Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lines I Wish I'd Written #2

#11: “You can blow the seminal prisoner class infrastructure out your ass! I'm not knockin' down my goddamn distribution charges!”

#12: “Ackroyd had the look of a man hang-gliding over Hell.”

#13: A good love scene should be about something else besides love. For instance, this one. Me fixing grapefruit. You sitting over there, dopey, half-asleep. Anyone looking at us could tell we're in love.”

#14: “JASMINE! FIX MY JAMMIES! FIX. MY. JAMMIES!”

#15: “My friend, Thomas Jefferson is an American saint because he wrote the words 'All men are created equal', words he clearly didn't believe since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He's a rich white snob who's sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So, yeah, he writes some lovely words and aroused the rabble and they went and died for those words while he sat back and drank his wine and fucked his slave girl. This guy wants to tell me we're living in a community? Don't make me laugh. I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business. Now fuckin' pay me.”

#16: “Less noise, you daft bitch! And that goes for you as well, dog!”

#17: “How’s your mother?”
         “Oh…I’m afraid she’s on her way out”
         “We all are. Act accordingly.”

#18: "Back then Times Square was part of the real NYC. Musk remembered peep shows and porno theatres, the rotting orifice of a decaying city. NYC had never been more NYC than in the '70s when the sunlight was a category of polymers, when the snow fell on the Crown Vics staking out Italian social clubs, when 39th Street teemed with garment districts trucks, the sidewalks with rack pushers back when America made garments, when the city was a playground for lowlifes in Pierre Cardin suits."

#19: "First thing we're going to do is we're gonna acknowledge that this guy's awesome. I mean, he shoots Theo Tonin, fakes his own death in a spectacular fashion, pushes a guy out of an airplane while he's flying it, parachutes into Harlan County with enough coke and cash to jump-start the economy of a small country, and then he has the balls to get a job in law enforcement, not once but two times! He spends a couple of days riding around with you while you're looking for him, and now he's run off with a hooker that's half his age. That's some bad-ass shit."


#20: “When you raid a cathouse, you take the piano player too.”


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Progress Report: May 2015

S’help me I do my best to try and keep to a monthly schedule on my Progress Reports. But before you know it, 30 days slip by just like that *snaps fingers* while I’m saying “I’ll get to it tomorrow, I’ll get to it tomorrow.” But you’ve had a couple of good interviews to keep you entertained, I hope. And knowing how busy all of you are, I’m sure you haven’t even noticed it’s been March since I last did this thing. Not that there’s been a whole lot of movement on my front but there have been a few interesting tidbits going on and we’ll get to them in a minute.

Speaking of the interviews, you’ll notice that I’m updating most of them. In many cases they’re two, three and even four years old (sheesh, have I been doing them that long?) and the writers have many new and exciting projects you should know about. So that’s something for you to look forward to. Those of you who have done interviews, expect me to be bugging you in the next couple of months with updated questions.

By now you will have no doubt noticed that the Dillon/Sly Gantlet book THE SPECIALISTS is on sale and contains three of their most over the top, insane, and life altering adventures:

DEAD BEAT IN KHUSRA: When Sly Gantlet decides to mix business with pleasure and takes the charming and drop dead gorgeous Princess Sathyra on a solo tour to Khusra, he finds himself the target of Sathyra’s jealous ex-flame, Dillon!

DEAD BEAT IN THE GOBI DESERT: Dillon and Sly steal a biological weapon from a Russian military base, shortly before being shot down in the Gobi Desert. Soon they find themselves caught between a mysterious woman, a howling blizzard, Russian special forces, and a group of marauding cannibals!

THE SPECIALISTS: Enlisted by the American Intelligence Machine, Sly, Dillon and a motley crew of coerced killers must stop delivery of a special bomb designed to wipe out America’s electrical grid and bring about massive starvation. Up to their necks in blood and bullets, they find all paths blocked, and begin to suspect they were never meant to return from their mission alive!

If you’d like to sample the adrenaline drenched excitement that awaits you in THE SPECIALISTS you can check out a couple of previews of DEAD BEAT IN KHUSRA here and here. Enjoy.


What else is going on?

Work on the Sebastian Red anthology is coming together. Brent Lambert has written an absolutely wonderful story that will join the others I’ve already written and I’ve spent a goodly part of the weekend working on “The Bloodstained Trail” and its thisclose to being finished. So thanks to Brent that’s two brand new Sebastian Red stories you’ll be getting to go along with “Of All The Plagues A Lover Bears” “The Tale of The Baron’s Tribute” “Storms of Blood and Snow” and “Sorrowful Are The Souls That Sleep With Gold”

There’s another project I’ve been busy with for the past month but I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t like to jinx my projects when they’re in the early stages. I’ve discovered in the past that if I talk too much about a project that kinda lets off the pressure to tell the story the way it should be told. It’s the pressure I need at the keyboard.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t give you a tease. Such as it is. Heh. Heh. And here it is the form of a link: Nightscape.

There’s also something on the horizon regarding Dillon that’s still in the planning stages but I’m pretty excited about it as I think it’ll be a way for me to further grow and expand the community of Dillon fans and supporters. You should keep an eye on the Dillon blog in the coming months for more news on that front.


That is all for now. Stay strong, stay healthy and remember; sprinkles are for winners.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

17 Months Later With...Percival Constantine

Percival Constantine stays so fargin’ busy that I could easily do an update interview with him every three months and he would always have some new project to inform us about. It’s taken me awhile to catch up with him to find out what he’s up to 17 MONTHS LATER…

Derrick Ferguson: How do you feel your career as a writer has grown in the past year?

Percival Constantine: I’ve gotten more serious about it, I think. I’ve started planning out a release schedule in advance and have that roughly set for the next two years or so and I make it a point to try to write every day. Although I still miss some days, I succeed more often than I fail, even on days when I feel like I won’t be able to get anything done.


DF: You’re somewhat unique in that you not only write; you design logos, format print books for a number of publishers and have done lettering work for comic books. Was this a deliberate career plan or did you just fall into these various creative arenas you operate in?

PC: It just sort of happened. Formatting, lettering, logo design, this all came about out of necessity. Someone had to do it. When I was putting together FALLEN for publication, I was a poor college graduate without the money to afford for formatting and Microsoft Word was just too frustrating to use. 



So I read a lot of guides and taught myself how to do it with InDesign. And while the first few books took days or even weeks to format, I eventually did enough of them and got to the point where now I can format a book in under an hour or so.

Lettering as well came about because of necessity. When I was putting together my first comic book project, I found an artist who could pencil and ink, but he couldn’t letter. So with the help of the fine folks over at NinjaLettering.com, I learned how to do it myself. And I was surprised to find out that not only could I do a pretty good job at it, but I enjoyed it, too. I then began applying for lettering positions and was able to make some extra cash doing those jobs. And logo design just grew out of the lettering work.

In this day and age, I think it’s important for authors—especially indies—to learn as much about the production process as humanly possible. For one, learning new skills is always a healthy thing. Two, you never know what you might be good at or enjoy doing until you try it. And three, it can save you a lot of money in the long run.

DF: Where do you see yourself in five years?

PC: Hopefully with a PhD or close to achieving one and able to make a living from my writing.

DF: Do you think you have found an audience? Or has your audience found you?

PC: I don’t think they have yet. But it’s building slowly, little by little.

DF: Tell us about your latest project.

PC: Right now I’m finishing up the first season of VANGUARD. It’s a superhero team in the vein of the X-Men and the Avengers, and I’m a huge fan of the Bronze Age comics. When I first discovered people were doing serialized prose stories through e-books, I thought it was a great idea and I felt like it would suit a number of concepts I had in mind which didn’t quite lend themselves to novels or novellas. Vanguard definitely falls in that camp. The serial format really lends itself to the types of comics I’ve always loved to read, the ones which are pretty much self-contained stories, but have overarching sub-plots that stretch out in the background. So I’m having a lot of fun with it.


The concept behind the series is that the world has changed through a mysterious occurrence called The Event. No one knows what it was or how it happened, but what we do know is that humanity has been changed on a genetic level. For the vast majority of the population, this mutation hasn’t resulted in any obvious change. But a small percentage have developed superhuman abilities as a result of it. The President sees the potential for problems and secretly authorizes the creation of Vanguard, a team of specials overseen by Colonel Leonard Thorne. It’s their job to police the specials who would threaten humanity.

