Skip to main content

Have a seat and sit right there, let me tell you about the time Derek Moss didn't even exist in the Kingdom of Walden

Yes, seriously.

At first, the only mention of him was when he was "Steve", which may or may not be the name of the person I based him off of (it is) was during an aborted phone conversation. In fact, the first sign of trouble (ie: the end of civilization as we knew it) was that Terrence's conversation with Steve was cut off because the phones went dead... and then we never heard from poor Steve again.

Flash forward to me having the first draft done, or almost anyway, as I was in the middle of writing it during NaNoWriMo 2012 (yes, After Oil is a NaNo novel!). Steve calls our house somewhat late at night to share the fact that he had managed to sign a pretty fantastic deal (Derek = Steve, remember... completely). Shortly after, he asks the Big Question, which was, "So, what are you up to?"

I answered, and it took awhile to explain it, and he asks if he's in it. I answer that other than for a few seconds, no. He was so upset that he was left out... and I mean really... that he spent a good half hour arguing with me, almost with bullet points, about why he should be there and why it would be realistic for me to add him. I promised him I would include him, but that he could be the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" of the book - I'd kill him off after he trained the protagonists to survive and be the reason they left the Manor. He even argues that he would be a better main character than the one I planned and I really should consider him instead of Terrence.

At that point, I knew I couldn't keep calling him Steve

So, I began calling him David. And, to not use his real name, I changed it to Moss... which made his name go from his real name (which is totally not Steve... it totally is...) to David Moss.

Oh, and David Moss died of pneumonia midway through the first book.

Cue edits one through three, as David continues to take over more and more of the book... right up until he dies and the reason they leave becomes obvious. Like Obi-Wan, the main characters remember him and that he's the Reason They Left.

And then we get to the great hard drive crash which eats up and spits out my novel into unrecognizable pieces, forcing me to pick up and start over.

It's at this point the betas tell me, "Make David live and see what he's like as the main character of that group instead of Terrence..."

So I did.

Everyone likes David. Edits four, five, and six happen.

I submit it.

The publisher likes the name fine enough, but find that they like David with another character (who would become Zachary anyway) and Derek to become David (which means David Moss becomes Derek Moss instead).

David, wait, no I mean Derek...

Rewrite seven, and another substantive edit... and now you have The Kingdom of Walden as it stands.

The book gets released, and I go to the book signing. Unfortunately, no one managed to tell Steve and he misses it entirely but he, his wife, and I meet up the next day at the Chapters the launch happened at... and that's when he finds out that he told his own future.

Now we're four books, going on five and six, and his character is still the anchor character of the entire series...


Popular posts from this blog

How Pokemon Go works (or why I went from being a hater to loving it)

Okay, by now everyone and their brother have probably heard about Pokemon Go.  When it first came out I was like many who thought it was stupid.  People are running around, trying to catch a fake monster on their phones and tablets, and someti
mes being really stupid and trespassing, walking off of cliffs or into traffic.

Not for me.

So, what made me change my mind?

It had everything to do with researching everything I could find on it, including how it works and what makes the programming tick.

(Disclaimer: This blog post is not meant as a gameplay guide.  You may get a few tips and tricks from it, but the intent to find such is not here)

The first thing to note is how the Pokemon spawn rate works.

First things first:  If you're sitting someplace rural, you're probably SOL.  The reason is that the spawn rate/chance is directly linked to cell data and how many people in that area are actually playing or have played recently.  It doesn't matter if there is a Pokestop with a…

Author Interview: Kat Caffee (Author of the Followers of Torment Series)

This is outside of the Book Blog Tour, but I had the opportunity to "sit down" (ie: chat online with) another talented author, and the only day I had was today.  Out of that chat came this fantastic interview with author Kat Caffee, author of the fantasy series, the Followers of Torment.  She has a new book coming out, and a brand spanking new website.

What better time than now to post this?

Exactly what I thought!

The Interview
1) When did you first discover your love for writing?
I’m actually an “accidental author” to be honest.  I’ve been a story teller from a very young age (somewhere back around 2nd or 3rd grade if memory serves), but I have always had trouble getting the stories down into some form of long-term form.  The current saga I’m working on, and the series that are lining up at the doors behind it, are the first stories that have come through the fires with any hope of completion.  I’ve had to take a brief detour right now, before I can honor the tone behind my …

Between Silence and Fire - Book Three of the Kingdom of Walden Series - On Shelves October 28th, 2016

I'm really pleased to announce that the third book of the Kingdom of Walden Series, Between Silence and Fire, will be on shelves everywhere on October 28th, 2016. Some retailers already are selling it (Kindle) but you have one last week to wait if you want the hardcover.  It's almost here.
I can't believe it's been four years since I first wrote After Oil and started this whole thing.  You guys have been amazing in pushing me to keep the series going.  I'm sure some of you have also noticed the change from "Trilogy" to "Series"...
... Why is that?
Well, it's not a trilogy anymore!
You wanted more - and now you've got it.  I have already written (and apparently on Kobo it, too, is available for pre-order now) the fourth book of this series, Ghostwalker.  Ghostwalker will pick up almost immediately after this one ends... and you won't have as long a wait between this book and Ghostwalker.  Unlike these past three books, Ghostwalker wa…