The Soul Archives continue . . .

Award-winning author Simon West-Bulford takes readers deeper into the world of Salem Ben in the second book in the Soul Archives, The Soul Continuum.

At the end of the universe, death is only the beginning . . .

SoulContiuum_640x920There is an open wound in the heart of the cosmos. A wound that tears at the flesh of reality, drawing powerful and malign aberrations from an unknowable realm. Salem Ben stopped the first, but more are coming, and now he must solve the riddle of their purpose to prevent an all-out invasion. To find the solution, Salem must live the digitally reproduced lives of three individuals: Diabolis Evomere, a tortured but enlightened prisoner in ancient Babylon; Clifford Arken-Bright, a twentieth-century physicist who has uncovered a terrible secret in the quantum world; and Silicant 5, a refugee of the Great AI seeking to understand its hatred of humanity.

 

“Skillfully written, with a nod to Robert Heinlein, and Phillip K. Dick thrown in for good measure, The Soul Continuum is a solid, thought-provoking, science fiction novel. The book does what science fiction does best: explores the human condition. The questions of immortality, science we don’t fully comprehend, the dangers and restructuring after war, the colonization of other worlds—all of these questions are invoked in the reader’s mind and thought-provokingly placed . . . For lovers of thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating novels . . . The Soul Continuum won’t disappoint you. I can also see fans of the Matrix movie trilogy, or movies based off of Phillip K. Dick, such as Scanners, Total Recall, and Blade Runner, enjoying it immensely. It’s a powerful and mindful read that everyone should give a try.”

Open Book Society

“West-Bulford continues his mind-bending metaphysical space opera series with a massively complex story that spans billions of years. . . . West-Bulford peppers his expansive chronicle with vivid descriptions of cosmic creations, philosophical musings on eternal life, and an exploration of man’s hunger for enlightenment.”

Publishers Weekly

Also available this moRosburg_FB_AvailNownth is the Romance Legacy Bundle: a complete collection of seven romantic novels by Helen Rich, writing as Helen A Rosburg, including the award-winning titles By Honor Bound and Call of the Trumpet, in one digital bundle!

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Heading to Fan Expo Canada this weekend? If so, stop by the Medallion booth (#5234) and meet some of our awesome authors!

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On hand Friday will be the author of the Fabrick Weavers series, Andrew Post. Saturday we spotlight WWE Hall of Famers Booker T. Huffman and Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis. Sunday, award-winning author Gregory Lamberson will be signing copies of his Jake Helman series.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Until next time . . .

Heather Musick
Senior Vice President
Medallion Press

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A Conversation with S. L. Duncan

SLDuncanThis month, we celebrate the release of The Salvation of Gabriel SalvationGA_252x406Adam, the second book in S. L. Duncan’s YA fantasy series, The Revelation Saga. The series follows teens Gabriel Adam and Micah Pari, who’ve recently learned they’re archangels, toward the final battle for Earth. “This second book in the series packs many punches and ups the ante for action. . . . Readers who enjoy biblical lore and storytelling will not be disappointed as Micah and Gabe fight to save the world from apocalyptic defeat. Ending just as quickly as it began, readers will be awaiting the next installment” (Stephanie Wilkes, Voya). Get to know author Stephen Duncan.

 

What inspired you to write The Revelation Saga?

 

The source material, really. I had an interest in religious history in college. That led me to read a lot. I found it incredibly interesting how the Bible came to be the Bible, and the politics and machinations that picked those specific books out of a voluminous collection of ancient books. Most of what I read was noncanonical but incredibly interesting. These ancient texts read, some of them at least, like the best sellers of their time. I wondered what would happen if those stories took place today. And from that came Gabriel Adam’s story.

 

Which part of The Salvation of Gabriel Adam challenged you the most?

 

Middle books are hard. They have to be interesting and necessary and have a story in their own right but must also propel the large narrative toward the final chapter. I also wanted Salvation to be different in tone and structure. I wanted the characters to be affected by what happened in the first book and not just leap to the next adventure. A large part of the story is about consequence of choice, which is much different from the story of making the choice told by the first book.

