IS YOUR BOOK IN THE RIGHT GENRE?

Finding the right genre for your novel is critical. I struggled with that when I published my previous books. Dream Chaser: Awakening and Written in Ruberah: Age of Jeweled Intelligence. To my delight, I discovered the Visionary Fiction genre before publishing my third novel—Time Blade: Age of Jeweled Intelligence.

The Visionary Fiction Alliance defines its genre this way. Growth in consciousness is the central theme of the story and drives the protagonist and/or other important characters.
PrintMy new novel—Time Blade—suggests we are all a part of everything—every proton, particle, and atom in the universe. Time is a character—a mastermind that overseas the evolution of the human family. On the journey into life, every soul deposits atoms of brilliance from its highest awareness into the mastermind. These multi-billions of perfect impersonal intelligence form a mass of luminescence that rolls across the face of dark matter. We are Time.

At its heart, Time Blade is an epic saga about the race for the evolution of the human family. Everyone must ascend to the next universe before Earth’s sun star burns out. Time Blade is the most powerful weapon ever on the planet. It can be used to cut, stop, or reverse Time to prevent actions that could annihilate mankind. We follow eighteen-year-old Sky Hunter through three incarnations in his quest to become the man who carries Time Blade.

In my own life, I believe the journey is the destination. I try to live in the moment, as all opportunities exist there. I wasn’t always aware of this. I spent years chasing the dream of how I thought life should be. I wouldn’t have recognized utopia if it hit me between the eyes, because I was always editing the dream. However, two things remained constant. I would see the world and I would become a writer.

Those who have known me for a long time, meet my novels with a puzzled expression—the kind that says you’ve changed skins more times than a snake with twenty-nine lives. Why don’t you write about that? That might be an interesting tale. Among my many jobs, I worked in advertising in London and New York, modeled in Paris, and partnered in a frog farm in Costa Rica.

Travel is like being in a microcosm of the macrocosm of life’s journey. Long plane rides, high in the sky, give space for overview. Where am I in this process? On one such flight, I realized I had seen a good portion of the world and met a fantastic cross-section of humanity, but I had not yet felt called to write a book. Why? As I gazed out the window into the blue depths of the sky, I felt a slight shift in my awareness. It was as if a door cracked open and the grandest of all adventures stretched out before me—the journey of spirit traveling through form in the mortal plane. Thus, began my writing life.

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Should you have your own book imprint?

The possibility of a brand image for my books hadn’t occurred to me until I read *Six Steps of Self Publishing, an excellent blog by Libby Fischer Hellmann. Libby, a crime writer, uses red herrings in her imprint. Her emblem awakened the playful child in me. I immediately imagined fishing trawlers chugging into Mevagissey harbor, the Cornish village where I grew up, tossing a catch of herring onto the quay, which under my magic wand, would turn red and fly onto the spine of Libby’s books.

This response excited me. Would my own book imprint automatically trigger my child-like imagination? Names swarmed to mind, but I found they had all been taken. The key was to think of something very personal to me. What did I like to do most of all as a child? Answer: gaze into the sea and dream up stories.

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I write ‘a girl by the sea book’ above the title of the novel I’m currently working on. When I open that document, that’s the first thing I see, and it’s not long before I feel the joyful little girl in me leaping to life, ready to make up stories.
Author of Dream Chaser: Awakening  and Written in Ruberah: Age of Jeweled Intelligence

Coming soon: Time Blade: book 2 in the Age of Jeweled Intelligence trilogy

*Six Steps of Self Publishing by Libby Fischer Hellmann http://bit.ly/1pr7n3H

Choosing a Setting for a Novel

I must be in love with the setting I select for a novel, as that place will have to inspire me for all the time it takes to complete the story.

When I was seventeen, I lived in London. I had already decided I would see the world, as if that would be my life’s calling. One day as I walked up Oxford Street toward Marble Arch, my glance fell on a photograph of New York City—a huge photo filling an entire shop window.

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I had seen glittering images of New York in movies and magazines, but this photo, shot at night and in black and white, seemed to catch the city-that-never-sleeps, sleeping. I glimpsed my reflection on the windowpane and felt the skyscrapers towering above me.  I perceived the rhythm of city—not the frenetic day-to-day beat so often associated with New York, but an amorphous and malleable energy, which I like to think of as the spirit of the city. I felt it calling me. Two years later, I landed a job in an ad agency in New York, which began my long love affair with the city.

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Like all love affairs, mine with New York constantly challenged me. I had arrived alone without knowing a soul, but I never felt alone. The black and white photo that had drawn me across the Atlantic drifted over my mind’s eye like visual narrative in a movie.

Many years and many travels later, I wrote my first novel Dream Chaser: Awakening, and I chose New York as the setting. The story feels like an echo of the city: the fierce daylight run for success, the dazzle of the glittering events of evening, slow dancing into the late night hours. Sleeping in the soft whoosh of its amorphous and malleable spirit. Awakening to the call of your own.

Dream Chaser: Awakening. http://amzn.to/1nhE4Ph