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Interview with Danie Ware, author of Ecko Rising - June 11, 2013



Please welcome Danie Ware to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Ecko Rising is published today in the US by Titan Books.  Happy Publication to Danie!  You may read Danie's Guest Blog - Why I stopped writing, and how I started again: a blog post for anyone who's ever thrown in the towel - here.








TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Danie:  Thank you very much – it’s very good to be here!



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Danie:  I’ve been writing since I was a cub, since I could put my chubby mitt round a pencil. I think if you read enough, imagine enough, the words reach critical mass – and all of the ones you’ve put in have to fine some way of getting out again. Throughout my twenties, I churned out reams and reams of epic fantasy, short stories and an ongoing and colossal novel that was, predictably completely unpublishable. Some of the core concepts are still with me, though, and have gone on to become Ecko Rising.



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

Danie:  Semi-colons. Oh, was that not what you meant? I like writing combat. I've done a dozen years in Dark Age and Mediaeval re-enactment, fought on battlefields throughout the UK, taken on guys twice my size – occasionally even beaten some of them! I’ve fought as a member of a unit, and I’ve commanded other warriors on the field. I remember how it feels and smells. My battering days are probably behind me, but I still get a huge kick out of writing it!



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Danie:  A little of both – I always have an MSExcel, chapter-by-chapter plot, but sometimes the characters just decide they don’t want to got that way right now and then it’s seat of the pants time! Ecko being who and what he is - he’s particularly guilty of this! There are advantages to both methods, though – sometimes too much plotting can leave a narrative blocky and predictable, and sometimes to much pantsing just comes out as pure chaos.



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

Danie:  Simple answer – time. I’m a single parent with an energetic eight year old son (who has a whole agenda of his own), plus I work for London retailer Forbidden Planet, organising their social media and events… sometimes, simply scheduling my days to just fit the writing in, is the hardest thing in the world. I try and do at least something every day, keep the narrative alive and the characters talking to each other. And to me!



TQ:  Describe Ecko Rising in 140 characters or less. 

Danie:  Sardonic fantasy, with a healthy dusting of sex, violence and sarcasm. It's a new take on an old friend!



TQ:  What inspired you to write Ecko Rising?

Danie:  My friends – both old and new. All the fiction I wrote during my twenties was involving my friends and inspired by them, inspired by the re-enactment mentioned above, and by the massive creativity we all shared. Coming back to the craft nearly ten years later, it was a daunting thing to pick up again – and it was the support of the people around me that gave me the confidence to do so.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Ecko Rising?

Danie:  What is this research of which you speak? During our re-enactment years, the living history and authentic kit and combat methods were simply around us all the time – call that research by osmosis, if you like. W really lived it! A lot of Ecko’s kit and technical crafting came from the creative committees of our youth; it was very much a team effort. Research done deliberately and personally adds up to geographical and medical data, a lot about horses, and a LOT about bamboo.



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

Danie:  Ecko himself is both the easiest and the hardest – because I have to be angry, I have to have a particular savage sense of humour and edged wit. Assuming I can get into the zone (cycling’s always good), then the character is the perfect outlet – he’s a cathartic release of all that built-up rage. If I’m not angry, I usually write someone else for a bit!



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Ecko Rising?

Danie:  It’s very hard to choose! I think my favourite scenes are the early ones, where Ecko raids Grey’s base, and then when he first wakes up in the Wanderer. Going though eyes and brain, what he saw and how he made sense of it all (or doesn’t) was a fantastic, downhill rush of aggression and bafflement and humour. I also have a lot of fun writing Redlock and Triqueta – they’re my downtime, if you like!



TQ:  What's next?

Danie:  Ecko Burning, the sequel to this one, is out in the UK in October, and I’m halfway through the first draft of the third of the series. After that, we shall see!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Danie:  Thank you for having me!






About Ecko Rising

Ecko Rising
Ecko 1
Titan, Books June 11, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
US Debut

In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane.

When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.

A thrilling debut, Ecko Rising explores the massive range of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and the possible implications of pitting them against one another. Author Danie Ware creates an immersive and richly imagined world that readers will be eager to explore in the first book in this exciting new trilogy.






This is the UK cover for Ecko Burning:







About Danie

Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has worked closely with a wide-range of genre authors and has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing. (Text from Bookish.)

Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook




The View From Monday - June 10, 2013


Happy Monday!  It's a light release week. We were really busy over the weekend at The Qwillery so if you missed something, here's a quick list:

1)  Giveaway of the paperback of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - here.

2)  An interview with K.M. Fawcett, author to Captive (The Survival Race 1) - here.

3)  Why I am backing the Kickstarter for the Blood Kiss movie - here. (Only 4 days left to pledge.)

4)  Melanie's review of The Eighth Court (Courts of the Feyre 4) by Mike Shevdon - here.