The first season ends with the release of Vanguard #5: Rise of the Red Fist coming out on May 18th on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Soon, the episodes will be made available on all e-book retailers and I’m also going to release a compilation of the first season in print and digital formats, probably in the fall. I’m already in the middle of writing the second season and if all goes well, it will also debut in the fall.

Curse of the Necronomicon comes out on June 22nd, and this is the third book in THE MYTH HUNTER series. Elisa Hill is tasked with tracking down her former partner, Lucas Davalos, who disappeared while seeking out the Necronomicon. Of course, as is usually the case, things aren’t always as they seem and Elisa, Lucas, and Asami will soon find themselves hip-deep in a world of trouble.



Gentleman Rogue has a release date of July 20th and it’s the third book in the INFERNUM series. In this installment, a heist by a thief named Dalton Moore causes some losses for Infernum’s mysterious leader, Dante, and so he tracks down Dalton and offers him a choice—work for him on a job, or face the consequences. Dalton is paired with Dante’s right-hand woman, Tauna, and sent to retrieve a deadly biological weapon.



I’ve also got the third LUTHER CROSS story coming out from Pro Se Productions sometime in the near future, called Bloodlust. Some other work coming out through both Pro Se and Airship 27, but if I say anything more about that, Tommy Hancock and Ron Fortier might team up to do some unspeakable things to me.

DF: Hollywood calls and says that they’re going to give your $500 million and the director of your choice to adapt one of your books into a movie. What book do you choose and which director?

PC: Good question. I think I’d choose The Lost Continent, the first MYTH HUNTER book (and now free on all platforms). Now as for director, that’s tough. I might have to go with Joss Whedon or the Russo Brothers. Through “The Avengers” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” those directors have clearly demonstrated that they understand the pulp mindset. They understand that these movies can be fun and don’t have to take themselves super-seriously. So I think they’d be wonderful to handle my work.

DF: Recommend a book, a movie and a TV show.

PC: I’m in the middle of reading Russ Anderson’s “Myth World” right now and really digging it. It’s a wonderful book that deserves more attention, so everyone head over to your e-book store of choice and buy it. For movie, I just saw “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and really dug it. I thought Joss Whedon and co. upped their game from the first film by a massive degree and it’s now my favorite Marvel film. And as for TV show, I’m really tempted to say “Daredevil” because it was just balls-out awesome, but I don’t want to seem like too much of a Marvel zombie. So instead, I’ll recommend “Sons of Anarchy”. The last season is finally on Netflix and I just started watching it.

Derrick Ferguson: Anything else we should know?

Percival Constantine: Both The Lost Continent and Love & Bullets are available for free on all platforms and if you go to percivalconstantine.com and enter your email address, you’ll get more free stuff.





Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just In Case You Missed It The First Time Around...

...I was interviewed by the writer A.K. Kuykendall over at his blog The Kuykendall Post. You can find the interview HERE. Read, enjoy and thank you.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Kickin' The Willy Bobo With...TOBIAS CHRISTOPHER

Derrick Ferguson: Who is Tobias Christopher?

Tobias Christopher: Well, I born on the wagon of a traveling show, mama had to dance for the money they stole, papa would- oh, wait. Tobias Christopher is a writer, movie watcher and some would say slightly not all there. I kid, no one ever said slightly.



DF: Where do you live and what do you do to keep yourself in cheese and crackers?

TC: I live in Greenwood, Indiana and I currently work in the slave mines of Wal-Mart.

DF: What writers have influenced you?

TC: Mark Waid and Grant Morrison in terms of comics since they were the writers whose stories first really got me into the comic scene with the Flash and JLA. In terms of books, Stephen King and Mark Twain were huge influences, but a really special shout out goes Pat Frank, the writer of Alas, Babylon, who inadvertantly inspired my first foray into fanfiction during an English assignment in high school. We were tasked with writing an alternate ending to the story. Things got insanely dark (my teacher even commented that I might have taken things a bit far) and I started to realize where my passion for storytelling would take me.

DF: Let’s jump right into it: why Fan Fiction?

TC: Because whenever I watch a movie or TV show, or read a book, I almost always ask myself "What if this character did this? Or what kind of adventures would he/she have after this? Or what's that guy in the background's story?" I just love making up new adventures for characters I love, so fanfic just seemed like a natural fit.

DF: How long have you been involved with Fan Fiction?

