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2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for April 2012!

As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.

January 2012  Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.



For March you have 8 covers to choose from.

























Interview with Thomas Morrissey - April 5, 2012

Please welcome Thomas Morrissey to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Faustus Resurrectus, Thomas' debut, was published by Night Shade Books.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Thomas:  I don’t really have any ‘quirks’ or routines I go through when I write, although after reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, I’m thinking of how to appease the Muse every day. Maybe offerings of dedication, hard work, focus, and Red Bull would be best. Or chocolate.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Thomas:  I have four favorites who have also been the biggest influences on my work. Chronologically, Ian Fleming comes first—I was reading the James Bond novels when I was eight. I loved the action and exotic adventures; as an Army brat, I could relate somewhat to the international scope of the stories. Next is Graham Masterton, an English horror writer for whom Donovan Graham, my hero, is named. He was the first writer I read who combined action/thriller elements with horror, primarily in the Harry Erskine books (The Manitou, etc.). Great fun stuff. These two writers (and others, like Michael Crichton) shaped my sense of action and thriller, but it took Robert B. Parker to really give me a sense of character within the genre. Parker’s Spenser novels (particularly the first dozen) introduced me to action/thriller/noir stories that were more than just gunfights and smart-ass characters. Those exist within the stories, but because of Parker’s skill, they’re just one facet of his emotionally complex characters. Finally, the work of Paolo Coelho has given me insight into myself and a philosophy of the world that informs my work. The Alchemist, Warrior of the Light and The Fifth Mountain in particular among his books have expanded my perspective and enabled me to approach my life and my writing with fresh energy.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Thomas:  I think you need some of both to be able to fully express your work. I plot with a pretty good amount of detail because it gives me a sense of direction and of security that I’m not going to go round in circles. As a story unfolds, though, a fair amount of it tends to be rendered useless by events that occur. That’s where pantsing comes into it—you’ve got to be able to write on your feet when that happens, and be able to keep your story in sight as you let your characters come to life.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Thomas:  Sitting my ass in the chair and getting down to it. Pressfield refers to it as ‘Resistance’ with a capital ‘R’, and he’s absolutely right. Sometimes I can actually feel a force pushing me away from the computer when I try to sit and work. I have no problem thinking about writing, plotting, concepting, whatever. I get a lot of thinking done in the shower—hot water gets the blood circulating to my brain, I guess. But when it comes down to actually putting words on paper, man it’s tough sometimes. To paraphrase Harlan Ellison, I try to write often enough, so I’ll eventually burn the crap out of my system and write something someone will want to read.

TQ:  Describe FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS in 140 characters or less.

Thomas:  Donovan Graham learns reality is flexible when he fights a 16th Century sorcerer, the King of Hell and demonically-possessed homeless to save the woman he loves. (136) (Whew!)

TQ:  What inspired you to write FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS?

Thomas:  It’s the kind of book I’ve always wanted to read but could never find—a lot of action and cool things like monsters, but with characters who are real. What’s been lacking for me in books I see on the market is a real sense of emotional involvement (let’s face it, even Fleming referred to James Bond as ‘a cardboard booby’). I’ve found as I’ve gotten older, that’s what makes a really good novel to me. It annoys me to see a potentially good story with action and all kinds of cool things suck because the author didn’t take a few extra seconds to think his characters’ motivations through. I don’t want to fall into that trap, and so I wrote FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS bearing it in mind.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS?

Thomas:  A lot. I like to get everything as exact as possible. One of my concerns is that someone, somewhere, will read something I’ve written and say, “That’s not how it is,” and I’ll lose my credibility with them. Building a trust with the reader is an important thing to me—I want them to know that when they pick up a Donovan Graham novel, it’s going to be a great read, and I’m not going to cheat them. For this book, researching was fairly simple, because it’s set all over the New York City area, where I live. Going to places like the NY Medical Examiner’s morgue, Central Park and the NY Aquarium was convenient. Research like that is one of my favorite things about writing; you meet a ton of cool, helpful people and get a real inside scoop on the way things are. The next book in the series, SIGN OF THE GYPSY QUEEN, involved a little more travel which, although it can be limiting in experiencing what your characters do, is also great. In that situation, you take as many pictures and notes as you can, then rely on the computer and that Interweb thing the kids are all talking about these days.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Thomas:  The easiest character to write was probably Father Carroll. Writing him was a way for me to express how I view faith—my experience of reading priest characters in popular fiction always has them as miserable drunks, recovering alcoholics, or people struggling with their religion. Father Carroll is none of those things; I enjoyed putting myself in his place, a place where most of life’s anxieties have been relieved by faith in God. Maybe one day I’ll get there…

