Anyone who has been paying attention to the pages for the books may have noticed something odd. My name has been retroactively added as co-author to the earlier books. There’s no attempt at deception going on. It’s just that we were always a little unsure as to what kind of credit I should get for my part in the creative work.
On the first two books, I contributed book planning, world-building, character development, etc., and although Allan wanted to give me coauthor credit, I didn’t feel what I had done merited that much. How does one even classify contributions like refining genre, suggesting that science fiction elements actually make paranormal stories seem more plausible and thus, scarier.
There was some baggage behind my reluctance to take credit, too. I had been the first of us to try to be a professional writer, back before there was much Internet. I wrote short stories, and magazine rates for short stories varied mostly from 1/8th to 1 cent per word. Eventually, I did the math and got angry at the world of publication and wrote from then on purely for the entertainment of myself and a few friends.
I didn’t really recognize how much self-publication had grown up and become a viable option, nor how much Allan had grown as a writer, until he came out with the first finished novel. While making a commercial success was still a long shot, the fact was, he’d managed a book worth reading and he had control of the publication and marketing of it.
I still considered my contributions to be more “co-creator” than “co-author”, but there’s no option for that on book cover designs.
On the third book, I was suggesting some edits on a part he wasn’t satisfied with, and which dealt with a character who I had created. After a few tries at telling him what to do, I asked if he’d mind me taking over the chair and writing the edit myself. He loved the result, and I ended up going through and revising multiple scenes to get them just right. This time, I couldn’t refuse co-author credit, because I had indeed done a significant amount of the writing myself.
Then we started to reconsider the earlier books. I would have preferred being listed as “co-creator” rather than “co-author”, but there were a number of scenes where I’d helped with dialogue, relationships, etc. I had spent a few years listening to Allan describe the development of ideas in a different way than I recalled them happening. And I came to realize that accepting a little too much credit was better than being forgotten.
So here I am, invisible to the audience no more, and in our upcoming anthology, I’ve contributed a few solo pieces. There will be more of those in the future, as well as my continuing to be involved in working together with Allan.
*Since I offered book 1 for free last weekend, I thought it only fair to offer book 2 in the Para-Earth Series (which will include “The Vampyre Blogs”) this weekend. The events in this novel will lead directly into the third book “The Door” where our favorite vampyre will make his first appearance. The first two books in the series focus on acquainting readers with a number of interesting characters as well as the concept of the Para-Earths, whereas book 3 (which is coming soon) gives you all a chance to meet not just one, but two different people who entered some of those alternative Earths, but came back changed (literally) by their experience.
With this in mind, I felt this might be a good opportunity to let you meet some of the people from Nathaniel’s past who will be making guest appearances in his books down the road. So please take advantage and give yourself another exciting read as we draw ever closer to his arrival into this wondrous and ever growing series…
*Free until midnight June 29th, 2015*
“The Ship”, Book 2 in my Para-Earth Series is now FREE for Kindle.
This 5-star paranormal/mystery continues the story of Cassandra Elliott and Julie Cloudfoot, the two young women who fought alongside Alex and Veronica in my first novel “The Bridge”.
These two young ladies have fallen in love and have come to Santa Cruz to see if their new relationship can work, as well as bury Julie’s uncle who had been guarding the bridge as part of his duties as the family shaman.
But there are new problems. Julie is finding out that the shaman mantle has been passed to her, but she things there is nothing to guard against as the being that had lain hidden inside the bridge is no more. However, another evil from another para-earth has arisen and has marked Cassandra is its target.
Now the two will have to fight against a new threat that threatens to tear apart them apart before they fully begin.
Once again ghosts, psychics, and shamans await you in this new story, along with a terrifying ghost ship and a familiar white-haired villain from “The Bridge”
So click on the link below and grab your copy now. And don’t forget to spread the word to everyone you know so they can take advantage. This FREE giveaway ends midnight Monday June 29th, don’t miss out.