 

What did you learn about yourself as a writer while working on The Salvation of Gabriel Adam?

 

That I am capable of meeting a deadline. Kidding (but not really). I learned that these characters are more alive than I had thought. They really moved the story forward and grew in surprising ways.

 

Three words to describe your writing?

 

No idea. I’m a bit hard on my work, so those three words might not be nice.

 

Charles Bukowski said, “Bad writers tend to have the self-confidence, while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.” How do you personally push through self-doubt to write a novel?

 

I think Charles is right. For the most part, I embrace my self-doubt. In a way, this is my internal editor. If I’m reading something and a voice tells me that what I’ve written is no good, I listen. Usually, it’s right. So it’s not really a matter of pushing through but a matter of using it like a tool. Once you’ve done all you can do with a book and exhausted your efforts to make it better, you may still hear that whisper of doubt. I do. Its power to pull you back, however, is usually balanced by the knowledge that you did your best. The rest you leave to fate.

 

What elements make for good fantasy fiction?

 

I think it is the same as the elements of any good writing for any genre. Avoid the tropes. And when that can’t be done, do it differently and in an original way.

 

Where can we find you and your work online?

www.SLDuncan.com

Twitter: @SLDuncanBooks

Blogging at www.FromtheWriteAngle.com

www.Goodreads.com/SLDuncanBooks

 

 

Rapid-fire 7:

1. Favorite fantasy writer?

Tolkien

2. Favorite movie?

Raiders of the Lost Ark

3. Favorite place to write?

Urban Standard Coffee House

4. Title of your first published work?

The Revelation of Gabriel Adam

5. What book do you wish you’d written?

Jurassic Park

6. Favorite music artist?

This is hard. U2. Or John Williams.

7. What are you currently reading?

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

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The Salvation of Gabriel Adam

Inspired by his travels around the world, S. L. Duncan invites readers to continue their global adventures with young archangel Gabriel in the second installment of The Revelation Saga, The Salvation of Gabriel Adam.

SalvationGA_252x406Embattled by an uncertain future, Gabriel Adam is now slowly succumbing to the powerful ring that he credits with stopping the demon sent to Earth to start the second war between the light and dark realms. As his health fails, his feelings grow for his archangel friend Micah. With the inevitability of his future ever nearer, he wonders if there’s time left to rekindle what they once shared.

 

But a darkness is growing in Istanbul. Lilith has used her alluring beauty to manipulate Simon Magus, the new Turkish president, into giving her great power. Wanting only to reunite with her one true love, she seeks to find seven ancient vials and pierce the veil that separates the dimensions, unleashing hell upon the Earth.

“A horrific merging of dimensions looms for fans in the next installment as the teen archangels grapple their way toward ultimate salvation.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This second book in the series packs many punches and ups the ante for action. . . . Readers who enjoy biblical lore and storytelling will not be disappointed as Micah and Gabe fight to save the world from apocalyptic defeat. Ending just as quickly as it began, readers will be awaiting the next installment.”
—Stephanie Wilkes, Voya

 Be sure to check out book one, The Revelation Saga, available now, and the finale, The Evolution of Gabriel Adam, coming August 2017!

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Until next time. . .

Heather Musick
Senior Vice President
Medallion Press

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Long Live Grover Cleveland!

We are halfway through 2015, but there are still some big things coming to Medallion as we head into the second half of the year!

Have you enjoyed a sneak peek of what’s coming? If not, check out Crixeo.com for a glimpse.

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Head back to college in this month’s new release, Long Live Grover Cleveland by Robert Klose.

LLGC336x542Grover Cleveland College is dying, and the shock is too much for the college’s founder and president, Cyrus Cleveland—a direct descendant of President Grover Cleveland—who begins to die in tandem with his school. In a last bid to save his beloved institution, he wills the college to his nephew Marcus Cleveland, a used-car salesman in New Jersey who has never been to college, much less administered one.

