New worlds, new stories.

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

Since I retired, back in May, my writing productivity has increased way beyond my expectations. I’ve written and published two short story books, learned how to seek out and purchase covers for them, and am now currently working on my third volume of short stories, which will, hopefully, be  out in time for Christmas: A Pocketful of Stories (permanently free), A Hatful of Stories, and the current WIP, A Stocking full of Stories.

I realise, of course, how lucky I am to have the time to be able to do something I truly love, which is just as well, as my previously written books, The Silver Flute Trilogy, will also be undergoing a metamorphosis. They will soon no longer be available on Amazon, in their current form, as my publisher and I have parted company (amicably).

Instead, after some re-editing and new covers, I will be self-publishing them.

Added to which, I’ve decided to write a prequel to The Silver Flute Trilogy,  called: Midnight Tales. It will take the reader back to the beginning, outlining how, where, and when, the main protagonists came together. 

So, as you can see, I’m going to be fairly busy for the foreseeable future. Where on earth did I get the time to go to work? 😀

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New review for Through the Gloaming.

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , on April 30, 2014 by Kate Jack

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Had a really long, dreary day at work, but soon bucked up when I saw this review on Goodreads, for book II in The Silver Flute Trilogy.

The second book in Katrina Jack’s ‘Silver Flute Trilogy’ finds Jeremiah Tully thrust back in a world he doesn’t want to return to, one where he has no voice and the truth of his past is catching up with him.

When he enters the Gloaming, a space between his world and his mother’s, the secrets start unraveling fast. Among them, what happened to his father and the truth behind his muteness.

The author did a fantastic job creating multi-layered worlds and characters that bend and stretch as they travel through them. Character-types that we’ve encountered in other types of fantasy have been given makeovers, reimagined and renamed, with faint echoes of their predecessors.

Jeremiah’s muteness is handled so well, it blends in with the rest of the story, making you forget anything is wrong with him until he encounters a new character. The mention of finger motions are a quick reminder without fixating on his disability.

There is a book prior to this one, which I read quite some time ago and did not have all the details fresh in my mind. It didn’t matter as this works as a standalone and can be enjoyed without having read the previous one.

So thanks to Emily McKeon for this sterling review of my book, and the four stars she awarded it. 😀

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Land of Midnight Days – YA Urban fantasy

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by Kate Jack

 http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/urban-fantasy/4787

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The Essential Self-Publishing Guide

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2017 by Kate Jack

For those of you contemplating the self publishing route.

Tricia Drammeh

This is an exciting week for me! For the past several months, I’ve been working on putting together a self-publishing guide. My original plan was to compile previous articles I’d written, but the project got away from me and turned into over 170 pages.

The Essential Self-Publishing Guideis for writers who are considering self-publishing. The second section of the book is a step-by-step guide that is geared toward people who aren’t tech-savvy. So, if you or someone you know would like to self-publish, but are intimidated by formatting or uploading to KDP, this guide might be helpful. My hope is that writers who might consider turning to an expensive vanity publishing service, or who are contemplating handing over rights to a fly-by-night, start-up publisher will feel confident enough to try independently publishing instead.

If you’re not sure you want to self-publish, or if you are already a published author…

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Spammers – IQ level – Zero

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

 

What is it about spammers? Why are they so thick? Is it something in the water? Or were they dropped on their heads when they were babies? Whatever the reason, I think I know the cause.

I’m obviously annoying some of them, 😀 😀 😀 as just lately they’ve been posting streams of gibberish and porn against one particular post:Spammers, predictable and stupid Does this annoy me? No, it doesn’t. Why? Because it’s easy enough to block the morons and delete their crap. Added to which it gives me a sense of satisfaction to dump their metaphorical fecal matter in the metaphorical toilet.

What does continue to baffle me, is why they do it in the first place – spam that is? I should imagine the few people sucked in by their feeble attempt to rip them off hardly makes it worthwhile. Most of the dialogue posted  makes no sense whatsoever, or is usually pornographic. Okay, you might get some takers on the latter posts, if your tastes run that way, but most people don’t respond.

So, thickos, carry on wasting your time and making yourself look as though you possess the IQ of a brain damaged newt. Most of you, in fact thousands, are blocked by my inbuilt filter. Those of you who do make it through never actually reach my blog, but are dumped in the spam folder and from there are deleted, blocked and obviously pissed off by my response to your cretinous attempts 😀

 

 

A Word On Literary Agents To New Authors

Posted in New Authors section on November 3, 2017 by Kate Jack

Another interesting article on self-publishing.

