Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Author Burnout...

Authors- feeling a little burned out by all the book promotion? This week I'm over at LitReactor writing about how to avoid the feeling of exhaustion and how to make promoting your work (sorta' kinda') fun. Enjoy!

Friday, December 1, 2017

31 Days of Bookmas!

31 days in December means 31 days of book recommendations! Each day I'll add a new book to the list- what better way to deal with holiday stress (I mean, joy...) than by celebrating fantastic authors and their books? Hopefully this will help out with some holiday shopping as well.... A win-win for everyone! Many cheers and happy reading!

December 1st: Where the Sun Shines Out by Kevin Catalona

December 2nd: All the Bayou Stories End in Drowned by Erica Wright

December 3rd: Heartless by Leah Rhyne

December 4th: A Negro and an Ofay by Danny Gardner

December 5th: How to Prove a Theory by Nicole Tong

December 6th: Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

December 7th: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner


Monday, November 27, 2017

Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly!

So, Walk in the Fire just received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Yes, I'm smiling over here...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book Bites: Brad Abraham, author of Magicians Impossible

Book Bites: Short and Sweet Interviews for Readers on the Go

This is the beginning of a new series over here on the blog: Book Bites- Quick interviews with writers I love. Today, I bring you a Book Bite with Brad Abraham, author of Magicians Impossible, a new thriller packed with magic, secret societies and wild discoveries. Enjoy!

 "Part hard-boiled thriller, part magical mayhem, Magicians Impossible is a page-turning adventure where the stakes are high and the magic is mind-blowing. It's urban fantasy at its very best." ―Lisa Maxwell, author of The Last Magician

 What drew you to the genre you write in?

I’ve always been a fan of spy stories, be they in books, movies, or TV shows. Despite largely being billed as an “Urban Fantasy”, I approached Magicians Impossible from the angle of “Espionage Thriller.” It’s very much your classical spy story– the recruit brought into a shadowy world, the battle against a long-standing adversary, the centerpiece mission, the betrayals, the reveal – set in a fantasy world of magic and myth. I grew up on James Bond movies and novels, and those are very much in the book’s DNA. I always wanted to write a spy thriller like Goldfinger or On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, so writing Magicians was a dream come true. I’ll confess I’m not much of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader, though I have been getting into it a little more as of late– when writing Magicians I deliberately stayed away from fantasy– but now that I’m finished I can now play catch-up.

Were they any parts of your novel that were edited out, but which you miss terribly?

The entire back half of Magicians Impossible was essentially tossed out, but that was my decision, not my publisher’s, not my editor's. I became a father midway through writing Magicians and once that happened I found the story I wanted to write initially was no longer the story I wanted to tell. Magicians is, at its core, a story of parents and their children, and particularly of fathers and sons. As a father to a son, I found I wasn’t the same writer I was when I started the book and that the story needed to change to address all I was going through as I adjusted to a whole new kind of life. In the end, though, I feel the book became stronger as a result; I wasn’t on the outside, looking in; I was on the inside trying to write my way back out. There’s nothing I miss terribly about the old version because I feel what I came up with was much, much better. I’m pretty unsentimental when it comes to my own writing, probably because of my background as a screenwriter. Old ideas are discarded all the time. Whether or not anything I cut works its way into other work (or even a Magicians sequel, should this book do well) remains a mystery at this point.

How do you handle writer’s block?

I’m one of those annoying writers who don’t really believe in writer’s block. Or at least it’s never been a big problem for me to overcome. Part of that comes from setting a schedule and sticking with it; I tend to write early in the morning before everyone else in the house wakes up, then again when my son is having his afternoon nap. I tend to outline before I sit down to begin drafting which I know some writers swear off of. But to me an outline is just a road-map to the destination; not the only way. Frequently I detour or find a more interesting route, but to me, having an outline to follow all but guarantees writer’s block won’t affect me or my work. Again, much of that comes from being a screenwriter by trade. When you have a fixed deadline you don’t have time to get writer’s block; you just write and worry about fixing it in the next draft.

Is there anything in the novel that you wish more readers noticed?

There’s a chapter that comes not quite mid-way through the novel, where Jason Bishop– the protagonist– is sent to see a character best described as an Oracle. That chapter is the wheel on which the entire story turns. It’s actually closer to a three-chapter sequence, but the entire book, its characters, its mythology– the whole story itself, turns on that sequence. Everything that happens before and after that chapter, particularly the third act of the story, is set up in that sequence. So if you’re looking for the key to unlocking all the mysteries in Magicians Impossible, you’ll find it in that visit to the Oracle. That character and what she reveals to Jason and to us, is probably the most important character in the book

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

To not spend all your time writing. A lot of writers have this romanticized image of being chained to your desk, stooped over your pen and paper, a bottle of whisky in the drawer, really suffering for their art. But if all you do is sit at your desk and write, what are you writing about? The best advice I ever got was to get out and see the world. To travel. To experience things. Go visit a part of your town or city you’ve never been to before. Go to the next town over. If you can afford to, hop on a plane and go to a country where everyone speaks a different language than you. The central portion of Magicians Impossible is set in Paris, and I went to Paris for the first time in 2011. I had an amazing experience there, and didn’t even realize then that I’d pull a lot of those experiences and locations out of my own life and put them into the book I hadn’t even conceived of yet. Step away from the desk and go see the world; that’s where you’re going to find your next, best idea.

Magicians Impossible is now available- pick up your copy today!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017