Friday, 21 December 2012

The Interviews Are Hummin'

Well, apparently it's not the end of the world like some of the people who misinterpreted the whole Mayan calendar believed. If it was, then my latest interview would not have been posted this morning.

This one was done by another dear friend, fellow NaNoWriMo participant, and also self-published author, Allison Cosgrove. Allison is the creator of the Stan Brookshire detective series, and has released the first novel from it, Sacrifice of Innocence -- a novel I enjoyed so much, a comment from my review is ending up on the cover of the book's second edition; which will be released this January. In the meantime, Ms. Cosgrove is in the midst of working on her second novel, Dragon Twins, for a planned released this coming April.

You can check out her website at StanBrookshire.com . While you're there, you can read the Q & A I did for her site, or you can click here to go to the article directly.

This will be my last post before the holidays, so I would like to wish my readers a Happy Holidays and a happy and safe start to 2013.


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

My first interview in years

I have to admit, this is an experience I haven't felt in quite a while.

Last week, I was the subject of an interview -- conducted by my dear friend, Dianna L. Gunn -- for her website. In it, I discussed my past and upcoming projects; as well as, my experiences in the realm of self-publishing. Looking back, I have to sit back and say, "Wow, I did that?"

Sure, I've done interviews for jobs I've applied to, and I admit, a community newspaper article back in the 1980s when I was trying my hand at being a track-and-field athlete (I wasn't all that good; hence, why I switched to swimming the following decade); however, seeing your words in an article is quite an eye-opener. It enables people to see your views and opinions from your own eyes and mind. Mind you, it's no different than writing a blog entry, but viewing it on a website other than your own, or in print, is a bewildering accomplishment.

It has been quite an adventure over the past year and a bit. Here I was back in November 2011, about to participate in my third NaNoWriMo; fresh off a disappointing first attempt at Camp NaNoWriMo the preceding August, and one year removed from the crippling meltdown I endured. I wanted to turn my fortunes around and compose a compelling tale for the annual writing challenge. Fast-forward to December 2012, and now I have two published novels under my belt with a third in the midst of editing. It's been a wild ride, so far, and one I don't want to disembark from just yet. It all seems so surreal.

If you're interested in checking out the interview, you can do so here: http://diannaswritingden.com/2012/12/19/author-interview-douglas-mcleod/


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Recovering From A Crazy November

Hello, dear Gary Celdom followers,

My apologies for being silent over the past few weeks. Things have been crazy here in my life, but not without good reason. As most of those who know me are aware of, I am an annual participant in National Novel Writing Month; a writing challenge that requests those who take part to pen a 50,000-word novel within 30 days. It is this challenge that lead to my first self-published novel, Scarlet Siege, and also provided the framework for my second novel, Barbadian Backlash; both of which are now available for sale at fine online retailers like Amazon.com, kobobooks.com, and other retailers affiliated through the Smashwords Network (i.e. Barnes&Noble.com).

In this year's edition of the month-long write-a-thon, I composed the first draft of what I hope to be the next adventure in the Gary Celdom Case Journals series; tentatively entitled, Rouge Numbered Week. In it, the trio of Gary, Jessica, and Karen are on the trail of a mass-murder causing a reign of terror during the festivities for the Canadian football Championship being held in Toronto. Gary's writing compatriot, Doug Bennett, also makes a notable appearance, but I won't spoil how he is involved in the story. You'll have to wait until the book is released sometime in 2013 to find out what happens. Stay tuned to GaryCeldom.com for updates.

One thing I love about participating in "NaNoWriMo" is the opportunity to meet fellow aspiring novelists; some of which have gone on to publish their own works. One of which is fellow Toronto-area participant, Allison Cosgrove. A few years back, she wrote her own detective novel, Sacrifice of Innocence. In it, her main character, Detective Stan Brookshire, is on the trail of a cult that has been conducting ritualistic murders of children. However, his troubled past is hindering his involvement in the investigation. It is a tale of mystery, and suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Can Detective Brookshire stop the cult, and clear his name before it's too late? The second edition of Allison's novel is being released in January 2013. You can follow her at StanBrookshire.com

Another author I have had the pleasure of meeting during my involvement with the November writing fest is Hilary Slater. She is a multi-faceted artist who paints, writes, plays the cello, and is a studying yoga instructor. Over the course of the past ten Novembers she has written 23 first draft novels. However, it wasn't until this year that she has ventured forth to release her first self-published novel, The Bird People. The novel, catered towards the Young Adult demographic, is a tale of two children who learn they are descended from an ancient civilization that can transform themselves into aviary creatures. The children then embark on a life-altering quest to the South American continent in an attempt to find not only their long-lost grandfather, but more about themselves. The Bird People is slated for an early 2013 release. Find out more about this talented writer and artist on her blog, HilarySlater.com

That's all for now here at my writing desk. In case I forget between now and then, I would like to wish all of the readers Happy Holidays and a very Happy and Healthy 2013. Thank you all for your continued support, and keep reading.