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Ive been writing since I was about fourteen years old. I'd finished four novels by the time I was twenty, and one was published by a small indie press in the UK, "Flame Books." I took the time to study literature and get a degree in writing before arriving back on the publishing scene with a trio of books about strictly human themes - perception, identity and death. Each book showcases a different side of my talents.
In four short months, "Frightened Boy," my eBook, has been read thousands of times and is featured on WattPad, BookRix, Booksie, and WeBook. Frightened Boy is a pulp dystopian thriller that deals with themes of perception and fear.
[sic], my young-adult literary novel, is the confessional story of a boy who has never had anything. Jacob and his friends are trailer park trash living in one of the richest districts in Texas. To cope, they invent a game which becomes a lifelong obsession - the only rule? If you get tagged, you have fifteen minutes to irrevocably change your life. Quit your job, dump your girlfriend, set your car on fire and hitchhike to the next state. But when the game's creator is murdered and Jacob is arrested for the crime, it's up to him to figure out which of his closest friends killed their mentor before he is blamed. Squint your eyes just right and it starts to make sense - it's [sic]. The story is currently in Round 3 of Page2Fame.
The last novel in my trio is a young-adult paranormal suspense/romance called Ten Minutes to Midnight. The topic? A group of teens who suffer a traumatic violation by God are left with knowledge of the Truth – a metaphysical force that gives them the power to kill anyone, anywhere, at any time. Suicide and insanity chase them at every turn as an ever-increasing body count separate Daniel from his star-crossed lover. A terminal standoff ensues as identities are fatal flaws and a philosophical absurdity burns away their will to live. Only the constant threat of death creates an uneasy truce, but when one of them inexplicably dies, Daniel finds that hell is other people.
I also love to talk with other writers, so please don’t think I’m being impersonal. I can’t afford big advertisements, so this is just the best avenue I have to attract readers right now! But please, don’t think I won’t respond or check out your work in return. Quite the opposite – I want to make friends with as many writers as possible. Other writers have become my greatest fans and friends, and I work as hard as possible to give in-depth, constructive feedback. I try to seriously critique as many of the requests sent to me as is humanly possible. If you are extra-nice and interested in a critique but haven't been abel to track me down, you might have better luck reaching me by emailing:
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First book "Jimwamba" (Flame Books) was published in the UK in 2005 to rave reviews, and later I wrote alongside some fantasy/fiction vets like Tanith Lee and Jeffrey Ford (who won the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award that year.) The collaboration was called the "Book of Voices."
I have been reviewed in the Irish Times, the Compulsive Reader, etc. The Adirondack Review gave their highest rating of the year to Jimwamba.
Frightened Boy has been read over 2500 times (as of July 2010) since it was first posted on February 25, 2010, with an advertising budget of precisely $0. And across multiple writer's websites such as this one, it has received well over 300 glowingly positive reviews from my fellow writers.
My Favorites: Reading and Writing
Catch-22, 1984, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Slaughterhouse Five, Mother Night, Timequake, Snow Crash, Survivor, The Baroque Cycle, the Dubliners, Blood Meridian, Grendel, Self-Reliance, the Sherlock Holmes collection (only Doyle's works). So many more...
Currently reading over and over my latest novel for publication.
I have two other completed and professionally edited novels available upon special request. I'm seeking a literary agent (or publisher, or investor) for assistance in promoting the following young adult novels to a broader audience:
Jacob has fifteen minutes to irrevocably change his life. Punch his teacher, set his car on fire, quit his job, or kiss the nearest girl. And after his fifteen minutes are up, he'll be able to tag one of the six friends who play this existential freeze-tag with him and force them to do the same. The Seven have played as long as they can remember, and everything was going great until the game's creator was tossed off a water tower by one of its players, leaving Jacob to figure out which of his closest friends committed the murder of their mentor.
Ten Minutes to Midnight:
A group of teens who suffer a traumatic violation by God are left with knowledge of the Truth – a metaphysical force that gives them the power to kill anyone, anywhere, at any time. Suicide and insanity chase them at every turn as an ever-increasing body count separate Daniel from his star-crossed lover. A terminal standoff ensues as identities are fatal flaws and a philosophical truth burns away their will to live. Only the constant threat of death creates an uneasy truce, but when one of them inexplicably dies, Daniel finds that hell is other people.
James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCarthy, Mark Twain, Joseph Heller, Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft.