An Interesting Perspective

A few days ago, I did an author event and was asked what I considered peculiar questions from two people.

Let me start by saying the event was enjoyable but I do want to share a few things.

Two men who had read the first three books of my (Opportvnvs Adest) series came to my table for some autographs. I have to say, that is something I NEVER get tired of. The thought of people actually wanting MY signature is a thrill.

But I digress………

So, the two men wanted to know if I was trying to make some sort of statement by having so many strong women in the series. The second thing they commented on was the number of international/minority characters.

My first reaction was to be blown away by the lack of awareness in 2018, but then I thought: this is a great opportunity for some real dialogue!

I addressed the minority point by saying there was no conscience statement involved with international and minority characters. Since my series takes place all over the globe, it would make sense to have individuals represent different countries.

The conversation about my female characters was a bit longer and it brought other folks to my table.

I told people how I truly see women. One of my tours in the Middle East, I was assigned a female partner for the better part of a year and this lady could do everything I could……and number of things better. I was fortunate to grow up with both parents who operated as equals in the household so that was my frame of reference.

Female friends and my wife to gave me their perspective on how a woman would respond to certain situations. Seemed to make sense to me since I am a man. How the hell would I know how a female reacts? Also, my story would not work if all I had were “damsels in distress” and other parodies of a bygone era.

The conversation was quite lively and very respective; even when folks disagreed. One thing that hit me, that the men who started dialogue, appeared to be close to 70. It made me that about what they grew up watching and hearing and it colored their perspectives even in this day of enlightenment. The Donna Reed Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Amos & Andy, etc might be considered iconic, but they do not hold up well these days on treatment or representation of women and minorities. No slam on anyone, it was just the way things were back then,

In the end, we all learned a little bit about each other, and it in the end we are all better for it.

Till next time.

Peace.

EH

 

Advertisements

Indie Addicts in LA

 

I want to send a special thanks to CK Green and the Kingston Publishing Company who sponsored an indie author event at the Embassy in LA.

It was a small but intimate event where authors (like myself) could truly spend time with interested readers.

I had a blast conversing with science fiction fans about time travel, life on other planets, and whatever our geek out minds could think of.

On a secondary note, I even sold books!

By the way, I know it would have helped if I had been in some of the pictures, or taken some with the fans. Please do not judge me too harshly, I am learning this business as I go. I am however enjoying every moment of this ride.

Keep the writing going, fellow Indie brothers and sisters and I will talk to you very soon.

Peace.

EH

A Seminal Moment for any Indie Author

Greetings folks.

Every Indie author dreams of seeing their book(s) on the best seller list or turned into a big budget movie.

And I am no different.

However, the biggest thrill for me is to have one of my books on someone else’s shelf. Recently, it was Barnes & Noble in La Mesa, Ca. Being there and interacting with folks was truly a thrill.  It also helped make the grind of writing worthwhile.

It is very humbling to have a person come up and ASK for an autograph.

To all of my Indie brothers and sisters, keep at it and keep having fun. I have learned in this journey of writing, that ALL of our stories matter. There are always people out there who will read and enjoy your work.

Till next time.

Peace.

 

 

Indie Author Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Book Store

Starry Messenger article (1)

 

Hello out there.

Just a little fun thing I wanted to share.

And much thanks to fellow author Rusty Trimble (The Revenge of Jack Frost, The Andrew Chronicles) for putting this “newspaper” together for the event.

I will be out there with 20 other Indie Authors on Sept. 23 from 12pm-3pm. All those in the San Diego area, come out and enjoy the fun.

I will be signing Starry Messenger (Book One of the Opportvnvs Adest series)

Oh, if you cannot make it, check it out on the Mysterious Galaxy website for a signed coy….if you dare.

Peace to all.

EH

 

A Call to All Indie Writers, Artists and Creators

Hello out there, Indie brothers and sisters.

Looking for a little more exposure? Want to interact with people and show off your talent?

Got just the thing for you!