Hardest to write was Donovan himself. He’s the main character not just of the book but of the series; I was extremely concerned I that I didn’t screw him up. He’s like my kid—I wanted the best for him, but not at the expense of story. ‘Mary Sue’ inclinations aside, he has to be real, and that means he has to fail and not know things and make mistakes. That’s tough to see, let alone cause.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what are your favorite scenes in FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS?

Thomas:  The scene at the NY Aquarium was fun; a lot of good action there, and I had to go to the aquarium a few times to make sure I got details right. I also like whenever we see Donovan in his restaurant element; years of tending bar finally pays off in writing verisimilitude! The Donovan/Joann scenes (one in particular, about which I won’t go into detail—you’ll know it when you read it) are all good, and of course, everything in Central Park.

TQ:  What’s next?

Thomas:  Well, as I mentioned above, the second book in the series, SIGN OF THE GYPSY QUEEN, is already well underway. It picks up a few months after the end of FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS. I’ve also got some other projects I’d like to do if I can finally escape the grind of bartending full-time. Oh, and I’m two semesters into my MFA in Creative Writing, Pop Fiction, from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. If all goes well, I’ll graduate in July 2013. If not, I may be trapped in Hell until Donovan gives me a hand.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Thomas:  Thanks for having me. I appreciate the opportunity.


 About Faustus Resurrectus

Faustus Resurrectus
Donovan Graham 1
Night Shade Books, April 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

Interview with Thomas Morrissey - April 5, 2012
Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...



Read Thomas' 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog - WHY? - here.



About Thomas Morrissey

Interview with Thomas Morrissey - April 5, 2012
Thomas Morrissey has been writing since he was ten, and became fascinated with his mother’s Sears portable typewriter. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and (soon) the Horror Writers of America. His work has appeared in the Akashic Books mystery anthology Brooklyn Noir, where it won the Robert L. Fish Award for Best First Published Short Story from the MWA. His work has also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS is the first of the Donovan Graham supernatural Noir thrillers, but it won’t be the last.

The View From Monday - April 2, 2012

Happy first Monday in April! This week is very busy (again) at The Qwillery and is filled with 2012 Debut Author Challenge goodness.

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Anne Lyle. The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) was published on March 27, 2012 (US/Canada) by Angry Robot.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Jillian Stone. The Seduction of Phaeton Black {Phaeton Black 1) was published on March 27, 2012 by Brava.

Wednesday - Guest Blog by Gerry Bartlett. Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans, the 8th Real Vampires novel, will be published on April 3, 2012 by Berkley.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Thomas Morrissey. Faustus Resurrectus (Donovan Graham 1) will be published on April 3. 2012 by Night Shade Books.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with J.A. Kazimer. CURSES! was published on February 28, 2012 by Kensingston. Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons will be published today by Champagne Books.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Gust Blog by V.M. Zito. The Return Man was published on April 1, 2012.

Sunday - Laura Kaye West of Want Event.  West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi 2) will be published in July by Entangled Publishing.


There are many books out this week. I'm not including cover images because it would make the post too long. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).


April 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Twisted Metal Tony Ballantyne SF - Penrose 1
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 Damien Broderick
Paul Di Filippo
Literary Criticism
The Rogue Trudi Canavan F - Traitor Spy Trilogy 2
Lessons After Dark Isabel Cooper PNR - Englefield 2
Crystalfire Kate Douglas PNR - Demonslayers 4
Siddon Rock Glenda Guest F
The Kingdom of Gods (tp2mm) N. K. Jemisin F - Inheritance Trilogy 3
Mariana (h2tp) Susanna Kearsley F
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall Nancy Kress SF
The Slayer Theresa Meyers PHR - Legend Chronicles 2
Grey Expectations Clea Simon PCM - Dulcie Schwartz 4
Moonblood Anne Elisabeth Stengl F - Tales of Goldstone Wood 3
The Return Man (d) V.M. Zito H/PA/Th/Z



