A New Blog?

… or just an archive for the serial stories that I write?

I’m not actually all that sure…

What on earth are you talking about, woman? Please make sense or I shall have to slap you up upside of the face with a haddock.

All right, no need to get violent.

A while back I attempted to start a serial story blog. It was called Confessions of an Unintentional Bar Tender and was sort of autobiographical in that I was writing about things that had happened to me, but basing them in a third person story way.

It petered out after four posts, never got any views and was a bit of a disappointment.

However, I didn’t want to get rid of it and I still like the concept.  Of a serial story blog I mean.

So I did a bit of tweaking and turned the blog into “The Serial Story Teller”

The original story for Confessions of an Unintentional Bar Tender is still there.  It has its own page and you can read the posts that tell it; but it’s no longer the focus of the blog. I will at some point, add more to it, but at the moment I have so much to do that the back burner I put it on has gone out.

Tales of Cassius  has gone the same way. The short story had sold no copies on any of the sites I’d published it on and I was getting fed up with it being there, jeering at me. So I’ve unpublished it and added it to “The Serial Story Teller”. When I have enough words written, I will take it down and publish it as a book, but until then, it will only be available to read through the blog.

I had a story concept idea that was too strong to ignore, but I am too busy to write at the moment. The concept is called The Chronicles of Pentagon City.

Inspired by my friend and one of my favourite authors, Paul Trembling,  as well as the fantasy comedy that is the Discworld, by Sir Terry Pratchett, Pentagon City is a place that I want to explore… once Quargard has released it’s death grip on my fantasy mind…

So if you want to read some of my work and decide if you want to buy my books, feel free to take a look at the stories I’m writing over there. All comments are welcome (believe it or not, I even welcome the negative ones… I’m that odd!) as they will help me to refine my works.

If you get hooked into a particular character or story over there, feel free to tell me and prod me to write more about them, I work much better when I know I’m actually entertaining someone… and should anything disappear over there then it’s probably being prepped for release as a book, so keep an eye on the blog page there for the latest news on the stories.

Well that’s enough of that – I have some work to do, and a webzine to get out.

See you later!

 

I’ve Been Deader interviews me…

…and I survive!

Never let it be said that Zombies aren’t nice people – well, they were before they died, so surely that carries through?

Anyway, you can read Splinker’s interview with me on his blog –

I’ve Been Deader.

…and once you’ve finished that, if you’re in a shambling frame of mind, trip on over to amazon and pick up a copy of his brilliant book:

Being a zombie is no picnic and it’s one hell of a handicap in the romance department when you fall in love with a ‘breather’:

Aleta is a breather with short blonde hair and brown eyes – two of them! – and the whitest smile Fred has ever seen. Every day at a certain time she sits at her window, and every day he stands in the rubble across the street among a crowd of zombies waiting to break through the fence and eat her.

‘You are beautiful, like an angel’, he thinks, but all he can moan is, “Braaaiiinss.”

Still, as zombies go, Fred’s quite a catch. Underneath all the gangrene and rot, Fred is different. This girl will probably turn out to be yet another dead end, an infatuation, someone whose image he cannot get out of his mind and whose taste he cannot get out of his mouth, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

For breathers, it is always only a matter of time, however beautiful they are and whatever the government is assuring people.

Which makes Fred sad because he has a beautiful 11 year old son called Timmy, and Timmy may still be alive.

I’ve reviewed this book before (check out  https://tpsworld.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/friday-focus-international-zombie-day/ if you want to read it) and it remains my favourite zombie book, I can’t wait for the prequel / sequel!

Winner of the Welcome to Wherever Spring Writing Contest, Paul Trembling!

Announcer: For the first time in over a year, the World of the Tiger Princess has returned! So put your hands together to welcome the wonderful lady herself, The Tiger Princess!

Audience gives a standing ovation as the Tiger Princess appears onstage, accompanied by a large white tigress and a handsome dark haired man.

 

Tiger Princess: Thank you so much everyone! I’ve been so busy that I’ve not had much time to interview anyone so it is fitting that I return with a writer who is almost as busy as I am!

Audience: Ooooo….

