Why This Writer Won’t Deliver Four to Six e-Books a Year to the Reader

Creating a novel is a long,
winding road

As e-books flourish, self-publishing is exploding and some writers are pumping out a new e-book ever 2-3 months (some even faster). 
I’m going to tell you why you’ll probably never see me deliver 4-6 books
to the reader in a year.


My brain works on what I
call the “Saturate and Distill” method. 
Maybe all the beer I drank in college influenced my brain cells to act
like a liquor still or maybe I was just “Born this Way.”

But for whatever reason,
I take in loads of information, then let it tumble around inside my head for a
while. When the info is sufficiently distilled, I get inspired and puke up
stuff onto the page.  In this stage I’m
working fast and furious, trying to get it all down.  I try not to think or second-guess or
question myself.  I try to shut my conscious
self down and allow all that stuff I learned to mix with my own life
experiences, the collective unconscious, my own unconscious self and maybe even
what some call divine inspiration.  Mix
well and out comes a story.
In the first go round I’m
just looking to get a beginning middle and end. 
A lot of what happens in this first draft will be cut. Some of it is dialogue
that I, the writer, need to hear but you, the reader, would get bored and
thrown off track if I leave it in.  Or
maybe its just wrong turns the characters take. 
That’s cool, the characters need to figure out who they are and what
they’re about.  But you, the reader, don’t
want to read what sometimes reads back like someone’s diary.
The first draft, the
beautiful period of imagination and discovery, is only the beginning.  Some writers have said that the first draft
is about figuring out what the book is about. 
You write a first draft, put it away for a while, then pull it out and
read it through.  And hopefully you have
that “Aha” moment when you say, “So that’s
what it’s all about!”
Cover art for “Emily’s House”
Coming Late Fall, 2011

I have re-worked,
revised and re-written “Emily’s House” for a year now!  Granted, it’s my first novel and since I
didn’t have much of a clue what I was doing when I started, my editing process
was at times a re-write process.

But man, what a
difference it makes.  The “Emily’s House”
I just turned over to the editor bears little resemblance to the “Emily’s
House” it was last August at the end of the first draft phase.
The other reason that I’m
not going to promise readers a new book every three months is because my books
tend to require a lot of research.  Why?
Because I create new
takes on existing mythologies.  In
“Emily’s House,” my starting point was pre-Christian Celtic mythology.  But my early research revealed the
tantalizing fact that the Celts originated east of modern-day Europe and they
were influenced by Vedic traditions out of India.
Add a little Celtic
mythology with some Buddhist philosophy, stir in some Vedic thought, and
voila!  A new mythology is born, one that
feels familiar but is not exactly like anything else.
Screech!  This past week I’m like a car factory
re-tooling for a new model.  My brain has
to dump faeries and torcs and enchanted wells and particle colliders.  Now I’m streaming “Ancient Aliens” on Netflix
and reading about the 1947 crash in Roswell and about alien abductions.  I’m filling up on alien mythology now as my
brain sifts and filters and distills it, creating its own alien mythology.
In my current work in progress, “H.A.L.F.”, the main character Erika Holt will meet up with Tex, an
alien-human hybrid who is traipsing through the desert trying to escape from
the U.S. government facility where he was created.  What starts as Friday night good times in the
desert for Erika and her friends, Ian and Kyle, ends up being a nightmare of
three teens and a hybrid against the might of the U.S. government.

I’m a huge sci-fi fan and
thought I already knew a lot about alien mythology.  I was wrong. 
As I began reading articles and books, I realized there was a whole lot
more to the alien mythology than I realized. 
Then I began watching episode after episode of “Ancient Aliens
streaming on Netflix and I realized that not only must Giorgio Tsoukalos be an alien because there’s no other
explanation for how he can get his hair to do that, but that this alien
mythology thing is expanding so much, it is in fact replacing Judeo-Christian
religion for a lot of people.  Ancient
alien theorists have replaced God the Creator with Alien the Creator.  This is BIG mythology being made right now,
today.

Its-OBVIOUS-aliens-are-REAL-Just-look-at-my-freaking-hair
What is coming out of
this research are twists and turns I didn’t initially see coming for
“H.A.L.F.”  And what started out as one
book I now see as three because the alien mythology and government conspiracy
theory are just too big – and too much fun – for only one book!
Time to get back to
writing.  I’m excited to get “H.A.L.F.”
into your hands so you can meet Erika and Tex and their nemesis, Commander
Sturgis, a bad-ass military scientist with a chip on her shoulder and something
to prove.
Have you had an encounter
with a UFO?  Anything strange ever happen
to you that you can’t explain? 
And if you haven’t had an
encounter but enjoy alien sci-fi stories and movies, why do you think we can’t
get enough of aliens?
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