Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Update

Hello everyone I just wanted to shoot out a quick update as my format will change next month to participate in the A-Z blogfest.  I will not be posting any new reviews or interviews this month and interviews will not be every Saturday in April.  I will however still get reviews and interviews posted as much as possible while following the general outline of the blogfest.  


I would just really invite everyone to come by and visit on April 7 as it will be a free ebook day.  I already have over 20 books donated that will be given away to people who leave comments.  The drawings will not be held until May so there is plenty of time to swing by and sign up to win some awesome books.  If by chance you are an author and would like to donate a book or more to the give away my email can be found on the links page just get in touch with me and we'll figure everything out.


I would like to again say thanks to all the wonderful authors who have already donated books, I honestly never expected to get this many books to give away you guys are all amazing.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Interview #8 with Robert Day author of the Nexus Wars series

Demon Gates (Nexus Wars Saga)Ashar'an Rising (Nexus Wars Saga)


When did you decide to become a writer?

I don't think there was any particular time where I thought, 'I am going to be a writer'. I think it all came about one day back when I was about 16 or 17, a friend and I were talking about what fantasy books were out at the time, and ruing the fact we had read most of what was on offer at the time. We basically thought, 'How hard can it be to write our own books?'  Well, I guess the answer to that can be gleaned from the twenty years from then to now.


If you are not a full time writer what do you do to pay the bills?

I am a purchasing officer for a Window and Door manufacturer.


What was your route to Indie authoring?  

Having never been confident of my ability nor wanting to really go down the 'getting published' route, I have not really tried the 'Find an agent / publisher' method. Sure, I sent out some ridiculously half-hearted submissions many years ago, all to no avail, but it was not until I discovered Indie publishing that I wondered how I would go down that path.


Any tips for your fellow Indie authors?  

I'm not sure I am what you might call a 'successful' Indie author, so take any tips I give with a grain of salt, but my first bit of advice would be "Don't rest on your laurels!"  Now more than ever, the publishing industry is cut-throat and competitive. Not only do you have the traditional authors, but a whole host of Indie authors who are all striving to 'make it'. Polish your work. Polish your descriptions on websites. Do your own marketing, whether it be on social networking or review sites. Don't take it for granted that all of a sudden someone will discover you, because there are many thousands of authors doing the same. Even if you are only doing it to make a few dollars, take some pride in what you have achieved and created, and give your readers the best you can give.


What served as your inspiration for Demon Gates?  

Basically what began as a 'stop-gap' to when more books became available to read, turned in to a tribute to my favourite authors. From an early age I had been immersed in fantasy, from books to playing Dungeons & Dragons. As such, I found I had many ideas floating around in my mind, awaiting a conduit to get out. I have no formal training other than lessons gained from thousands of hours of reading the likes of Tolkien, Eddings, Salvatore, Weis & Hickman, Gary Gygax etc etc. So basically, me completing my own manuscript was my thanks to all of those authors, who all helped to give me my own style and my own voice.


What other work do you have available?  

Ashar'an Rising, Book 2 of the Nexus Wars Saga, has just been released. Originally, the manuscript I created was an immense 1200+ page monster, which I subsequently divided into 2 books. While I took many years to edit and mould Demon Gates into what it is today, it was not until after Demon Gates was released late last year that I got to refine Ashar'an Rising to where it is today, although I continue to edit both.


What sites is your work available on?  

My works are available on Amazon (Demon Gates (Nexus Wars Saga) Ashar'an Rising (Nexus Wars Saga))(US and UK), as well as Smashwords and their affiliate retailers (B&N, Apple, Sony, Diesel)


Are you currently working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?  

Book 3 is in the works. With the marketing I am doing for Books 1 and 2, as well as a full time job and trying to give my wife the attention she deserves, it is a slow process. With luck, I can have something solid by the end of the year, given that I hope it to match the previous 2 books at over 600 pages in length.


Are there any authors that you really look up to?  

As I have mentioned, some of my favourite authors are Tolkien, Eddings, Salvatore and R.E. Feist, for differing reasons. Tolkien was the master, undisputed though oft challenged. David Eddings (R.I.P.) had a wonderful storytelling quality about his work, with the ability to blend all of the gamut’s of emotion into his story.  Raymond E. Feist, whose 'Magician' and subsequent novels took me to places I never dreamed, gave rise to more Heroic fantasy, with powerful yet likeable characters and vast worlds. R.A. Salvatore on the other hand, was the master of action. His attention to detail and the working of melee gave rise to probably one of the most recognisable and loved characters of all time, Drizzt.