Scribe's Scribbles

If you are writing your first novel I want to share some advice with you. Whatever you do, once the manuscript has been polished to perfection:

DO NOT APPROACH AN AGENT WITH IT. EVER!!!!

Join writers groups and have them critique it. There are many very good editors out there and they are very affordable. They are also well worth it. Find one and have them work on your manuscript. Then, once it is in its final draft stage do not let an agent anywhere near it. I wouldn’t even let one of the old guard Big Five publishers anywhere near it either. They are the dinosaurs. A profitable future lies elsewhere.

So, what exactly am I supposed to do with it, oh wise Scribe, you may ask.

Publish it. Yourself. It is easy and it is free.

Go to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Createspace or any other platform…

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Looking for a Halloween read?

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , on October 23, 2017 by Kate Jack

Here it is, available from: 

http://katejack9.wixsite.com/kate/books

From horror, ghosts & fantasy, fifteen stories to entrance, scare and enthral.

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Why Indie Writers are Important to Readers

Posted in Writing on October 21, 2017 by Kate Jack

A very interesting, and refreshing, take on self publishing.

J.D. Adamsson

There’s been some publicity recently about the lowering standards of books, about how indie writers have an overblown opinion of their abilities. Generalisations like that are rarely accurate, things are just never that simple.

to the lighthouseThere are many writers in this world. The natural geniuses, who still nevertheless need a firm hand in editing, spelling and developmental input. The ones who aren’t great at the start, but love reading good literature, who want to write too and who put in the study and hours to improve their skills. There are those who have ideas, maybe good, maybe not so good, who perhaps have enough funds to pay a ruck of line and developmental editors to make their stories shine. Some even go as far as hiring ghost writers to write their ideas for them, and who then take all the credit, but they aren’t really writers (no famous names named). There…

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An interview with author, William Macmillan Jones

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , on October 18, 2017 by Kate Jack

Welcome to my guest author today, William Macmillan Jones.

Will lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A just turned sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has now fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases.

When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere, looking for dragons. He hasn’t found one yet, but insists that it is only a matter of time.

When not performing as an oral storyteller and poet, he writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws
attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.

So Will, after that sterling introduction, let’s find out about your latest book, Demon’s Reach.

 

Q. Will, this seems a departure from The Banned Underground series, which is
much lighter in tone; what took you down this path?

A. I love writing humour. I’m so sad that I even laugh at my own gags. But I also
have a much darker side that I used to keep very well hidden. Since I’ve been
doing more oral storytelling and performance poetry around the South Wales
area, I have found that the audiences like hearing the much darker material and
since I find that fun to write too, I’ve let my inner darkness come out to play.

Q. What inspired you to write Demon’s Reach? Was it because you wanted a
change in writing direction, or did the inspiration come out of the blue?

A. Demon’s Reach is the fifth in a collection of stand alone horror – or perhaps
Paranormal Mysteries is a better term? – featuring a middle-aged man who gets
drawn, very much against his desires, into a world of dark magic. The collection
began when I decided to write a novel (The Showing) based on my own real
experiences as a child. My Grandfather’s house concealed a rather aggressive
and unpleasant entity. I still do not know what it was, or why it was there, but
that it was extremely hostile to my father, my sister and myself was clear to all
three of us. The Showing was an attempt to write out the real demon in my
family’s past, and perhaps to speculate a little on why it was there. The
collection then developed as I began to expand on this character’s experiences
and to try to resolve his life. To confess, I’ve spent the next four books trying to
kill him off, and so far have failed miserably. His survival instinct is too strong.
Demon’s Reach expands on the history of the character’s family, and their
involvement in dark deeds.

Q. Once you decided what you were going to write about, how did you set about
it? For example, did you plot the whole book out, before settling down to fill in
the spaces, as it were? Or did you just go for it and then refine and hone the
manuscript later?

A. As with most of my books, I prepared a brief outline of the plot. The main
points and a hint of the final destination. Then I started writing. I like to leave the
outline as sparse as I can, to allow the characters to develop naturally within the
book, and give space for new characters to arrive – and to leave in a blaze of
glory. Or gore. No, not often gore. I don’t do gore. Honest. I prefer to frighten my
readers by letting their own minds do the hard work for me. Lazy, or what?

