A Curious Thing Is Happening

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Since the release of my most recent novel earlier this year, I’ve turned my keyboard activities to writing short stories. After the release of The Family Eternal: Part Two, the new Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, I felt as if I should jump right back into it and get started on the massive amount of work that goes into completing the first draft of the next book in the series.

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Family-Eternal-Part-Two

I had some ideas, but for some reason, the flow just wasn’t there. It wasn’t jelling. I was forcing it. My Editor told that I should get way from it for a while. Take a break. Come back fresh.

Now those of you, like me, who have continuing characters in your books, know that you can’t just shut that off. You know that your characters talk to you all the time. Hadley’s never very far away from me and demands my attention when she wants to show or tell me something. My temporary inability to put that into words in a long-form novel is on me, not her.

Some might say that I’m having a bout of Writer’s Block. But it’s not exactly that. Writer’s Block is when you don’t have any ideas. But with me, Hadley’s still around. My little Vampire gal muse hasn’t abandoned me. She still talking to me. I’m just not ready quite yet to jump into the deep end of the pool of starting to writing the next book.

So with Hadley still around, I’ve taken to writing Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price short stories. Small, briefer, self-contained pieces that are more concise and quicker to the point. And Hadley I have written several since the beginning of the year- some of which I’ve recorded for our Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Story collection on Mixcloud.

https://www.mixcloud.com/warren-onufer/

I’m actually having a lot of fun with this short story format. It’s a totally different kind of writing than novel-length books. And initailly at least, it took some getting used to. My Editor keeps telling me that, in short stories, I need to get to the point much quicker. Short stories are a zero tangent zone.

But in writing these short stories, a curious thing is happening-

While writing them, I find that I’m doing something within that, on a consistant basis. This aspect of it is nothing I’m overtly aware of doing. It’s nothing I planned nor made any concerted effort to have this result. But that result is absolutely consistent. It works out the same every time.

That consistency is this: My short stories are never less than 7 pages and never more than 9 pages. Yes. Short and concise.

We all know that 1,000 words is 4 pages, give or take, when you double space on the first draft. So all my short stories clock-out right around the 2,000 word mark.

Every. Single. Time. Without fail.

I finished the first draft on a new one this past evening that came out to 2,200 words- yes, that exact number -and just about a paragraph short of completing 8 pages.

Has anyone else experienced this? A consistency is your writing that you have no awareness of, until you become aware of it? Something that stays the same, with nothing in the way of being pro-active on your part to make that happen?

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Don’t get cocky

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

While waiting for the pending release of The Family Eternal: Part Two, the next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, I’ve been working on some Hadley short stories. Those short stories can be heard in a free listen on our Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Story Collection on our Mixcloud page.

This after noon I got together with with my Editor, Christine Piesyk, on Skype. She in Clarksville, Tenn. and me in Chicopee, Mass. (Both in the USA) I had two short stories done and we shared screen to look over them for an edit.

Now I’m used to getting a little beat up by Christine in any editing session. Frankly, I count on her to do that. The longer amount of time that I write, the less that happens. It doesn’t matter how good a writer thinks their stuff is, a good Editor can always improve it. And by now, I’m sort of used to the doses of humilty- to a lesser or great degree -that Christine gives me when we edit my stuff.

But oh man, did Christine slap me around really good on one of those two short stories! She make huge changes. No, she didn’t change the story plot. But she did change how the story was told. It all felt like years ago, when I was first starting out and Christine edited the hell out of everything I wrote. Christine isn’t just my Editor, she and I are also decades-long friends and she was along with me back then. But now, I’m an author who is about the release his 4th novel. I should be past all that new-bie stuff, right?

Not so. Christine made extensive changes to my first draft manuscript of that short story. We actually got to the point where she was writing stuff to add into it. She never does that. In our edits she may change my words, but they’re MY words. She added stuff that were her words. Her original sentences. And I couldn’t deny that her words made the telling of the story so much better. Before we were even done, I told her that I would share the byline on this. Yes, her original writing made that much of a difference and I simple had to give credit where credit is due.

So I was a battered writer who’s ego took a huge hit when we went to edit the second of the two short stories. I was ready for further abuse. Was I getting too cocky thinking that I could just throw some words down and a great story would just happen? I was concerned that I may have gotten to that point. I was concerned that I was starting to write garbage and didn’t know it.