TC: Officially, since around (how long was that RPG Erik, MC and I were part of? 12- 15 years?) I'm going to say at least 15 years. Unofficially it goes back to high school when I was taking horror movies characters and making up new adventures for the likes of Chucky, Gage Creed, Macauly Culkin's character in the Good Son, etc.

DF: Why should we be reading DC Anthology and Marvel Anthology?

TC: Because DCA offers a place for the pre-New 52 Universe to continue to grow and prosper, and without 99% of the darkness that the actual DC Comics were putting out there even before the New 52.


And MA I believe gives the characters a chance to grow more since we're not shoehorning Wolverine and Spider-Man into every title. The lesser known characters are given a chance to step forward, like Jamie Primas' recently ended Avengers run, which didn't rely on the big guns of the Marvel Universe.


DF: What is your favorite series you’re writing for DC Anthology and why?

TC: Of the two I'm writing for DCA, I'm going to say TEEN TITANS. I'm not very far into the run, but I am enjoying the interactions between certain characters. An upcoming issue (#12) made me realize how much I love having Static as part of the team, and I'm looking forward to telling all the stories I have planned for this group.


DF: What is your favorite series you’re writing for Marvel Anthology and why?

TC: While I love Captain America and Iceman, I'm going to go with ALPHA, the character no one seems to like. In the 10 issues I've written so far, I've grown to love this character like he was my own. Plus I have a huge love of Saturday Morning cartoons, which is a massive influence on how I'm writing this series, so writing Alpha is like writing my own SMC series


DF: Detractors of Fan Fiction claim that those who write it are wasting their time they could be using to write original stories. What’s your response to that?

TC: Haters gonna hate. But seriously, there's nothing saying you can't do both.  You can tell stories about your favorite characters and still make time to build your own universe with your own original characters. I make time to do both, but of course I have no real life to speak of.

DF: What’s the best advice you can give someone wanting to write DC and Marvel Fan Fiction?

TC: Don't be afraid to take chances with your characters, that's what fanfic is basically for. And don't just rely on the huge names, use your stories to help give life to the little guys that barely have any backstory.

DF: Are you more of a DC fan than Marvel? Or vice versa?

TC: I'm more of a Marvel fan these days. I've pretty much given up on DC, they've gotten WAY too dark and serious for my liking.

DF: What’s your opinion of DC and Marvel these days?

TC: I think Marvel still likes to have fun with its characters. I mean, Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck have their own series now, if that doesn't scream 'fun', I don't know what does. As for DC, see my answer in the last question. They're way too dark and serious for me. A universe where guys dress up like bats to punch killer clowns, amazon women fly around with magic lassos, and an alien who can put on a pair of glasses and fool EVERYONE into thinking he's a completely different person shouldn't be steeped in realism in any way whatsoever. I think DC's missed the point of why people read comics.

DF: Is Fan Fiction a viable alternative for those readers dissatisfied with DC and Marvel?

TC: It depends on what you're looking for in fanfic, because there's an insane variety of stories out there. Not just DCA/DCO/MA/MO, but fanfiction.net and dozens of others.

DF: Why not just write original superhero fiction?  
   
TC: I actually have been for the last few years.

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3024820/1/Omega-Guardians-Season-1

I'm currently writing the 4th season, although I am going back through and *remastering* the first three seasons to fix continuity errors and such.

DF: Do you yourself have any aspirations for writing professionally?

TC: I used to, and sometimes I still do, but for me writing's more of a hobby than anything. Maybe someday I'd like to get a book or two out. Lord knows I have plenty of original stories in me for that.

DF: What’s a typical Day In The Life of Tobias Christopher like?

TC: A lot more boring than most people would think. Wake up, get ready for work, work for 9 hours, come home, sleep, lather, rinse, repeat. Although there is the occassional murder attempt, but I just shrug those off and go on with my day like most people would.

Derrick Ferguson: Anything else we should know about Tobias Christopher?


Tobias Christopher: Well, Tobias Christopher is actually just my pen name, taken from a character from Animorphs (Tobias) and the first name of the actor who played him in the horrible live action t.v. series (Christopher). Beyond that, I know my style of writing isn't suited to everyone's taste, but I hope that those who do read my work do enjoy what they see and hopefully come back for more.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Kickin The Willy Bobo With...BEX AARON

Derrick Ferguson: Who Is Bex Aaron?

