On Attitudes ?>

On Attitudes

I’ve always had an attitude problem. I’m not bothered by that, just stating a fact. My mother is always telling me I’m a natural-born rebel, and that I’m a hard bitch – affectionately speaking, of course. I think she sometimes regrets just how hard I’ve become, although she would never say it. But it’s how I’ve survived being so out of step with the rest of my generation; how I’ve coped with always disagreeing with the norm, with liking underground…

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About Adult Content ?>

About Adult Content

I wrote this post some time ago and never published it (I have no idea why). Recently I had cause to think about the subject again, so I thought I’d polish the dust off, post it, and add an addendum to it. OCTOBER 2, 2013: It’s no secret that in the world of fiction today, the Young Adult (and “New Adult”) genres are a massive industry. They appeal not only to the young but also to adults who prefer a…

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Change of Plan ?>

Change of Plan

For the whole time I was writing Before Dark, I intended that it would be a free promotional tool. Even when it balooned from a 5,000 short story to a whopping 50,000 word novel that was still the plan. But that was before I discovered that it was essentially impossible for me to offer the book free through Amazon at this stage, and I had to rethink. I’ve had Before Dark listed free on Smashwords, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and…

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Houston, We Have a Problem ?>

Houston, We Have a Problem

And unsurprisingly, the problem lies with Amazon once again. I don’t think I’ve made a secret of my dislike for Amazon’s treatment of Indie authors; it’s hard to like a company that tries to force us into exclusivity deals and whose constant undercutting of competitors is putting many smaller outlets out of business. I’ve also always felt that as authors, we should be allowed to offer our titles for free if we want. Other retailers allow it; and after all,…

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Before Dark: A Tale of the Temple ?>

Before Dark: A Tale of the Temple

  Before Dark is finally available through Smashwords and should be listed on Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, and others within the next two weeks, if all goes well. It’s been a long time coming, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t petrified of finally letting it go out into the world – but for better or worse, here it is. In the world of the future, vampires are real. Escaped military experiments gone horribly wrong, they…

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My Virtual Twin ?>

My Virtual Twin

These past few months writing Alpha, I have to admit I’ve missed Alice terribly. Although she isn’t me, there are places where our lives touch. When I first dreamt of Dark and the Temple, it was me waking in that bed with the red sheets. It was me that discovered Atwater’s cache of vampire blood behind her study wall. So I suppose it was only natural that when it came time to externalise the experience and find the character who…

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My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith ?>

My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith

There’s been tons in the media this week regarding the mass panic of companies such as WHSmith and Kobo, and the ridiculous solution they came up with to prevent potentially damaging erotica from being sold through their websites. Their answer was not to pull all erotica titles until they’ve been screened, which would have been understandable, but to pull ALL self-published books regardless of genre or content. Meanwhile, many trad-pub novels with similar content has escaped the cull unscathed. I…

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Getting Beyond a Joke ?>

Getting Beyond a Joke

Today has been a funny old day. Early this afternoon one of my favourite authors, Joanne Harris, tweeted that a story called Taken by the T-Rex was at #677 in Amazon’s sales rankings. Her only comment to the story was *headdesk*. I nearly always follow links that she posts, and so naturally I followed this one. Imagine my surpise when I was presented with a seventeen-page monstrosity about a prehistoric girl being ravished by a T-Rex. I mean, you just…

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Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service ?>

Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service

This past six months, you might have noticed I’ve been working on two books – entirely by accident, as one was only meant to be a *cough* short story. It’s one of my failings as a writer that things grow on me; I’ve never been able to write short stories unless they are tied into a larger franchise – and sometimes, not even then. Books, by and large, take a lot of work, and they’re going to take the same…

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My Nefarious Past in Fanfiction ?>

My Nefarious Past in Fanfiction

For a lot of years, especially during my twenties, I wrote mainly fanfiction. I don’t think it’s particularly uncommon for authors to start out that way; Joanne Harris has admitted to writing and even posting fragments of Lost, House, and other fanfiction (good on her!). At it’s core, it’s ripping way to learn: you can experiment with techniques that might be a bit experimental for mainstream fiction; you have a ready-made audience; and you make a lot of good friends….

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