But after a quick look through on my second short story- which lasted about fifteen minutes, a much lesser amount of time than the first – Christine said, “This isn’t half bad.” Allow me to translate that from Editor-Speak. It mean: “This is a good story, well written.” We breezed through that second short story with minimal changes. Humility accepted. Ego on the mend. Single byline intact.

This proved to me, that while I am, in fact, an author about to release his 4th novel, I am still capable of writing garbage. It’s a reminder to keep the cockyness in check. Don’t get sloppy.

Get your copies of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels, in paper book or ebook, here:

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The Family Eternal: Part Two book cover reveal coming soon!

Before the release of The Family Eternal: Part Two, catch up on the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels, here:

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The Say-Nothing Rule

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Being an author and promoting your books is funny a thing. Sometimes one works hard to bring about events that will funnel to a single point of promotion. And if one has a proper lady Vampire character in their books named Hadley Price, one is always reminded to be a class act. If one is a class act, one doesn’t sing the blues about how easy or difficult that hard work is. No one wants to hear complaining. One petite red-headed Vampire in particular.

Other times, events have a way of presenting themselves without working hard to make them happen. They just happen. And if one is smart and takes note of those just-happen events, one can funnel that to a single point of promotion. And if one is a class act, one says nothing and allows everyone to think they’re a marketing genius who worked hard to make those events happen. Hadley has no problem with laissez-faire.

Now I’m hardly a marketing genius. And maintaining at least the appearance of being a class act is a challenge. The Vampire Hadley Price is constantly bringing to my attention those times when I’m not exactly behaving like a gentleman.

But Hadley’s out somewhere looking for a drink of the red right now. So I can get away with breaking the say-nothing rule.

A series of events just fell into my lap recently and presented me with an opertunity to promote Hadley’s books. And I didn’t do one damn thing to create this syncronicity.

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The next book in the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price is called The Family Eternal: Part two. If all goes well, it’ll be released within the next couple of months. It only follows that since there’s a Part Two, there must be a Part One. There is. The Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, The Family Eternal: Part One was released in 2016. That Part One is the story of when Hadley Price and Nathan Hughes first met and fell in love. It was the start of a centuries-long Vampire courtship.

And guess what? Valentine’s Day is coming up. Romance ‘R’ us. And do I have a love story to add to your Valentines Day reading! The Family Eternal: Part One! A story with a happy ending that doesn’t end. A love that lasts forever. A Vampire forever.

The Family Eternal: Part two, the next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel will be released soon

The events in The Family Eternal: Part Two pick up directly from the end of Part One. What could make the perfect love complete? Hadley and Nathan have a daughter and her name is Svetlana. You think raising a teen age girl is challenging? Try that with an attractive blonde teen age daughter who is also a undisciplined, newly-Made Vampire.

I wish I could say that I was clever enough to come up with a idea like this to promote, not just one, but two of my books. I wish. This is clearly a case of things just happening. Just falling into place.

Oh! Hadley just walked back in the door. Please, don’t tell her that the say-nothing rule has been broken. It’ll be our secret.

The Family Eternal: Part One, an epic romance tale, is available for your Valentines Day reading pleasure.

The Family Eternal: Part Two, the care a feeding of a young Vampire. COMING SOON.

Get your copies of other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels, in paper book and ebook here:

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A new episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast

A new episode of the Grace and the Author Podcast! Episode# 9.

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New Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price for 2018

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2018! It’s a New Year! Time to update your Tales of the Vampire Hadley book collection and read a quickie plot description of the up come new book, The Family Eternal: Part Two.

Book#1 Beckman’s Folly (available as an paper book or ebook)
Zombies show up. Yes, icky zombies. They have a way of limiting the Human fresh blood supply. Hadley’s not crazy about that. She leads a Vampire army to deal with them, with tragic results to someone closest to her.

Book# 2 The Family Eternal: Part One (Available as an ebook)
Every new relationship is clumsy, funny and frightening. But only more so when the Human man, Nathan Hughes and the Vampire Hadley Price meet and fall in love. Every great love story has a beginning. This is theirs.