Bex Aaron: That’s a great question! Bex Aaron is actually something of a chameleon – I’m a little bit of everything. A long time ago, when forced to describe myself, I came up with, “I’m a lover, a fighter, a poet, a dreamer, a dork and a smartass…not necessarily in that order.”

Basics: I’m a 32-year old divorcee, who’s completely satisfied with that status. I’m an NBA historian (I seriously know more trivia about NBA/ABA than most guys I know, and I can quote stats like a pro), a Clippers fan, a Buddhist, a rock star, a raging smartass, a Mac junkie, an unapologetic smoker, a bullying survivor, a perfectionist and a master of accents.

If I had my druthers, I’d be Canadian…and green eyed…and at least three inches taller. But I must say, I’ve made peace with myself for the most part. It’s taken me some time to get to this point, so it’s definitely worth heralding.


DF: Where do you live and what do you tell the IRS you do for a living?

BA: I live in Texas, deep in the very heart of it (clap, clap, clap). I’m not enthused about living here. I don’t think I ever have been. I long for colder weather and more progressive thinking.

As for my day job, I’m a legal assistant at a personal injury law firm. My job entails everything from client intakes, setting up insurance claims, gathering medicals, preparing demand packages, negotiating settlements and finalizing cases. It’s riveting stuff. Oh, and the phone never stops ringing. It is a very stimulating environment – there’s never a dull moment, but at times, it can be very stressful, I won’t lie. The key, at least for me, is to take a moment to breathe and to remind myself that (in the words of my boss), that never-ending to-do list is job security!

DF: Tell us a little something about your background.

BA: I’m the only child of a single mother. We were kind of like The Gilmore Girls. I had the cool mom, the mom who not only allowed me to dye my hair pink at 14, she also did the back because I couldn’t reach it! She is still my most steadfast supporter and biggest fan. I’m everything I am today because of my mom, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. My mom was the very epitome of what a mother is supposed to be – absolutely nothing ever came ahead of me, and that’s the mother that I someday strive to be.

My life hasn’t really been that interesting. I dropped out of school in 9th grade, went back and got a GED at age 19, got married sometime in my twenties, realized what a profound mistake that was, subsequently divorced and started my life all over. The past few years have been the most turbulent of my life, but they also taught me a lot about myself, and I’ve come out much stronger on the other side of them…which, I guess, is the most anyone can hope for.

DF: What’s your philosophy of writing?

BA: I find that writing is a form of therapy. It’s a way to release some of your pent up tensions, it’s a way to lose yourself in someone else’s misery for a while…it’s very therapeutic. At the same time, though, it can also be very heart-wrenching. I am the writer that gets far too attached to their characters. I talk about them like they’re real people, and I hate the idea of them suffering…which is really ironic, given that I wrote the most miserable group of people you can imagine.

DF: Do you write for yourself or for the readers?

BA: Probably a little bit of both. I write to be read, absolutely, but I also write because I love these crazy people and this crazy world I’ve created. I think the validation trap is so easy to fall into when you are in this position. For me, personally, I’m far more about feedback than sales. I have given away more books than I’ve ever sold, in the hopes that it would generate readership and feedback. I’m a slave to it, which is a double-edged sword. The positive feedback is a great rush, and a wonderful confidence boost…and the sounds of silence devastate me.

DF: Are you interested in critics or criticism?

BA: Yes, as long as they are actually making a valid point. Those that criticize only to bring someone else down hold no merit to me. The best critics can balance positive with negative, and offer suggestions for improvement, rather than a laundry list of everything that they hate about your books. I immediately discount anyone that has nothing but negative things to say. There’s just not room in my life for negativity for the mere sake of it. Not anymore.

DF: What audience are you trying to reach with your work? Is there an audience for Bex Aaron?

BA: I’d like to reach fans of small town suspense, gripping human drama and lots of layered storytelling. Daytime or primetime soap fans. Those that enjoy a book where there are no easy answers, nor are there any happy endings. Someone who wants to immerse themselves in the messy, unraveling lives of characters that any of us could know. That sort of thing.

Is there any audience for me? Well…I’d sure like to think so. I have found a nice little core of people, who interact with me through my book’s FB page (http://facebook.com/havenpark), so I know there are people out there actually reading these books. I know that audience could always grow, though, and I certainly hope that it does!