What do you see the biggest challenge in being an Indie author as?  

Pre-conceived bias.  No matter how well you write, or how good your story is, or how well priced it is, people simply won't touch it. Indie authors are like cheap running shoes going up against Nike's and Reeboks. You really do have to prove you belong through your quality and a good marketing strategy, yet even then, there are some feet you just won't get to fit

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Have you ever been published in any magazines or any national publication?  

No.

Do you have a homepage/blog/twitter/facebook etc... that fans can follow your progress or contact you at?  

I spent a lot of time creating my own website, www.robertdaybooks.com. I try to update it when I can, and hope to gain a following through my newsletter, in order to send periodical updates and snippets of what I am currently working on.


What is your favorite book/series?  

My favourite Book would have to be 'Magician', by Raymond E. Feist. I find myself re-visiting it regularly, and am never disappointed. Favourite series would have to be 'The Belgariad' by David Eddings.


Are there any specific sites that you visit for advice or inspiration?  

Amazon continues to be a source of both inspiration and frustration. I am addicted to checking sales and rankings! No wonder I can never get any writing done! It does serve as a kick in the butt, however, when you see that you really do have to create something above par to compete.  The forums there are also good for advice in terms of marketing and general writing information.


How do you visualize all the melee combat and put it on paper so clearly?  


To be honest, I'm not sure! I guess it just comes natural to me, maybe something to do with the logical manner in which my mind works? Perhaps it is similar to situation awareness, and an ability to picture in my mind what I am writing, and having the foresight to see where it is going, and where I wat it to be.



You have built a huge world with your website having a lot of specialized info.  How long have you been working on it? 


Most of that information was created before I began work on Demon Gates. I knew I needed a solid basis for my work, which involved detailed information about many things likely to come up during the course of the novel(s). Surprisingly, I don't think it took me all that long to nut out the basics, and I have been adding and fine-tuning as I go along. The coloured map of Kil'Tar on my website was created using Paintshop (or something similar), copying a hand-drawn version I had drawn back when it all started.



Which of your characters do you most identify with?  


Wow... this is like choosing a favourite child. I guess it would have to be Valdieron, although part of my persona probably went into the make-up of every character. Demon Gates came about from having the figure of Valdieron in mind, and forming all of the necessary theme, plots, details etc around him and what I envisioned him to be as a protagonist. 



I think Llewellyn is my favorite character.  How did he come to be?  


I guess Llewellyn is the token 'mentor', for means of a better word. There came a time in Demon Gates where I knew I had to branch out and make it more entertaining and 'epic', and to do so I needed some diverse characters to give me a means with which to impart information and help not only Valdieron to grow, bu the world of Kil'Tar also.



On your website it says you plan 5-7 book in this series.  Have you got a final number pinned down yet?  


Not yet. Perhaps a bit of the Robert Jordan fan coming out in me ;) While I do have ideas about how I want the series to end and where I want it to go, the path is ever growing, with many twists, turns and forks. While I do not want to drag it out and wear the story too thin, I take it as a test of my abilities to see if I can make it to the 5 - 7 Book mark. Also, being my 'baby', like most books I read and love and don't want to end, so too am I fearing the day the Nexus Wars Saga comes to an end.



I know you recently released book 2 Ashar'an Rising.  How are the other books coming?  


Do you have the outline for the whole series laid out or is it written on the fly?  Juggling work and home duties means I do not get as much time as I would like to work on Book 3, which I can reveal will likely be named 'The Last Wind Dancer'. It is slowly coming along, however, although after the lengthy editing of Books 1 & 2, I am finding myself writing slower and being more mindful of style, flow, pace etc. Not sure if this is a good thing or not, as the previous 2 books came about 'on-the-fly', as all the images and ideas in my mind were let loose. Perhaps that is why the editing took so long for both once they were all done :) As I mentioned above, I have a bit of an idea about what I would like to happen, but I tend to go off on tangents as I write, as new ideas form and grow in my mind.



