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Check, Check . . . and, Oh Yes. Check Again!


So you’ve completed your first draft. Job done, eh? Ha! Think again. Yes, I’d slipped into writing quite by chance. But now my first draft had a full stop at the end, my whole attitude was beginning to hinge around the question, “what if?” “What if I took it a step further?” I’ve mentioned previously I read an awful lot when I was younger. I still do, come to that, averaging out at about forty books a year which I then review. And because I’m careful about what I select, it’s rare indeed that I end up with something I don’t enjoy. Most of my favorite authors are extremely successful, and because of this, I know a good book when I read one. I’ll be perfectly honest with you. When I read through my first novel, Guardian Angels, I thought: “Hey, this isn’t too bad!” It needed some tidying up, but for a first effort, I was rather pleased with myself. And that’s the thing. You’ve got to be honest with yourself. You’ll know in your gut if you’ve produce…
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Let The Writing Commence?


Last time out I explained how I fell into writing. Literally! One moment I was like most other people, having never put pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – and then before I knew it, I was clubbing innocent rows of vowels and consonants to death in a frenzied effort to be the next Edgar Rice Burrows in record time. Idiot! Although to be fair, I did have one or two things going for me. Remember, I mentioned in the last article that I’d spent nearly twenty years ‘world building’ what would eventually become The Guardian Series. (Think Thunderbirds meets the X men and you’ll be on the right track.) Over the space of two decades, I’d mentally given my creation roots and an environment in which to grow. And given my extensive background in the military and then law enforcement, it was quite easy to add clarity and structure, play with the narrative and mentally refine the idea, over and over, until I knew my characters like the back of my clich├ęd hand. Was that good…
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Once Upon a Time


In the beginning . . . I never planned for my name to appear on a book cover. Then again, I don’t think many of us do. Don’t get me wrong, I had stories to tell. I made them up in my head and told them to my children all the time when they were little. But actually writing a book and being a published author? That was something other people with too much time on their hands did. Me? I was far too busy. Thirty-four years in the military and law enforcement saw to that. So all those stories? They stayed where they were, in my head. Yes, I added to them as the years passed; refining and experimenting with them; giving them depth and scope. But for the most part, I was content to do what the majority of people do: read. And I was an avid reader. Thanks to my mom and dad, I learned to read before I started school, and devoured endless comics and comic books. Growing up in the early 1960’s, I was heavily influenced by Superman, The X Men, Spiderman, Thor, The Fantastic Four and Gr…