From the Ashes Has Been Published!

I am now officially a published author! From the Ashes went “live” on Amazon.com’s Kindle book store at a little before three a.m. this morning. I sat staring at the page for several seconds, clapping with glee. No, not at three a.m. If I’d still been up at that time of morning, I doubt I’d have had the energy or mental capacity to do anything with glee. It has taken so long to get to this moment that it almost doesn’t seem real. In a way, I suppose you could say that I’ve been a published author since 1998, when I put my first fan fiction story online, but, of course, that isn’t quite the same thing. I’ve made the introductory price $0.99. Sure, that means I’ll only make $0.35 per sale on Amazon.com, but since I’m a new author there, I think it’s wise to start out low. Also, this not being a long novel, I don’t think the price should be high. I’ll probably never go over $1.99 on it – unless it becomes wildly popular. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she? šŸ˜€ Now comes the task of marketing. Since I have no spare money to speak of, … Continue reading

My Adventures in Timeā€‘Traveling Excerpt

Here is a little excerpt from the story.  Now keep in mind that this is from the first draft, so it might have typos and could undergo some changes. If I had known that my entire life was going to change that day, I’d have worn a better tie. Yes, I know that’s an odd way to start a story, but I’m an odd sort of guy, so there you have it. The day started out like an average workday with nary a clue that it was going to turn out otherwise.  Not counting burnt toast, breakfast was uneventful.  Ditto for the trip to the office.  My plan was to get my morning caffeine fix at the espresso stand in my office building.  I never did get my four-shot double mocha that day, which was a real bummer because it was the flavor of the month. I had just gotten out of my car and was heading for the office entrance when a green-eyed, auburn-haired beauty suddenly pulled up in a black sports car and said through the open window, “Come with me if you want to live.”  No, I’m not making that up, and, yes, I know it’s straight … Continue reading

How “My Adventures in Timeā€‘Traveling” Came to Be

Seven years ago, out of the blue, a sentence suddenly popped into my brain: “If I had known that my entire life was going to change that day, I’d have worn a better tie.” Thus was born my time-traveling story that’s taken all these years to complete a first draft.  No, I’m not kidding you.  It actually started with the creation of that opening sentence.  Of course, then I had to come up with an actual story to go with it. The foundation of the novel, what the whole thing’s built upon, is its leading man, Michael Greyson.  It was character first, plot second.  Michael is an amalgamation of Daniel Jackson and Jack O’Neill of Stargate SG-1, blending character traits from both of them, plus some that are all his own.  His personality shaped the plot, taking it in directions it wouldn’t have if he had been a more serious character.  And that is something I didn’t want this story to be, all seriousness.  I knew right from the start that there had to be a whole lot of humor in it to counter the very serious events taking place. Like with most of my longer fan fiction stories, this … Continue reading

From the Ashes Excerpts

Here are a few excerpts from the story to give you a little taste. Enjoy! Unsure what to say next, Falon didn’t speak for a moment.  He was about to make a comment about the nice weather when Beth suddenly blurted out, “Would you like to go for a hike with me?” Taken completely by surprise, he didn’t reply for a few seconds, which was apparently long enough for her to regret her outburst.  Her cheeks turned pink, and she exclaimed, “I’m sorry!  I didn’t really mean to say that.  It just popped right—” “Yes.” Beth paused.  “Yes?” “Yes, I’d love to go on a hike with you.” A brilliant smile beamed across Beth’s face, making him want to kiss her right then and there. “Really?  I-I mean, that’s great!  It should be perfect weather for it.  We should probably pack a lunch, that is unless you just want to take a short hike.” “We’ll pack a lunch,” Falon said, letting her know with those words that he didn’t want just a short hike.  “I will have to get some proper shoes, though.  When I started this trip, I wasn’t intending to do things that would require that kind of … Continue reading

How “From the Ashes” Came to Be

Though definitely not my first original fiction story idea, this one won the race to be the first one completed.  Once the idea took root in my mind, my muse grabbed hold of it and wouldnā€™t let go. So how was this plot bunny born?  When I began reading Kindle eBooks, the first genre I went to was fantasy, it being my favorite.  From that genre, I segued into paranormal romance.  I soon found one in which the leading man had the ability to command the seas.  That one got me to thinking about stories in which the hero could control one or more of the other “elements,” earth, air and fire.  Those of you who have read my Stargate SG-1 fan fiction are probably familiar with the series in which I gave one of the main characters the ability to control fire, an ability I have always thought would be tremendously powerful.  Thoughts of writing an original fiction story starring a hero who had the same ability began bouncing around in my head, but they had no real direction to take. That changed one day while I was out driving in my car.  I spotted a teenaged boy who … Continue reading

At last!

Well, here I am, on the verge of actually having an original fiction novel published for sale.  This has been a dream of mine, on and off, for a great many years.  There were a lot of times when I wondered if it would ever happen.  When I became deeply immersed in the world of fan fiction, writing original fiction didnā€™t just get shoved onto the back burner, it was completely off the stove and tucked in a corner of the refrigerator.  Once in a while, Iā€™d think about it, but I was just too interested in writing my fanfics to think about it for very long.  That changed somewhat when I got the idea for my time travel novel, but even it got shelved for long periods of time in favor of fan fiction. So what changed this?  As strange as it may sound, the turning point was me buying a Kindle and finding all the free and low priced Kindle books available.  I became a voracious reader, many of the stories written by unknown and little known authors.  It didnā€™t take long before I got to thinking that, if they could do it, why couldn’t I?  It would … Continue reading