Those of you who live in San Diego, there is a Creative Expo for Indie Writers and Artists, etc. Saturday August 26th 12pm-3pm.

There is room for at least 12 tables.

No entry or vendor fee. Folks who have a table get to keep ALL proceeds.

The kind people at the Irenic are kind enough to allow use of the facility. It is a great building and perfect for this kind of venue.

Come for an afternoon of conversing with authors, artists, editors and other creative people in the community.

Chat live and in person with San Diego authors and view the works of local artists, all while enjoying adult beverages and goodies.

Books and original artwork will be available for purchase.

Co-hosted by Imprint Publishing and Bar None 🥂.  Beer, wine, refreshments and treats will be served.

Contact Robyn R. at 619-952-9414 to get your table or if you simply wish to attend. Any other questions, feel free to reach to me as well.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. Those who do not live in San Diego are welcome to of course!

Tips & Tidbits from an Indie Author

Hello out there.

I like to share information and any wisdom I collect to fellow authors out there.

San Diego just wrapped a free Writer’s Expo at University of Phoenix Campus. The Topics included :
● From Concept to Publisher—How a concept becomes a successful book
● All About the Voice—Writing that moves the reader
● Writing and the Law—What every author should know

There were a number of cool indie authors and publishers there. It was a way to talk to students about their writing ideas, and promote your own work.

I urge you, my brothers and sisters in the craft to look in your prospective city for such events and book yourself.

Last but not least, I want to thank, Mark Kvalvik for hosting, Antonio Vianna (Author of Secrets Kept Hidden & so many other books) for thinking enough about me to send me an invitation AND to my editor, Robyn Ramsey from Imprint Publishing for attending in my stead at the last moment.

I unfortunately had hernia surgery (sorry if TMI) and was not well enough to make it.

Thank you Robyn. I know you had to hand write your sign but your presence was oh-so- important!

RR1

Authors, if you need an indie publisher with a personal touch, I would recommend these folks.

Peace to all

EH

 

 

 

David Gallie Indie Author Interview

A special thanks to David Gallie for allowing me to speak on such enjoyable topics.

Next up to take their place on the interview chair is indie author Ethan Howard. Read on to find out what makes him write:
Why do you write?
It is truly a passion. A great way to express myself and release that inner child. From the very first time I started putting words on the screen, I discovered how much I truly enjoy it. It always allows me to challenge myself mentally in ways I never thought possible. I have no plans of ever stopping.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I had come home from a tour in the Middle East. It was 2009 and I caught up on Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and reread short stories from the great Richard Matheson lying on the beach in San Diego. I wanted to try to be at least a fraction of the literary artist these men were/are.
What genre are your books?
Science fiction and fantasy.
What draws you to this genre?
There is a certain freedom with this genre. True escapism. You can explore several different concepts and get away with bending laws of physics and reality.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
It was my wife. She told me that it was time to stop talking and start doing. She said I had always been a man of action and decisiveness, so why hadn’t I done anything. I told her of some of my story concepts and she said, “Great. I cannot wait to read them.”
 
