Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Re-writes

I am in the throes of rewrites for my 5th novel. It is amazing how one can finish with a sense of accomplishment, then slip into depression and dismay as they are reading through that accomplishment. I will admit that I like it, and will eventually publish it. I have found the voice, and purpose of this book, its intention and its obstacles. But, I will also admit that I spend most of my time thinking, "this is pure shit!" I hope to have dusted that excrement off, and polished it to a fine sheen before I release it. I am so sorry for the delays.

Incidentally, I should note, it is not the 4th Mystics book. That one is giving me problems of direction. It is also not the 2nd Kelvin book, that one only has an idea and vague outline. I don't have a story for that yet. This is something new, something unusual for me. It is not contemporary fantasy, it is just regular fantasy. I tried my hand at world-building and I think it is pretty good (if I may say so myself).

Lastly, if you are an author, you should really read Stephen King's "On Writing: a memoir of the craft". I have been reading it again, and it is soul-affirming.  This isn't a very interesting blog post, but my head is foggy from rewrites, and I just wanted to reach out and say, "I am still here!"

Love you all! Hope you like the work when it is finished!

~ C ~

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Last Freebie

Alas, my friends, the summer of free comes to an end this week with the final free download. This week (8/21-25) is Plague of Mystics, Book 3 in the Saga of Mystics. It has been a great joy to make all of my works available for free this summer for one week each. To ensure everyone had a chance to get one or more, I split them up by 2 weeks each as the summer went by, but now my Kindle promotions are over for the time being as I have used them all up. Please take the opportunity to download this novel: Plague of Mystics and perhaps leave a review (Book three is very short on reviews).

On another note, go ahead an comment on an indie author you like who you wish more people knew about. It is a great way to help out authors and get more people into the work you like!

I hope you downloaded a copy of each of my 6 works this summer, and I certainly hope you have enjoyed those you did. Please don't forget to leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. You are the best!




Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer of Free continues

I am excited to announce that "Kelvin the Elven" will be listed free this week for the first time ever. For those who have only read my Saga of Mystics series, I hope you will download this book. It is dear to my heart for a number of reasons and I know you will enjoy it. It is free to download on Kindle from 8/7-8/11/17, and you can find it here:

http://amzn.to/2fL2ezZ

#ReadReviewRepeat




Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fear of Mystics free to download for a week!

Four weeks ago, Book 1 in the Saga of Mystics was available for a free Kindle download. This week, from 7/24-28, you can download the second book in the series "Fear of Mystics" for free. The summer of Freebies continues!!


Have a click, have a read, and please: #ReadReviewRepeat

Love you all! You are the best readers any author could ever want!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Interview

Hey everyone!

I got interviewed by Fiona McVie for her blog. If you want to take a gander at it, you can find it here:

https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/here-is-my-interview-with-chris-walters/

It was super fun!

For the record, in the process of thinking on my feet, I forgot to mention an author whose work I would like others to discover. Daccari Buchelli has a site of his own, at http://www.fantasybooks411.com check out this fantastic author's work.

And just as a reminder:


Monday, July 17, 2017

Being a story-teller

I have been a storyteller all of my life. I love it. I was thinking this week about how our culture has changed. Authors bitch all the time about how, "No one reads anymore". To be candid, I sometimes bitch about that myself. But, it isn't true. People read, but their habits, patience, and acceptance of new ideas have changed. Everyone and their sister read the Harry Potter books. It wasn't just the few of us book nerds who were able to buy 450 million books which JK Rowling has written. But, what do we find if we look at her story in particular?

JK Rowling suffered for a long time in the same rut many authors find themselves in today. Her stories were not accepted, until they were. What is that magical spark which changed her from languishing in her writing to being a successful author? I guess if I could tell you that, I would already have sold a lot more books. She is a brilliant writer. But, even she struggled when she got away from the Harry Potter universe. She had good sales because her name was on the cover, but not the kind of sales she was used to. Is this because she can only write about wizarding kids?  I don't think so. It is because we, as readers, tend to gravitate to stories which have tickled our brains before. We like characters we know, places we know. This is why Fan Fiction is one of the most popular forms of writing these days.

So, what does this all mean for me? Why am I writing about this? It is basically to let you all know that I am still writing. For most authors, a 7 month span between books is simply not a big deal. But I can write a novel in about 6 weeks, and after a year where I put 4 books and 2 short stories on Amazon, I have this year put nothing out there. I am considering other mediums, other venues for the stories I tell. I will still write novels, because that is what I do. But, I have tried my hand in a pilot script this year (hopefully I will have more to tell you on that soon); I have been toying with comic books to get some of the stories out there; I have played with the idea of different forms of publishing. 2017 seems to be my year of exploring connection with readers and fans of the characters. So, tell me, which would you rather see? New stories, in new universes, with new characters? Or would you rather see new mediums which flesh out the characters you already know? What would tickle that part of your brain and bring you enjoyment?


