Thursday, February 26, 2015

Time for a reboot!!!

First of all, since this is my first post of the year, I'd like to wish all my readers, old and new, a very successful year 2015 in all your endeavors. I'm back to writing (or rewriting, I should say) from a near six-month hiatus. I was creatively drained and needed to recharge the battery. I'm currently working on the second draft of OBLIQUE, my first mainstream thriller which I've penned under the name Neal Vandar (an anagram of Alan Draven for those of you paying attention). I'm hoping to be done sometime early April. Then I'll move on to the third and final draft of the first book of my sci-fi/fantasy epic series ATLANTIA which I've penned under the name of Chris Kubrick. Different pen names for different genres to keep it fresh. I'll keep you posted on what will happen next once these manuscripts are finally completed to my satisfaction. In the near future, I have an urban fantasy novel in mind that I’ll write as Alan Draven and which will take me back to my fictitious city of Bitternest (I really miss that place!), and my very first (gasp!) romance novel under a yet to be determined pen name.

As you may have noticed in the past couple of days, the majority of the pictures are gone from my blog, dating all the way back to my first post in 2011. This spontaneous combustion is due to a freaky sync issue between Blogger and Android (don't ask). Since a lot of those images weren't on my hard drive (or backed up anywhere), they are gone forever. So while the posts remain, the images won't return. I was debating whether to delete the entire history of this blog since 2011 because quite frankly, it looks a little bland right now, but I think I'll just leave it as is as a testament of my evolution over the last four years.

So you can consider this post a reboot of my blog. It's not just a reboot of this digital version of me, but a new beginning for me as a writer as I’m weeks away from taking my writing career to the next logical step and to the major leagues. I intend to submit the two manuscripts I'm working on to literary agents in the hopes of finding bigger, more mainstream publishers. At this juncture in my career, after nine years of writing and having half a dozen books published under the Alan Draven pseudonym, nearly a dozen short stories published in various anthologies/magazines/e-zines, it’s high time I started making a name for myself. Also, perhaps just as important at this point, to finally start making decent money from my writing.

While it’s an honor to be read in the small press, there comes a time when a writer must look at the bigger picture and decide that the time has come to start earning what his/her books and stories are really worth. After all, my books are so dear to me and I invest so many countless hours, blood, sweat, and tears that it just doesn’t make sense anymore for me to have them published to an audience of only a couple of hundred people. I’m still at a level where very few people even know I exist, in the grand scheme of things. I need a push, hence why I’m trying to make the leap to other genres than the horror/dark suspense genre I’ve used as stomping ground for the better part of my career.

In closing, there can be no future without the past. I’d like to use this opportunity to direct you to quick links on Amazon in Canada and in the US if you’d like to purchase my books, whether it’s in good old paperback format or Kindle and other types of e-books. You’ll find everything you need to know below as well as a plethora of reviews on each book’s respective product page that will give you a second opinion if you’re hesitating. I am very proud of all these books. They represent a perfect snapshot of me at the time they were written. As usual, your support is greatly appreciated.

 BITTERNEST (2007) (iUniverse) Out of print but you might find used copies


FRACTURED TIME (2011) (Black Bed Sheet Books) 

Black Bed Sheet Books (Direct from publisher Website)

SPOOKY SHOWCASE (2012) (Pixie Dust Press)

NOCTURNAL OFFERINGS (2013) (Black Bed Sheet Books)

Black Bed Sheet Books (Direct from publisher Website)


And now for some downloadable free stuff: 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween is here!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, folks! I'll be scaring kiddies in my Frankenstein outfit tonight, handing out chips and chocolates. Then I'll treat myself to a double bill of vintage '70s horror classics: "Tales from the Crypt" (1972) followed by "Vault of Horror" (1973). And tomorrow it's an all-out horror movie marathon all-day with a delicious pizza and red wine dinner. What will YOU be doing to celebrate?

I'm currently on a well-deserved writing break after being quite prolific these past three years, having written four novels and two novellas. I plan on resuming fiction writing sometime early in 2015, once I've recharged my creative battery. But in the meantime, I'll be starting a long-term non-fiction collaborative project. I won't divulge anything about it for now apart from saying that it will be an ongoing project that will most likely take over a year to achieve, resulting in a wonderful book. I'll tease you a little more about this in the coming months.

Again, have a happy Halloween, be safe trick or treating if you have kids, and enjoy those horror movie marathons; 'tis the season, after all!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Reviews and interviews...

I'm really bad at making updates. Another three months went by and I haven't updated my blog. In the course of that time, I received a handful of reviews and did two interviews. Here is the link that will direct you to the interview I did for BloodBorn Magazine and the great review they did of Nocturnal Offerings.

I was also interviewed by Readers Lane and they provided a glowing review of Nocturnal Offerings as well.

On the writing front, I'm about three weeks away from finishing the first draft of Oblique, my man-on-the-run thriller. This one is quite the mind-fuck, ladies and gents. I think you'll have a lot of fun reading about all its twists and turns. That's it for now. Have a great summer and don't forget to bring an Alan Draven book with you if you're going to the beach or camping; they're good summer reads!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

First update of 2014!

