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

 

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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

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!

Leftovers From San Diego Comic Con

I would highly encourage authors, writers, and artists if they can afford it, go to the San Diego Comic Con at least once.

Sure there is plenty of eye candy (movie stars, toys, creative costumes, etc) but I am referring to the people you meet and converse with.

There are so many indie writers and artists walking around.

It’s easy to strike up a dialogue. Being an (aspiring?) writer myself, it is helpful to be around so much creativity and get tips on the trade.

I met a few gentleman starting a new comic line called Vault Comics and purchased advanced previews of their books (Failsafe, Colossi, Karma Police, Fissure, Powerless). Good stuff with fresh artwork.

Also of importance, they were just a bunch of cool fellows.

I will be checking out their books when they hit the shelves Feb 2017.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the release of Temet Nosce (Know Thy Self) Book Three of the Opportvnvs Adest series. I will dropping tidbits about it in the coming days.

Oh, if you have not checked out the previous two stories, do yourselves a favor and pick them up…….you just may be glad you did.

Peace.

EH

 

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!

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

Peace to all

EH

 

 

 

The Anti-Life Manifesto is Available

Hello there, subscribers.

As promised, the Anti-Life Manifesto is ready to be sent out via electronically to all of you.

This is the declaration of Rex Talion to wreck havoc on the world he hates so much. It is an excellent lead in to Hostis Humani Generis (Enemy of the Human Race) Book Two coming soon.

You get a first look into the mind of the worst human being ever in literature.

Don’t believe me, check it out and tell me what you think.

Please email me at ethanhoward918@gmail.com and I will get your copy out to you as fast as I can type.

If you have not signed up for the blog, feel free to do so.  And do not let your friends ( if they are fans of mayhem, destruction, and downright badness) miss out on this free offer!

Until next time.

Be well.

EH