Grace and the Author Podcast Number 2!

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Grace and the Author Podcast, Episode number two! The topic? Inspiration!

Yes, we don’t know when to quit. The second episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.

In episode one we introduced ourselves. If you missed that, here’s the short version-

My name is Warren Onufer. Under the name W. J. Onufer, I write the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. Elizabeth “Grace” DeCourcey is my best friend. Yes, a guy and a gal who are best friends. Grace is an amazing cook. The things she creates in her kitchen are yummy. And I’m a lucky recipient of that. So a writer and someone who doesn’t write. And as my best friend she gets hear me whine and moan when the writing isn’t working out so well. And gets to calm me down when it does. With Vampires. Grace and the Author takes you behind the scenes in all it takes to write, edit, publish and promote the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. Click and Clack have nothing on Grace and me. Listen in for the fun.

And if you missed that first episode, you can catch up, by listening to it before or after you listen to episode number two. For free. No charge.

Yes, Grace and the Author Podcast number two! And please, refrain from any potty jokes

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/warren-onufer

Keep your cards and letters coming. Write to Grace and me at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com

Like us at: Grace and the Author Podcast on Facebook.

Get Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year 2017!

2017-new-year4From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Going along with a New Year, we have a lot of new stuff happening here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price.

Torch, the next full-length Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel will be released soon. Yes, a brand new Hadley Price novel in 2017! It’ll be available in paper book and ebook. It’s also available as a mind transfer literary orb. Okay…okay…so it’s not available as a literary orb. But we’re working on that.

Also on the newness list- a new episode of the Grace and the Author podcast is available for your listening pleasure. Episode number 2. (Please refrain from any potty jokes.) No orbs involved. Just a fun podcast with my best friend, Grace, where we discuss books, geeky Sci-Fi stuff, all things Vampire and the Vampire Hadley Price specifically. Click and Clack and have nothing on Grace and me. Listen in for the fun. Like us on Soundcloud. Follow us on Soundcloud. Keep your cards and letters coming. Email Grace and me at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com. Listen to the Grace and the Authors podcast# 2 here:

https://soundcloud.com/warren-onufer

So we are just frolicking with newness around here.

Oh. Wait a minute. A couple more new-ish things. The Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Facebook page has a new profile picture and new banner graphic. And both are of Hadley. It’s new artwork by Clarksville, Tenn. artist Keith Wood. Keith also did the great cover art for Torch. And we’ll have a cover reveal closer to the books release. On the Torch book cover Hadley looks totally bad-ass. One pissed-off Vampire. I can’t wait to show it to you.

So there’s lots of new stuff here at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price to bring in the New Year. And I and everyone on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price team wish you and yours a Happy New Year and the best of luck in 2017!

Flubbing and Stuttering

There’a a country singer/song writer by the name of Mel Tillus who reached the peek of his comercial fame the 1970s and 80s. I may be giving away my age by knowing who he is. Not to mention betraying my Heavy Metal music loyalty.

Other than country music, it was well-known that he’s a man who speaks with a stutter. And the amazing thing about that was, when he sang, the stutter disapeared.

I work, part-time at a local radio station. There’s a guy there who also speaks with a stutter. Most of the time you wouldn’t even notice it. It seems to come out more when he’s stressed or pissed-off or when he’s laughing and finds something very funny. And since we’re friends and I sometimes am the source of something very funny or the reason he’s pissed-off, I do see the stuttering come out. But the the guy is a genius in the production studio. He voices comercials, promos and liners. A man who stutters, voicing stuff that airs on the radio? Yes. When the microphone is turned on, the stutter disappears and he comes off Casey Kasem smooth. Like Mel Tillus and singing, an open mic for this guy and the stutter’s gone.

I am not challenged by that very real speech-language malady. But you would never know it by listening to the Grace and the Author podcast. I’m the co-host of that along with my best friend, Grace. Each podcast of not scripted. The two of us are having a conversation. True- we do have a topic and we stick to that topic. But the conversation has an organic quality, mostly because it is a real conversation. And going back and listening to those recordings, I hear that I flub-up and stutter quite a bit.

