It’s been roughly six years since I published my first paperback – The Betrayed. Although I’ve published books before (technical stuff) in digital format, my official entry into the world of independent authoring, the way people perceive it, started in 2012.
In the past six years, I had a chance to release seven novels, with another five books, bearing my name out either as a primary author or a co-author, also seeing the light of the day in that same period. A nice dozen. That’s a sizable volume of publications, and I believe I can share some of the lessons and insights I’ve learned since.
Like many an independent author, I was surprised by the (somewhat) unexpected and for me, rather ill-timed, announcement that CreateSpace would cease its professional services offering. This inopportune change coincided with my imminent decision to publish another book. All of a sudden, I was left in a lurch. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) was suggested as an alternative, but it’s mostly self work, whereas I really wanted someone else to do the actual editing piece for me. So what now?
Ladies, gentlemen, extraterrestrials! Another novel nailed. Roughly two months since I started writing the book, it is now complete. One hundred thousand crisp words. Faster than light travel, lighter than air encounters of the fourth kind, galactic political intrigue, space battles, you name it, it’s all there. Well, most of it. The name of the book? The Paradox.
Paul Kearney is one of my favorite authors. The best way to describe Paul is as a creator of ultra-realistic, soul-wrenching, action-gripping novels. Or the Father of Grimdark, in shorthand. A couple of weeks back, I asked Paul for an interview, and he has graciously accepted.
The genre of science fiction is not new to me. I’ve already dabbled in it quite some over the years, including a fair range of short stories, featuring space travel, robots, androids, dystopian, futuristic, and apocalyptic themes. But I’ve never written a full sci-fi book.
Great news. I have finished writing the second volume in the Humanz series, a dystopian zombie series, told from the perspective of a zombie, in first person. Decay, the first book, was released back in 2017. And now, the sequel is ready. This one is called Darkness.
When you think about it, few red-haired people share the same fame as the biblical Romeo cum Rambo – the archetypal good-guy Samson, whom I chose as the protagonist for my latest book, I Shall Slay the Dragon! Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Of all the fantasy themes I could have picked, why this one?
Ladies, gentlemen, I am proud to announce the publication of my latest book, I Shall Slay the Dragon! This epic, biblical mythology novel retells the original tragic love story – that of Samson and Delilah – only with a twist. Now, there’s a dragon, too.
My main website, the super-mega-awesome tech blog dedoimedo.com, is turning twelve next week. To commemorate this fine date, I am most benevolently giving away some (more) free books. Amazon Kindle stuff.
Feeling dystopian? Excellent. Then you will want to know I’m hosting a Kindle Giveaway for my first-person zombie-themed novella Decay on Goodreads starting May 28. This means two weeks time from now, sharp, you can chance winning one of the 100 copies of this little book, the first installment in my semi-apocalyptic series Humanz. Hear hear.