April 3, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Devil's Punch Ann Aguirre UF - Corine Solomn 4
Home for a Spell (h2mm) Madelyn Alt PCM - Bewitching Mysteries 7
Magic Unchained Jessica Andersen PNR - Nightkeepers 7
Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans Gerry Bartlett PNR - Real Vampires 8
The Eye of the Chained God Don Bassingthwaite F- Abyssal Plague Trilogy 3
The Straits of Galahesh Bradley P. Beaulieu F - The Lays of Anuskaya 2
R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Volume I: Dissolution, Insurrection, Condemnation Richard Lee Byers F- Forgotten Realms
Ride the Star Winds A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 4
The Wolf Who Loved Me Lydia Dare PHR
Something Secret This Way Comes Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 1
Betrayal Christina Dodd PRS - Bella Terra Deception 3
The Road of Danger David Drake SF - RCN 9
The Lingering Dead J.N. Duncan UF - Deadworld 3
Plague Town Dana Fredsti H - Ashley Parker 1
Dog and Dragon Dave Freer F - Dragon's Ring 2
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith H - Movie Tie-In
Tall, Dark & Dead (tp2mm) Tate Hallaway PNR - Garnet Lacey 1
The Vampire Shrink (ri) Lynda Hilburn UF - Kismet Knight 1
Lost Horizon (ri) James Hilton F
So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel Phil Hornshaw Humour/Science
Untouched Sara Humphreys PNR - The Amoveo Legend 2
Vengeance Ian Irvine EF - Tainted Realm 1
Alien Diplomacy Gini Koch SFR - Katherine "Kitty" Katt 4
The Haunted Bentley Little H
The Reason is You (d) Sharla Lovelace R w/ PE
Magic Without Mercy Devon Monk UF - Allie Beckstrom 8
Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art Christopher Moore PM/Humor
Faustus Resurrectus (d) Thomas Morrissey UF - Donovan Graham
Enraptured Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians 4
The Shining City Fiona Patton F - Warriors of Estavia 3
Triggers Robert J. Sawyer SF
The Shape of Desire Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Cats Can't Shoot Clea Simon PCM - Pru Marlowe 2
Banner of the Damned Sherwood Smith F
Caine's Law Matthew Stover SF/F - Act of Atonement 2
Bloodright Karin Tabke PNR - Blood Moon Rising 2
Werewolf in Seattle Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 3
Savage Awakening J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 2
The Thirteenth Sacrifice Debbie Viguie PS - Witch Hunt
Hunter's Rise Shiloh Walker PNR - Hunters 14
The Helix War Edward Willett SF
The Summoning (d) Carol Wolf UF - Wolf Moon Saga
Except the Queen (h2mm) Jane Yolen
Midori Snyder
F
Let Them Eat Steak Sarah Zettel PCM - Vampire Chef 2



April 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword & Blood: The Vampire Musketeers Sarah Marques F
A Song Called Youth John Shirley SF/Cyberpunk Omnibus



d - debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Th - Thriller
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PS - Paranoral Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts


There are 8 debuts in April.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite April cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


White Horse
AuthorAlex Adams
Series:  White Horse
Format:  Hardcover , 320 pages
Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April, 17, 2012
Price:  $19.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic
ISBN:  9781451642995

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.


Royal Street
AuthorSuzanne Johnson
Series:  Sentinels of New Orleans
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, April 10, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765327796

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.


The Reason is You
AuthorSharla Lovelace
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Berkley, April 3, 2012
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Romance w/ Paranormal Elements
ISBN9780425247129

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Anything but Normal…
Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life. But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who’s been dead for forty years.
In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now that she’s back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes. Between his popping in at inopportune moments and having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short lived .
As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there’s that little thing she’s not telling her daughter yet. Like that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing…


Coveted
AuthorShawntelle Madison
Series:  Coveted
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Ballantine Books, April 24, 2012
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN978-0-345-52918-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.


Faustus Resurrectus
Author:  Thomas Morrissey
Series:  Donovan Graham
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-405-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...


Blackbirds
AuthorChuck Wendig
Series:  Miriam Black
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:   Angry Robot,  April 24. 2012 US/CAN, May 3, 2012 UK/RoW
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662309

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving ]


Summoning
AuthorCarol Wolf
Series:   Moon Wolf Saga
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-398-4

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hopings soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.
From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.