5)  Animal-ify a title for a chance to win Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan - here.

6)  2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for June - Vote! - here.  Ten covers to choose from!

7)  Melanie's Week in Review - here.




The View From Monday - June 10, 2013




There are 3 debuts this week:

A Private Little War by Jason Sheehan.

Ecko Rising (Ecko 1) by Danie Ware (a US Debut).

and

Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty.



Also Will McIntosh (2011 DAC) has a new novel out this week - Love Minus Eighty.




June 10, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Destiny (e) Vivi Anna SFR - League of Illusion Trilogy 3
Throne of Oak (e) Dana Marie Bell PNR - Maggie's Grove 2



June 11, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Makes You Stronger Guy Adams UF/H - Deadbeat 1
The Burning: A Tale of The Dark Apostle (e) E.C. Ambrose HistF - prequel to Elisha Barber
Seekers of the Chalice (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 1
The Valley of Shadows (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 2
The Mad Goblin Philip Jose Farmer SF - Secrets of the Nine 3 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe
Midnight's Captive: Part 1 (e serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Uninvited (h2tp) Liz Jensen Th/Dys
Exodus Paul Antony Jones SF - Extinction Point 2
The Immortal Circus: Act Two (Kindle e serial) A. R. Kahler UF - Immortal Circus
A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill: A Tor.Com Original (e) Elizabeth Knox F
Retrieval (e)(ri) Jeanie London PNR
A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel: Volume 2 George R.R. Martin
Daniel Abraham
GN - A Game of Thrones
Kafka's Hat Patrice Martin Meta/Th
Love Minus Eighty Will McIntosh SF
Limits of Power Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 4
The Map of the Sky (h2tp) Felix J. Palma SF - Map of Time 1
Doctor Who: Who-ology Cavan Scott SF - Doctor Who - Official Miscellany
A Private Little War (D) Jason Sheehan SF
The Registry Shannon Stoker Dys
Shadow People James Swain SuTh - Peter Warlock 2
Ecko Rising (US D) Danie Ware SF/F - Ecko 1
The Stonehenge Gate (e)(ri) Jack Williamson SF



June 12, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom: A Tor.Com Original (e) Morrisette Micaela SF



June 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stoker's Manuscript (D) Royce Prouty SuSus



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Meta - Metaphysical
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for June 2013!


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013


Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your 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 2013 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.



Vote For Your Favorite June 2013 Debut Novel Cover
  
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Voting will close on June 24, 2013.

(Please note that when you click "View" above it will take you to the PollCode site. Please click "Back" there to come back to this post. Leave any comment below.)





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013
Cover photos: feather © Vasilius/Shutterstock; oil drops © Buzz S/Shutterstock; 
texture background © Hemera/Thinkstock; bird © VladimirCeresnak/Shutterstock.
Cover design by Judith Lagerman





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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts


There are 10 debuts for June.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The June 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.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite June cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





The Beautiful Land
AuthorAlan Averill
Publisher:  Ace, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780425265277 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
Takahiro O’Leary has a very special job…

…working for the Axon Corporation as an explorer of parallel timelines—as many and as varied as anyone could imagine. A great gig—until information he brought back gave Axon the means to maximize profits by changing the past, present, and future of this world.

If Axon succeeds, Tak will lose Samira Moheb, the woman he has loved since high school—because her future will cease to exist. A veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Samira can barely function in her everyday life, much less deal with Tak’s ravings of multiple realities. The only way to save her is for Tak to use the time travel device he “borrowed” to transport them both to an alternate timeline.

But what neither Tak nor Axon knows is that the actual inventor of the device is searching for a timeline called the Beautiful Land—and he intends to destroy every other possible present and future to find it.

The switch is thrown, and reality begins to warp—horribly. And Tak realizes that to save Sam, he must save the entire world…





In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
AuthorMatt Bell
Publisher:  Soho Press, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 312 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN978-1-61695-253-2 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In this epic, mythical debut novel, a newly-wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt between where they can raise a family. But as their every pregnancy fails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rage at this new world: the song-spun objects somehow created by his wife's beautiful singing voice, the giant and sentient bear that rules the beasts of the woods, the second moon weighing down the fabric of their starless sky, and the labyrinth of memory dug into the earth beneath their house.

This novel, from one of our most exciting young writers, is a powerful exploration of the limits of parenthood and marriage—and of what happens when a marriage’s success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence.





Captive
AuthorK.M. Fawcett
Series:  The Survival Race
Publisher:  Forever Yours, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $17.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781455546480 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
"Fawcett delivers a suspenseful and captivating science fiction romance. A must read for all, but especially for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES." --Caridad Pineiro, NY Times & USA Today bestselling author

AN IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY

The last thing Addy Dawson remembers is a blazing inferno and freezing river water overtaking her lungs. When she awakens, Addy finds herself on a strange, alien planet, trapped in a cell with no doors, no windows-- and to her horror-- a naked warrior who claims to be her mate.

