Author Interview: DA Karr

About the Author:

D.A. Karr has been writing books and screenplays for the last ten years. Her experience and employment includes firefighting in the U.S. Forest Service, law enforcement, IT engineering, and several years with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego (SSC San Diego). She has a Master’s in software engineering.

D.A. Karr enjoys writing in a variety of genres including sci-fi, thriller-mystery, historical fiction, and screenplays.  She is the author of several books including LINK, The Legend of Pendyne, and The Racehorse with Magic Shoes.

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Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I do storyboarding and content outlining. Then everything flows.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story? 

They usually do. They write the story, I just type.

What is your favorite food?

Soup and crackers

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning – 4am

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

London. It’s busy with all kinds of people.

Do distant places feature in your books?

Sometimes. Everywhere from the Mediterranean, to the Antarctic.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Not usually. Depends on what I write.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

Link is the bi-product of what was once a screenplay, edited over and over, now a novel and thrilling twist on the good versus evil battle.  Research was a key component to this book, it proved difficult to find weapon systems, swear words, names, abbreviations, places, and events that never existed.  This is a book for all that sci-fi readers in particular will really be thrilled to see.

The main character, Captain John Garrick is a killer by nature. He was born to kill. And at the hands of Captain Orius Becker, he was used to finish off the criminal element in the N.S.T.E.A.

No amount of careful planning can prepare the time jumpers for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move.  As the N.S.T.E.A seals a deal to deliver time technology to the notorious outlaw, Menser, Garrick plots to undermine the N.S.T.E.A. Technology becomes the enemy and time an illusion as Phoenix's crew prepares for the inevitable - a fight to the finish.  The future can be uncertain; then again, it could be the time jumpers last.  Garrick doesn't live by its rules, and he knows one thing is for sure: kill or be killed.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

Know what your market is. Get a good editor. Write and rewrite until it’s perfect. Get a good cover.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I couldn’t think of anything on my new book. I planned it and it was engineered to do what it’s doing.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

Life in general.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Take writing classes. You have to know the difference between natural dialog and static. You have to pick a genre you’re comfortable with. There’s no short cuts.

What are three words that describe you?

Unconventional, diligent, and cold blooded.

What's your favorite book or who is your favorite writer?

My favorite book is my own. However, others have influenced me.


About the Book:

LINK, by D.A. Karr, is a sci-fi thriller set in the year 2800, in a future apocalyptic world. It is suspenseful, intriguing, and action filled. Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler fans will enjoy reading this book.

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As the Earth shifts on its axis, all the continents either divided into small islands or converged into desert or ice. Humankind is caught in a war of survival and time. 

Captain John Garrick of the Phoenix ship is a time enforcer at the National Space Time Enforcement Agency. He discovers that the N.S.T.E.A has sealed a deal to deliver time technology to the notorious outlaw, Menser, in exchange for Charles Ramsey, the ousted ex-president of the United Sectors. 

Garrick plots to stop the deal from being carried out, and he and the Phoenix's crew prepare for the inevitable fight. 

LINK has a classic sci-fi theme of good guys versus bad guys… If you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica, LINK definitely has some of its great panache which makes it enjoyable.

Available at Amazon

Author Interview: Cristy Rey, author of Weeping Angels

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

Right now, I’m working on a new novel—probably two novels of a new paranormal mystery series—for this one, I’m doing a very structured outline. I’m following KM Weiland’s advice from Structuring Your Novel. It’s almost like an experiment for me because, up until now, I’m somewhere between a pants-er and an outliner. Something like Weeping Angels just came out of me. Straight onto the page. Marathon writing sessions. It consumed my every minute of every day for the weeks that I was working on the first draft. Usually, though, I start a novel and, once the story takes shape, I stop and write a bullet point outline of plot points, scene summaries, and character reactions… that kind of thing. I’m curious to see how planning out something at the level I’m planning out this next project is going to work out.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

All my stories start with characters. The plot usually flows from there: What kind of problem does this character have? What does this character want out of life? Can I—as a writer—set my character on a journey that will resolve their conflicts? Because of that, yes, in a way, the character does take over. I do a lot of revision both as I write a first draft and many times after between prepping the manuscript for my team of beta readers and readying it for editing. I’d rather not interfere with their processes—the characters’ processes—if it moves the story along. Later, I cut out the stuff extraneous to the plot.

