Ever start writing a story and it splits in two? I was almost ready to set the odd chapters aside when I came across the idea of paralleling the stories. As one adventure occurs, the same could be similar to the other. So chop here, move here, and ten chapters are now in different locations of the story. Yes it is beginning to make sense. Hopefully, these two voyages will come together at the Crossroads.
Jan has just been placed in a safe house, when Alex's friend Frank drops by with a present for her:
“Frank,” she acknowledged nodding her head. Alex turned toward Frank and offered his school chum one of the chairs at the table.
“So Frank, what brings you by here? I don’t need anyone for Jan until tomorrow.”
“I brought that dog out here to help. He’s not much of an attack dog but he sure loves to bark a lot at anythin’ movin’.”
“A dog?” Jan leaned forward. “I have never taken care of a dog. Where is it?” Her curiosity was mounting fast.
“He’s out on the porch,” Frank replied getting up and walking toward the door. Jan and Alex followed close behind.
There on the porch was this hairy mongrel panting, drool dripping, and shaggy tail wagging back and forth so hard it made the whole dog’s body shake.
“Oh,” Jan said with caution, “He’s big,” was all Jan could say.
“What kind of dog is he Frank?” Alex asked smiling because he knew about his friend’s dog raising abilities or lack of one.
“Well, somewhere he’s got Blue Heeler, some shepherd, some wolfhound I think, and maybe a pointer or two.”
Everyone at that moment started laughing while the dog just sat there taking these happy humans all in. Suddenly he barked, loud.
“Whoa, that’s a loud one,” Alex exclaimed, “What’s his name?”
“Ralph, I named him after my granddad ‘cause he had a loud bark too.”
Jan couldn't contain the snicker that was creeping up through her throat. She covered her mouth with her right hand to keep the laughter from getting out, but it was too late. “HooHaaHaa, oh this is too much,” Jan giggled wiping the tears from her eyes. She then moved over to the animal and scratched behind his matted ears.
“He needs a bath Frank,” Jan stated staring back at Alex’s scruffy friend. Her statement made Frank startled, like she wanted him to do it.
The autographed ebook copy of Deflection will be taken off the market December 30th. If you haven't got it yet, please order now, it is $4.49ea.
It is about a Tucson police detective following his suspect first to the Moon then to Mars where he meets his first alien. What starts out as a simple fragment of metal turns into the most interesting item in Alex Blackhawk's life.
I have on autographed ebooks, available on Kindle, B&N, Kobo and others for an extra $.50 or $4.49ea. These will be available until December 31, 2014.
Here I am at my first book signing. I hate giving speeches but my book friends said I did a good job. There were 6 other authors at this signing in the Library today. The themes to talk about were what inspired and motivated us.
I have always been inspired by the books I have read by Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asminov how they portrayed the future in a realistic style. That is how I wanted to write my stories. I also enjoy reading mystery books by Agatha Christie and Rita Mae Brown that used talking animals.
My motivation comes from within and trying in this fictionalized style to pull the reader along in an enjoyable adventure. I have been motivated by the writing group, Writers On the Edge, to not only write better but learn how to self publish my books. Chris our leader and Melissa our computer tech along with others in the class have been most beneficial in my endeavors.
Some people from my past have accused me of having a too vivid imagination, well now I can put it to good use.
Even if you say you can't write, you have a story within you, join a writing club or get your friend to help you.
With the two books I have wrote, I have left certain back stories open for more.