DF: How important is it to follow your instincts while writing?

BA: Very important. My best advice to any writer is to know your characters inside and out. Work on your characterization until they feel like real people. I’ve always found that if you invest in them, it pays off. They sort of take over after a while. I’ve learned over time that my characters are much smarter than I am, and that if I just shut up and let them talk, the end result is much more satisfying. This is why I’m not really strict with outlines. I never used to do outlines at all, but I figured if I’m trying to plot a mystery series, it might be in my best interest to have some idea of how I’m going to go about it. Still, I always allow for the characters to improvise. It’s more enjoyable that way and feels more authentic to me…even if it makes the backseat driver in my own novel at times!

DF: Give us an overview of INDEPENDENCE DAY.

BA: INDEPENDENCE DAY is the story of a series of murders taking place in the overheated summer of 1966. Haven Park, Wyoming (fifteen miles east of Laramie) is the perfect picture of Americana. Violent crime doesn’t exist there. Everyone knows everyone else, and there’s a real community atmosphere…but there are also secrets that come to light one by one as more and more people end up dead.



DF: While reading Book One I couldn’t help but think that INDEPENDENCE DAY falls into a genre I like to call The Little Town With Big Secrets Genre. It starts out like “Twin Peaks” what with a surprising and horrifying murder that shocks the entire town. Then we move into “Peyton Place” territory. Are you a fan of soap operas?

BA: First of all, thank you for noticing! I always feel gratified when someone “gets it”, and you totally nailed it! J

I grew up watching soap operas. As I said, my mom was the “cool mom”, so I had my own TV, with no restrictions on what I could watch…of course, we didn’t have cable, so I couldn’t run across anything too risqué. Still, I spent my days watching soap operas and cooking shows, when I was about four or five years old. Funny thing, I can’t cook at all…but that soap opera influence has never left my writing, even after I gave up on the dismal soap genre.

What I strived to do with this book series was emulate a classic soap opera called “The Edge of Night.” For those unfamiliar with daytime, this was a series that premiered in the 1950s, and in the beginning, it was designed to be a daytime version of Perry Mason. It had the elements of mystery and classic soap drama mixed together, and that’s what I was hoping for here.

Now, when I say “classic soap drama”, I do wish to clarify that I do not mean camp, over-the-top antics like one might expect from today’s soap operas. I mean the character-driven human drama that used to be a staple of daytime television. Forbidden love, dark secrets – this sort of thing. I want to make abundantly clear that once someone dies in Haven Park, they stay that way! And nobody has an evil twin! J



DF: Is Haven Park entirely in your imagination or is it a version of someplace you grew up or once lived?

BA: It’s all my imagination, really. I grew up in a fairly small town, but nowhere near that small. I have, however, incorporated elements of my own life into the town. For instance, the church. I grew up in a Baptist church that was not unlike the one depicted in the book. The congregation largely consisted of elderly ladies who liked to backbite and talk about everyone else. There wasn’t much room for progression or change, and unfortunately, they didn’t have a pastor like Brett, who actually wanted to buck tradition and try something new. I quit going there years ago, but I suspect that it’s much the same way I left it. Cycles like that keep repeating themselves, I’ve found.

DF: INDEPENDENCE DAY is a five part story. Why five parts?  Why not write just one huge Stephen King sized doorstop of a book?

BA: INDEPENDENCE DAY actually has roots in webfiction – which, for those initiated, is a genre where one creates a website and serializes their novel, releasing one chapter at a time. The story was originally divided into arcs, consisting of ten chapters an interlude (or, as was the case of arc one, one prologue, ten chapters and two interludes).

I made the decision to remarket the story as a book series in 2011, after trying the webfiction route with little success for two years. At that time, I had two arcs completed and was laboring over the third. I decided to go ahead and release what I had at the time, and the arcs became the books.

The plan is once the story has wrapped up, I’m going to release the complete series as one humongous book, with paperbacks and electronic versions available. I have no idea how big those damned things will be, though, because this is going to be one long story.



DF: Once INDEPENDENCE DAY is done do you plan to do anything else with Haven Park and it’s good citizens?

