Collin, believe me, it’s a pleasure to have you with us today and congratulations on the publication of UPLOAD. Now I could read your poetry all day, but then I wouldn’t have a chance to talk with you, so here goes. I’m curious, Nabokov is one of your favorite authors. How has he influenced your work? Ironically, he’s probably slowed my evolution as a writer down a great deal. I’ve had to work very hard to not attempt to write like him, because I adore his style so much. I remember David … [Read more...] about Collin Tobin: The Upload Tour
Archives for January 2013
Fleshy Breathers I call them fleshy breathers—characters we remember long after we’ve read the book. They are flesh-and-blood real, larger than life, perhaps ahead of their time. We meet them at a point of no return in their lives and we watch, fascinated, as they pivot or sit there, all broody. We may have forgotten their names, but they and the events that entice them to change are a big reason why we keep reading books. Fleshy breathers are born in imagination, strut their stuff in … [Read more...] about Characters We Remember
Why I revised my first book This isn’t easy to admit, but my first book in the Serafina Florio mystery series got some not-so-stellar reviews from readers who liked my book but had trouble understanding (read ‘they were bored by’) parts of the narrative and the dialogue of a few characters. And they didn’t like the sentence structure of one in particular, Rosa. My first reaction was defensive. “What’s the matter with their reading skills? Don’t they know she’d speak that way? Haven’t they … [Read more...] about Revising Ebooks: Visions and Revisions
In the following excerpt, the Lancastrian lord “Butcher” Clifford prepares to defend a river crossing against the Yorkist host: “Lord Clifford sat his horse on the north bank of the River Aire and watched the glittering mass of the Yorkist vanguard march into view from the south. It was a bitterly cold afternoon, with a hint of ice on the wind. Clifford took no notice. He was the lord of Skipton and Craven in Yorkshire, and the atrocious weather and desolate landscape of the north … [Read more...] about An Excerpt from The White Hawk by David Pilling
I am thrilled to have author David Pilling as guest today and tomorrow, talking about his latest book, THE WHITE HAWK, and the fascinating period of English history in which it takes place. Without further ado, here’s David. “A Bolton, a Bolton! The White Hawk! God for Lancaster and Saint George!” England, 1459: the kingdom stands divided and on the brink of civil war. The factions of Lancaster and York vie for control of the King, while their armies stand poised, ready to tear each other … [Read more...] about David Pilling: God for Lancaster and Saint George!