Do you have any specials or promotions planned?  Your review contest on your website was a fantastic idea.  Will we be seeing that again?  


I am always looking to increase my reader base by offering free copies or give-aways. I also plan on giving sneak-peeks in the form of Chapters from Book 3 and beyond in my newsletter, so anybody interested should head over towww.robertdaybooks.com and sign up for the newsletter. The review contest for Book 1 didn't really take off, but perhaps another one in the future will have more success.

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview.  I wish you the best in your writing career.  


Thank you, Scott, and likewise all the best for your blog. Thanks to the passion, dedication and devotion of readers such as yourself, Indie authors will continue to dream.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Review for An Oak of Hope

An Oak of Hope (Brandeis of Aura)
An Oak of Hope (Brandeis of Aura) is a great family book. This is something that I will be reading to my daughter time and time again. The story follow a young girl as she finds out that she is a chosen one who can bring the true magic back to the world, and save her people and more from the users of dark magic. Along the way she is helped by a very diverse group of people including some weelfs, a red orc, and a brother she didn't know existed. 

I cannot wait until the next book in the series is released.  From what I understand it is actually getting its final edit right now so I am very excited about that.  There will also be an interview featuring the author and his daughter (they are a writer/editor team).  

This book is the best fantasy novel that I have come across so far for sharing with family.  I cannot wait until my daughter is a little older so I can share this special adventure with her. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Interview #7 JH Sked author of WolfSong with free ebook giveaway

For a chance to win a copy of J H Sked's book just leave me a comment with your e-mail address on this post and in 2 weeks the winner will be notified.  Thanks!






Interview with J H Sked


WolfSong (Tales from the Crescent)





When did you decide to become a writer?

I started writing as soon as I could hold a pen - it was something I always wanted to do. My parents taught me to read extremely early - I was reading at high school level when I was seven or eight - and I thought it was magic. I knew I wanted to try to make some of my own.


If you are not a full time writer what do you do to pay the bills?

I do compliance for a marketing firm. Former work includes graphic design, waitres, barmaid - anything that paid the bills. I also design t-shirts & sell paintings.


Any tips for your fellow Indie authors?

Keep reading and keep trying. Read everything - even if you don't think a book is good it's a great way to learn what not to do - and join a constructive writers group. Keep writing - even if you don't think it's good, you learn every time you sit down to write, and rewrite. Once you think your done put it away and look at it again in a couple of weeks or even months as though you were the reader - you spot issues you never knew about that way.


What served as your inspiration for WolfSong?

I had a dream about a bunch of soldiers riding into a village filled with bodies, and being attacked by a werewolf. When I woke up I started wondering what impact that would have, what the  ripple effect would be, and the main characters started defining themselves.



What other work do you have available?

This is my first book.


What sites is your work available on?



At the moment it's e-books only - Amazon u.k., Amazon, com, Smashwords and linked through affiliates diesel e-books, Sony Nook and Barnes & Noble.


Are you currently working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?

I'm hard at work on the second book in the series, and plan on a collection of shorts being released in the very near future.



Are there any authors that you really look up to?

Stephen King, Peter Straub, Katherine Kerr, Joe Hill, Lee Childs, Patricia Briggs and Illona Andrews. Tanya Huff,  Anne Bishop, Terry Pratchett, David Gemmell, J A Konrad and J R Rain are also particular favourites. I'm just getting into C.S. Marks - the Elfhunter series.


What do you see the biggest challenge in being an Indie author as?

Getting your name out and hoping you build a fanbase. If you haven't gone the traditional route, you don't have the confidence that people already believe in your work, and not everybody will like what you write. It's a bit like putting you heart on a plate and waiting for people to say "Ooh, I'll have another slice of that!" or taking a nibble and trying to bury the rest in the nearest pot plant.


Have you ever been published in any magazines or any national publication?


I had a short story published years ago called "Pushing Janey"  about ghosts on the underground - that was in 2003 and the magazine is out of print. When I was a lot younger I had some poetry published in Wits Magazine in South Africa.


Do you have a homepage/blog/twitter/facebook etc... that fans can follow your progress or contact you at?


Sure, I'd love to hear from people: my blogspot is  
http://jhsked.blogspot.com  & my  twitter is @JHSked. I'm also on the kindle boards a lot - really nice community for both readers and writers, so pop on over.



