Tuesday, 15 December 2009
When I was staring my novel Ritual of Blood, the first character that came to me was a strong female: the vampire Lucinda. She was stronger, more beautiful and extremely more vicious than any other vampire that was going to be in the book, either male or female. Though she takes a subservient role to her vampire master, Sebastian, it is because she has chosen to do so, and she still manages to do things on her own terms.
In Killing Time, Nicole Hutton finds her own inner strength as she moves out of her mother’s house to her own place. Plagued by her troubled early childhood at the hands of her step-mother, and an oppressive ex-boyfriend, Nicole’s confidence grows with her new found independence, and helps her stand up to the demons of her past, and face the demon of her present – the Dark Man.
It is Shauna Spinner in the Ramton Gallow Mysteries series that I feel really stands out in The Witch of Primrose Hill as the strong one of the three main characters. She keeps a level head when Daniel Grade is so convinced that Mrs Harris is a witch, and the one responsible for the death of a boy from their school, that he wants to rush off and tell the police before having anything more substantial than just rumour, and convinces him to get proof first. She is also good to have around if they need to get their homework done or escape from those under the Witch’s spell. I do have a story idea just for Shauna, but whether it will be a novel or just a short story, only time will tell.
The current young adult horror novel I’m working on, Falling Star, also has a strong female character driving the plot, Katie Jenkins. Though I do have some concerns about my ability to make her come across as a believable fifteen year old girl, I am having a lot of fun writing her, and watching her grow as a character.
I do believe that strong female characters are not to be overlooked, especially in the horror genre, and I look forward to meeting many more in my novels to come.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Following Falling Star, all my other Young Adult Horror novels, including The Ramton Gallow Mysteries series, will be under Dark Crucible, though other books I write, such as Killing Time, will not be.
I feel that the Young Adult Horror genre is lacking some new blood and heart stopping fear, and I want to see if I can re-address the balance.
What I hope to do with Dark Crucible is to work with talented authors in giving them a fresh eye over their work to bring out the best in it, help and encouragement in developing their writing, and using the resources of the internet to promote their books as much as possible, relieving the pressure of doing it all alone.
It does seem like a big task, but I am relishing what is to come.
Monday, 23 November 2009
It is also not the same 'Dark Man' who was stalking the life of Nicole Hutton, the heroine of Killing Time, but another one of his kind. This brought to me the idea that in the world of my ficton there is not just one 'Dark Man' roaming the earth, but many 'Dark Men' all around us, hidden from our natural senses though can be seen by those with the gift, or curse, of a connection to something beyond. Who they are and why they are here is part of their mystery, and really adds to the fear that they can generate.
In Killing Time, the 'Dark Man' was trapped inside a mantle clock, until Nicole unwittingly releases him to torment her life and kill those around her. This is not the case in Falling Star, where he came from and why he is after Star is something that drives the plot as I'm writing it, and adds more dimension to the story.
By working on both books at the same time, (writing the first draft of Falling Star while revising Killing Time for its second edition), it is really giving me more of a feeling for the character of the 'Dark Man' as it develops, and gives the possibility of new stories for 'Dark Men' to appear.
The 'Dark Men' are everything you fear. You know those things you see out of the corner of your eye or hiding in the shadows, the voices you can hear in empty rooms, the chill that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? They are all 'Dark Men', watching you, and waiting...
Monday, 9 November 2009
As far as writing goes I have that pretty much planned out, though getting it done does seem to be troublesome at the moment. I've had Falling Star badger me to be written ever since I came up with the basic plot idea, which was actually around the development of the character, Star. She seemed to have a story to tell, but it wasn't going to be her doing the telling, it was going to be Katie, as she discovers increasing more disturbing things about this girl who she has befriended. The format for Falling Star is also something new to me, numerous short chapters instead of less, longer ones. From the moment this book began to form in my mind I knew that it could be the best novel I've done to date, and I hope it will live up to the expectations I have for it.
The revised 2nd edition of Killing Time has also starting knocking on my creative door. Most of the people I have spoken to who have read this book really enjoyed it, and find it pretty scary. My editor when it was first published in 2004 said that the first chapter was the most intense one she had ever read, and wondered what the rest of the book was going to bring, and as she read through it, the pay off at the end really warranted such an opening.
I'm looking forward to going through it again, I haven't read it since it was published, and improving it where I can as I did for Ritual of Blood.
I am also going to be writing some more short stories from Ramton Gallow in between, and offering them free on my website (in PDF format), as well as posting them on my Authors Den page. The second Ramton Gallow short story - The Trunk Under the Stairs - will by ready in a couple of weeks time.
Once Falling Star and Killing Time are done, I shall be working on the second Ramton Gallow Mysteries novel. With the series running to five so far, though it will probably be more, I have a lot ahead of me, which part of me is looking forward to, and another part of me is dreading.
Roll on 2010.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Both editions will be available to buy for a limited time before I discontinue the "blue cover", first edition. The new cover version is available from my website, as well as the link below:
The Ramton Gallow Mysteries: The Witch of Primrose Hill
Just as with The Witch of Primrose Hill, Ritual of Blood is available in paperback (for £8.99) and as an eBook download (for £2.50). I hope you enjoy it.