Marcus heads north to see what he can do to live up to his uncle’s expectations and save the day. Facing the impending calamity with cheer, an incorrigibly sunny attitude, and ample naiveté, he is totally unprepared for the stew of discontented faculty, internecine rivalries, and unforeseen events that threaten to upend his every effort to rescue the school from the threat of extinction.

“The author, a college professor, does a very nice job of keeping the tone light and of using his characters to generate the laughs. There’s even a nifty twist ending. Good fun for fans of campus satire.”

— David Pitt, Booklist

Long Live Grover Cleveland has a good, entertaining story line. . . . Robert Klose writes in a similar style to what you might see in Dave Berry—light and whimsical.”

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A Conversation with Robert Klose

LLGC_188x271On July 14RobertClose, we’re releasing Long Live Grover Cleveland, a novel that will keep you turning pages to see what happens when a used-car salesman answers the call to preside over a dying college in the wilds of Maine. “The author, a college professor, does a very nice job of keeping the tone light and of using his characters to generate the laughs. There’s even a nifty twist ending. Good fun for fans of campus satire” (David Pitt, Booklist). Get to know author Robert Klose here.

What inspired you to write Long Live Grover Cleveland?



I have been teaching college for many years. Higher academia is a bottomless pit of inspiration. The list of administrative inanities is almost endless. As a writer, it would have been foolish not to tap into this experience.

 

Which character do you identify with most? In what ways?

Probably Brisco Quik. I’m not manic the way he is, but like Brisco, I often find myself getting wound up about something only to find that I am inveighing against vested interests which have far more power than I and don’t care how wound up I am.

 

Which character was the most fun to write? 

Marcus Cleveland was a fun character to develop, because it was necessary to have him succeed in spite of his glaring unsuitability to run a college. I had to somehow find a way to make this unsuitability his greatest strength.

 

Which character was the most challenging to write?

Brisco Quik was a minor challenge. He’s an angry person, but I think readers weary of characters who express nothing but anger. So I needed to create some level of sympathy for him by delving into his background and exploring the limitations of his ability to both accept and give love.

 

Brisco is an arch-antagonist, full of oppositional energy. Once I had settled on what kind of person my protagonist, Marcus Cleveland, would be—agreeable, forgiving and oblivious—the idea of Brisco suggested itself. He needed to be uncompromising and intemperate.

 

What types of research did you do while writing Long Live Grover Cleveland?

After teaching college for so many years, I had the culture of the academy down pat and didn’t need to research the structure and function of an institution of higher education. I needed only to look into the life of Grover Cleveland to ensure that any references I made to him were accurate.

 

Who are some of your writing influences?



My writing bears absolutely no resemblance to that of the authors I most esteem: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Flannery O’Connor, H.L. Mencken, Philip Roth. So I am “influenced” by them only in the sense that their work inspires me to keep on writing.

 

What is your basic writing process, from idea to final draft?



I try to write first thing in the morning. If I can create 500 to 1,000 words of clean prose, I consider it a good day’s work. I rarely have an idea how a narrative will resolve; I simply have faith that my characters will have safely guided me there by story’s end. Once I have a first draft, I begin the real work of writing, which is the editing process. I reread and edited Long Live Grover Cleveland eighteen times before I felt it was where I wanted it to be.

 

How do you push through writer’s block?



I simply don’t believe in it. I’m mindful of the writer Henry Roth, who is said to have endured a 40-year writer’s block. I find this astounding. How can any writer with his eyes open not be constantly inspired by the world that parades before us?

 

What’s one of your own tried-and-true writing rules?

The only one I abide by is to write even when I find the going difficult—it often turns out that I do my best work when it’s like pulling teeth.

 

What are you working on now?

I’m making progress on a novel that explores a near-future America where extreme right-wing tenets—the disavowal of evolution, climate change, and even the moon landings—have become conventional wisdom and colleges and universities have become little more than conduits for the “new science.”

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A Conversation with Nicole Maggi

NicoleMaggiNicole Maggi’s Twin Willows Trilogy follows sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs into the fray of an ancient rivalry between the Malandanti and Benandanti, warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals. Kirkus Reviews said of the first book, WinterFallsWinter Falls, “Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this promising paranormal adventure,” and now it’s almost here! Get to know Nicole and more about her series and writing process, and look for In the Mouth of the Wolf on bookshelves starting June 16.

