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Book Officially for Sale!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and discovered new stories to tell through their celebrations and gatherings. I know watching my family interact definitely inspired some new character types!

*Announcement time*

The anthology I mentioned that I am a part of is now live on Amazon! It is $2.99 and can be bought for your Kindle device or downloaded to read through the Kindle app on your smartphones and tablets.

Again, this is a charity anthology. All profits received go directly to Sandy Hook Elementary. The theme and title of this book is Everyday Heroes.

My personal contribution is a short story about a teenage Reaper who interferes with the balance of life and death. His disruption with fate turns the world into chaos, and he sets out to make things right and save those he put in danger. It is called Reaper’s Redemption.

This is a pretty cool feeling to be a part of a book for sale. Typing in the title of the book brings up my name and typing in my name on Amazon brings up the title of the book. It makes me proud and thankful to be involved in this project and also hopeful for any future projects. I’m happy not only to get my name and work out there, but to be amongst such awesome fellow students and writers and give back in our own way to a worthy cause.

Thank you for following my journey with this, and I hope you will check out our book!

SHAnthology

http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Heroes-Patrick-Donovan-ebook/dp/B00HHLWI5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388100103&sr=8-1&keywords=danielle+thurby

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The Call of the Fangirl

So it’s been a while since there’s been an event or announcement that made me jump up and down and squeal in happiness. Past examples include any Harry Potter book release, each Lord of the Rings film debut, the announcement that The Hobbit was going to be made into movies, the even better announcement that Peter Jackson took over the directing of said Hobbit films, and realizing some of the best books I read last year were getting sequels. Yesterday it was the confirmation that my favorite video game franchise, Uncharted, was going to have another installment on the PS4. I’ve been waiting to hear that news for so long. Since the last game came out in 2011.

Now I know this isn’t writing related, and a lot of book enthusiasts look down on gaming as a lower medium and a distraction from reading. But the main reason I like games or movies or TV shows or anything outside of books is because they have a good story. All those things have scripts and character arcs and plot development, and it’s just as fun to watch them or play them as it is to read about them.

Being this excited for something is special whether it’s a book, movie, or game. It means that you can’t wait for the release because on that day you get to escape reality and immerse yourself in another world for a few minutes or hours. You get to explore someone else’s life, discover new things, and go on an adventure. If you’re reading that means gluing your eyes to the pages and zipping through them as fast as you can. If you’re watching a movie that means you’re tuning everything real out around you and allowing a moving image to touch your emotions and block out reality. If you’re gaming it means you get to be part of watching that journey unfold as you control the character and events in a set storyline. It’s the joy of discovery and wonder. It takes you away from your day-to-day and transports you somewhere you could never go on your own.

Uncharted started out as a game series but there’s talk of making it into a film, and it’s already been given a book counterpart which I’ve read. The same goes for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. They are books, films, and games. You get to enjoy them over and over in a variety of ways, each different from the others and rewarding in various aspects.

Being a fan of something is about appreciating creativity and knowing that you’re in for an awesome story. It’s the fact that there is something so special to you that you don’t even need to know any details yet, but you do know you have to have it. You trust the other installments and know you won’t be disappointed.

It took one chapter of Harry Potter to hook me, twenty minutes of The Fellowship of the Ring to make me a diehard fan, and the first scene of Uncharted to make me loyal to the franchise. I read one book by my favorite author, Andrew Smith, and bought everything else he’s ever written. The same goes for music. If I could only listen to one band for the rest of time it would be The Gaslight Anthem. I know I won’t be disappointed. I know I can count on that book series, that film trilogy, this game franchise, that author, and this band. I’ve already taken a leap on them all, and I’ve always been caught in a tarp of awesomeness at the end of the fall.

You become fans of things for a reason. You follow updates, revisit the magic they hold time and again, and squeal and jump around for joy when a new announcement or development is made.  You look towards these things for inspiration, comfort, happiness, and hold them as an example against other possible ventures. You want to know if they can hold up against your favorites.

At the end of the day you know your imagination will be in good hands. And you can’t wait for the chance to give in, hand it over, and experience the ride.

What was the last thing that made you nerd out and scream for joy? What are you a diehard fan of no matter what? How do you feel about comparing videogames to books? Reply below!

Link to the Uncharted book if games just aren’t for you:

http://www.amazon.com/Uncharted-Fourth-Labyrinth-Christopher-Golden/dp/0345522176/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384549716&sr=1-2&keywords=uncharted

Link to the trailer for the previous game in the franchise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOatbnN-7Ow&feature=player_embedded

Link to Andrew Smith’s blog:

http://www.ghostmedicine.blogspot.com

Link to The Gaslight Anthem’s website:

http://www.thegaslightanthem.com/home

And be sure to check out yesterday’s post, an interview with author Patrick Donovan!

Link to his novel Demon Jack, only $1.99 for Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Jack-ebook/dp/B00EYG2YIM

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Interview with an Author: Patrick Donovan

I met Patrick earlier this year through a writing project he orchestrated with students at our university. He organized a group of writers to contribute short stories for an anthology book. The writers were fellow students at SNHU, both graduate and undergraduate, and all profits made from the book upon its release will be given to charity. Shortly after getting involved with the project, Patrick’s book Demon Jack was published. Today, he took the time to answer a few questions and share writing his experiences.