The Return Man
AuthorV.M. Zito
Format: Premium Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Orbit, April 1, 2012
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror/Thriller/Zombies
ISBN:  9780316218283

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.

Guest Blog by Thomas Morrissey - Why?

Please welcome Thomas Morrissey to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs.


     First, of course, is my thanks to Sally for inviting me here. I’ve never done an actual ‘blog’ (I’m not sure university newspaper columns count), so this should be an interesting experience and hopefully not too embarrassing.

WHY?

     I’m currently in an MFA program at the University of Southern Maine—the Stonecoast program for Popular Fiction (hey, PopFic people!)—and one of the things my mentor has been putting me onto is the books of Steven Pressfield. Pressfield is a successful writer and screenwriter (The Legend of Bagger Vance is his) who has an intriguing perspective on writing: it’s more than a way to make a living or even to tell a story; it’s a sacred calling. Every day we have to overcome Resistance, an active force in the Universe that will oppose in any way, shape or form our efforts to improve ourselves and our lot in life.

     Boy do I feel him.

     I’ve spent a lot of my life collecting rejection slips, ridicule from family, friends and co-workers, and, in an even purer form, battling the Resistance that comes from within. Any artist knows that struggle. It’s the self-doubt we all feel whenever we sit down to write, or paint, or do anything that will improve us in a spiritual, emotional or physical way. After years of facing this on a daily basis—and not always winning—I find myself now, on the eve of my first book’s publication, asking, ‘Why? Why did I keep going?’

     God knows it hasn’t been financial reward—I didn’t sell my first story until 2005, a piece called Can’t Catch Me that appeared in the anthology Brooklyn Noir. I got a hundred bucks for it. I sold another story to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, for about as much. My first novel, FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS, will hopefully do better than that.

     I didn’t keep going because of any professional advancement, either—for most of my writing life I’ve struggled to find an agent (I’ve had three, and am currently without one) or an editor who was even interested in looking at my stuff. Although I have a good manager now, and a good editor at Night Shade Books, Ross Lockhart, I’m still tending bar in midtown Manhattan.

     I certainly didn’t keep going for any heightened lifestyle—anyone who thinks writers get laid for being creative individuals should contact me about a few bridges I have to sell.

     So why go on?

     “We do not do this thing because it is permitted. We do it because we have to. We do it because we are compelled.”

     Rorschach, from Alan Moore’s brilliant Watchmen, is correct. I write, have written since I was ten years old, because I must. When I’ve resisted, as I have at certain periods of my life, my world has not been…right. I’ve resented it, fought against it, hated the idea that I’m supposed to do certain things in my life, that I was put here to be something I had no say in choosing. I want to do what I want to do. It’s my life; I decide.

     Oy.

     That arrogance, that stupidity, that anger has cost me (and continues to, on bad days) more than I can ever calculate. I’ve made enough bad decisions and bad choices to ruin…well, my life, at least. But I still write. So there’s a chance.

     In The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho says, “When you truly want something, the entire Universe conspires to help you achieve it.” I would tweak that a little: ‘When you truly want something for the right reason, the entire Universe conspires to help you achieve it.’ No one, and I mean no one, has wanted success for their writing more than I’ve wanted it. Problem was, the only interest I had in the craft at all was to facilitate my ability to sell it. I wanted money, I wanted validation, it was all about me. Except it isn’t. It’s the story. It’s the message. It’s about allowing the energy of creativity to flow through you, to use you as a conduit for its own purposes. I’m fairly certain my life has demonstrated that I’m far short of perfect, but still, the compulsion remains; still I hear the muse.

     I still need to write.

     Thank God.

     I remain hopeful I’ll succeed. My understanding of things now is that I can only do as much as I can; results are the purview of other forces that I can’t control. I’ve always believed I’ll make a living as a writer—still do—and the path is a little less daunting now. It remains a struggle to sit down at the keyboard every day, but it gets easier when ego doesn’t obscure your vision. It gets easier to let the truth out. As long as it’ll let me, I’ll keep the path clear.

     Thanks for listening; hope I didn’t get too far into my navel.

     Enjoy my stuff.


