My Writing: 2011

I knew that if any of my books was likely to capture attention, it would be His Robot Wife. His Robot Girlfriend was being downloaded by the thousands each month, despite not being my best work. So I really worked to finish a book that was much better written than the original. I also for the first time had letters from over a hundred people who had questions or suggestions about a sequel to His Robot Girlfriend. That was pretty strange– that kind of feedback was definitely new to me. I spent the end of 2010, and the beginning of 2011 finishing it.  I hoped that by the end of the year it would have sold 8,000.  The sales were a little short of that– just over 4800.

One of the fun things that I noticed at the beginning of the ebook revolution was that people were making and publishing their own superhero stories in series form.  They created covers for them and used existing DC and Marvel heroes.  I thought I would try my hand at it, but wanted to create my own characters.  I wrote the first two chapters and posted them on Feedbooks in 2008, but stopped as I got busy with other projects.  Then in 2011, I picked them up and turned the story into a novella, which I finished and published.  Women of Power was a play on the term “women of color” which was in the news a lot at the time.  Women of Power was a lot of fun to write.

I had been meeting every two weeks with my writers group.  At the time, we met at Borders.  They set up a table for us in the corner of the store.  Then one day, they moved us to between two massive counters of vampire novels.  One of the members suggested I write a vampire story.  I said that my type of vampire story wouldn’t sell.  The more I thought about it though, the more I wanted to write it.  I started on Blood Trade and got more and more dark as I went.  About halfway through, I went back to the beginning and just went totally dark.  And as I predicted, it doesn’t sell.

I finished Blood Trade and wasn’t quite ready to jump back into Senta and the Steel Dragon, so I was looking around for something to write.  I was telling someone that Princess of Amathar was based on the Burroughs books that I loved.  Then I mentioned that before them, I was reading Tom Swift Jr.  I thought I should write my own books like that.  I sat down and thought about all the things I loved about Tom Swift and all the things I didn’t like about the stories.  Then I plotted out the characters and came up with about twenty possible story lines.  Astrid Maxxim was born.  I sat down and wrote Astrid Maxxim and her Amazing Hoverbike in almost no time at all.  I hired Matthew Riggenbach at Shaed  Studios to create a cover (Astrid Maxxim books are the only covers I haven’t done myself).

Finally, I couldn’t put it off any longer.  I got back to Senta and the Steel Dragon

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