DT: First, tell us about your book. What is it about?

PD: Demon Jack’s about a lot of things. I usually joke it’s about an asshole who beats things up, but there’s more to it than that. It’s the first in a series, the series itself focusing on this idea of redemption. Jack, the main character, has a lot of flaws. He’s selfish, he’s violent, but he’s on his way back to being something better. I think that as the series progresses we’ll really get to see him grow into that role of hero, where as he’s more anti-hero right now. The first book sort of focused on his problems catching up with him, on him realizing that he can’t keep going like he’s going. The rest of the books will explore him growing from that.

DT: You write Urban Fantasy. How would you define your genre? Is there anything that annoys you about how Urban Fantasy is perceived or described?

PD: I’d define my genre as Tolkien set in New York, essentially. I mean there’s more to it than that, it’s vampires, werewolves, fae, all of that fun mythological and folklorish stuff, dropped right into the middle of some kind of city and the dynamic that comes with that. As far as something that annoys me, my biggest pet peeve is that a lot of people expect Urban Fantasy to be all about some kick ass heroine and her cadre of supernatural boyfriends, which is fine, but that’s not Urban Fantasy, that’s Paranormal Romance because most stories like that, the romance aspect tends to take the center stage. In that same regard though, there’s nothing wrong with said kick ass heroine, or her vampire were dolphin boyfriend, but I wanna read more about the ass kicking than I do the love triangles.

DT: What’s a typical writing day look like for you? Do you have a set schedule or make personal goals to reach?

PD: I usually start either late night or early afternoon, and depending on what I have going on set a goal of 2000 words. Sometimes that works out pretty well and I hammer it out in an hour or two, sometimes it takes me all day. I try to take days off too, let the story simmer in my noodle for a while.

DT: How do you overcome writer’s block or getting stuck?

PD: I ascribe pretty firmly to something Jim Butcher said: “I don’t have writer’s block, I have a mortgage”. Granted, some days are better than others writing wise, and everything just clicks, but in my head writer’s block is just an excuse.

DT: Is there any advice you wish you’d been given when you were first starting out or that you would go back and tell yourself now that you’re published?

PD: Maybe not when I was first starting out, but I had a college professor who would attempt to beat into my head the importance of editing. At the time, I sort of wrote in a bubble. I thought it was good. My friends thought it was good. Even if I didn’t edit, they’d tell me it was awesome. Granted, it may have been good, but it wasn’t publishable by any stretch of the imagination.

DT: Can you tell us about the publishing process and how your publishing deal eventually came about?

PD: The process itself was pretty rough. I have about 50 or so rejections that I saved. I started out querying agents, which I wish I hadn’t done now, just because I realize how fickle and subjective they can be. It’s pretty rough just getting form letter after form letter from folks saying you’re not good enough. Granted, once you do get that letter of interest saying you are good enough, that changes the game. After I got tired of the form letters, I went looking at small presses and found my current publisher Fable Press. They made me a deal and it’s been rolling since then.

DT: When did you officially decide writing was what you wanted to do?  

PD: When I was a wee lad and read my first Stephen King novel. I knew right then and there, that that was the road I was gonna go down. It only took me around….25 years to get here, and it’s still an uphill fight, but I’m getting there.

DT: Why do you write? What pushes you through this long, stressful process time and again?

PD: Honestly, it’s because there needs to be a little more magic in the world. If I can create that, even in a story, then I think I’m doing something good. Even if it only reaches one person, and my stories make that one person’s day better, then I’ve achieved what I set out to accomplish.

DT: Anything you’d like to add?

PD: Han shot first.

*Lightning Round!*

DT: What is your writing soundtrack?

PD: It really varies. Lately I’ve been listening to authors give convention talks. I think it’s because I can just tune out into background noise. Outside of that, I listen to a lot of classical or instrumental, Lindsey Stirling being one I’m really digging lately, her and Apocalyptica. Eminem’s new CD, Yelawolf too. A lot of 80’s and 90’s stuff. Motley Crue, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Type O Negative.

DT: What do you do for a “break” from writing?

PD: I’m a pipe smoker, so if I take a break it’s usually for a pipe (tobacco only people!) and coffee. I think it makes me feel all author like.

DT: If you could be any literary character or visit another written world, who would you be and where would you go?

PD: I’m gonna cheat a little here, because TV shows and movies are written before they are made, so they count. I’d either be The Doctor or Han Solo, one of the two.

DT: Can you name some book recommendations?

PD: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, Anything by Neil Gaiman. Stephen King of course.

There you go! I want to thank Patrick for taking the time to answer these questions and share with us. Are there any follow-up questions you would like asked? Post below! And if you read Patrick’s book be sure to give him a review or shoot him a fan letter!

You can follow him on his author Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pdonovanauthor and subscribe to his blog at www.pdonovanauthor.wordpress.com

Demon Jack is currently on sale for Kindle devices over at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Jack-ebook/dp/B00EYG2YIM

More information about Patrick and Demon Jack can be found on the publisher’s site at

http://www.fablepress.com/

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