Hey, hey! Friday has arrived and here I am back with a normal blog post. If you remember correctly, I didn’t do a full real blog post last week as The Stranger was arriving and I did a giveaway with Kendall Reviews!
Response to the give away was huge. I was blown away with how many people were interested in snagging the super limited All-Black edition of The Stranger. 531 entries to be exact. Couldn’t believe it.
Big congrats to Sara over on Instagram for winning it!
The Stranger so far has been seeing some really nice reviews and the various photo’s I’ve seen of the book in the real world look amazing! Next week I’ll get a collage together of some of the ones I’ve seen so far.
If you haven’t snagged a copy and want to;
One of the stranger things I’ve noticed – in the week before and the week following the release of The Stranger, there has been a surge of folks snagging my previous release The Girl Who Hid in the Trees. I’m chalking this up to a ‘holy hell, amazing steve has another amazing release out but I haven’t read his last phenomenal release so I need to snag it now!’ 🙂 I mean, that’s how you all think, yeah?
Really what I’m trying to say is thank you to each and everyone of you who has snagged any of my releases. Really means the world. My hope is to one day get to a point where I break even on the books when released or even start to make a few bucks! Slowly getting there!
If you haven’t snagged The Girl, here’s the link!
What I’m working on;
As you know (at least those who follow along!) I’m pretty organized with my writing and releases. So organized in fact that my October release Ritual is 99.9% done. I rewrote one important scene and sent it to David Sodergren for thoughts/edits and just waiting on that to be returned. If you’re keen and want a copy for review – those will probably be ready by month end. This one’s a really quick read, 60ish pages, but it’s jammed packed and really, really dark. Some may say disturbing. And that’s coming from my mind, so prepare yourself. I’ll be looking at dropping a cover reveal and synopsis probably in August.
Wagon Buddy 2 – I’ve posted about this a couple times, but I am in fact working on a sequel to Wagon Buddy. I have a working title and a probably cover already. I’m now 12,000 words into this first draft. I’d say I’m 50% done the story. One thing I’ll note – when Wagon Buddy was released there was a few comments and a couple of reviews saying they didn’t find that novella ‘horror.’ While I’m not going to argue for or against, or what ‘horror’ is, Wagon Buddy 2 follows Scott and the creature immediately following the ending of the first story. The initial story is about a very lonely kid, who becomes a man, who is mercilessly bullied, but his imaginary friend helps him time and time again. Expect more of the same, but written with a bit more introspection from Scott and his searching for the ‘why’ of things happening Scott trying to come to terms with feeling absolutely alone.
Piece of Me – as you may have read before, Piece of Me will be coming out in December. I have a finished cover (absolutely stunning from Mason McDonald) once again and draft two is finished. I will be finishing draft three probably next month then it will be off to Sodergren for edits etc. This one happens completely in the same world as my short stories For Balder Walks and Poppa?
What I’m Jamming;
For this weeks blog I’m going to share four tracks that inspired some of my writing specifically.
Devildriver – Before the Hangman’s Noose
If you’ve read my first short story collection Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery, you’ll no doubt have read the disturbing Time Out Noose. That short story was a western jaunt through a son’s revenge. Before the Hangman’s Noose was a song I’ve loved since I first heard it.
Big Wreck – Albatross
Another story in Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery is Mr. Tross. A story of metamorphosis, I was listening to a lot of Big Wreck at the time of writing it and this song helped me name the main character. Sadly just this past Wednesday, June 5th, founding member and rhythm guitarist Brian Doherty passed away following a battle with cancer.
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
My first novel Invisible was a long, long writing process. Close to a decade of writing and rewriting before I finally let it fly free into the world. The story follows me as I make my way across a desolate mountain landscape, chased by a beast. All the while I keep finding myself locked in a claustrophobic lighthouse. The book features a lot of autobiographical sections and discussions my struggle with wanting to live while in high school and some of my mental health battles. I wish it brought me pleasure saying this – but I don’t believe anyone has made it all the way through without crying.
Throughout that book there is close to 150 music references.
One such frequent reference is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. For this video I decided to share the live version from the very last time these four humans performed together, July 2, 2005 at Hyde Park in London.
Book of Black Earth – Horoskripture
Lastly, I’ll share a track that has been playing in constant rotation for me while writing Ritual. Book of Black Earth is a Seattle, Washington band. I first discovered them when they opened for Himsa at Himsa’s going away show. Himsa has since played at handful of dates, but at the time, this was the last bash. Book of Black Earth was crushing and I quickly added them into my musical library. I ended up chatting a bunch with the drummer for the band when we were standing beside each other at the At the Gates reunion show a few months later at El Corazon. Really nice guy. BoBE has announced that new music and a new tour is coming as it’s been some time for either, but as of yet nothing’s been announced. The album Horoskopus is outstanding and this is one of my favourite tracks from them. (side note here – I have a number of releases that are interconnected/linked. BoBE is referenced/mentioned within my book Invisible. Ritual and Invisible are not linked in any way.)
So to wrap up this weeks blog, I WILL be getting a few paperbacks of The Stranger and will be doing a paperback giveaway at some point here. I’ll also be doing three flash giveaways coming up for my poetry collection Dim the Sun. I have three copies sitting at the house and I might as well give them away! So watch for those.
This weekend my sister, brother-in-law and her two boys are visiting from BC so we’ll be heading to Jurassic Quest on Saturday. This will be a pretty fun show to check out, so watch for photos over the weekend!