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part-time. After spending time with my family, I use late Saturday nights as my time to write.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I have discovered that I am far better at night writing than the day. The later the better.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I talk to other writers. I read their stories. I review them. By doing so, I have become better. I use the wisdom of others to better myself. There is so much good stuff out there, I feel I improve each time I read someone else’s work.
What have you written?
Tales of the Unexpected (an anthology of short horror stories) Published 2013.
Sidereus Nuncius (Book One of the Opportvnvs Adest series) Published October 2015.
Hostis Humani Generis (Book Two of the Opportvnvs Adest series) due out March 20, 2016.
Temet Nosce (Book Three of the Opportvnvs Adest series) due out April 20th 2016.
Finis Omnium Reum (Book Four of the Opportvnvs Adest series) due out May 20, 2016.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?
I always work with an outline first. I have hand written notes with names and personalities of the characters. I also do research on any particular area of the world or subject I am writing on. I outline the chapters almost like scenes in a movie. I do this before I even start writing. I find it makes things much easier for me.
How do you market your books?
Social Media.
Book signings at local bookstores.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I had a book launch party at a friend’s house. My wife is an excellent cook so she made the food and it was a smashing success.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in the future?
Absolutely. I feel that I should have done a better job on social media as I was crafting my first story.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never, ever stop writing. Do not do it for money because it may not ever come. Do it because you love it. Be willing to accept criticism. Learn from it and do not let it deflate you.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
At the heart of the Opportvnvs Adest story is a man called Quentin. In Sidereus Nuncius you learn he is from the stars with a mission to save the planet Earth. He is noble, thoughtful, and a warrior with restraint. It all sounds simple enough until things unfold and we see there is much more to this being than even HE imagined. Throughout the story, he is on a journey of self-discovery that will take him to dark places. The question to be answered is, can this powerful being return from the abyss and complete the task given to him?
Where do your ideas come from? 
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Greek/Roman/Norse Mythology
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Twilight Zone
Outer Limits
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Stopping and going to bed.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Patience. I know exactly where it is all going so I have to use patience getting there. Sometimes I just wanted to skip parts and get right to the revelations. There are many twists and turns to the story so it is important to leave the proper foreshadowing (or breadcrumbs) so the reader does not feel cheated.
Which writers inspire you?
Alan Moore
Richard Matheson
Ernest Hemmingway
Stan Lee
H.G. Wells
Ray Bradbury
Washington Irving
Henry James
I guess I should stop there.
What do you do to get book reviews?
I beg. Seriously, I ask on various media forums.
How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
It has brought fair results. Folks who have gone to my books have put a few on Amazon and Goodreads. The sales far exceed the reviews. I am still searching for a better way.
What is the current book you are promoting? 
Sidereus Nuncius. Even though I want to say Hostis Humani Generis is due out in a few weeks.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Quentin. I can relate to him on the level of having gone on missions for the military. I found myself questioning the purpose of it all but still loyal to the cause. Like Quentin, I did a lot of soul searching.
Who is your least favorite character and why? 
Rex Talion. He is pure evil and he just might be the worst bastard in the history of literature!
If your book were made into a movie, who would you cast? 
Quentin: Idris Elba
Regina Tate: Rachel Weisz
Rex Talion: Billy Zane
Dante Tate: Take your pick of a 12 year old (African American) male actor
What is your next project? 
The Anti-Life Manifesto. It is an 8-page story that leads directly to Hostis Humani Generis (Book Two of the Opportvnvs Adest series), which focuses on the rise of Rex Talion, the villain of the series. The Manifesto gives you a snapshot into the motivations of Rex Talion. It is written from Talion’s perspective and gives you a glimpse into the mind of this madman.
I just finished it up and have sent it out to people for free. The reaction I have gotten so far has been: “Holy crap! You weren’t kidding about Rex Talion! What a bastard!” It even shocked my wife.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Heracles from Greek Mythology. He was fearless in the face of danger. He had a sense of honor and was uncompromising when it came to completing a task.
What one person from history would you like to meet and why? 
John F. Kennedy. He made such an impact on the world in a short time.
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
Homelessness. Everyone should have a safe haven to go to at the end of the day.
Who inspires your writing? 
The little boy in me.
Where do you come up with your stories? 
The wonderment of what is beyond Earth. I try to make sense of all the questions I have had since I was child.
Who is your favorite author? 
There are just too many to name. If am forced to give one, I will say Alan Moore.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
It is grind. If you want eyes on your book you have to hustle and even then there is no guarantee to getting a positive or negative response.
Tell us something unique about you
I listen to alternative and nu metal to write. Smashing Pumpkins, Godsmack, Deftones, Crossfade, CKY, Sevendust are just a few. Good stuff. Something about the music brings out the odd, creative side to me.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Come to my blog or email me directly. I enjoy dialogue on a variety of subjects.
Email: ethan@ethanhowardauthor.com
Thank you for allowing me to share this with all of you. See you back here soon when I release the Anti-Life Manifesto for all to read.
Peace.