 

What inspired you to write the Twin Willows Trilogy?

I was fascinated by the mythology of the Benandanti. I just thought it was so cool, I knew I had to write about them. Not many people know this, but Winter Falls began as a historical novel, set in sixteenth-century Italy, when the Benandanti were investigated by the Roman Inquisition. I worked on it for many months before getting utterly stuck and then realized it wasn’t supposed to be historical. I had to change much of the original mythology to suit my story, but I’ve also kept a lot of it, like being born with the caul, and the edict “You must not speak of the Benandanti,” among other things.

 

I also wanted to write the kind of book that I loved to read when I was a teenager. My teenage years were pretty tumultuous, and reading was a great escape for me. One of my favorite series back then was The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce; I loved those books so much I wanted to live in that world. So I wanted to write that kind of story, that a teenager could escape into and forget their real life for a little while and live my characters’ lives instead.
Which character do you identify with most? In what ways?

Alessia is definitely the most like me. I was just like her as a teen: kind of a goody-two-shoes, straight-A student (except math, in my case!), with a small but tight circle of friends and desperately wanting to get out of her small town and have adventures out in the big wide world. I poured a lot of myself into her while I was writing.

 

Which characters were the most fun (or challenging) to write? 

Bree is hands-down the most fun character I’ve ever written. She’s the anti-me. She’s exactly what I wasn’t in high school. She smokes, she swears, she has sex with boys in the backseat of their cars—all things I would never have done (well, okay, sometimes I swear). Which is why it’s so much fun to let loose when I’m writing in her voice. Beyond that tough-girl exterior she’s very vulnerable; the stakes are very high for her, and she’s got a lot to lose. It was awesome to dig below the surface and bring all that out.

 

The other character who was a blast to bring to life was Nerina. She is actually based on someone I met for an hour many, many years ago. I was studying in Europe for a semester in college, and I was in Rome with a friend of mine. We decided to take the train to see the Gardens of Tivoli, and we got off at the wrong stop and were completely lost. The stationmaster spoke no English and went to get someone from the tiny travel agency next door to help. In walks one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen—statuesque, snaky dark hair, perfectly coiffed, dressed in impeccable clothes—just the most quintessential Italian woman I’ve ever seen. She sat down with us and told us the Gardens of Tivoli were closed and that she’d wait with us until the next train back to Rome arrived. She was warm and kind and totally focused on us. But as she’s talking, the stationmaster is sort of hovering behind her, and I realize that he’s completely in love with this woman (and that it’s completely unrequited). And the longer she sits with us, the more men from the village straggle into the tiny train station . . . and I realize that every single man under the age of forty in this village is totally smitten with this woman, that she is like the golden, unattainable goddess that all of them want to snare . . . and while I think she was aware of all the men who had come into the station to bask in her presence, she never once acknowledged them or broke focus with us. When we got back on the train, I thought, I’m going to put her in a book someday. And many years later I did.

 

 

Who are some of your writing influences?

I’m always thinking about Star Wars and Harry Potter when I write. Both of those series are classic hero’s journey, and that’s the template I used for Alessia’s journey. Plus, I think one of the best questions a young adult fantasy author can ask themselves is What would J.K. Rowling do? The Harry Potter series is so brilliantly plotted. Each book is an individual hero’s journey unto itself, and then there is a greater hero’s journey arcing over all seven books. The way Rowling did that was masterful and something I aspire to.

 

Star Wars is much the same, in probably a more straightforward way. While I was writing In the Mouth of the Wolf, the middle book of the trilogy, I thought about Empire Strikes Back a lot. I kept thinking, I need to get to my Han-Solo-frozen-in-carbonite moment.

How do you push through writer’s block?

Well, first I identify whether I actually have writer’s block or if I’m just being lazy. Sadly, it’s usually the latter. So if that’s the case, I keep my butt in the chair and push through, and it usually doesn’t take much to get back in the groove. But if it truly is writer’s block, then I step away from the computer. I’ll do something like go for a walk, cook an elaborate meal, take a long drive, or make a collage, something that gets my brain working in a different way than writing to loosen up my creativity.

What’s one of your own tried-and-true writing rules?

Okay, so this sounds a little crazy, but I swear it works. I learned it from a workshop I took with Donald Maass at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference many years ago. When I’ve finished a book (including edits), I print the entire manuscript out. And then I throw the manuscript into the air and let it make a mess on the floor all around me. Then I gather all the pages in random order and read the whole thing . . . in random order. What this does is keep me very present on every page as I read. When you read a book (in chronological order), you get lulled in by the story and the characters and you tend to miss little things or skim over places where the tension has lagged. By reading it out of order, I’m jarred every time I turn the page and so I’m seeing every page with fresh eyes. I’ll notice a lot of things on this read that I missed before. Once I caught a paragraph referring to a character that I’d cut out of the book two versions previously. Also, it’s really cathartic to toss your book in the air and let the pages rain down around you.

 

What are you working on now?

I just finished the third book in The Twin Willows Trilogy, The Blue Woods, which comes out in January. Now I’m working on a YA thriller that will be published with Sourcebooks in fall 2016. I can’t say much about it except that my inspiration is the TV show Alias, of which I was a major fan.

 

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New Logo for Medallion

As part of Medallion’s exciting updates, we have redesigned our logo. We feel the new logo reflects our brand and innovative image. Check it out below:
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June Releases and More

Vacation season is upon us. Do you have your beach reads ready? If not, then join Medallion and Read on Vacation!

Read on Vacation is our recommended list of summer reads at discount prices.

Each month from June through August 2015, we will offer three to four titles in e-book format at a discounted price of $0.99!

 

June selections:

The Devils that Have Come to Stay by Pamela DiFrancesco

Vanquished by Hope Tarr

Paper Hearts by S.R. Savell

Hurry—these prices are for a limited time! Visit readonvacation.com for more information.

 

Over the pMedallion_color_Bast eleven years, Medallion has sought out ways to stand out in the publishing industry and to innovate the experience of reading with things like TREEbook. Over the past few months, you may have noticed some changes and testing of looks for the Medallion logo. Today we launch a new aesthetic for Medallion with a logo that melds all of our past variations to create a strong identifier for all of our wonderful products.

 

This new logo is just the beginning of what we have in store for 2015! There are definitely some bigger things coming for Medallion in the second half of 2015, so stay tuned!

 

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June also marks the ten-year anniversary of the publication of Men of Bronze by Scott MenOfBronze_252x406Oden, Medallion’s first title to receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

“Oden’s masterful story of bloody battles, political intrigues, betrayal and romance offers a gripping portrait of the collapse of an empire.”

—Publishers Weekly

 

Also a Quill Award nominee, Men of Bronze is just one of Medallion’s best-selling titles. Congrats on ten years, Scott!

 

The night battles rage on in book two of the Twin Willows Trilogy, In the Mouth of the Wolf by Nicole Maggi.

 

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The Twin Willows Waterfall is now under the control of the Benandanti, but for Alessia, the victory comes at a steep price. And the arrival of Nerina, one of the seven Concilio elders from the Friuli Clan, only complicates her life. Now she’s hiding a 450-year-old immortal on her farm, juggling school and her increasingly frustrated friends, and trying to keep the Malandanti from regaining the Waterfall. But it’s the passion that still lingers between her and Jonah that really keeps Alessia awake at night.

 

After a fatal visit from the Malandanti’s mage, Alessia brings in Jonah’s twin sister, Bree, to serve as a Benandanti spy. Bree has her own reasons for wanting to bring down the Malandanti, and soon she and Alessia find themselves in a tenuous alliance. But not even the powerful magic that Bree possesses nor the strong leadership that Nerina provides can stop the vicious Malandanti. As the two Clans barrel towards their inevitable collision, Alessia and Jonah are swept into the devastation and forced to make the ultimate choice.

 

Catch up with the first book in the series, Winter Falls.