What is your favorite book/series?


Only one? I'll try and narrow it down to fantasy, but still.. Series would have to be The Dark Tower by Stephen King and Anne Bishop's Black Jewels. Stand alone books - almost impossible to pick just one; Geist by Phillipa Ballyntine is brilliant - almost everything by David Gemmell. Floating Dragon - Peter Straub.



Are there any specific sites that you visit for advice or inspiration?


Kindle boards is a definite must for advice and just to have a nice chat. I don't say much but love the way people encourage each other - too many sites end up with threads full of slinging matches, which I hate - visciousness has no place in a community that has the same goal. J A Konrath has a brilliant blog called "A newbies guide to publishing". Query Shark - although the point is to get a query letter for traditional writing published, I think a lot of the points about writing in general apply to everyone who writes. www.darkissreads.com, http://redadeptreviews.com and of course your blog all review and write about fantasy - I've picked up some great recommendations through these.

I get inspired by some of the smallest things - I'll see something happen, or someone's body language or outfit and start playing "what if?"  Trying to force it doesn't work though. Inspiration is a funny wee beastie - it tends to run away when you look for it and mug you when you least expect it to; sometimes at painfully inappropriate moments.





Where did the idea for the Hawks come from?

This goes back to a series of dreams I had (and sometimes still have) when I was much younger, about this race of non-human warriors and the country they live in. I read a lot of mythology trying to find where they came from -  they weren't quite like anything I'd read about. They weren't traditional vampires, or werewolves, or anything like the elves I'd read about. Eventually I decided my subconscious had come up with something new, and decided to just enjoy them.  


What character do you identify with the most?  Why?

Tarmien, who gets himself into so much trouble by sheer accident. I tend to do the same, with the best intentions.


Which of the races from the Crescent would you be if you had the choice?

I'd be a Hawk, definitely. Tough, fast healing, and a bit of an attitude problem.. 


Any update on the potential release of book 2?

I'm aiming for December 2011, if all goes well. Rewrites sometimes take on a mind of their own, and Amber gets cranky if she doesn't get her own way.


Is there any info you can give us on the plot of book 2?

We'll have Amber on the trail of yet another serial killer, and see the contrast between life on the Crescent and life in other countries.


Your tweets and blog make it seem like you are travelling more than you are home.  What exactly does your job entail and how do you manage to write while travelling so much?

I do regulatory compliance for a marketing company, so I travel all over the U.K. lending support to the people working in that particular field. I'm lucky enough to work with a great bunch of people, both at the main office and in the different locations I go to. There aren't many people who can honestly say they enjoy their job, but I definitely do. Saying that, if I'm home two nights of the week at the moment I consider myself lucky.

I write a lot in my head before it ever hits the computer screen, which travelling is ideal for. At the moment I'm also studying part-time, so I have a really strict time-table for writing and studying. I mainly study in the week and on weekends I have a certain number of hours to write. The rest of the time is hitting the university books and sleeping. And drinking coffee.


What kind of short stories can we expect to be seeing from you?  Do you have an idea of when they will release?

I've got a few short stories I'm trying to get ready for release at the end of May 2011. They tend to run more to horror but I'm hoping to throw a bit of dark fantasy into the mix - or maybe a story or two set in the Crescent. I have one short, Dim, available on Scribd for free at the moment, which will be in the collection - the link is here. http://www.scribd.com/doc/48736432/Dim
I'd love some feedback, if anyone takes a peek.




Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Janet.  I wish you the best of luck in your writing career, and in hitting your goal for WolfSong part 2 although that one is for selfish reasons lol.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Free Ebook

G David Walker has extended the offer for his book From a Far Land (Jaben's Rift) FREE from Smashwords use coupon code BB39S.  As always as a way of saying thanks to authors willing to give their work away free please leave a review when you are finished.  This is still my favorite Indie book so far so check it out.

Review for Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk

Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk

Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk follows Bear Waters, a bounty hunter in a different realm. He is hired by a victim of the Silver Dirk to hunt him down and stop him from hurting more people. This journey has consequences that he could never have imagined. Bear and constable Grace Hilltop find the base of operations for the Silver Dirk and unknowingly activate a device that transports them to modern day Portland, OR. In Portland they meet Fiona a scientist that is studying the society of their realm.