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Age of Mystics free on Kindle!

Another freebie, you ask? I answer, "Yes, indeed!" For those who have never read it, start your journey in the Saga of Mystics with Book One: Age of Mystics. It is a contemporary fantasy, post-apocalyptic dystopia! You may say to yourself, "Hey, that sounds just like reality." If so, it is different, because people have powers! Monday through Friday, 6/26-30, download the ebook free at:


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book review - Tapasya by David Gilchrist

I suggested this book at Christmas, when I bought it. It looked intriguing, but life got in the way, and I have only just finished it. I give it a solid 5 stars.

World-building must be the most difficult part of being a fantasy writer. To take a blank page, and through a narrative, paint a picture which allows the reader to “see” the world in which a story takes place is amazing. In Tapasya, David Gilchrist shows mastery at world-building. I found it intriguing and delightful to read this story. The tale opens and each page illuminates more of the fabric of this mysterious place and its people. His descriptions gave me detail which allowed me to immerse myself in this story. I could not ask for more from a book. Independent Authors with a good narrative style are difficult to find. David Gilchrist is certainly a treasure in this regard. If you are looking for a fantasy tale to keep you intrigued, and wondering what comes next, get a copy of Tapasya today. You will not be disappointed! 



Sunday, May 7, 2017

A little teaser for the upcoming book 4 of the Saga of Mystics

Just thought I would drop a little teaser for the upcoming book four of the Saga of Mystics (Currently titled "Blood of Mystics"). I hope you enjoy:


Kyle stood in the cold, spring air looking directly into eyes he had seen before. It was not only that he recognized the gray, lifeless orbs of any of Jack’s puppets. It was that the face surrounding the eyes was so familiar. It filled him with grief, and more than a little dread. Here he was, once again, ready to face a lifeless adversary, when the real enemy hid in some cavern or wood playing out the game like these dead people were simply pawns. It always struck Kyle how sad these situations were, but never more than when he knew the person he faced. This body was the hollow shell of someone he had known a long time ago, someone he had seen every day at one point in his life. But now, the bloodless skin and gray eyes darted from one side to another furtively. This was not the man he knew. It was merely a meat puppet acting as a sentry on the road south.
            With a sigh of resignation, Kyle willed the light curtain, which surrounded him and kept the rest of the world from seeing him, to fall away. The searching gray eyes instantly stopped, focusing on the man who appeared before him. The dead body stared and let out a cool, dry whisper, “Kyle Ward.”

            Kyle nodded, “Hello, Jack. I just wanted you to know we were back. Get yourself ready, the council will come calling.”

Friday, May 5, 2017

Update

After an early part of the year working on scripts (still working, but need to get back to the real job as a novelist), I am back to work on upcoming novels. I have 6 outlines done and have begun 4 works-in-progress from those. What can you expect? You can expect a couple more books this year, at the very least including the 4th novel in the Saga of Mystics (working title "Blood of Mystics"), a second Kelvin Novel (working title "Kelvin Half Elven"), a new post-apocalyptic series, and few one-offs which are connected to some of my other work.

I envy people who have covers already prepared for their Works-in-progress. I am not that organized. I usually get covers just before the book is released. I need to get better at that because I hear a lot of folks won't read posts like this without a picture. I still want to write something which utilizes Tarot. I don't know anything about the practice, but I love the iconography. I had originally planned to use Tarot cards on the cover of all Mystics novels, but the lack of any use in the story made that problematic.



I want to thank everyone for the kind words and support I have received and the genuine interest in seeing the next step in the Saga of Mystics. I have no plans currently for other Mystics Short Stories, but those may come up if an idea doesn't make it in the final draft of Blood of Mystics.

So, that is my update! I hope you are all having a great Spring. Let me know if you have any questions about the narrative in either current series, and I will answer what I can without spoiling it all. My readers are the best, and I am grateful for all of you!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Whose story is this anyway?

For reasons I am not going in to I was wondering who people thought was the main character of the Saga of Mystics. It is, of course, like asking who the main character is in Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. But, still, help me out! Who do you think is the driving narrative character behind the story. (for instance in The Walking Dead, there are many people who believe it is Rick Grimes' story, while many others believe it is the narrative of Carl Grimes, about his father). Which character drives this narrative?


Re-writes

I am in the throes of rewrites for my 5th novel. It is amazing how one can finish with a sense of accomplishment, then slip into depression ...