Be Creative! Be, Be Creative!

I still wish I had a quill and ink.

There’s nothing like starting a new project. I’ve worked on The Kris Grant Series for so long now, that it feels great working on something new.

With Daylight Hours and Moonlit Miles out for people to read, I figured it was time to step back for a while and try something else. I love writing third-person and having total freedom with the direction of the story. The Kris Grant Series was my first attempt at a first-person story-telling on such a big scale, and while I love the character of Kris Grant, it’s refreshing to have different perspectives.

This new project I’m working on is really getting my creative processes flowing again. It’s always a good sign when you’re passionate about what you’re working on. The hard part isn’t coming up with a great story, it’s getting it all down on paper.

To all my fellow writers out there, if you sit down and write for three hours and it feels like ten minutes, you’ve tapped into something special. It’s an amazing feeling and I hope I never lose that little piece of real-life magic.

On a side note — and a very important one at that — I want to thank everyone for their support with the release of Moonlit Miles. It was a long process to get that sequel made and I hope that everyone who has downloaded it or Daylight Hours, enjoys them both.

Kris Grant is the type of character that is almost effortless for me to write. That sounds like a good thing, but right now in my life, I want to push myself and hone my craft and experiment a little. The Kris Grant Series has only just begun with the first two novels in the series. I have the first 5 novels mapped out. I promise that I will return to that universe when the time is right. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even throw a few short stories out there for fans in the meantime. That universe has limitless possibilities for stories and not all of them have to revolve around Kris Grant; even though he would probably disagree.

Thank you, everyone.

Now, back to the dungeon.

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Writing Update on Sequel to Daylight Hours

I’ve just finished editing the 3rd Draft of the second novel in The Kris Grant Series. It’s been a long process, but I’m trying to craft a novel that I can be proud of that makes up for any weaknesses that the first novel might have had. I appreciate all of my readers who have been patiently waiting to read the sequel. You won’t be disappointed. Kris Grant is back and more sarcastic and murderous than ever.

While you’re waiting for the sequel, take some time and jump back into the character of Kris Grant. Daylight Hours is online for FREE here. The first 10 Chapters are up already. New Chapters are posted every Monday and Wednesday morning, so spread the word. Also, if you haven’t read them already, check out my two Short Stories that I’ve posted here.

Another little fun fact for all of my readers: An official title and plot summary for the sequel will be released in the coming weeks as well as an official release date. Hope you enjoy.

FREE Online Chapters of Daylight Hours Begins Today

You heard it. I’m putting my debut novel, Daylight Hours online for FREE right here!

Every Monday and Wednesday morning I will be posting one chapter of the novel. I’ll be doing this until the very end of the book so that everyone can get a chance to read it without having to spend a dime. As a starting bonus, I posted the first two chapters this morning.

Daylight Hours is the first book in The Kris Grant Series, introducing Kris Grant a young Vampire and Territory Master of South Florida’s supernatural underworld. Vampires are mortal during the day and almost extinct. You’d think that would be enough to make Kris play it safe and stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, trouble has a way of finding Kris whether he’s looking for it or not. Kris Grant isn’t dark and brooding or conflicted with philosophies of immortality, he’s a real guy trying to fight through all the bullshit of the world so that he can enjoy his “permanent retirement” in sunny South Florida. With the help of his business partner, a Werebear with a drinking problem, Kris just might be able to pull it off and survive the daylight hours a little longer.

I am currently working hard on the next book in this series and now that I’ve graduated from FAU, I have more time than ever to make a better novel. I hope that everyone who reads these free chapters enjoys the novel and Kris Grant. I self-published this novel in an attempt to breathe new life into the Vampire and paranormal genre and I hope it’s as much to read as it was to write.

If you would like to support me as an indie author and purchase Daylight Hours, it is still available on both the Nook and Kindle for only 99¢ as well as online in paperback form for $11.00.

Motivating Movies: Using Films As Motivation

As a product of my generation, my imagination is built around this cinematic gear grinding inside my head. I have these grand movies playing in my mind and I have to try and get them out on paper.

I love movies of all kinds, whether it’s a large action-adventure film or a complex, cinematographically orgasmic mind-fuck that makes you uncomfortable and question what’s going on around you.

Seeing a film or reading articles about films inspire and motivate me to open up Word and get to writing a story worth telling.

My aspirations as a writer come from the scenes and characters inside my head that don’t go away. They spark something inside of me that gets me to the computer or notepad so that I can craft something worthwhile with my thoughts.

Whether you want to write a future “Literary Classic” or a screenplay worthy of Michael Bay’s direction, I have one question:

How many other writers out there use film to find the drive and ambition to actually write?