AN UNDENIABLE PASSION

An alpha gladiator, Max is forced to breed and produce the finest specimens for the Survival Race, a deadly blood sport created by the alien rulers of Hyborea. To rebel means torture-or worse-yet Max refuses to become the animal his captors want him to be. But their jailors will not be denied, and soon Addy and Max find themselves unwilling players in this cruel game. Pushed to the limit, they will risk everything for the chance at a life free from captivity. And though fate brought them together as adversaries, Max and Addy will discover that when they're together, there's nothing in the universe that can stop them.





The Year of the Storm
AuthorJohn Mantooth
Publisher:  Berkley, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780425265741 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In this haunting, suspenseful debut novel, John Mantooth takes readers to a town in rural Alabama where secrets are buried deep, reality is relative, and salvation requires a desperate act of faith.

When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people figured they were dead. Only Danny still holds out hope that they’ll return.

Months later, a disheveled Vietnam vet named Walter Pike shows up at Danny’s front door, claiming to know their whereabouts. The story he tells is so incredible that Danny knows he shouldn’t believe him. Others warn him about Walter Pike’s dark past, his shameful flight from town years ago, and the suspicious timing of his return.

But he’s Danny’s last hope, and Danny needs to believe…





Reviver
AuthorSeth Patrick
Series:  Reviver Trilogy
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781250021700 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
CSI meets The Sixth Sense in this compelling horror/thriller that has already been optioned by the producers of The Dark Knight Returns!

Jonah Miller is a Reviver, able to temporarily revive the dead so they can say goodbye to their loved ones—or tell the police who killed them.

Jonah works in a department of forensics created specifically for Revivers, and he’s the best in the business. For every high-profile corpse pushing daisies, it’s Jonah’s job to find justice for them. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is on the other side watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it's only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah isn't so certain.

Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered. Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a sinister force that threatens us all.

Putting the paranormal in the police department, first-time author Seth Patrick blends genre lines with this edgy crime thriller. The first novel in the Reviver trilogy, Reviver is sure to appeal to fans of Dean Koontz and Justin Cronin.





Stoker's Manuscript
AuthorRoyce Prouty
Publisher:  Putnam Adult, June 13, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780399158551 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker's Dracula, little does he know that the reclusive buyer is a member of the oldest family in Transylvania.

After delivering the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle in Romania, Barkeley—a Romanian orphan himself—realizes to his horror that he's become a prisoner to the son of Vlad Dracul. To earn his freedom, Barkeley must decipher cryptic messages hidden in the text of the original Dracula that reveal the burial sites of certain Dracul family members. Barkeley's only hope is to ensure that he does not exhaust his usefulness to his captor until he’s able to escape. Soon he discovers secrets about his own lineage that suggest his selection for the task was more than coincidence. In this knowledge may lie Barkeley's salvation—or his doom. For now he must choose between a coward's flight and a mortal conflict against an ancient foe.

Building on actual international events surrounding the publication of Bram Stoker's original novel, Royce Prouty has written a spellbinding debut novel that ranges from 1890s Chicago, London, and Transylvania to the perilous present.





A Private Little War
AuthorJason Sheehan
Publisher:  47North, June 11, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1611098945

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
He felt something in his belly twist up like cold fingers curling into a fist. This is it, he’d thought. This is when it all goes bad…

Private “security” firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group—all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.

At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them—a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground—a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.

But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come….

The debut novel from acclaimed, James Beard Award–winning food critic Jason Sheehan, A Private Little War is the dark tale of a deadly war being waged in secrecy—and the struggle to stay sane in a world that makes no sense. A Catch-22 for a new generation, A Private Little War is sure to become a science fiction classic.





The Center of the World
AuthorThomas Van Essen
Publisher:  Other Press, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-59051-549-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
Alternating between nineteenth-century England and present-day New York, this is the story of renowned British painter J. M. W. Turner and his circle of patrons and lovers. It is also the story of Henry Leiden, a middle-aged family man with a troubled marriage and a dead-end job, who finds his life transformed by his discovery of Turner’s The Center of the World, a mesmerizing and unsettling painting of Helen of Troy that was thought to have been lost forever.

This painting has such devastating erotic power that it was kept hidden for almost two centuries, and was even said to have been destroyed...until Henry stumbles upon it in a secret compartment at his summer home in the Adirondacks. Though he knows it is an object of immense value, the thought of parting with it is unbearable: Henry is transfixed by its revelation of a whole other world, one of transcendent light, joy, and possibility.

