Announcement: My novels Sister of Light and Sister of Darkness are about to be published. I write this blog about 2 months prior to its publication. I just heard that the proofs will be here soon--likely before the end of the week. My publisher also wants to put the entire set of novels based on Aegypt on contract--that's 5 more novels for 8 total. They also want to put my other novels on contract. The release schedule should be one novel every 2 months. I'll keep you updated.
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Here are my rules of writing:
1. Entertain your readers.
2. Don't confuse your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
Aegypt is likely one of the few novels with a warning from the publisher: "There was a time when ancient magic reigned, and the forces of light and darkness battled for supremacy. A time before monotheism—the idea of “one God”—began to take hold on the earth. The discoveries Lieutenant Paul Bolang make in Aegypt catapult the reader back to those pre-Christian days…and help the reader understand why God acted as he did, back in the life and times of Moses. They also beg the questions: If a person from the ancient world walked suddenly on the earth, what would he or she tell us about their times? What if that person was revered as a goddess in the ancient world? And what if she were malevolent? Due to the subject matter, this book contains some graphic content."
If you check the reviews for this book, you will find that most readers are not offended, but this isn't your typical inspirational novel.
An unspeakable evil and an unbelievable power is about to be released into the world...Lieutenant Paul Bolang, stationed at Fort Saint in Tunisia in the 1920's discovers a hieroglyph. Suspecting that the fort might have been built beside an ancient Egyptian foundation, he summons an archaeological party. When a tomb is discovered and opened, death strikes immediately...and reveals a grisly secret.Lt. Bolang soon uncovers two other tombs: the tombs of the Goddess of Light and the Goddess of Darkness. As the first tomb is opened, a being escapes into the desert...and is pursued by Bolang. What will the next tomb hold? Will opening it unleash a great evil and suffering on mankind, as many believe? Or is all that simply a myth?Could two ancient Egyptian goddesses be resurrected into the modern world? Lt. Bolang must choose what to believe...and determine what is believable.