What is your favourite food?

I’m Cuban and I live in Miami so I eat Cuban food practically every day and, some days, for every meal. Then again, I’m a fan of seafood and fish which isn’t necessarily a staple of Cuban cuisine. If I had to choose a whole cuisine that I could eat for the rest of my life, it would be Thai… but then I’d miss breakfast and breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. My favourite foods are all breakfast foods.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I think I made that awful transition from night owl to morning person a few years ago. I guess when I settled in, I lost the gusto for nightlife, but I’m recently getting it back. Let’s see if I can successfully make the transition back. After all, I live in a party town where the bars don’t close until 5 a.m.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I like lighthouses. I like autumn leaves changing. I like the rocky ocean cliffs. I get one of three of those things in Miami, but I’m not satisfied. If I could travel to some place like the coast of Maine or some coastal town in Spain, I’d probably never want to leave.

Do distant places feature in your books?

True story: I read a book that was set in Miami—where I’m from and where I’ve lived my entire life—and it was written by a person who lived just north of here in a neighbouring county. The author paid a lot of attention to setting. A lot. But it was consistently wrong. Just plain wrong. I thought, “If someone who visited here all the time… someone who perceives herself as a local could get it this wrong, then clearly Miami is misunderstood in popular literature just as it’s misunderstood in other media, including news.” I decided, then, after writing a few books that were set in other locations that I would focus on Miami—the real Miami. Miami filled with people with naturally tanned skin, heavy Spanish and Haitian Creole accents, and incredibly oppressive heat. A unique city where the minority enjoys majority privilege. A place where everyone is surrounded by people they’re nothing like and somehow manage to get along. It’s a truly rich environment. That’s “distant” to most people. When people think of my hometown, they think of three blocks on South Beach. I think that’s unfortunate.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Not while writing. Not as I’m tapping keys. But I do get inspired by music. I curate playlists almost as carefully as I construct the stories. They inform the characters. Weeping Angels is, in particular, driven by music. Frankie is a musician and the type of music that she writes and performs is integral to the story.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

Weeping Angels is a novel I wrote on the heels of my friend’s death. At the time of her death, we were estranged. She is my Iris—the real woman who inspired the character whose death concerns the plot. Frankie and Topher are the two protagonists and they, for different reasons, are estranged from Iris at the time of her death. Believing for so long that they didn’t have roots, becoming as uprooted as they do because of the death takes them by surprise. They are brought together by this circumstance and fall in love. It’s a complicated story about complicated people—real people with real flaws and real opportunities to improve their lives.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

I couldn’t even start listing all the things I’ve learned in the last week let alone the last couple of years. I’ve learned just as much about myself as I have about the business and craft at large. I think I learn something new every day—whether it’s a new tool for writing like Weiland’s Structure Template for Scrivener, or a new skill like formatting, or a new factoid about virtual marketing.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I think the first year of having my own business—because that’s what it’s been—has taught me a lot of lessons, but I don’t think I’ve done anything “wrong” so to speak. I’m still learning.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

I mentioned Miami before, and that’s a big influence. But I think, overall, my life and the people that I’ve met in this wonderful, extraordinary, and completely unexpected life have set the tone for the stories that I like to tell and the characters I invest myself in. All of that—along with good music and bad weather—influence me daily.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

I’d say that Stephen King’s advice is the best you’re going to get: Read a lot. Write a lot.

What are three words that describe you?

Ever evolving girl.

What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

I’m at a loss to pick just one because then it sort of defines me, right?

Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book

The Closest Thing to OK – Coming May 2015

At eighteen years-old, Sam DeCastro moved to Tallahassee to lend her recently widowed brother a hand in caring for his two small children. Five years later, Sam is their sole caregiver, and her troubled brother increasingly fades from their family picture. Not a mother to the children that she raises. Not a wife to the brother that she’s shackled to. Not a daughter to the parents that hardly loved her as a kid. Not a cookie-cutter example of the perky PTA parent—not with her tattoos and penchant for heavy music, twenty-three year-old Sam has practically no social life, no college degree, and no room for love in her life.

Jake Turner is the counselor at Canopy Hopes where Sam’s niece and nephew attend school. Jake had Sam once, and then he lost her. Six months later, when they reunite for a parent-teacher conference, sparks reignite. With Jake back in the picture, Sam must decide what she wants for her own life: Stay trapped in a platonic marriage with an absent husband of a brother? Strike out on her own, leave the kids behind, and never look back?

Jake isn’t sure that Sam sees a happy medium, but he wants her to. He knows that, if she doesn’t, there won’t be any room for him in her life.

***Perfect Standalone Novel for Readers Who Enjoy: Strong
female protagonists and independent women; contemporary women's fiction; realistic romance; books about adult friendships, family, and self-discovery; second chances; and emotional stories with happy endings (HEA). ***

List of previous books if any
The Incarnate Series—Taking Back Sunday, Trail of Dead, and Wolf Parade (Fall 2015); Standalone women’s fiction—Heart Grow Fonder, Weeping Angels, and The Closest Thing to OK (May 2015).

Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.


Title: Weeping Angels
Author: Cristy Rey
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction 

Four years ago, Frankie Rios walked away from her best friend and big sister, Iris. To Frankie, Iris died the day that she last rejected Frankie’s attempts at getting Iris alcohol and drug treatment. Rather than accept grief for her beloved sister’s loss, Frankie turned to her music. A renowned cellist, Frankie has managed to ignore the pain and suffering of losing the person she loved most in this world. With Iris out of her mind and out of her life, Frankie was able to move on…or so she thought. Until Iris really died.

Topher went to war in 2001 only to return two years later damaged and broken. Unable to reconcile the war vet with the boy he used to be, Topher gave up on life. When Iris Rios, his long-lost childhood best friend, dies from liver failure at thirty-two years-old, Topher is forced to confront his past.  He must decide whether he deserves to heal. He must decide whether he will take that first step and then take another until he can recover what he lost: himself.

Weeping Angels is a story of grief carried and grief ignored. It’s about learning to love and moving on. Mourning someone once is hard enough, but mourning someone twice is unimaginably harder.


About the Author:

Cristy Rey is the author of the urban fantasy, Incarnate Series. She also writes unconventional, romantic women’s fiction. She’d say she writes the books Jane Austen would have written if Jane had been a riot grrrl. Cristy lives in Miami, FL where she spends most of her days in a library and most of her nights surrounded by cats.

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Guest Post & Giveaway: Piercing the Darkness by Angela Dennis

Thank you so much for inviting me to do a guest blog on Books in Tales!  I wanted to do something a little different, that you all enjoy. And who doesn’t like a Top Ten List! So, without further ado, here we go! 

Ten Random Facts About Piercing the Darkness

1. Piercing the Darkness is a tie-in novella to the Shadow Born Series. It features Hilda, a secondary character in the first two books.

2. Hilda is an honorary IRT (Interspecies Relations Taskforce) hunter. She can’t be a true hunter because she’s a ghost.

3. After her death, Hilda refused to appear to Cade because she wanted him to move on, find someone who could meet his needs both physically and emotionally. And she was scared.

4. Even as a ghost, Hilda is able to manipulate physical objects. Her favorite weapon is a stiletto.

5. Out of all the IRT hunters, Hilda is closest to Keegan. Most likely because they both have a snarky and irreverent world view.

6. Before her death, Hilda was a member of a powerful coven. Her role was to eliminate rogue witches and any other threat.

7. Hilda died the same night Cade proposed marriage.

8. Cade is one of only three of his kind on the Earthly plane. His people were exterminated by the other deviants because of what they tried to do to humankind.

9. Although she had heard stories, Hilda never believed in the Void until she found herself thrown into the center of it.

10. Although Hilda is thrown into the Void as a ghost, she is turned in to something more. Something that can’t be defined as ghost, witch, or human.


Piercing the Darkness     
Shadow Born Series Book 2.5
Angela Dennis
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Date of Publication: April 7, 2015
Number of pages: 86
Word Count: 27,000
Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Book Description:

Love knows no bounds.

Cursed by the dark mage who killed her, Hilda Janssen has wandered the Earthly plane as a ghost for fifty years, finally finding her place as an IRT hunter, policing supernatural misfits trapped on Earth after a brutal war.

When a demon attacks, putting her team in mortal danger, Hilda sacrifices herself to save her friends. She’s already died once; what difference will doing it again make? But instead of meeting a final death, Hilda is cast into the Void, a magical prison from which there is no escape.

Her only hope is Cade Kerrigan, the lover she left behind after her first death. Their bond and his magic are the only things strong enough to pull her through the Veil. But Cade has no idea his soulmate came back as a ghost, and he isn’t too happy to have been left in the dark.

They must put aside the baggage of the past to save Hilda from a fate worse than death.

Warning: Contains star-crossed lovers destined for a second chance, a whirlwind of powerful magic, and a love so strong it defies even death.

Available at Amazon |  BN  | Samhain |  iTunes | Kobo


About the Author:

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex. When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog

She loves to hear from her readers, so don’t forget to find her on Twitter to chat.



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Series Spotlight: Protect Her by Ivy Sinclair

Human. Angel. Demon.

Three species that have coexisted since the beginning of time, although humankind is blissfully unaware of the predators and protectors that walk among them. But there is a new threat emerging that affects them all.

The story begins when an innocent girl is saved from certain death by a man who straddles the worlds of darkness and light. Their relationship holds the key to saving everyone.


Get in. Get the job done. Get out. Get paid.

It’s a simple motto that I’ve lived by for the last five years. It’s kept me alive and made me rich.

There’s no love lost between me and the supernatural beings who walk the world beside us. But when it comes to being able to retrieve valuable information from the dead, Necromancer Riley Stone is the only game in town. They know it. I know it too, and that’s why my services aren’t cheap.

The archangel Benjamin hired me to find out why he has a new demon problem. Three demon interrogations in, and the only thing I know is that the demons are in hot pursuit of a nameless young woman. She’s here on Calamata Island, and the demon officials are willing to risk Benjamin’s wrath to grab her.

But I found her first, and she’s nothing like what I expected. In my line of work, you can’t afford to let anyone get too close. But there’s something about Paige Matthews that I can’t shake, and she needs my help. I won’t turn her over to Benjamin until I help her find out why the demons are after her.

So now I’ve got a demon problem, and I’m in way over my head.


Want to know what happens to a human caught in the crossfire between angels and demons? I’m going to make sure that Paige Matthews doesn’t find out.

The job that originally brought me to Calamata Island might be done, but I can’t leave Paige behind. Without me she’s defenseless against the demons that are after her. I just met her, but I feel protective of her, and I can’t walk away. Not yet.

Paige is at the epicenter of something big, and none of it is good. It’s not just the demons that want her. The angels are in on it too being led by the archangel Benjamin.

Paige’s past is being hidden by her amnesia. Those secrets want to be let out. It’s up to me to make sure that she stays alive long enough to find the answers that will finally reveal it all.


I want Paige Matthews. The archangel Benjamin’s claim on her soul is one that cannot be easily broken, but I intend to try. Of course, that’s assuming that she would want someone like me once this is all over.

First, we have to get off Calamata Island in one piece. I know someone who can help Paige finally unlock the memories of her past. That’s the key to gaining the upper hand against the demons who are coming for her. Among those is a familiar face; a demon official who stole something from me five years ago. Having a shot at a little vengeance in the process is all right with me.

