I am a production company…

produceThe writing industry is changing every day, and many people aren’t sure what to do next. The waves of change are beating upon us and no one knows which way is up. But I think I’ve figured out how to better orient ourselves, and I challenge authors and publishers to consider this and to get on board with this new way of thinking. I, for one, am ready to make the change.

It begins with the music and movie industries. I’ve made the parallel between the music and movie industries and the future of the writing industry before. (Click here and here.) But I’ve been thinking a little more practically about such things recently, and I’ve decided that in light of the obvious parallel’s there’s something we’ve been missing in our approach to the writing industry.

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Winter’s goodbye is coming…

gothcemeteryI find myself melancholy today, and it has to do with the writing I am doing. For the past several months I’ve been working a meticulous plan to write the first drafts of both Winter 3 & 4. A little over a week ago I came to the point in Winter 3 that meant facing the ending of that book…and somehow I always found myself too busy to go any further. Yesterday, I forced myself to, thinking my lack of motivation was just an indication of how busy it was last week. Yes it was busy, but that wasn’t the reason I neglected my daily writing ritual.

I realized exactly what the reason was yesterday…the goodbye is coming.

You see, if I finish book 3, that means I have to begin on book 4. And if I begin on book 4, that means I’ll soon say goodbye to Winter.

What made me come to this realization was a song. I can’t write without music. Music speaks to me emotionally in a way nothing else does. And so I have tailored online stations with Pandora and Spotify that play me the kind of music I need for any given scene in order to get my mind in the right zone.

A song came on yesterday as I was trying to write…a song that hit me emotionally pretty hard, making it difficult for me to finish that day…a song that I can’t get out of my head today…a song that typifies why I’ve been melancholy…a song that reminded me that this goodbye is not only coming, but it is inevitable.

It’s been almost eight years since I penned the first words of Winter and, if my plan continues as it should, I’ll pen the last words sometime in the early days of September…last words that I’ve known since those first words.

And that haunting melody plays through my mind, reminding me of those last words, and persisting that they are fast approaching.

Writer friends…what do you do when you have to say goodbye to a character that has become like family to you?

Reader friends…how will you feel when it comes time for you to say goodbye to Winter?

Listen to this song, the one that sparked all of this, while you try to formulate the words of your answer.

-k

My Writing Infuences

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Keven, you write dark paranormal Christian fiction. How in the world did you get there?? Glad you asked.

I’ve never talked much about the writers that have most influenced me. I think in some interview or other I’ve listed one or two, but I’ve never really told my writing journey by way of my reading journey. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and so you also “write what you read.”

I don’t think I’ve keep it a secret that my first love is the fantasy genre. That may come as a surprise to some that know me as a paranormal suspense writer, but you’d be interested to know that prior to Winter and Prophetess almost everything I wrote was fantasy slanted and most of my to-write list is populated with fantasy ideas.

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Last year and next year…

wint3rI wish I could say 2013 was an amazing year. It was an excellent year, by all accounts, but it was one of those rebuilding and relearning years that you’re happy to see behind you. Those of you who are closest too me know the many things that went on. Some of you may not, and for the sake of my fans who are eagerly awaiting Winter 3 then I’ll take a moment to tell you a little about this past year.

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Permanent price drops!

ImageAs I get reenergized and rebooted in my writing career, my publisher and I have made the decision to permanently drop the eBook prices of both my books. So if you’ve been waiting to read either because of price, now is the time…especially Prophetess, because I know it was $6.99 before.

Winter is now just $2.99.

Prophetess is now just $3.99.

On a related note, I’m in need of some blurbs that I can add to the Amazon page for Prophetess from published authors. If you’re a published author and have read it, I would be very appreciative if you would send me something to use. Or, if you’re a published author and would like to read it, contact me and I can probably arrange a review copy. Thanks!