 

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“Nicole Maggi has a way of writing that transports you into Alessia’s shoes; you almost feel as if she is a part of you.” —Once Upon a Twilight

 

“The story is perfectly balanced with love, suspense, action, and romance. I cannot wait for the next book!” —LibraryThing

 

“Winter Falls is a very quick, fun read that should appeal to readers that love magic and shape-shifting abilities.” —OpenBookSociety

 

Until next time . . .

Heather Musick, Senior Vice President

 

 

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A Conversation with Jeremy Brown

JeremyBrownCrime/fighting writer Jeremy Brown joins us this month to discuss his Woodshed Wallace thriller series, including Suckerpunch, Hook and Shoot, and the newest release, Anaconda Choke, which hits shelves May 12. The series follows heavyweight mixed martial artist Aaron Wallace into no-holds-barred fights in and out of the cage. “There is plenty of action here for MMA fans, but Brown’s fast-paced and engaging style also lends itself to anyone who enjoys a raucous thriller fraught with eccentric characters and formidable enemies” (Booklist). We love Jeremy’s terse AnacondaChoke_188x271writing style and his impressive grasp on natural dialogue—and we can’t get enough of the Arcoverde brothers’ kickass cousin Marcela. Get to know Jeremy here.

Who are some of your writing influences?

Elmore Leonard first and foremost. As soon as I started reading his stuff, I thought, “It’s okay to write like this? Well, hot damn.”
Raymond Chandler was the breakthrough I needed to find Woody’s point of view in the narrative.
I horrifyingly just discovered Lawrence Block, and the fact that he has over 100 novels makes me giddy with anticipation.
John Sandford, Steven Pressfield, Bernard Cornwell, and Martin Cruz Smith are all writers I turn to when I need to hear a pure, clean voice.
Andrew Vachss informed my early ideas of what the crime thriller could be, but his writing is too important and too dark for me to stand beside.
Savages by Don Winslow is a masterpiece in minimal prose, and I still can’t figure out how the hell he did it.

 

What inspired you to write the Woodshed Wallace series?

I wanted to write something in the crime thriller genre, but I didn’t want to use an ex-cop, PI, alcoholic, etc. I wanted a hero whose first choice was violence, who had to constantly restrain himself from knocking heads together and stomping throats. MMA and the UFC were rocketing in popularity in the mid-’00s, and I figured a cage fighter who was even more dangerous outside of the cage would make a very popular and exciting character.

 

Which secondary characters were the most fun to write?

I loved writing all of the villains in the series—particularly Carrasco—and Burch in Hook and Shoot and Rubin in Anaconda Choke. Burch had such a simple, refined mind-set: his job was to protect Vanessa and Eddie, and he didn’t care who he insulted, hurt, or killed to do that job. Rubin was fun because he had such a wealth of experience with the favelas and crime in Rio before Woody met him, so what seemed to Woody like complete insanity was just another day for Rubin. It’s always fun to write dialogue for characters who need to accomplish something without revealing too much about why.

 

Which antagonist was the most challenging to write?

Kendall was fun to write, but it was challenging to establish his motives. I don’t think I did a good enough job of that in Suckerpunch. Hook and Shoot did a better job of explaining why he did what he did, so if anyone is left wondering why he snatched Marcela and carried on the way he did, read Hook and Shoot.

 

What is your basic writing process, from idea to final draft?