Monday, 12 October 2009
Falling Star revolves around a fifteen year old girl called Katie Jenkins, who is just beginning to discover she has psychic abilities. It is when she meets and befriends a young runaway called Star that Katie's awareness of her powers begins to increase, and she finds that not only is she being visited by the spirits of the dead, but that there is also a shadowing evil stalking her new friend.
I also haven't forgotten about the revised 2nd edition of Killing Time, which I am going to take my time over after Halloween, make sure it looks and read exactly how I want it to, and hopefully release it sometime in 2010.
Saturday, 26 September 2009
I liked the original cover, so I used some of it to create the cover for this edition, and I think it looks pretty good. Hopefully readers will like what I have done with this new edition, and that it reaches a wider audience than it did the first time round.
It'll be priced at £8.99 for the paperback copy, and £2.50 for the eBook download. I'll also be posting a free preview of the first chapter on my website as well, about a week before actual release, so there's something to whet the appetite.
So get ready, for the time of the Feast is near!!!
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Anyway, check out the teaser trailer here:
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
It takes 6-8 weeks before books are available on there, so I'm glad everything is all right with it and they've allowed it to be added to their list. It's priced at $11.22, so hopefully my US fans will be able to order it better through Amazon.
I will be making a trailer for Ritual of Blood, and posting it on my YouTube Channel, so look out for that a bit nearer the time.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
I've also started going through and revising Ritual of Blood for its new Second Edition, which will be a whole lot better than before, and will also include a Foreword by me. I am hoping to have it out in time for Halloween, and the revised Second Edition of Killing Time ready to go for Christmas. It may be a tall order, but by giving myself a deadline it'll give me he incentive to get it done.
Wish me luck!
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
This is the trailer for The Witch of Primrose Hill, which I have also posted on YouTube:
I've been working, (though not as hard as I should - procrastination, one of my many faults), on a short story for my website - which is were I've decided to post them. Ramton Gallow has taken on a life of its own, in my mind at least, and what started out as just a backdrop for my stories, has become a character of its very own. Through the books and short stories I'm going to leak little bits of the madness of this town, so the questions that may arise through reading about this world will be answered at some point, (a question like "Why does no one in Ramton Gallow use a mobile phone?", which is the first question anyone has asked me, and which I answered, "You'll find out." followed by a evil grin. I didn't want to divulge that piece of information just yet.) Anyway, I hope you like the trailer; I've got to get back to work.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
The work of promotion is now on my list of things to do, along with getting the first draft of Falling Star finished - though that will take a little while yet - and the revised 2nd editions of Ritual of Blood and Killing Time.
I have also got myself a YouTube channel to help promoting my work, though I haven't thought out exactly how I'm going to use the channel to achieve that. I'm sure I'll think of something.
Monday, 6 July 2009
When a teenage boy is found dead, twelve-year-old Daniel Grade suspects that old Mrs. Harris, a little old lady who is rumoured to be a witch, is the murderer. Is she? Or is there something far more sinister going on in the town of Ramton Gallow?
I'll be on full-on promotion mode once I've approved the final proofs and release The Witch of Primrose Hill to the world. Hopefully only a few more days to go.
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Also I've decided to start doing something I thought would be impossible for me - I'm going to write some short stories. They are all going to be set in Ramton Gallow, and give the readers a better insight into this strange little town and the horrors that lie within it.
I have a lot of work to do, better get cracking :)
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Falling Star is coming alone quite nicely, though I need to be more disciplined and write every day. I should be able to get the first draft finished in the next three months, maybe sooner if the inspiration keeps going.
Friday, 1 May 2009
The good thing about editing is that it's not too late to correct the mistakes, and add bits that make the story flow better and give more depth to the characters and plot. Then there's also the occasional piece of prose in the manuscript that you've done that is so good you wonder if you really wrote it or if the writing pixies had been at your computer when you weren't looking.
Anyway, I've finished editing The Witch of Primrose Hill, just need to type up all the changes and then format it so it's ready to be sent out into the big wide world, hopefully landing on a publishers desk where he or she thinks it's the best thing ever written, or at the very least just good enough for them to release as a fully fledged book.
The fun is about to begin!
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Due to this over active imagination I have a list of titles ready to write, which I have split into groups. Ones that can run as a series, of which I have two series' planned, and the rest as stand alone titles. The Witch of Primrose Hill is the first novel in a series, which I have now decided on a title for - The Ramton Gallow Mysteries.
I have five books so far planned in The Ramton Gallow Mysteries series, though I shall only tell you the title of the next one - The Amazing Pickwick Circus.
I will be starting on the journey of getting The Witch of Primrose Hill published very soon, once I am happy with it, so fingers crossed.
Monday, 16 March 2009
The answer was yes, I could, and my first adult horror novel, a vampire story titled 'Ritual of Blood' was published in 2003. I set it in a fictional town, modelled loosely on the town I live now, in 1873.
While I was waiting for publication of 'Ritual of Blood' I began my next novel, this time a contemporary ghost story titled 'Killing Time'. I finished 'Killing Time' just as 'Ritual of Blood' came out, and it was published by Vanguard Press in 2004.
I took the next couple of years off writing seriously, and then in 2007 I decided to get back into it, only this time writing for more of a teenage market rather than an adult one, as the ideas I had been having catered more for that kind of audience. Currently I am working on a series, the first one of which is currently titled 'The Witch of Primrose Hill', and is in the final draft stage, and I am also writing a stand alone novel currently titled 'Falling Star'.
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