I loved writing this story. The words just flew onto the page. It was a lot of fun to write about Selena working in the FBI instead of as a homicide detective, because I feel like the stories can be broader in scope and not isolated to a single location. Don’t get me wrong, The Runaway Train was a blast to write, and it has done a lot of great things for me as a new author! I can’t wait for you to see what else I have in store for Selena, and I hope that you enjoy her adventures as much as I enjoy telling them.
If you aren’t familiar with Lindsay Buroker’s work, then I highly recommend you start reading her books. Of course, you may be at it for a while, as she has written quite a few. Among them is one of my favorite series, The Emperor’s Edge. This is the book that introduced me to the wonderful worlds that Lindsay has to offer us, each one a journey across the plains of highly imaginative fantasy and steampunk. She has a lot to say, not just in her books, but concerning insights into writing. You can find these by subscribing to her website, and she’s even been podcasting about writing, found here.
What were some of your favorite books when you were a kid?
I loved anything to do with animals, especially wolves, dogs, and horses (not a combination, you would naturally put together, but hey). I read all of the Black Stallion books, all of Jim Kjelgaard’s books, and even as a grown-up (sort of), I would probably still put Where the Red Fern Grows on my list of favorites. My love for animal stories led me to find Jack London (White Fang and Call of the Wild at first, of course), and he led me into more historical fiction, especially Colonial America/Native American stories. Even though I read in a lot of other genres and periods later on, that’s probably what let me into writing fantasy that is set in more of a steam-powered Industrial Revolution era than the typical medieval European styled fantasy that I read a lot of in high school.
As I mentioned, I blame the early interest in American historical fiction (which waned after the Civil War or so) for part of it. In the beginning, I didn’t set out to write steampunk (I wasn’t aware that it was a thing back in the early 00s when I started EE1), but some of those elements do seep into my fiction. I was never that excited about Victorian Europe, so I rarely draw from that. It’s always been the technology and tools of that time period that have been the draw for me, rather than the culture. I have a coffee grinder from the 1800s, and it’s this amazing piece of artwork. And it still works! It’s so rare to find stuff of that caliber today.
My next book has gone through my betas and my editor! Not to mention the cover artwork is nearing completion through the spectacular Hillhouse Graphic Design, LLC. This story has gone through three different drafts, and I’ve enjoyed each of them during the revision process. The first draft was a blast to write. When I originally wrote the story, it was quickly and without reservation or concern about what other people would think. Of course, it wasn’t suitable for anyone but myself to read. Isn’t that what first drafts are for?
The final version of the book is polished and shiny. I can’t wait for you guys to find out what’s in store for Montana Marrenger in this one!
Woohoo! My mystery book, The Runaway Train, is back on a bestseller list! Let’s keep it on there! Only 0.99 Cents! Remember, you don’t have to have a Kindle to read it!
Today I finished writing the follow-up to The Runaway Train called The Truth About Alex! I started writing the Winter Novella back on October 26th, almost immediately after The Runaway Train. There were some hiccups during the process, some scenes that needed to be rewritten, some things moved around, but that’s what drafts are for. Scrivener kept it all organized for me, and Evernote held onto all of the notes.
Mostly, the holiday season kept me from doing very much in it at all… other than taking notes. The next step is for the book to move along to my Betas, then J.C. Hart will get to sharpen her blades before it arrives on her desk.
This book was a blast to write! To be honest with you, I’m going to miss the characters. I suppose that every writer feels that way when their stories come to a close.
Now it’s time to get Monsoon Morning in order. Montana Marrenger has quite a bit ahead of her!
I’m pleased to announce that my book “The Runaway Train” has hit a Bestsellers list on Amazon! The book is listed as one of the top short mystery reads, and I am very proud of that little story. Thanks to everyone who decided to check out Montana Marrenger’s first mystery!
In other exciting news, The Truth About Alex should be completed this weekend. It didn’t go according to plan, exactly, because I wanted to have the book released before Christmas. The holiday season proved to be as busy as ever, not to mention that the story had to undergo a little bit of a surgery. Yes, writers are also surgeons.
It’ll go immediately to Betas, then the editor (C.H. Hart), proofreader, cover artist, and then finally, hopefully, it will be beaten into some sort of thing that is legible and interesting.
For those of you who are patiently waiting, I hope to have my next novella completely written by the end of this week. No promises are going to be made, no secret handshakes. Sometimes, a tale moves at it’s own pace while writing it. Keeping that in mind, The Truth About Alex is really moving along faster than I had anticipated considering the fact that I’ve had to face the end of my fall semester in school, finals and all.
Does that mean that by the weekend, you will get to join Montana Marrenger on another adventure? Well…almost. The Truth About Alex has to go through my beta readers, proof readers, my spectacular editor C.H. Hart, and of course, the glorious cover design process done by the miraculous Hillhouse Design Inc.
Now, before you go tossing rotten fruit at me, just know that I’m aiming for around Christmas time for The Truth About Alex. If that deadline isn’t met, it will be very soon after, but I’m hoping for Christmas.
Which brings me to another matter. Do you remember that little progress ticker plastered to the side of my website? Yeah, it detailed the progress of Montana Marrenger’s first full length novel, Monsoon Morning, and I’m very excited about it. The novel is completely written, I’m happy to say. There are some things about it that I’m having to go back to and work with. However, I’m aiming to have this novel published by spring of 2015!
Stay tuned, and don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date with all things Montana Marrenger!
I’m very happy to announce that The Runaway Train is now available to purchase! Yeah, it’s moved out of that preorder stage and right into the BUY ME NOW stage! Of course, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, this Montana Marrenger Mystery is absolutely free for you. Not that 99 cents is much of a big deal anyway, right?
What’s that, you say? You don’t have a Kindle? No problem. The wonderful people over at Amazon have a plethora of apps that you can download on your phone, PC, Mac, or Tablet! Seriously, just click here for the Free Kindle Reading App, and you can start reading The Runaway Train in a matter of seconds.
Thank you all for your support! The Runaway Train was a blast to write, and I can’t wait to hear what all of you think of Montana Marrenger’s very first adventure!