Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy 2017, New Readers

I was blessed enough to sell a few copies of My Brother's Keeper during the Christmas season. If you are one of those new readers, thank you for your support. I hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to hearing from you.

I am excited about 2017, because the second book in the series, Marching As To War, is on track for a summer release. I have just recently completed another editorial pass over the entire manuscript and I'm very pleased with how it flows. I am going to probably do my most revision work on the first chapter, because I feel like I can still improve it.

I can't wait for everyone who has read the first book to get their hands on the second.

A bit of news this week, I was contacted by the local newspaper here in Columbus, GA and I was interviewed for the "Faith" section in this Sunday's edition. I should be the featured story in that section and hopefully it will succeed in spreading the word a bit.

If you are finding this blog for the first time, please know that I'm always open to your questions, comments, praise, criticisms (*cough* andpositiveAmazonreviews *cough*).

I will use this space in the coming weeks and months to keep you updated on the status of the next book and answer any questions that may come in. I also have a bit of an art gallery I've developed to help me visualize the characters. I will try to go through those drawings and post them from time to time.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sci-Fi Fantasy Fest appearance

This weekend, I will be a guest at the 2nd Annual Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fest at the Hoover, Alabama public library.

I don't do as many of these types of shows as I'd like. Maybe once the second novel in the series is out, I can focus on marketing and creating a strong table presence.

But I hope some of you that meet me this weekend in Hoover will check me out here. I plan on making this blog the main conduit between myself, my readers and those that wish to support me.

So to any new folks that may read this: welcome. I hope you enjoy the first book in the series My Brother's Keeper. 

Here's a look at the postcard flyer I will be giving out this weekend:

Galahad's Doom Part II Update

I know it's been inexcusably too long since I last updated this blog, but I do plan on being better going forward.  I promise to post something at least once a week, if you promise to keep coming back and checking it out. Okay?


So what's going on with my series? I can tell you that I spent 2015 and the first half of 2016 really focused on writing the second volume. Galahad's Doom Part II: Marching As To War has made it past the first draft stage. I can announce that it is in the hands of my editor and we will get it out as soon as we can.  Realistically, that's probably Spring 2017.

I'm really excited with how it came out and can't wait for everyone who read My Brother's Keeper  to check it out. I can tell you it is loaded down with action and hopefully there's a few surprises along the way.

And while my editor rips apart my manuscript, I've also been turning my thoughts for the first time towards the concluding third volume. I have several pages in a composition notebook already filled and I'm already excited by some new ideas I've had.

So if you haven't read the first book yet, go ahead and do that. Then stay tuned to this blog for not only all important details and announcements going forward but also for thoughts about the story and characters that I will share in future posts.

Here is a look at my first preliminary sketch for my cover idea for Part II:

And here is a rough mock-up I put together in Photoshop based on that sketch. Please understand, this is NOT (notnotNOT) the actual cover. I grabbed pre-existing artwork off the internet, using general character archetypes.  It's just to help with design ideas.

The two folks on the left and right are standing in for Queen Azzrea and Lord Maphael, characters that readers of Brother's Keeper should know. The tough warrior guy in the middle? Yeah, you'll have to read Marching As To War to figure that one out.  Again, I will commission original artwork that depicts my characters accurately. This is just a rough design sketch.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I'm on a Podcast

I was a guest on the White Rocket podcast a little while ago. My publisher, Van Plexico, conducted this 45-minute radio style interview.

So please feel free to take a listen and cringe along with me at the sound of my voice.

And in other news, the Kindle version of "My Brother's Keeper" is just around the corner so be sure to look for that announcement soon.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A New Interview

Atomic Anxiety has published a new interview with me about "My Brother's Keeper". I encourage everyone to give it a read and help me spread the word by sharing the link with everybody. You can find the interview here.

Also, a reminder to any and all of my readers: reviews are appreciated and my mailbox is open, I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at galengriffon at gmail dot com.

Thank you!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hero's Best Friend

I have been developing the fictional setting of my Galahad's Doom stories for years. But My Brother's Keeper is not the first time this setting has appeared in print.

Beating it to publication by a mere three months, is a short story of mine called Wind of Change that appeared in Hero's Best Friend from Seventh Star Press. It is an anthology themed around animal companions.

When I discovered the open call for submissions for this book in February of 2013, I knew immediately which character I would want to use if I could think of a story.

Two of my favorite supporting characters in the novel are a Native American-type warrior and his red-tail hawk companion. And I had been keeping my ear out for open calls that might inspire me to write some ancillary short stories related to my novels.

Clearly, I had the perfect character on which to base my story. But I didn't have an idea. How could I write a story based on Kaja, the hawk, without reducing it to some sort of cartoon with the hawk capable of speech or at internal dialogue?

How could I match the tone of my novel?

More importantly, could I somehow keep a spiritual bent to it that would resonate with the theme of my book?

Months passed and an idea never came. The deadline was June 30. On June 16, it came to me. I wasn't trying to think of it, it just popped in my head. I would tell a prequel story. An origin story of how my Native American-type warrior and his hawk sidekick first met.

Then a couple of other ideas quickly fell into place. This story would be where their bond was explained, where their limited ability to communicate would be explained. And when I realized there was already a ready-made way to introduce the spiritual aspect of things to the world of a hawk, I had my story.

I finished it in two days. It is very short, barely reaching the required minimum of 2000 words. But I am very pleased with how it came out. It hit all the marks I wanted it to hit and I was able to write the hawk story without making him anthropomorphic in any way.

Hero's Best Friend is a thick volume of about twenty stories by various authors, told in various styles.  It was published in February 2014 and earned the right to be known as the world debut of the Galahad's Doom setting.

And speaking of hawks, the week my novel was published I had a close encounter with one. I was fortunate enough to have my camera with me.  Enjoy!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Successful Debut for "My Brother's Keeper"

I see from my tracking numbers that I've had quite a few visitors to this blog. First, thank you and, second, keep checking back. I do plan on keeping this blog active. It was dormant for a couple of weeks while I have endured an insanely busy stretch. We have been short staffed at my day job, requiring extra effort from us and I have been blessed enough to pick up some extra moonlight assignments. I'm happy for it, but it does leave me out of contact with the rest of the world.

But I'm back, so let me tell you a bit more about debuting the book at the Alabama Phoenix Festival.

The convention was a success. I sold a moderate, but satisfying, amount of copies.

The best thing about doing the convention was the chance to spend time with fellow writers and meet indie publishers. Bobby Nash, Sean Taylor, James Palmer and Tommy Hancock are all writers I respect and hope to get to know better in the years ahead. I also met Jonathan French and look forward to reading his Exiled Heir series.

This picture has Bobby Nash posing with Van and myself. Bobby is a much more accomplished and prolific writer than I'll ever be. In fact, I believe he writes full time. The support and acceptance he's shown this little newbie writer is much appreciated.

The indie press world, particularly those working together under the New Pulp banner, seem to be a tight-knit and very positive community. It's inspiring to spend time around so many creative people. I plan on interviewing them on this blog, to get word out about their projects and hopefully gain some insight to their process.

I haven't seen the first reports from Amazon yet, but I know I've sold quite a few copies. I've sold others directly outside of APF. To each of you, again, I most humbly thank you.  I truly hope you enjoy it.

I encourage (plead for) feedback and dialogue. I hope to find readers eager to discuss the story and the characters with me. If you like the book, please let me know. And, if you really want to help, leave a positive review on Amazon... and if you don't like the book, then it is time for quiet contemplation.

Readers of "My Brother's Keeper" can email me at galengriffon at gmail dot com. I don't want to type the actual address as that will create spam. But I'm easily reached.

Thanks for reading!