Now stay with me as I mention something else on the internet that has my voice recording.

As part of the promotion of my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book series, I make a recording of me narrating the first chapter of the each book and post them on my Sound Cloud page as sort of a tease to get people to buy the books. I’ve already recorded the first chapter of Torch. When that book comes out- which should be soon -I’ll post the first chapter narration of that on my spund cloud page as well. But for now, when you listen to the recordings of the first chapter of Beckman’s Folly and The Family Eternal: Part One, there is a noticable lack of stuttering or anything in the way of flubbed-up talking.

So what’s the real me? The guy who sometimes speaks fluent flubbed-up when trying to keep up with Grace’s witty banter on the Grace and the Author podcast? Or the more professional sound of me narrating those scripted first chapters- where this is zero flubbing or stuttering?

Before I answer that, allow me to say a little about people who create audio entertainment. As an author of a couple books, it’s been my good forture to make the aqauntance of some people who create world-class audio content. One of those people is Eric Busby of Eric Busby Presents. He’s most well-known for the Byron Chronicles continuing audio drama. My little Vampire gal, Hadley Price was a guest character in three Byron Chronicles episodes. I and Eric wrote the scripts. I also had a bit voice part in one of them. Eric is a great writer and producer and has some amazingly talented voice actors on his team. The unmistakable voice of David Alt as Byron. And voice actor Natalie Van Sistine did a great job as Hadley. And through that, I’ve gotten an apreciation of professional sound mixers, producers and professional voice actors. They make it all look easy.

It isn’t.

I found that out when I did the narration of those first chapters. Yes, I do have some experience with radio announcing and production. But I soon found out that I am not an actor. Any attemps just came of really stupid. And more than that, I found out that it was nearly impossible for me to record something that is several pages long without making a mistake- ruining the take of the whole thing. Try it sometime. I imagine any of those talented voice actors associated with Eric Busby Presents productions could do that. But not me.

So how is that there’s no mistakes (no major ones anyway) and no stuttering or flubbing in the narration of those first chapters that I recorded? Mel Tillus had singing. My buddy at the radio station had a mic switch in the on position. Me? I cheated a little. And I used technology to do it.

I diced the copy into pieces that are only two or three paragraphs long. I record those pieces. It may take more than one try on each piece. But if I make a mistake, I only blew that three paragraph section- not the whole thing. Then I digitally edit all those pieces together and it sort of sounds like I’m semi-professional.

So that’s my trick on that on. I cheated. It sounds like I read the whole without mistakes. The truth is, most of those pieces were done in one take. But man, there were a few that were stubborn. So I just kept doing take after take until I got it right.

In short, I edited out the stuttering and flubbing. But I can be a flubbing and stuttering kind of guy. And you get the full unedited version of that in the Grace and the Author podcast.

So what’s the real me? I’m both guys. Just don’t take away my audio editing software.

Check out the band new episode of Grace and the Author podcast. We’re still new at this. It’s our second episode. Give us a listen. Email us at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com

The first episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast!

drawingga-1st-ep-fb-graphicFrom the desk of W. J. Onufer…

An Author! A Chef! And Vampires!

The first episode of the Grace and the Author podcast is now live. Click on the link below to listen. It’s free. No charge.

What’s it about? Grace and I discuss the glamorous world behind the scenes of all it takes to write, edit, publish and promote my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book series. Yes. Glamorous. With Vampires. Or sometimes not-so-glamorous.

This first episode is available on my Soundcloud page. Going forward, that and future episodes will be available on my Soundcloud page and other online locations.

 

Give us a listen. Tells your friends. Keep your cards and letter coming. Write to us at: graceandtheauthor@gmail.com

Like us at: Grace and the Author Podcast on Facebook.

Get your copy of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books here:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank

 

Grace and the Author Podcast!

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A brand new Podcast from the bubbling cauldron think tank of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books promotional department!

Introducing- Grace and the Author!

A Podcast about the humorous shenanigans behind the scenes in all the things we do to write, edit, publish and promote the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Books. It features yours truly and my right hand gal, Elizabeth “Grace” Decourcey. Yes. I’m an author and I play one in a Podcast.