Back in the nineteenth century, Turner struggles to create The Center of the World, his greatest painting, but a painting unlike anything he (or anyone else) has ever attempted. We meet his patron, Lord Egremont, an aristocrat in whose palatial home Turner talks freely about his art and his beliefs. We also meet Elizabeth Spencer, Egremont’s mistress and Turner’s muse, the model for his Helen. Meanwhile, in the present, Henry is relentlessly trailed by an unscrupulous art dealer determined to get his hands on the painting at any cost. Filled with sex, beauty, and love (of all kinds), this richly textured novel explores the intersection between art and eroticism.





Ecko Rising
AuthorDanie Ware
Series:  Ecko 1
Publisher:  Titan Books June 11, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780857687623

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane.

When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.

A thrilling debut, Ecko Rising explores the massive range of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and the possible implications of pitting them against one another. Author Danie Ware creates an immersive and richly imagined world that readers will be eager to explore in the first book in this exciting new trilogy.





Sea Change
AuthorS.M. Wheeler
Publisher:  Tor Books, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-7653-3314-8 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

A powerfully written debut from a young fantasy author, Sea Change is an exhilarating tale of adventure, resilience, and selflessness in the name of friendship.



Guest Blog by Danie Ware, author of Ecko Rising - May 14, 2013


Please welcome Danie Ware to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Ecko Rising will be published on June 11, 2013 in the US by Titan Books.







Why I stopped writing, and how I started again: a blog post for anyone who's ever thrown in the towel.


You know how it goes: -

Put bum on seat; put fingers on keyboard (variations in choice of tools may apply).

But there comes a day when you don't. When your life catches you up and your day job becomes your career. When your family runs you ragged and you end each day worn out, nose in a wine glass. Maybe you get bored, or lack feedback, or just run out of steam... maybe you lose your confidence. Be it a sudden spasm of choice or a gradual slide into apathy, the day comes when you realise you've quit... and it bites at you like the Black Dog himself.

I wrote fantasy from a teenager, reams and years - wonder and pretentiousness that filled a forest of pages. Stories, songs, lexicons, characters, you-name-it - dear Gods, some of them even had apostrophes in their names. I'm a Literature graduate, for my sins, and somewhere in my head, I thought I was going to craft the Ultimate Masterpiece, going to write something that people would be studying in English fifty years hence...

Yeah, right.

A dream of that magnitude is ludicrous, unsustainable - I ran out of energy, and time. My life caught me up. I had a job, and a mortgage, and a baby. My imagination was a lost thing, buried under work and money and an inability to sleep.

And I quit. All of that massive creative ambition, and I stopped. I didn't even mean to. I lost my confidence, had no idea how to string sentences together. Don't get me wrong - I wanted to write, the urge never went away, but for eight years my imagination was a silent thing, forgotten and unvoiced. If you've ever been there, you know what a grey place that is.

But this is one story with a happy ending.

Today, Twitter is the homeplace of the author - published or self-published, #amwriting abounds. In 2008, there were only a few of us - twitter was not yet a celebrity playground, and the bonds between friends were strong. And somewhere between that, and attending the first SF Con I'd been to in more than a decade, there lurked an epiphany - that writing was not about some uber-worlds-shattering masterpiece, not about some lofty text that would be held up to scrutiny by teenagers in forthcoming years...

...it was about a little bit of what I'd once loved, for my friends.

In a tangled fit of courage and terror, I put a couple of hesitant chapters of what is now 'Ecko Rising' live on googlepages, and asked what people thought. And I’ve no shame in admitting that the positive reaction reduced me to tears - as if that long-walled-away part of myself was slowly unfolding back to life. The rest, as they say, is history. A dream finally come true – long after I’d given up on it.

I guess it comes to this...

'Put bum on seat; put fingers on keyboard' means write for yourself, everything else will come. Don't write for other people. Don't write to reinvent the world in your image. Don't set goals too high to reach, or you'll fall every time. Instead, write because you love it, write because you have to, write because you can. Write whatever burns in your imagination. Write what comes naturally to you, however strange it may seem. Write in your own voice, your own imagery. Blow traditions, blow previous examples, genre boundaries if you want to - it's yours to do with whatever the heck you please.

And when you have written enough, and you've realised that you can, put it out there - and let people see it. Let them help you.

Ecko is all about doing what's impossible.

Go for it.





About Ecko Rising

Ecko Rising
Ecko 1
Titan, Books June 11, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
US Debut

In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane.

When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.

A thrilling debut, Ecko Rising explores the massive range of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and the possible implications of pitting them against one another. Author Danie Ware creates an immersive and richly imagined world that readers will be eager to explore in the first book in this exciting new trilogy.







About Danie

Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has worked closely with a wide-range of genre authors and has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing. (Text from Bookish.)

Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook




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