First is coming up with an idea or a premise. Sometimes this includes a character like Woody or Darwin (from Find > Fix > Finish), sometimes it’s just a scenario with blank faces. I mess around with it for a while to see if I keep coming back to it, if it haunts me before I fall asleep and creeps in while I’m driving or have to sit through a meeting.
If it’s sticky, I’ll find the major beats to the narrative. What’s the opening hook, the inciting incident, the first plot point? What happens at the midpoint? What propels the story into the climax? What terrible situations can the protagonist(s) face? How does it end?
After all of that (and I don’t need to know the answers to all of the questions), if I can’t wait to get started, then I know it’s something I need to write.
I figure out about how long the story should be, then I dig in and break the story down using a spreadsheet I made that includes the part, scene, word count, percentage of total part word count, and percentage of total story word count. The percentages make sure the beats are hitting at the right point of the narrative.
These beats create dots that need to be connected. Then I connect the dots. I’m very picky as I write, which might be detrimental to my process. I make sure all the punctuation is in place and rarely leave anything unfinished or unanswered before I move on to the next scene. This is because I’m lazy. I don’t want to keep track of what needs attention, and I don’t want to go back and fix things if I don’t have to.
Sometimes the characters take the story in a different direction and I’ll adjust accordingly if it’s a better path.
When I’m done connecting the dots, I have something pretty close to a final draft, pre-editorial input. I do my best to make sure there aren’t any typos and the story is as good as I can make it, then I ship it off.
If the book is being traditionally published, it’s a collaboration with my fantastic editors to refine and polish the story as much as possible.
If I am self-publishing, I send it to a freelance editor who checks for consistency, clarity, and mistakes.

 

How do you push through writer’s block?

I don’t believe in it. If I’m stuck, it’s because I’m afraid to keep going or I took the story somewhere the characters don’t agree with. They’ll just stand around waiting for me to figure it out, so I’ll go back to where things were flowing and pick it up there.

 

What’s one of your own tried-and-true writing rules?

Whenever possible, tell the story through action and dialogue. And it’s pretty much always possible. When I get caught up in exposition, I try to stop and realize I’m just figuring out what happens for myself. Then I turn it into dialogue between characters. If there aren’t any other characters around, I try to scrap it—if it isn’t necessary, it doesn’t belong anywhere. If it is necessary, I find somewhere else to put it.

 

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m writing and publishing chapters on my website, jeremybrown.com , for The Race. It’s a fun horror thriller about a team of coed adventure racers who stumble upon a terrifying group of people in the middle of the woods.
I’m also brainstorming the follow-ups to Akon’s Mission and Find > Fix > Finish, and I’m always looking for a story idea that grabs me and won’t let go. The best way to stay current with my projects is to sign up for exclusive updates on my site—doing so also grants access to all sorts of cool stuff, like Woodshed Wallpapers!

 

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May Releases Just for Thriller Fans

Thriller readers, May’s release is just for you!

Aaron “Woodshed” Wallace is back for a rematch in the third installment of the Woodshed Wallace series, Anaconda Choke by Jeremy Brown.

 

Anaconda Choke is amazing. If you’re a fan of the series, it’s everything you want from Woodshed. . . . Caught in an unwanted love triangle that’s more brutal then the octagon, Woodshed once again has to rely on his will to help the people he loves. . . . It’s a thrill ride.”

—Jordan Dickey

 

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Woodshed Wallace is equally at home in the grittiest alleys and brightest MMA cages of Las Vegas, but none of that prepares him for the war that awaits him in Rio de Janeiro. Woody is in Brazil to reunite with his past flame Marcela and the Arcoverde clan and to fight in Banzai Eddie Takanori’s first international Warrior Inc. event.

 

Marcela and the Arcoverdes do their best to let Woody focus on the fight, but his instincts are too sharp. The family is in trouble. Carrasco, crime lord of the notorious, sprawling Rio slum Axila da Serpente, has taken a liking to Marcela. Carrasco believes he is the embodiment of an Exu, a spirit driven by lust, vice, and crime, and the spirit has demanded ownership of Marcela.

 

Under the burning MMA spotlights and within the brutal labyrinths of Rio’s slums, Woody must realize what he cherishes most—and what he must fight for—before it’s gone forever.

 

“Brown effectively combines crisp action sequences detailing the intricacies of Brazilian jujitsu with a smart and entertaining narration featuring Wallace’s self-deprecating humor. There is plenty of action here for MMA fans, but Brown’s fast-paced and engaging style also lends itself to anyone who enjoys a raucous thriller fraught with eccentric characters and formidable enemies.”

—Craig Clark, Booklist

 

Be sure to check out these other books by Jeremy Brown!

 

Suckerpunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

HookAndShoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time . . .

 

Heather Musick, Senior Vice President

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