Well, spring is here ... technically, anyways, since it's snowing hard outside and there's already a significant accumulation on the ground. Did I ever mention I hate winter? Yeah, with a passion. I don't do winter sports, heck, I'm even more of a recluse in the winter, only venturing outside when I absolutely have to (to buy food and to go watch live wrestling PPVs at the local theatre, amongst other things). Anyhow, I can't wait for the real spring to finally arrive. The smell of nature being reborn, longer hours of sunshine, barbecues on our terrace, taking long walks with my sweetie, going for drinks outside at the local pub; good times!

I've been busy all winter finishing up the first draft of the first book of my Sci-Fi/Steampunk/Fantasy book series titled Atlantia which will span seven books and cover a period of 400 hundred years. It's my most ambitious project to date and it was quite gruesome at times to write, taking its creative toll on me. I often felt very much out of my element. A challenging book to write, but I did it and I think it's a very good one at that. After seven long months, I finished the first draft and after another two solid months of rewrites, the second draft is now done. Soon I will send it to my editor then I'll set it aside until January 2015 at which point I'll go over the manuscript for a final third draft and I'll begin writing Book II. After that, it'll be going out to literary agents in the hopes of landing a major publishing deal. I'm very excited at the prospect of what lies ahead at this juncture in my career.

In the meantime, I've just begun writing what I like to call a man-on-the-run type thriller under a brand new pseudonym which I won't reveal for the time being. This book is titled Oblique and after two weeks, I've already written 41 pages and several chapters are outlined in great detail; not bad for a part-time writer! This will be the first manuscript I submit to literary agents, sometime later this summer. This is a brand new phase in my career that I like to refer to as Phase II. It took me eight years to get to where I'm at and I've done pretty good for myself, with half a dozen books published in the Horror and Dark Suspense genres. Now I need to crack open the bigger doors that will one day permit me to write for a living. That's always been my dream and my goal. I can feel that I'm getting closer and closer, and I'm more focused than ever in doing everything in my power to ensure that I accomplish what I set out to do.

I'll keep you posted on my progress and various happenings from time to time. There are no new books from me planned in the near future; my two most recent ones were published last fall and are available everywhere online in print and ebook formats, so pick up a copy if you haven't already done so: Nocturnal Offerings, which I consider to be my Horror masterpiece, and Heroes of the North: October Dawn which I wrote for the Heroes of the North web-series/comic book franchise. Until next time, stay safe and keep reading!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!!!

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers the happiest of Christmases and the best New Year ever for 2014. Thank you for all your support in 2013; it means a lot! May you be healthy, wealthy, successful, and in love. I will see you all next year with more stories from my twisted mind. Stay safe!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Back from Pop Expo

Back from a tiring but rewarding two days at Ottawa's first Pop Expo. I did it again. Sold out another convention ... well, almost. Left the Ottawa Pop Expo with only one book unsold and I'm positive I would've sold it had I stayed until the end. I left at 15:45 Sunday to head back to Montreal as we wanted to get back home for dinner, but I'm sure I would've sold that last copy within 30 minutes if I'd stayed longer. 

I was in the worst location possible, ask any artist who was there; the very last row facing the wrestling ring where half the people either turned around when they got there or were flat broke by the time they reached us. But I rose to the occasion and pitched my books to anyone who would listen with all the passion I have for my art, and book after book, the book piles grew smaller and smaller, and by Sunday afternoon, the table was empty. So in that respect, this was a very successful convention for me. But I doubt I'll do an Ottawa con again in the future. Hotel, table, and travel fees being what they are, it's just not profitable enough to do out of town conventions unless they are huge ones. If you ask most artists who were there, it was quite disappointing in retrospect, yet I still managed to have fun anyways thanks to the other artists there and to all the fans and readers with whom I had delightful conversations.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my fans and new readers who spent their hard-earned cash on my books and decided to take a gamble on a relatively unknown small press author; you have my heartfelt gratitude. I hope you will enjoy my books and that you will continue to follow my works; I still have a plethora of stories to tell! When you're done reading, don't be shy and drop me a line to give me some feedback on the book you read--I always love hearing from my readers.

My next public appearance will be in May 2014 for Free Comic Book Day at a yet to be determined Montreal comic book store as I'll be tagging along with the Heroes of the North crew to sign copies of the novel I wrote for them, October Dawn, which was unveiled this weekend at Pop Expo. Until then, happy reading!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ottawa Pop Expo

I'm all ready for the Ottawa Pop Expo. I'll be leaving early Friday afternoon. If you're in the area on Saturday and/or Sunday, swing by the Ernst & Young Centre and drop by my table to say hi and buy a book. I'll be in Artist Alley at table 2216 facing the wrestling ring. I'll be signing and selling copies of Nocturnal Offerings, Spooky Showcase, and Fractured Time. For those of you who are looking for the Heroes of the North: October Dawn novel that will be unleashed this weekend, you can purchase copies at the Heroes of the North booth located in Artist Alley at tables 2021 to 2025 and then pass by my table and it'll be my pleasure to sign and inscribe your copy for you! See you there!!