Everything’s coming to a head, and this is one fight that I intend to win. I just have to make sure that I don’t lose Paige in the process.


Excerpt Part One:

I wanted to ask her questions, like why the demons were after her, but her initial confusion about the attack and look of shock when I mentioned demons told me that she was a civilian. No knowledge of the ugly underbelly that prowled the world beside hers. I envied people like that sometimes. It had been a long time since I had the luxury of that kind of innocence. Unfortunately for the woman, hers was about to go away as well.

Still, asking questions and ferreting out answers regardless of her physical or emotional state was part of my job. I was damn good at it. You just needed to know the right approach depending on the person, or thing, you were interrogating.

I decided to start my line of questioning with the simple stuff and hopefully build a thin layer of trust. People, especially humans, opened up quickly to others that they trusted. “So you know my name. What’s yours?”

Her eyes swung toward mine. Her pupils were dilated and glassy. She was deep into the throes of the effects of the drug. “Paige. Or at least, that’s what I call myself these days.”

It was a strange answer that only encouraged more questions in my mind. I made a mental note to come back to it. “Nice to meet you, Paige. I wish it were under better circumstances.”

That, as much, was true. Paige’s lean, athletic body, long blonde hair, and baby blue eyes were on the money for the type of woman that drew my attention like a beacon. Her full pouty lips begged for me to reach out my thumb and caress them. Even with the dirt, dust, and blood covering her, she looked like a blue-eyed angel.

I cursed myself for being so indifferent to the current situation even as I shifted in my seat from the sudden tightness in my jeans. Clearly I’d been out of the game too long. Work was my sole focus these days, and I had forgotten how liberated I felt after a simple roll in the hay.

“Are you taking me to the hospital? I think I’m hurt pretty bad,” she replied.

“Not as bad as you think. You just need a little rest,” I said. “Why were you in the graveyard tonight, Paige?” Given that she was human, my assumption was that she was a Wiccan. They often held their ceremonies in cemeteries to bolster their spells with the energy of soil. Dead bodies still emanated quite a bit of mystical juice.

“Running,” she said. “Couldn’t sleep.”

Another perplexing answer that made no sense. Demons didn’t hunt and attack regular humans for no reason. Then I corrected myself. Demons didn’t hunt and attack regular humans at all on Calamata Island. On the mainland, one would occasionally step out of line and feed on a human, but that was usually squashed quickly. It wasn’t good for anyone to have the humans be aware of the paranormal minions that walked in their midst.

There was a reason that the demons were showing up en masse and looking for her. I just had to figure out that reason, and then decide if there was any financial benefit for me in it. I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of getting involved in a demon matter, but if Paige was important to them, that could be highly profitable intel.



Book Review: The Dragon's Curse by Victoria Zagar

The Dragon's Curse
by Victoria Zagar
M/M Fantasy
Less Than Three Press
4 Stars
Review Copy from Netgalley

Book Description:

War is brewing between the Greenlands and the Summer Kingdom, despite the efforts of Lord Aidan and Prince Varion, who have been meeting in secret in an attempt to maintain peace. When war proves inevitable, Aidan offers Varion asylum, loathe to see the man he's come to care about become his enemy.

But Varion refuses, sacrificing safety and his own desires to stay in the Summer Kingdom in order to protect his little brother from their ruthless father. The two men instead declare a blood oath to always protect each other, an oath that will see them through war, transformation, and a deadly curse...


King Cendali of the Summer Kingdom has become a bitter and cruel man after the death of his first wife and he lives for war. He hates the Dragonfolk, a race who are said to be descended directly from dragons. The thought that someone actually might have mated with a dragon disgusts Cendali and he cannot bear the sight of the Dragonfolk with their strange eyes and scaly skin.