About Faustus Resurrectus

Faustus Resurrectus
Donovan Graham 1
Night Shade Books, April 2012
Trade Papberback , 300 pages

Guest Blog by Thomas Morrissey - Why?
Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...
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About Thomas Morrissey

Guest Blog by Thomas Morrissey - Why?
Thomas Morrissey has been writing since he was ten, and became fascinated with his mother’s Sears portable typewriter. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and (soon) the Horror Writers of America. His work has appeared in the Akashic Books mystery anthology Brooklyn Noir, where it won the Robert L. Fish Award for Best First Published Short Story from the MWA. His work has also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. FAUSTUS RESURRECTUS is the first of the Donovan Graham supernatural Noir thrillers, but it won’t be the last.

The View From Monday - March 5, 2012

Happy first Monday in March! Spring starts later this month. It's my favorite time of the year.

At The Qwillery this week -

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Thomas Morrissey. Faustus Resurrectus will be published in April.

Tuesday - Interview with Allison Pang. The 2nd novel in Allison's Abby Sinclair series, A Sliver of Shadow, was published on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Chuck Wendig. Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) will be published in May.

Thursday - Interview with Christina Henry. The 3rd novel in the Black Wings series, Black Howl, was published on February 28, 2012.

Friday - Interview with David Constantine, author of The Pillars of Hercules, which will be published tomorrow.

Saturday - A surprise

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Ted Kosmatka. The Games will be published on March 13, 2012.


A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."



March 5, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
High Rise: A Novel (ri)
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J. G. Ballard SF
Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain
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A. Lee Martinez F




March 6, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wicked Edge
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Nina Bangs PNR - Castle of Dark Dreams 5
Now or Never
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Michele Bardsley PNR - Wizards of Nevermore 2
Bridge of Dreams
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Anne Bishop F - Ephemera 3
Twilight's Dawn (h2mm)
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Anne Bishop F - Black Jewels 9
Fair Game
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Patricia Briggs UF - Alpha and Omega 3
Dying Wish
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Shannon K. Butcher PNR - Sentinel Wars 6
Betrayer (h2mm)
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C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner Universe 12
Intruder
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C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner Universe 13
The Pillars of Hercules
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David Constantine F/AH
The Yearning
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Tina Donahue PNR
The Vampire Files
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P. N. Elrod F/H - Vampire Files Vol 5
Night Hunter
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Vonna Harper PER
Dead in the Family (mm2tp)
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Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire 10
Oracle's Moon
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Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 4
Donor
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Elena Hearty H
The Star Beast
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Robert A. Heinlein SF
The Slipstream Con
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S. Reesa Herberth
Michelle Moore
SFR - Ylendrian Empire
The Sorrows
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Jonathan Janz H
Eventide
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Elle Jasper PNR - Dark Ink Chronicles 3
The Drowning Girl
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Caitlin R. Kiernan F
The Mask (ri)
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Dean Koontz H
Jane Carver of Waar
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Nathan Long SF
Far From Heaven
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Cherrie Lynn PNR - Sweet Disgrace 2
Discount Armageddon
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Seanan McGuire SF - InCryptid 1
Deep Magic (ri)
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Joy Nash PHR - The Druids of Avalon
The Forerunner Factor
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Andre Norton SF - Forerunner Omnibus
Crucible of Gold
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Naomi Novik HF - Temeraire 7
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity
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Joshua Palmatier (ed)
Patricia Bray (ed)
F - Anthology
Haunting Warrior (tp2mm)
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Erin Quinn PNR - Mists of Ireland 2
The Haunting of Maddy Clare (d)
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Simone St. James Hist/GS
Darkness Undone
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Jessa Slade UF - Marked Souls 4
A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing
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Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 9
Anchor
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Jorrie Spencer PNR
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6
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Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF - Anthology
Doubletake
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Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 7
Dire Needs
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Stephanie Tyler PNR - Eternal Wolf Clan 1
Nightborn
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Lynn Viehl PNR - Lords of the Darkyn 1
A Rising Thunder
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David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 13



d - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
mm2tp - Mass Market Paperback to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternative History
F - Fantasy
GS - Ghost Story
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April  2012Interview with Thomas Morrissey - April 5, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 DebutsGuest Blog by Thomas Morrissey - Why?The View From Monday - March 5, 2012

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