Book# 3 Torch (Available as an paper book or ebook)
Hadley Price, the formidable Vampire known as the Guardian Angel, was used to inconveniences by Humans who got in her way. But when Hadley’s daughter, the young Vampire, Svetlana, is put in danger, Hadley and Nathan discover a threat to Vampires that spans across the Seven Worlds. No one messes with the family of the Guardian Angel.

COMING IN 2018
Book# 4 The Family Eternal: Part Two (will be available as an ebook)
The epic, centuries-long, monogamous romance between the Vampire Hadley Price and the Vampire Nathan Hughes was missing only one thing. A daughter. And Svetlana became that daughter. Teenage girls can be annoying and challenging to raise. Imagine if that teenage daughter is an attractive blonde who is also an undiciplined, newly-Made Vampire. Can even the Guardian Angel and her handsome Vampire lover, Nathan, be up to such a challenge?

If you’re missing any of the first three books, you can get them 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

The fourth book, The Family Eternal: Part Two, is coming soon. Check back with us on the latest news on that here or at Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price on Facebook.

All Talk. No Action

 

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When Hadley Price stops talking, be afraid. Be very afraid.

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

My writing style in the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books is dilogue-heavy. It’s nothing I planned. It just worked out that way. I just write a lot of damn dialogue. The characters tell me stuff and a lot of that stuff is what they say.

This has come in handy for those times that I wrote scripts used in the Byron Chronicles online audio dramas. Series producer, Eric Busby, has generously allowed my little Vampire gal, Hadley Price, to periodically be a guest character in those on-going, fun-spooky audio episodes. And I loved writing Hadley in those. Truth be told, I never wrote in play format before writing for Eric. It was a something new and experimental for me. And I must have faked that pretty good because any feed-back on scripts I sent Eric had no mention of how I formated that. On that, at least, no correction was needed. So a dialogue-heavy writing style went a long way to adapt to being a playwright.

Some may suggest that a story with a lot of dialogue may be indicative of a story that lacks action. And I’ll address that concern a little later here in relation to the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books.

But the point of that is a good one. In the real world, there are those are all talk and no action. And there are people who are braggarts who make a lot of noise in self-promotion. No matter what question is asked of them, they turn it around and loudly talk about themself. But after the talk, there’s no action follow-up.

This is exemplified no better than in the current president of the United States.

Braggarts are nothing new. I’m giving way my age when I say I was teen-ager in the 1970s. There were loud-talking people back then as well. And for me, as a teen-aged guy back then, two men were the prime examples of motor-mouth self-promoters. They were loud and in your face. Two men- Evel Knievel and Muhammad Ali . For young people who have never heard of either of these guys, Goggle them. Very interesting dudes, both.

Either one of them could go one-on-one with Donald Trump in the self-promotion department. There were both in that league. The fact that Muhammad Ali did that with charm and charisma that the other two didn’t match, in my mind, made him the true master of that.

But there’s one important difference between the likes of Donald Trump and the likes of Evel Knievel and Muhammad Ali . When Muhammad Ali  was done talking, he got in the ring and won fights. When Evel Knievel was done talking talking, he got on his motorcycle, flew in mid-air and land safely after jumping long distances. Sure, sometimes things didn’t work out when they each tried that. But both had the panache to back up everything they said. And they had the bravery to face failure when they didn’t succeed and the public saw that. Muhammad Ali and Evel Knievel were macho dudes, the real thing, true bad-asses that made them legends, not just because they did something that was difficult, but also, in their failures, they stepped-up and tried. Not just talk. Action personified.

I see no such follow-up after loud talk by Donald Trump. All talk. No action. Panache not achieved, not just because his words are empty but also because the man has no charm at all. Forget Eminem. Muhammad Ali, back in his day, would blow away Donald Trump in a contest of the spoken word.

(No disrespect intended to Eminem.)

Speaking of panache and the charming woman who has it in spades- don’t let the dialogue-heavy content of the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books fool you. When Hadley Price stops talking, be afraid. Be very afraid. Vampire action personified. Bloody will flow.

Get your copy of Torch, the new Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novel, in paper book or ebook here: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Torch

Listen to the Byron Chronicles here: http://ericbusbypresents.com/the-byron-chronicles-a-game-of-betrayal/