From the desk of W. J. Onufer…
We got a lot of irons in the fire here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price. Lot of things coming up in 2016 and 2017.
I’m listening to the new Avatarium album as I write this. Hadley thinks their first album was better. But I think this one isn’t bad. So if my typing get a little sloppy, it’s because I’m doing a wavy head-bang to the slow-jamming doom-metal of this cool band and their great singer.
It’s been decided by all of us here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price, that the next major book of Hadley Price Adventures will be coming out sometime next year. My Editor, Christine Piesyk, has the manuscript for it. And I’m bracing myself for the doses of humility she always gives me when I fool myself into thinking that I’ve handed her a literary work of genius. So the first draft of the next Hadley Price Adventure is done. It just needs to be edited- which means it’s not none. And I’m bracing myself for when Christine slaps me off my pedestal and repeatedly kicks me square in the ego. I get the distinct impression that both Christine and Hadley enjoy making me squirm in that process. Hadley may be a Vampire with powers beyond Human kind. But it’s Christine who has the real magic here. She takes what I write and turns it into a real books.
At this point you may be thinking that all you have to look forward this year in the world of Hadley Price is teasers for that book. Hype to reveal the book’s title. Hype to reveal the cover art. Hype to get a teaser about what the story in Hadley’s next adventure is about. This a good news/bad news scenario. The bad news is, yes, those teasers for that book will be coming this year.
The good news is, Hadley thought that was all really lame. No new content until next year? A two-year gap between her first book, Beckman’s Folly and the next one? That wasn’t making it with her. So over the last few months she’s chained me to my desk and made me churn out a couple of novellas about her world. Novellas. Embryo novels. Truth be told, the second one isn’t done yet. But the first one is. And she didn’t chain me to anything. She just lured me in with great piles of chocolate, coffee and cigarettes. Forget the breakfast of champions. That’s the nocturnal nourishment of this Vampire author.
In either case, that first novella will be coming out this year, on or before the first anniversary of the release of Beckman’s Folly. As a mini Hadley novel, we’ll be releasing it as an ebook only. Christine knows that this a priority to Hadley and me, so editing it is higher on the list than the next major book that will be released as both a paper book and an ebook, next year. I’ve also seen the initial sketches from our artist, Keith Wood, for that novella’s cover art. I have to say, he totally nails what Hadley looks like. Keith never disappoints on that. Like the cover art for Beckman’s Folly that he did, this too, looks amazing.
In other news, I have a couple of radio station interviews pending. One with a radio station is Alabama and one with a radio station in Massachusetts (My home state.) Also, I’ve already done a Skype interview with the cools guys over at Something About Geek Stuff. They tell me that video will be posted on their Youtube channel of the same name, sometime next month.
There’s one other thing that has gotten my fully attention recently. And it just happened within the last couple of weeks. There’s someone very high up in a form of entertainment that features Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror content, who has approached me to be a contributing writer. For the time being, I’m not going to say who that is or what that is. I figure if this turns out to be a big nothing, I’ll look stupid promoting it. But if it does happen, it’ll be the coolest thing ever. Working with this person would be a dream come true. That’s one of the perks of being an author. You get to meet people who’s work you’ve always enjoyed. And that the case here. So we’ll see what happens on this. I’ll certainly keep you posted.
Also on the agenda is to go bookstore hopping and library hopping in my area. Nothing is planned so far, but to be at another book signing or author seminar would be way cool. They’re always fun. Again, I’ll keep you posted.
Hadley just dumped another pile of chocolate on my desk, along with a full pack of cigarettes and a large Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. So if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to it and finish that second novella…