If Vampires are your thing, give us a listen. If novel producing interests you, check us out. Or if you just need a good laugh from a Vampire podcast version of Click and Clack, come on down!

The first episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast will be posted a week from today.

Grace and the Author Podcast! Episode# 1. Next Saturday, December 10th!

Credit where credit is due

From the desk of  W. J. Onufer…

It was in October of 2010 that I started writing about my little Vampire gal Hadley Price. That was the beginning of it all. Even before I made the decision to write a full-length novel about her, I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of six to nine months running stories ideas around in my head. Those ideas, in that time, dominated my thoughts. I’m used to that now. I think about Hadley, Nathan and Svetlana all the time. But back then, it was a funky new experience to be haunted by people who are pure fiction. Why did I start writing about Hadley? I started writing about Hadley because she wouldn’t let not do that. She was steadfast in her refusal to discontinue haunting me. She wasn’t going away. She designated me to tell her stories.

At the beginning, I had no plans to write a series of novels. Since then, I’ve released two and have another Hadley novel that will be released after the beginning of the year. That, and I have still another manuscript that’s about 80% done on the first draft. And I have ideas for two more books after that. Hadley’s kept me busy.

Back in 2010, however, I made the decision to write a book. One book. Just one. And it would be Hadley’s story. At the time, I didn’t even know Hadley’s name yet. My one-book idea concerned a Vampire woman who meets a Human man. They fall in love and live happily ever after. Sound cliché? In part, it was. But I had what I thought was an interesting new take on that.

This is where I have to give credit where credit is due.

The idea for the Hadley-Nathan romance came from- I’m not kidding here –the Twilight books. I’m secure enough in my masculinity to admit that I own and have read all for four of them- as well as the novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

I enjoyed reading them. They were okay. Not great. But Okay. I would never deny Stephenie Meyer her success. Good for her. And I think the snarky dismissal of her work in popular culture is way too excssive. Anyone dissing the Twightlight books should try writing a novel themselves. Try reaching the level of not-great-but-okay. Nevermind going beyond it. Yes, as a writer, I’m biased on this one. Everyone’s a critic. But who of those mean-spirited critics could do better?

Anyway, I’m not going to join the band wagon of bad-mouthing Stephenie Meyer’s books. I am, in fact, grateful for one glaring disconnect in those books. That disconnect was the very thing that inspired the beginning of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price. It’s entirely possible that I wouldn’t be writing Hadley’s stories without it.

What is that disconnect?

Why would a 100 year old Vampire be the least bit interested in 17 year-old girl? Again, I have my bias on this. I’m a mature man who’s nowhere near 100 years old and I found Bella annoying as hell. She’s not a woman. She a whinny girl. Not attractive.

So in that six to nine months before I started writing, back in 2010, when I was running stories ideas around in my head, the idea of a switch-a-roo came to me. Switch the gender roles. Make the Vampire a woman and the Human, a guy. And bypass the whole teenager thing entirely. If a Vampire really did exist and if one got involved with a Human, chances are, that Vampire would be drawn to an older, more mature, more intelligent and more articulate Human.

For the Vampire Hadley Price, Nathan Hughes was that mature Human.

And presto-change-o, Hadley and Nathan, the Always Love, became vividly real to me. I wrote their story. And along the way, toward the end of that writing project, Hadley let me know she had more to show me. Hadley’s world is huge and her meeting Nathan was only part one of that.

No, this would not be a one-off book. There would be many more books.

Ultimately, what I wrote in 2010, became The Family Eternal: Part One, the second book in the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price saga- and was released just this year.

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The Family Eternal: Part One- the second book in the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price saga 

The stories of Hadley, Nathan and their Vampire daughter, Svetlana, take place on another planet, 200 years in the future, so we’ve left anything Twilight far behind. But in a culture were Twilight is mercilessly mocked, I have to respectfully give credit where credit it due.

You can get The Family Eternal: Part One by following this link. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Hadley’s first book, Beckman’s Folly .well.https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank