Ryan Dunn (left), Dacre Stoker (middle), and Adam Messer (right) at his book signing at the Savannah Book Festival.
I am excited to announce I am returning to my radio show Muses, Memoirs & More on WRUU 107.5 Savannah in my new time slot on Sunday from 4 p.m – 5 p.m. EST. You can tune in live at www.wruu.org
My special guest this week is Dacre Stoker, co-author of Dracul with J.D. Barker, and great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. We are going to talk about his new book Dracul, the writing process and Bram Stoker’s connection to Savannah, Georgia.
About Dacre Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012). His next novel a Prequel to Dracula, expected out in 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold to Putnam in the US, Transworld in the UK, with film rights purchased by Paramount Studios.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Dacre taught Physical Education and Sciences for twenty-two years, in both Canada and the U.S. He has participated in the sport of Modern Pentathlon as an athlete and a coach at the international and Olympic levels for Canada for 12 years. He is also an avid player and coach of the unique game of Real Tennis. In May of 2016 an athlete he has been coaching for the past 4 years, Camden Riviere, won the World Championships of Court Tennis. He currently lives in Aiken, SC, together with his wife Jenne they manage the Bram Stoker Estate.
Here it is, Monday again.
I work a full time job, and often exhausted when I get home.
My new routine is to write daily and at least 1000 words a day. I wrote 2200 words for my next novel over the weekend.
What is your daily routine for writing?
Since this is new for me, I plan to work through the routine daily, figuring out what schedule works best. I also want to find out what does not work and cut it out.
What works for you? What doesn’t? Which acorns have you planted?
I wanted to share with you how I like to write. From the heart.
I was greatly influenced as a child brevity is the best way to write. As an adult, writing academic and business documents, I learned not only is brevity key but supporting research lends clout and credibility to writing.
I write from the heart, always putting my audience, or my reader, at the forefront of my mind. What is my message? How can I clearly convey my message to my reader?
I am almost finished listening to Stephen King’s On Writing, and although it is about 20 years old, I find the wisdom he shares pertinent and relevant today.
Storytelling is ancient. We are the stories we tell ourselves. I reach my goal if I can paint a picture in my reader’s mind of what I see. If I do not, then I have failed.
Writing creates an illusion of reality where there was once nothing.
Keep writing my friends!
I am creating a newsletter to share updates and projects I am working on for my writing. I thought you might be interested in knowing and getting a first look at what is coming up next.
Why sub to another newsletter?
When will it come out?
How long will it be?
I promise to keep the newsletters short and sweet and send them out once a month. While I may include a link to a book, author, or interview, I promise not to spam your inbox or sell you anything. I like to put the information out there, and let the reader decide.
As an indie author, I love making connections with my readers. As a reader, I love making connections with other authors and writers.
Thank you for your day, and if you decide to subscribe, I will send you a special gift as a thank you!
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Feedback is fun. I love people who give genuine feedback on my work.
More importantly, I have learned to take in the criticism from jealous haters and grow from it.
First in the series
Blood Thrasher is The Savannah Vampire Novel Series with the first novelette titled The Devil’s in The Metal.
What could go wrong with VIP tickets to Blood Thrasher?
Unsuspecting headbangers and a great concert.
But…the band isn’t human, are they?
Break out the stakes, vampire hunters are coming for Blood.
When the sun rises, who will be left standing?
Set in 1989 in Savannah, Georgia, the series introduces the reader a fast action traditional lore style vampire story. I wanted the story to be fast paced and full of action.
I am working on the second installment in the Blood Thrasher series titled Blood Thrasher: Vinyl All Night. Here is a preview of the next cover! I hope you like it.
This indie publishing thing is a learn as you go. I’ve read several books, and keep exploring all of the vast tools to use for self-publishing. I am publishing through Amazon and love the quality of the prints. My books have all been published in the USA, but are also available through Amazon worldwide.
One of the things I am learning about it how to produce my own covers. I purchased licensing use rights for the image for Blood Thrasher and updated the cover with more of the feel of the novelette that I wanted.
Here is another example from my chess book.
As you can see there is a huge difference between my first cover and the 2nd one in this update. I love the look and feel of the knight with sword drawn in the 2nd one.
If you are an indie trying to publish, don’t be afraid to try things out. Even if you don’t feel like it looks like you want it to just yet, go ahead and do it.