“Do you really expect that to grow?”
“How can you know if you don’t give it the chance?”
Let’s face it, being a writer is not for the faint of heart. Becoming a published author, even less so. Plagued by self-doubt, crippled by pitfalls, yet still painfully addicted to that extra little room inside our heads steadily building stories just screaming to be let out.
Chronicled herein is my journey of a lifetime; the mistakes, the highs, the triumphs, and, of course, the rejections.
Writing tips, editing advice, and missteps to avoid along the way, Becoming a Published Author is a misery that could use a bit of company.
Time sunders all, it seems, and now, the seal is breaking. Alieda Carver, last remaining vessel of the Seal of Silence–a seal forged by blood to subdue history’s most infamous and lethal ruler–now runs, hunted; pursued by those who would see the seal destroyed and visit a new age of fear and domination upon the world.
Meanwhile, Grey, a mysterious traveler with a nose for the unusual, finds himself unknowingly following in Alieda’s wake as she causes ripple after ripple of unexplainable flares on the arcane spectrum—each of them following the same path, yet equally unaware of the other’s existence.
Native Americans have been telling stories about predatory shapeshifters since before recorded history. The Blackfoot tell of the wolf man. The Navajo have yee naaldlooshii, the skinwalker. The Cherokee have a tribe that can reportedly change into bears, but they all share the same animalistic foundations. And the stories don’t end there. Europeans brought over tales of werewolves. Cults of lycanthropy date back as far as 1200BC. The French have the loup-garou and ancient Mesoamericans had the nahual. And these are only to name a few.
Yet humanity is still eager to dismiss these accounts as ones of fiction, lumping them all together within the obscure realms of myth and legend. This not only answers the impossibility of these creature’s existence, but also provides a desperate and necessary sense of security, being able to say: there’s no such thing as monsters.
Because there’s not.
“Dante’s Inferno” meets “It’s a Wonderful Life” in this vivid fire and brimstone mini-epic.
Hal Richardson finds himself unexpectedly delivered into the fiery furnace following a traffic accident on one of his intercity bus routes – along with a few of his more secular passengers. Now, waking up in Hell is not for the faint of heart, especially when a disturbing visitor arrives with a very tempting alternative. Driven by necessity and the promise of a second chance, Hal and his companions embark on a terrifying journey through Hell, led by one who has made the trek before. But will they survive the climb? More important, will they survive their guide?