My buddy Shaun Ryan just posted my guest post “Finding What Matters to You.” Leave a comment there and share the link for a chance to win a signed paperback of A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS and a shot at the grand prize. We’re nearing the end of the blog tour + giveaway. You can find the rest of the posts here. Thanks to everybody who has participated so far!
Go visit the guest post on BookDen where I share my thoughts on “Building a Fan Base.”
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We’re less than two weeks away from release now. You can preorder my first Crime novel on Amazon here.
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All right. This is the first guest post I’ve had on my website but won’t be the last. Toby Tate is a new author with Darkfuse and seems to be a nice guy though he could really be a serial killer. If so, he’ll be the first serial killer on here. Enjoy!
“Where do you get your ideas?” is a question I’ve gotten more times than I can count, and one that I still never know how to answer. It’s a pretty common question for writers from readers—probably stemming from the fact that readers are simply curious, or because they might be aspiring writers themselves.
According to one of the most prolific authors on the planet, Stephen King, writers don’t ask other writers where their ideas come from, because “we know we don’t know.” That’s the truth. How can you know? Ideas come from, well…the ether. They just kind of appear and then you start writing them down as fast as you can before they disappear.
However, there are ways that we go about sparking the “muse,” so to speak. Authors like me can’t afford to sit around waiting for ideas to happen—we have deadlines to meet and bills to pay. In my case, I draw from experience, building on what I have done in the past and expanding it into new territory.
For example, my first novel, DIABLERO, was a supernatural thriller that took place mainly along the east coast of the U.S. and involved demonic possession and a lot of Lovecraftian type lore mixed with action and adventure. The main character was a newspaper reporter I had used in a short story, based on several people (including me). The “creature” was based on a legend, the Diablero, and a historical figure, Blackbeard the Pirate. Combine them and you have one really evil, kick-ass antagonist.
The idea first germinated when my wife and I visited a place in North Carolina called Ocracoke Island, where Blackbeard spent a lot of time. I really loved the idea of bringing him back to life in modern times, but I needed a way to do that other than just having him pop up out of nowhere. Hence, the Diablero, a Sonoran Indian legend about a demon that can change into other life forms. It was perfect. That book got a lot of great reviews and sold pretty well for a micro press.
LILITH, my latest book, was a little tougher. I knew I wanted to bring back the characters from my first novel, but I wanted the danger to be on a bigger scale, which would be hard to do. I also wanted to use another mythical creature, because I love “creature” stories and I love mythology. After doing some research, I discovered Lilith, who, according to legend, was Adam’s first wife, before Eve. She did not want to subjugate herself to a man and fled the garden to the Red Sea, where she began to procreate with demons, bringing forth a whole race of demonic children. One of these children is the forefather of the Lilith character in my story.
I get a lot of ideas while I’m walking, out on the boardwalk, far from civilization. I think exercise helps stimulate the brain and gets those creative juices flowing. I’ve fixed many a plot hole and come up with several story ideas while walking.
I also do a lot of reading, partly for enjoyment and partly to make sure I’m not copying what some other author has already done. Authors have to keep up with what’s going on in their genres in order to avoid replication. Of course, we all know there’s nothing new under the sun, but a fresh spin can always be put on an old story.
I suppose getting ideas or finding the muse works differently for each author, but as for where they come from exactly, well, I’ll just have to leave that question to the philosophers.
Toby Tate has been a writer since about the age of 12, when he first began writing short stories and publishing his own movie monster magazine. He was a newspaper reporter for five years and has been published in The Pedestal Magazine, Scary Monsters Magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland and elsewhere. Lilith is his second novel. Check out his website at http://www.tobytatestories.com
I just had a guest post go live on Katelyn Torrey’s Tales of Books and Bands. Sweet kid. I talk about the joy of creating new worlds, and the first Red Piccirilli book, plus we’re giving away some Kindle copies. Go give it a read already and spread the word if you can because I’m lazy, I mean, super busy. Thanks!
My story More Than Enough is featured in this chapbook. I was one of the winners in their Writer’s Eye competition and they’re neat little books. You can snag a copy for five bucks by calling York Arts at 717-848-3200.
Also turned in a fun guest blog titled The Joy of Creating New Worlds. It’s snazzy. Looking forward to when it goes live because I love writing stuff like that!
Working hard on a writing book for beginners called Chasing the Dragon. It’s Bruce Lee for writing soul. I share a lot of things I’ve learned in the last year since selling five books to Delirium/Darkfuse and one to Thunderstorm Books. Going to cover a lot of material in a unique way and hopefully make some people think. Pouring my blood into this thing so it’ll be a little heavy and very straightforward.
Have fucking awesome news about my third Red Piccirilli novel COLLECTED SONGS OF SONNELION and the Division mythos as a whole that I can’t share yet but will be super excited when I can!
Plus I’ll have a live interview coming up before we know it!
Will also have a fun and insightful interview with one of my favorite writers on here again. The deadly Greg F. Gifune.
And Delirium is offering a sweet deal on the novellas right now that you need to check out. *Poke*
Okay. That’s all from me. I’m spent.
Very excited that Jennifer at Book Den let me guest blog on her website. I shared the first chapter of the second Red Piccirilli book, WITHIN THIS GARDEN WEEPING, which is one of the first books in my Division mythos.
A lot of great things going on here which I’ll share in the coming months.
Go give the guest post a read and spread the word!