BA: Absolutely, because I have one hell of a time letting go. My plan was originally do a prequel, but I’ve since scrapped that one. I am planning a sequel now, set 30 years later, in the summer of 1996. It would highlight the characters left standing, and how their lives have changed in the years that have passed. It’s in the very early planning stages, so I can’t really say too much about it, but I think it will be an interesting look at the characters we’ve established in a new, more jaded and even more miserable light…which, of course, is what I’m known for, so it should be fun!

DF: Anything else you’re working on that we should know about?

BA: At this time, no. I tend to be a writer that has a one-track mind. I wish I could work on multiple projects at one time, but I always feel disloyal to them when I do that. I just don’t possess that type of focus…perhaps this is why I just want one child, because I would never want to shaft either of my children because Mommy isn’t good at multi-tasking!

DF: What are your future plans for your writing career?

BA: I want to write as long as the inspiration as there and there are people still willing to read my stories. I’d love to eventually hit it big and see big screen adaptations of my novels – don’t we all want that? I try to be realistic, though. I just want to reach a few people. I want to provide them an escape, a world they can get lost in, and a way to forget about their own lives for a little while. If I can accomplish that, I’ve succeeded.

Derrick Ferguson: What’s A Typical Day In The Life Of Bex Aaron like?

Bex Aaron: Weekdays: Wake up, have coffee, smoke, get dressed, go to work, lose my mind in small increments over the course of the day, come home, unwind and settle into bed with my phone and Netflix. I’m not much of a partier. I’m a very boring old woman, actually…but I like my life, and that’s what counts.

Weekends: Wake up, have coffee, smoke, repeat, listen to Mmmbop (seriously, that is what I’m listening to as I type this), spend time with my mom and labor over my writing. I used to be able to knock out a chapter a weekend, but not so much these days. I need to get back into the habit, especially given that I have a deadline to meet! INDEPENDENCE DAY: Book Four, Dirty Little Secret, is coming on May 1.

Did you see how subtly I snuck that plug in there? I’m so awesome at marketing, as you know. Slick as all hell, I am! J




Monday, March 9, 2015

Progress Report: March 2015

And here we are in a new month and thank you Odin that it’s finally a warm month. Depending on where you live in the great big wonderful country of ours you were probably freezing your <ahem> off this winter. Or maybe you weren't. And if you weren't, I don’t wanna know. The only thing I know is that for three solid months I was cold. I kinda suspect a lot of that is due to the blood thinners I take to prevent my having another pulmonary embolism. Seems like since I’ve been taking them, if the temperature is anything below fifty degrees I feel like I’m freezing. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t like winter. I kinda lead toward that theory myself.

But that’s not what you’ve come here for. You’ve come here to get the latest update on my projects and see if I’ve made any kind of significant progress on them so that it’s worth your time to be reading this. I think I might have a couple of things you might be interested in. So let’s get started, shall we?

I most recently completely work on two Dillon related projects and for once I’m not going to make you go over to the Dillon blog to read about ‘em. That’s because once they get closer to completion then I will be making you go over to the Dillon blog to read about ‘em. But since they’re some distance away from actually being completed, we’ve got time yet.  So we’ll stick here.

The first one is THE SPECIALISTS. It’s a compilation of stories that have been done by Joel Jenkins and I which feature one of his characters; Sly Gantlet teaming up with my character, Dillon. Dillon and Sly Gantlet teaming up together follows in the footsteps of classic pairings such as Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck. Bing Crosby & Bob Hope. Lucille Ball & Vivian Vance. Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell. Dillon and Sly Gantlet bite, bark and bicker like an old married couple. But while they do it they also manage to save the world from all manner of evil nogoods. If you don’t know Sly Gantlet then you need to get over to Joel’s Amazon page and get yourself The Gantlet Brothers books. We’re talking about action packed stories filled with guns, girls and explosions so why wouldn’t you want to read them?  I don't have a date on this yet but when I have one, you'll have one, I promise.



And no, this is not the final cover. It's a promotional piece that Joel had made up. But if I know Joel, he's got something in the works even as I speak.

The other Dillon project is actually an old one that is being cleaned up, given a new coat of paint and refurbished. DILLON AND THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN BELL: THE DELUXE EDITION is being presented with a brand new cover by the always sensational Sean E. Ali. There’s also a new introduction written by Russ Anderson, Jr. And an essay by Brent Lambert. 