This story is told from Bear's perspective and it is interesting to see how he reacts to the large technological differences between the two lands. People from both realms are teaming up to find and stop the Silver Dirk who is actually the head doctor on the project that created the devices to teleport between realms.

The story is strong, but this book ends in a cliffhanger. This book stood apart for its unique aspects which are probably not for everyone, but I thought it worked very well for what Bob was trying to do. I will be reading book 2 when it comes out for sure.


I will admit to being a little tentative at first of the perspective that Bob used to tell the story, but as I got further along that disappeared.  I think viewing the story through Bear's eyes was the only way he could really get across what he was trying to do with viewing our society as someone who comes from a less technologically advanced world.  

There was also a fairly amusing passage of a magic user arguing with a scientist about how science is a total myth and they must be using magic without actually knowing it.  I smirked a bit at that.

I will be doing an interview with Bob about his book sometime in the near future.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

First drawing winner!

Congratulations to Dannie the winner of the first drawing held here on Indie Book Blog.  I have e-mailed him the coupon code.  Also thanks again to Robert for his generosity in letting me giveaway a copy of his book.

Thanks everyone for entering and don't forget there is another contest going on right now that can net you 2 free ebooks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review of The Bakkian Chronicles, Book I: The Prophecy

Bakkian Chronicles, Book I: The Prophecy



The Bakkian Chronicles follow Steve and his wife Sarah as they find out that Steve's grandparents died and they inherit everything. They take a trip to their new house and find some strange things. There is a journal filled withed references to people and places they have never heard of, a safe filled strange items and an even stranger key. That key opens a portal to Lentari that they enter without understanding what they are really doing.

Their journey begins as a simple quest to find out how to get home. They learn that everyone in Lentari has a magical power called jhorun. They are then kidnapped to be sold as slaves and must discover their own hidden powers to escape. Next stop is the palace where they meet the kind and queen and find out that they are prophesied protectors of the prince. That is the point where their adventure truly begins...

This is an extremely well written story with great dialogue that had me engaged with the character and even laughing a few times. The pace of the story moves very well with lots of action, but does not sacrifice character development. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good fantasy read at a totally reasonable price. I am looking forward to the second in the series a great deal. 





Visit Jeffrey Poole's website here for updates and to ask any questions you may have.  Also keep checking since I will be doing an interview with him sometime in the future.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Interview #6 with David Alderman and free ebook giveaway!!!!


Leave a comment with your e-mail address on this post and you will be entered in a contest to win an ebook copy of Black Earth: End of the Innocence and Black Earth: The Broken Daisy.  The drawing will take place in two weeks.  This is only one of many free book giveaways coming from this site thanks to the amazing generosity of the authors.


Interview with David Alderman


Black Earth: End of the InnocencePicture PerfectBlack Earth: The Broken Daisy




When did you decide to become a writer?

When I was eleven, I wrote a short story for an English assignment. From there, it took off to span many, many short stories, then it evolved into my first novel when I was 16. It wasn’t until around 2001 that I decided to go for it full steam and regard it as a possible career.


What was your route to Indie authoring?

I tried to go the traditional route and find an agent a few years ago. After waiting 8 months for 30 rejections, I decided it would be more satisfying to put my work out there myself. I started out with Lulu and then moved on to Createspace to manufacture the books because they offer cheaper manufacturing costs.



Any tips for your fellow Indie authors?

Write because you love to write, not just to make a buck. There are indie authors that pump crap out there and expect to rake in the dough, but readers will sift those titles and authors out. If you love the craft of writing, your readers will notice and enjoy it more.



What served as your inspiration for Black Earth: End of the Innocence?

After writing young adult fiction for most of my life, I used National Novel Writing Month one year to write something that wasn’t aimed directly at a PG crowd, something a bit more for adults and those who like gritty fiction. I took the safety off and wrote a short story anthology which included a story detailing Earth’s destruction by malevolent forces both demonic and alien. Black Earth was born at that moment.




What other work do you have available?

Black Earth: The Broken Daisy, the sequel to Black Earth: End of the
Innocence. Continuing where Black Earth: End of the Innocence leaves off,
Nathan Pierce searches Tucson for his missing sister, hoping to save her
from being executed for a crime of treason. Meanwhile, the nefarious purpose
of the fallen stars comes to light and an entity known only as Legion begins
to flood the earth with darkness.

