Monday, January 23, 2012

dear me, I'm productive


guess what, I wrote nearly 18,000 words in 13 days! I'm so proud of me. And I end up with 1-2 hours left every morning where I can do other stuff. So I decided to get more serious about blogging. Also, I will start revising my Choose Your Own Adventure Fairy Tale Murder Mystery (what a mouthful). I'd love to release "Chasing the Grimm Reaper" soon. I guess, the hardest bit will be to write a decent cover blurb. After all, the story twists in so many directions, it's probably hard to capture in a blurb. We'll see. I'll keep you posted.

Also, I decided that this blog will focus on stuff that might be of interest to other authors, on stuff that I'm interested in, and on details about my writing (including upcoming releases etc), whereas my other blog (on my homepage) will focus solely on stuff that's interesting for my readers and on my books.

So, enjoy the day as much as I do,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ideal Reader and Goodreads


I've been blogging and working in forums, joined twitter, took part in a blog campaign and more, and I met a ton of interesting, big-hearted, all-around-lovely people out there. Most of them are writers (like me). It feels good to connect with them. When I'm sitting here, writing day in day out, I don't have anyone who really understands what I'm doing. So it's great to have friends who can relate.

But what if I'm looking for readers? Sure, most writers read. Without it we'd never get a decent idea for our novels, but are my followers the kind of reader who'd enjoy my books? My stories are always a little weird, and they're always aimed at juvenile readers (and those grown-ups who still love the genre).

I love to smuggle little tidbits of real world information into my novels. For example, I wrote a Science Fiction (which I'll be translating into English in Summer), where I explained wormhole travel in a simplified, easy to understand way. I'm currently translating a novel in an Arabian-Nights setting, where I researched Arabic phrases to include them. I'm pondering s short story that wants to be written, which will include facts about a Roman battlefield from 340-something AD they found a few miles south from where I live. When I read novels myself, I love finding hidden nuggets like these -- and I even if I don't get them, I still want to enjoy the story.

I write stories where the bad guy isn't completely bad, because that's the way the world is. Every antagonist (that's what writers call the main bad guy) in my books has something that makes me like them despite the crap they put my main character through.

In my stories, not only the main character grows. Many of the cast change throughout the story, they learn and grow -- because that's the way the world works.

I love exotic settings, but somehow I rarely write classical fantasy. I do include many fantasy (or sometimes SciFi) elements but always ground my stories in worlds similar to ours.

I love to use history or nature as a springboard for my stories, and sometimes, I have nearly as much material about the time period I'm writing about as I've got for my characters.

If any of this is what you're looking for in an author, you're probably my Ideal Reader. If you are, you'll find all the stories and novels I've published so far (even some of the German ones) on my Goodreads profile. Feel free to become my friend there or join my mailing list.

Now, how about you? Have you ever thought about your Ideal Reader or (in case of a reader) your Ideal Author?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

current project


so far, I'm right on schedule with my current project. It's a story set in the world of "1001 Arabian Nights". There used to be a short story on Smashwords that originally sparked the novel, but I took it down. It has too many spoilers but has too many unresolved threads. That why I wrote the novel in the first place. It is now called: Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx and the Djinn.

A young girl becomes a thief to discover who murdered her mentor, but instead she learns that she's been adopted. To find her original family, she's got to rescue a djinn -- not really an easy task since she's chased by an assassin, a jackal headed god and an elusive sorcerer.

If all goes as planned, I'll finish mid-February. That should give me enoug time to get someone to correct grammar and spelling, so I can publish it near the end of February or beginning of March. And on Sunday, I'll send an as yet unedited sample to my list. Join it now if you want. You'll get an eBook plus two short stories from my colleagues from the Independent Bookworm (all Fantasy)

Enjoy the day,