Q. How long did it take you to complete Demon’s Reach?

A. I’m a fast writer, and I write shortish novels, usually at around the 65/70K
word count mark. So normally the first draft of a novel takes me a couple of
months, or thereabouts. If I’m really having fun, less time. But then it needs a
second draft, professional editing and improving. As Stephen King said: the first
draft is the writer telling himself/herself the story. The second draft is where the
book gets written.

Q. Do you have a set writing routine?

A. No. I hate routine. I write when the mood takes me, even if it is at 3am. My
partner is quite used to my getting out of bed to write in the small hours, and
luckily she is very easy going about it. As long as I tell her any especially
frightening or funny bits when I get back in bed!

Q. I’ve always found promoting my work a little onerous; do you have any advice
on that score?

A. No. I’m terrible at marketing. Awful at it. Can’t say much more than that really.
The one thing I really do like though, is taking a table at book fairs and genre
conventions. The chance to meet readers face to face and engage with them is
great fun.

Q. Is Demon’s Reach the last in this collection, or do you intend more books
along the same lines?

A. There will be one more in this collection, to complete the overall story arc.
Then I will be looking at more horror stories, but with new characters. A fresh
book every time, rather than a series. There is one I’m working on now, which
will be called ‘The Tenant of De’Ath Grange’, about a young couple who rent a
large empty property, and find that it is not quite as empty as they thought. I’ve
a project that I have been asked to complete for an anthology for a US based
Publisher first, then I’m going to drive this one along.

Q. What drew you to the horror genre?

A. Darkness drifts down the river of the night.
Not crashing, like a Tsunami:
But sleek and silent as a Predator.
I hadn’t realised quite how the darkness can call to me until I wrote The
Showing. Now I find that I enjoy scaring audiences and readers, and it is quite
addictive.

Q. What are your future writing plans? Do you intend to stick with the
horror/fantasy genre, or branch out?

A. I’ve a number of projects in mind. There is some YA Science Fiction going
through the editing process at the moment, a YA fantasy novel, and (whisper it
quietly. It is funny, but it’s not meant to be a joke: ) I’ve even got a Romance
novel in a draft form that one day might claw its way to the light of day. Then
again, I am also producing some collections of short stories, flash fiction and
poetry – all from the dark side, and I do take time out to write those.

Q. When can we look forward to your next book?

A. Demon’s Reach will be released on 20 October. The three Science Fiction books:
Scout Pilot of The Free Union; Infinity is for losers; and Rogue Pilot, will probably
be out next spring and the next in The Banned Underground collection, A
Teacher’s Lot, will be available by next summer. In the meantime for any new
readers, there are a dozen other books besides Demon’s Reach to investigate!
And my rubbish marketing means that I can be very confident that no one has
read everything I have to offer

Well, thanks for a very entertaining and informative interview, Will. If anyone wants to find out more about Will and his writings, visit him at his website:

http://www.willmacmillanjones.com

Blurb

All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most
of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones
agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets
hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are
very real – and not yet entirely dead.
Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real and
danger lurks at every turn, Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become
the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness.
Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?
When Mister Jones discovers that he has been asked to be executor of the Estate of a
cousin he wasn’t aware he had, he thinks that the request is innocent, a family matter.
But when he travels to his late cousin’s home, he finds that the local village is a dark
place, full of mistrust of his family and with unsettling whispers of a dark past.
Indeed, his arrival is enough to spark of an attempt by the villagers to destroy part of
his late cousin’s home – and the first death. The mystery deepens as another lost
relative finds Mister Jones – but is she all that she seems?
His first visit to his late cousin’s house is almost his last, for Mister Jones finds first
evidence of Black Magical Rituals among the effects in the house, and then discovers
that a Demon still walks the grounds. The Demon makes herself known to more than
just Mister Jones, and the body count rises. Joined by another relative stranger who
reveals that she is his half sister, Mister Jones struggles to unravel the web of deceit
and mystery and uncover the truth – only to discover that his half sister is more
involved than he believed and that the plot centers around his presence, there in the
house. He is to be a sacrificial victim, in a Ritual that will restore his long-lost father
to life – at the expense of Mister Jones’.
Can Mister Jones’ half sister bring herself to sacrifice the brother she doesn’t know,
for the father she fears?

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