I tried to resist rewriting as much as I could, I swear. My purpose in editing the book for THE DELUXE EDITION was just to clean up the grammar a bit. Make the whole thing read a bit more smoothly, y’know? So explain to me then how THE DELUXE EDITION ended up being longer than the original version? No lie, y’all. THE DELUXE EDITION is over 100,000 words.



I put a pause in here to give you time to recover. Yeah, 100,000 words is a lot but I assure you that it’s worth it. A lot of people have told me that DILLON AND THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN BELL is the best Dillon adventure they’ve read and trust me that I wouldn’t have added extra words to it if I didn’t think they were needed. 



Okay…what next? Well, you’re still waiting on SEARCH FOR THE BEAST from Pro Se Productions but you’ll have to go nag Tommy Hancock about that. And then there’s still THE RETURN OF FORTUNE McCALL but I’ll wait until next month’s update to go into detail about that bad boy. Until then, enjoy the warm weather and please read some good books and watch some good movies until we get together again.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Progress Report: February 2015

Where does the time go? Here it is February already and it feels like New Year’s Eve was last week.  I suppose that is a true sign of aging when a year appears to go by like that *snaps fingers* Or it could just be that because I stay busy all the time I honestly am not aware of the passing of time. In any case, here I am back with another Progress Report. Here’s where I bring you up to date on what I’ve been doing and assure you that I’m not just laying about watching Netflix and drinking champagne. Although that don’t sound like a bad idea once thought of, now don’t it?

First off, let me direct you to my series of author interviews “Kickin’ The Willy Bobo” in order to inform you that in the coming months that I intend to update many of those interviews since some of them were done two or three years ago and those writers have done an exceptional amount of work since then that you really need to be brought up to date on. So while I’ll be concentrating on doing that but that won’t mean I won’t be doing new interviews. Two gentlemen who I’ve been meaning to interview for the longest time are next on my list: Ron Fortier and Bobby Nash. And if you don’t know who they are by now then you’re definitely in the wrong place.

There’s a brand new Dillon project that I’ve just finished up but in order to read more about that you’ll have to bounce on over to the DILLON blog. See how that works?

I’ve been busy with quite a few things for Pro Se Productions as that mollyfoggin’ Tommy Hancock just won’t leave me alone.  One of those projects you’ll see in February is the first in a series of Single Shots running under the blanket title of TALES OF FORTUNE.

Fortune McCall as you all well know (and if you don’t then what’s wrong with you?) has six faithful companions in adventure who assist him in not only running his floating casino “The Heart of Fortune” but also in nemesising evil as well. THE ADVENTURES OF FORTUNE McCALL got exceptional reviews but one of them stood out as it was from Perry Constantine, a longtime friend and outstanding writer in own right. Perry pointed out that he really didn’t get to know as much about Fortune’s companions as he would have liked. And he was right. Some of  Fortune’s supporting cast didn’t get as much wordage and “screen time” as the others.

But thanks to Pro Se’s Single Shot program I was able to figure a way to give Fortune’s companion the room and wordage necessary to round out their characters. So each one of them will be having their own solo adventure in the TALES OF FORTUNE series. The first one: “For Violent Fires That Soon Burn Out” will feature none other than Fortune’s bodyguard and cousin Tracy Scott. I haven’t yet decided who will get the spotlight next but if you have a suggestion then please feel free to cast it in my general direction.


Last time we got together here I spoke about a special project I had undertaken. Tommy Hancock came to me and asked me to write a novelization of a movie. Now what’s such a big deal about that you may well ask. I mean, novelizations of movies are done all the time. The difference is this: with the blessing of the star/director and the encouragement of Tommy, my novelization was to explore, amplify and extend the story and characters beyond what the movie was. In other words I was given a free hand to indulge myself and go nuts. 

Now we’re not talking about an Academy Award winning movie here. But it was a lot of fun to do as it took me out of my comfort zone and let my stretch my creative muscles in a new direction. You’ll be hearing more about this as the last I heard we were looking for it to be published in March. And what exactly is “It” you ask? The name of it is SEARCH FOR THE BEAST and to give you an idea of what it’s going to be about, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_for_the_Beast

I think that covers what you can look forward to from me in the immediate months to come. Once I’ve solidified a few things here and there I hope to be able to give you a firm date on the SEBASTIAN RED anthology and a couple of other things I have in the planning stages. Until next time, watch some good movies, read some good books and be good to yourself and others.