I also just recently released a novella from my upcoming young adult series.
It's entitled Picture Perfect, and it's the story of a homeless boy who is
taken off the streets and pledged to marry into fortune, only to realize
that selling his soul for money isn't worth the loss of himself. He
eventually becomes a mercenary who is found in the young adult novel series
I will be debuting this coming Summer.



What sites is your work available on?

You can purchase in paperback format through - 

You can purchase in ebook format through -


Are you currently working on anything new and if so when can we expect to
see it? 

 I am currently revising the first three books in my young adult series,
Expired Reality, which will be released this Summer. They are: Endangered
Memories, Lost Birth, and Crystal City. I am also working on an episodic
mini short story series that ties in with Expired Reality which should be
debuting this March or April, called The LZR Project.

In between all of that I will also be working on the third Black Earth novel
which I plan to release this Winter.



Are there any authors that you really look up to?

I am an admirer of Tosca Lee and Ted Dekker’s work.



What do you see the biggest challenge in being an Indie author as?

For me, it’s marketing. Getting word of my books out there, trying to rise above all the traditional (and author indie) authors.


Have you ever been published in any magazines or any national publication?

No. But I used to write for my school newspaper. Feature articles like video game or movie reviews. I remember writing a review of Ace of Base’s debut album. Wow, I feel old now.



Do you have a homepage/blog/twitter/facebook etc... that fans can follow your progress or contact you at?

I have my own website at www.davidnalderman.com.
I blog at www.abrokenreality.blogspot.com
My twitter name is davidnalderman.
My facebook page is found at - http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-N-Alderman/27031009956



What is your favorite book/series?

The Han Solo Trilogy - The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, Rebel Dawn - by A.C. Crispin



Are there any specific sites that you visit for advice or inspiration?

www.thecreativepenn.com. Awesome resources there for self-published writers.


There are a lot of different storylines in your book.  What methods did you use to keep track of them all while writing?

I actually put each individual scene on color-coded note cards and then lay them out across the floor of my living room. At that point, with the whole book visually in front of me, I make sure the scenes are arranged to my satisfaction, taking into account the character interactions and the multiple plot threads. It usually takes me a couple hours from the time I have the cards spread, but when I’m finished, I have a stack of cards in the order I’d like the novel to follow and I just rearrange the manuscript accordingly.


Aliens being the method of a biblical apocalypse is a unique idea.  What inspired that thought process?

I’ve always wanted to write a great story in the scifi/fantasy genre in a way nobody has written in it before. I wanted to incorporate some of my own faith into a great sci-fi/fantasy tale that everyone can enjoy without anyone feeling like it’s just a piece of religious fiction I’m trying to saturate the market with. My goal is to write a great, entertaining story that doesn’t feel watered down or used before. The old fashioned biblical apocalypse idea of demons swarming Earth and destroying it has been tried in the past, so I wondered what it would look like if demons joined forces with an alien entity that destroys worlds.

In any of the sequels will we get any more info on the last planet that Legion destroyed?  How about some background on Legion itself?

You learn a bit more about planet Rhodenine (one of the planets Legion destroyed before arriving on Earth), Legion, and Legion’s actual purpose in the second book, The Broken Daisy.

Legion is an alien entity that destroys planets by consuming them in darkness. That’s the simple explanation.

It is one being with many personalities/parts/extensions that act together toward a greater goal, but each part has its own personality and characteristics. Legion originates in the form of darkness, mist, black liquid, etc. From there, some of Legion’s ‘parts’ possess humans to use as a vessel to do their work. But because Legion is one with many personalities, some of Legion’s ‘parts’ will try and take off on their own to fulfill their own agendas instead of working toward the main goal that Legion as a whole is constantly working toward.

At some point in the past, the demonic leaders of Hell decided they wanted to ally with the alien entity known as Legion so they could easily conquer the universe. With Legions powers to engulf worlds in darkness and Hell’s elite skilled at chaos, death and destruction, the two forces have managed to sweep through galaxies, destroying civilizations, worlds, and entire species, arriving finally on Earth at the beginning of End of the Innocence.

I do plan to write some short stories/novellas in the future that tell a bit about the other worlds/realities that Legion destroyed.