When floods drive the Dragonfolk out of their traditional territory and encroach on the Summer Kingdom, Cendali has his excuse for war. He wants to completely wipe out the Dragonfolk, thinking them unnatural. But first he wants to know how to gain the dragon power - how to transform into a dragon.

Prince Varion has been meeting with Lord Aidan of the Greenlands as the two of them try to avert war between their kingdoms and they have fallen in love. But it doesn't matter, for their meetings are not as secret as they suppose and Prince Varion's life is in danger as soon as his father knows.

Both Lord Aiden and Prince Varion set out on the same quest: to find the godess' shrine and discover the secret of the dragon power. For only by giving it to his father might Prince Varion live and protect his younger brother.

Yes, it is possbile for a human to turn into a dragon, but the power has a price. Once the power is used, the person will no longer be fully human. That isn't the only cost: males with the dragon power die as soon as they mate.

This was a wonderful romantic adventure, with lots of UST between our heroes. The world Ms. Zagar has created is fully realised, with its own history, culture and customs.

I'm not usually a fan of shifter romance stories, I have a phobia about dogs so books with werewolves tend to terrify me rather than think anything romantic. But I do adore fantasy and dragons, so I am glad I gave this one a try.

Although short at novella-length, the story and characters are fully developed. Aidan and Varion are both noble characters and you have to wonder why Cendali hadn't poisoned Varion's mind as much as he had his youngest son, Tiernon.

I really wanted them to get their happy ending, but with a curse that if you make love, you die, that may not be easy to come by.

I don't want to spoil anything, so you'll just have to read it to find out.

The writing is good and flows well, just one wee niggle: while researching the curse Varion and Aidan "poured" over books instead of "pored".

All in all a good fantasy adventure and romance.

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Carriage by Jena Baxter

The Carriage
Jena Baxter
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Jena Baxter Books
Date of Publication: February 16th, 15
Number of pages: 214
Word Count: 52,313
Cover Artist: Consuelo Parra
Model: Amber Ornelas

Book Description:

A teenage girl enters a carriage in Central Park and disembarks in Victorian, England.

Cursed by her sister Brooke, Alexis Powell arrives in the Victorian Era where she meets Ezra, who was recently murdered by an assassin his brother Amos hired. Now a supernatural creature, Ezra sees into Alexis’ mind with a touch and Intrigued by her memories, offers his help only to be rebuffed for his kindness. Alexis runs away, but Ezra is unable to shake off what he saw. He follows her through the streets of London.

Vulnerable after the death of his Father, his brother’s harassment, and Alexis’ many rejections, Ezra decides to stop following her.  Alexis is unable to find work or food. Facing starvation, she steals a tomato and Ezra finds her facing the local magistrate and an angry mob. He pays for her freedom.

Finally accepting the help Ezra offers, Alexis moves into the manor he shares with his brother. Romance blossoms but the bond between Ezra and Amos is worse than Alexis’ relationship with Brooke.

While Ezra and Alexis search for a way to send her home, Amos looks for a way to kill them.

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About the Author:

Jena Baxter has always loved history and time travel. She liked to read, and often wrote poetry as a stress inhibitor while growing up. But like other writers, she dreamed of writing a novel. So she enrolled at the UCLA Writer's Extension, to gain the confidence and skill to move forward.

Today Jena has a YA Fantasy novel, as well as a YA Paranormal Romance novel online and in print.


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Guest Post: Summertime by Chuck Gould

Guest Post: Why Do We Write?
by Chuck Gould

I began writing back at a time when it was a noisy process; the clackety-whack of keys striking paper through an inky strip of fabric, the geared “skrooch” of the carriage return, and the joyful ding of the bell to celebrate the beginning of a new line. Electric typewriters were expensive, and initially rare, but nowhere nearly as rare as a typewriter of any description among currently active writers.

We live in an age when the physical process of writing is easier than ever. Our word processing programs control margins, automate the beginning of a fresh line, correct spelling, and provide instant access to a dictionary as well as a thesaurus. Fact checking once required a trip to the library. Writers today can fact check nearly anything, in a matter of moments, without ever leaving the chair. As the writing process becomes easier, more aspiring writers appear.

