now people are trying to kill him.” That’s still the same “elevator speech” I use today to describe the book. The second thought was that the main character would be the son of someone important, so the senator father was born.
Then my muse leaped up from where it lay in ambush, and piped in with, “Why don’t you make him gay?”
Okay, it wasn’t quite that random. Continue reading “So, about Colin Jeffries…”
The Amazon Kindle was not the first electronic reader on the market. Sony had been marketing one for the better part of a year, but Amazon took the concept mainstream, making it the first e-reader that the average layperson could get his or her mitts upon.
The decision to self-publish Human X was simple. Perhaps it was born of a little impatience. The normal procedure for publishing a book with a traditional publisher is long and the obstacles are plentiful. Not the least of which is the simple fact that publishers frown on authors who submit their work to more than one house at the same time. You can spend months and years just getting an editor to take a serious look at your work, and still not see it in print.
Even before I bought my Kindle, I had adopted another post-modern way of consuming the written word. That would be the audio book, formerly known as “books on tape,” back when we had something called a “cassette player” in our cars (kids, you can ask your grandparents about that one).