A lot of the Earth based characters seem to have special abilities do we find out why in Broken Daisy or can you tell us now?

The reasons for their powers will be revealed a bit in detail in my upcoming young adult series and in later Black Earth books. Essentially though, the planet Rhodenine – the same planet Jasper and Hush escaped from initially – has a core that contains a special mineral called, appropriately enough, rhodenine, which creates a genetic alteration in the human body causing the special powers in some people.

After Rhodenine was destroyed and the planet split apart into space, some of the rhodenine floated into the atmosphere of other planets, imbuing other individuals with special powers.



Which of your characters do you relate to the most?  Why?

Nathan Pierce. I think anyone can relate to dealing with peer pressure, and I wanted to create a character who I, as well as others, could identify with. He’s someone who doesn’t really go along with the status quo and keeps to his own beliefs without caving in to what others demand of him. In the beginning of the book when Shannon is pressuring Nathan to have sex with her and he’s refusing, I felt like I was there in the room with them. I think many have been ‘there’ before and not everyone says yes/no because of how they truly feel – they get caught up in the moment and decide they want to live for now instead of sticking with their own personal beliefs, afraid of what others will think of them if they refuse.

I can also relate to Nathan because he comes from a sheltered home, so when he travels with his sister to Phoenix, you see him take in the world as it really is and it’s tough for him to handle. I went through a similar time when I graduated high school and was kicked out of my home to deal with life on my own. End of the innocence, so to say, or a good dose of reality.



You say that you plan a winter release of Black Earth 3.  How many books are you planning in this series?

I would like to see at least 4-5 books in this series, however I have a strange feeling it might go to 6. I don’t, however, want to prolong the series longer than it naturally needs to go. It chronologically backs up against the beginning of my young adult series, so I guess it can’t go too far out of control. On top of that, I’d like to do some side novellas/short stories/novels that give more background on some of the characters.



Can you give us any more info on your new Young Adult series (my daughter wants to know lol)?

My young adult series, Expired Reality, is something I started when I first began writing fiction back in the early nineties. The majority of the series derives from the very first novel I ever wrote when I was sixteen (I’m 31 now). I self-published the first couple books in the series years ago, but didn’t really know where I wanted to go with the story until I started Black Earth. At that point, I realized my true writer’s voice and decided I wanted to rewrite the Expired Reality series to bring the books into alignment with Black Earth’s storyline and voice.

With Black Earth, I’m aiming for gritty, non-apologetic fiction that pulls no punches. My young adult series, Expired Reality, is brought down just a few notches to bring it into a content level for slightly younger readers. I’m aiming mainly for high school/college age all the way to adult. The first novella in the series, which gives background on one of the Expired Reality characters, Drather, is available right now for only 99 cents. The first three full length novels will debut this summer, and I plan to have the series run at least a dozen novels on top of the other short stories and novellas I plan to run in between it all.

The series takes place 100 years from End of the Innocence. Earth has been destroyed by Legion and the forces of darkness, and humanity has made the transition to another planet, Anaisha…

Here’s a short synopsis of the series as a whole  -

For years, the planet of Anaisha, especially the continent of Enera, suffered violence. The criminal mastermind, Mr. Big, had the world in his grip, squeezing as hard as he could to bring brutality and chaos to the planet...


...Until a group of junior high school students banded together and put a stop to him. Known as the Lazerblades, the four heroes - David Corbin, Carrie Green, Veronica Amorou and her brother, Sean, fought against Big and the other villains who plagued the land, conquering them and bringing peace in what almost became a time of war.


With Anaisha’s most dreaded criminals defeated, the teens were left to live their lives as they pleased. To embark in once forbidden relationships, to pursue careers, to achieve higher education, to take a well-deserved rest.

But what was to be a time of respite quickly became an era of confusion and instability as certain events pushed the heroes to their separate ways to walk the roads of their lives alone.

Now evil has returned in a form never seen on Anaisha, fulfilling prophecies given ages before, forcing the young champions back together again to either stand and fight against it, or fall into the growing darkness with the rest of the world.

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview David.  I wish you luck with your writing career.


On a personal not I recommend checking out David's blog I follow it and he prints some very interesting info on how he develops his characters, and some good stuff for his fellow authors.