Thursday, January 29, 2015

'She', tenth anniversary

A unique novel about time travel and obsession, "She" is unlike anything you have read before.
First published in 2005, "She" is a science fiction mystery thriller heavily influenced by film noir of the 1940s, David Cronenberg's 1983 film "Videodrome", the short stories of Harlan Ellison, and the erotic thrillers of the 1990s.

From the back cover copy:

We are driving on Street Runs Road now. This is the road-the place where it happened, the birthplace of my journey, the crossroads, the crux of time where the line between life and death merged. It is the place where I was forever changed.In July of 1983, JC Pezzini and his parents were involved in a deadly hit-and-run car accident. A mysterious Good Samaritan referred to as "She" was the only reason JC survived-and finding She has become his all-consuming passion in life.More than twenty years later, JC is a filmmaker, a voyeur, and a man haunted by his past. With the help of his psychiatrist, his friends, and old acquaintances of the unknown woman, JC will attempt to get closer to She than he could ever hope to-even in his most lucid daydreams. Whether through regression hypnotherapy, time travel by means of an anti-reality chamber, or sheer determination, JC won't stop until he recovers the answers he has been searching for all these years.After coming across a stunning She look-alike named Angela, JC is convinced he's almost completed his life quest. Only then are the real answers-and the shocking secrets that have hidden the truth-revealed.

Search inside, journey into the forbidden past, and read a sample of "She".

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Drawing for writers

Just like their screenwriter/scriptwriter/comic book writing brethren, fiction prose writers can benefit from the use of illustration.

Even though I started out with absolutely zero aptitude for drawing or painting—I literally could not draw a stick figure—I began using storyboard illustrations to choreograph the action sequences in my novels. There is something about the act of drawing—of creating imagery on paper, canvas, or tablet—that energizes the creative centers of the brain. When I draw and paint, it relaxes and focuses the mind, bringing the story searing to cinematic life inside the theater of the mind.

Illustration really is the perfect synergistic artistic endeavor for those who write novels. Among the many reasons for this is the reward of immediate gratification. It is a nice feeling to finish a drawing of painting within a few weeks or so; especially for method writers like myself. It takes me endless months and often years to complete a novel and get it published. The creative fixes from drawing help get me by in the long year plus between books.

Another wonderful thing, the people in the illustration world online (Instagram etc.) are very supportive—even when you are a clueless newbie who sucks like me. As writers out there know all too well, this kind and gentler attitude is not always the case in the writer/reading community where venom-spewing one star reviews are commonplace.

But like anything else you have to be fan of illustration to have enough passion to do it. It takes daily practice, discipline and mental toughness to improve and a fierce determination and burning self-confidence to push through the inevitable frustrating setbacks that occur in any worthwhile endeavor.

But the reward is tremendous and the upside unlimited. Your creativity will flourish. Your writing will become more visual. Your mind will be more relaxed and focused. And most of all, you will learn something about yourself.