There are predictions that more than 3-million new novels will be published in print or on line this year. That’s somewhere around 100,000 per day. There simply is not a viable, commercial market for that many new titles – regardless of inherent quality. We are entering an age when some of those novels will be now be written by algorithms. The competition for audience will no longer be each and every other published and self-published writer, but electro-brains slaving away in some obscure corner of a print shop.  

The act of writing has been automated, but not the art. With less than 1-percent of authors raking in more than 99-percent of any serious money, (much like the music business), most of us need to look beyond financial motives to write. For me, at least, that’s a liberating realization.

As I write, I labor over every sentence. There are a lot of writers for whom the process is easier, and a lot of writers who produce more dynamic results. Changing the over-arching question from “How well must I write this to create a best seller?” to “Is this the very best and most literate job I can do, and am I proud of it?” shifts the paradigm.

Writers who approach the craft hoping for notoriety and huge financial rewards will, statistically, become frustrated and unhappy. We can’t all make money, but we can all strive for artistry. Odds of attracting sufficient readership to make the New York Times Bestseller’s list may be almost impossibly remote, but nothing prevents us applying our skills to create the best novels and short stories we can. If we write so that the dozen, hundred, five –hundred, one-thousand, or several thousand people likely to actually read it will enthralled, entertained, or inspired, it’s my opinion we have not labored in vain.

If we provoke thought, inspire curiosity, challenge stereotypes, or stimulate amusement among our readership, we have accomplished an artful thing. We have built a bridge of words between ourselves and our readers, across which we have successfully marched thoughts, concepts, images and emotions that will make at least a tiny difference in the lives of others.

I think that’s why we write. It’s an art, and we aspire to be considered artists.


Book One
Chuck Gould
Genre: metaphysical fantasy
Publisher: Starry Night Publishing
Date of Publication: September 28, 2014
ISBN: 9781502523174
Number of pages: 298
Word Count: 
Cover Artist: Larry Dubia

Book Description:

Wesley Perkins, successful and privileged advertising executive, makes an apparently impromptu purchase in a pawn shop. Almost immediately, he becomes immersed in a new reality. Old values evaporate. The line between good and evil seems inconsistent. Wesley is challenged to accept profound change, all the while juggling choices of enormous consequence.

Summertime, Book One, is the first portion of a story that delves into a surreal realm of metaphysical fantasy. Situational moralities are juxtaposed with omnipresent supernatural forces. Where the boundaries of our mundane lives intersect cosmic intents, events, and conspiracies, we can become overwhelmed by involuntary transformation. We look for surrogate sacrifices, and a home in Summertime.

Available on  Amazon | BN


Book Two
Chuck Gould
Genre: Metaphysical fantasy
Publisher: Starry Night Publishing
Date of Publication: January 26, 2015
ISBN: 9781507681787
Number of pages: 316
Cover Artist: Larry Dubia

Book Description: 

The metaphysical fantasy continues in this sequel to Summertime, Book One. Wesley Perkins spirals ever deeper into a world he struggles to understand, inextricably linked to the tragic past of a long dead blues musician, Judah Jones. His closest allies are Jones’ granddaughters. Wesley must endure a variety of forces attempting to manipulate his fate, after being warned about the dangers presented by his own ego.

Meanwhile, in Iberia Parish Louisiana, pilgrims seek a new home in a spiritual enclave established by a charlatan radio preacher. The entire community falls victim to an ancient heresy. Are these disparate universes part of a common, supernatural conflict?


About the Author: 

Seattle native Chuck Gould is a writer and musician.

Formerly editor of Nor’westing Magazine and editor emeritus of Pacific Nor’West Boating, he has written over 1,000 articles for recreational boating magazines.

Chuck plays a variety of keyboard instruments, and enjoys the “exercise in humility” attempting to master the great highland bagpipe.