Tiger Princess: He’s written a crime novel based on personal experience and has dipped his toe into the fantasy waters with a series of stories which explore the role of women in fantasy as well as being an excellent example of why dragons can be really nasty…

Audience: Ahhh…

Put your hands together to welcome Paul Trembling to the World of The Tiger Princess!

Holding out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler plays as the tigress and man leave the stage and return with Paul.

Tiger Princess: Welcome to the show, Paul.

Paul Trembling: It’s lovely to be here.

They sit down and the man and tigress go back stage.

Tiger Princess: Where do you live, were you born and bred there?

Paul Trembling: I currently live in Brownhills, which is near Walsall in the West Midlands. I was born inGuildford, inSurrey – and I still have a bit of the accent to prove it!

Tiger Princess: Do you have kids? Please tell us a little about them?

Paul Trembling: We’ve got three boys. The oldest one, Tom, is just completing his course at University, where he’s been doing something very clever and technical to do with computer animation. He’s a wiz at things like Photoshop – the cover for my crime novel ‘Can of Worms’ is his work. (Please excuse the little plug!)

Matt is the second lad, just turned 15. Like me, he’s very creative (we’ve collaborated on some writing) and he’s also been involved in some drama. Unlike me, he’s very talented musically – plays guitar and keyboard, writes his own songs, etc.

The youngest is Andy – 12 years old and, like Matt, has inherited some music gifts from his Mum! He plays piano / keyboard. Also regularly beats me at anything we play together on the X-box (but they all do that).

Tiger Princess: Do you have another job apart from writing? For how many hours? How do you feel about the ‘other’ job?

Paul Trembling: I’m a full time Crime Scene Investigator. Which (as I say every day) is nothing like CSI on TV! Still, not a bad job as jobs go, and on some days can be really good! But I can’t deny that there’s many times when I’d rather be writing instead.

Tiger Princess: Which character trait do you like best about yourself and why? Which trait would you rather do without?

Paul Trembling: Tough one! To change the question slightly, I like myself best when I’ve managed to be unselfish, and put someone else first. And obviously, when I get that back to front is when I least like myself!

Tiger Princess: How did you start writing?

Paul Trembling: I started story telling before I could write. Some of my earliest memories are of laying in bed at night making up stories. At school, of course, ‘Write a short story’ was one of my favourite classes – though I had trouble sticking to the ‘short’ format. What was supposed to be a one lesson exercise frequently turned out to be an epic that took several lessons to complete – though that did include the illustrations! I feel sorry for my teachers.

Tiger Princess: How do you structure your writing day?

Paul Trembling: Structure?

I wish I could manage such a thing! I write when I have the time, and the space, and when the need to write drives me to it – which is quite often! Mornings are often a good time, but when an idea really takes over it can be anytime. If I’m not actually writing, I’m probably thinking about writing. Most of what I put down on (virtual) paper has already been written several times in my head.

Someday – when I’m not working (or at least not working shifts) and I can take control of my life, I might be able to actual put some structure in place. Dream on!

Tiger Princess: If you could meet any writer, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Paul Trembling: I remember answering this one before somewhere. I think I said C.S. Lewis – and he would still be my first choice. For his creativity and imagination and honesty and clarity and depth of thought. Particularly for the way he tackles questions of Christian apologetics – which still seem to me to be fresh and original, even after all these years.

Another candidate might have been the Christian writer and speaker Adrian Plass, for many of the same reasons. Plus his brilliant sense of humour. However, I have actually met him – albeit briefly – so I can tick him off the list.

Tiger Princess: What is your favourite music to write to and does it inspire your work?

Paul Trembling: I don’t listen to music while I’m writing. The quieter the better, for me. Music is something I have on while I’m doing something else, like driving. I can’t think of anything I’ve written that was directly inspired by music.

Tiger Princess: Are you a Paper and Ink or a Computer and Keyboard writer?

Paul Trembling: Keyboard, always. My handwriting is abysmal!

Tiger Princess: What is your pet hate in books that you buy for yourself?

Paul Trembling: I try and be forgiving of all faults, because I may be guilty of them myself! Clumsy sentence structures, obvious anachronisms – they all break the flow of a story and detract from the readers experience, but even with extensive editing, things like that can sneak in.

I do find it irritating when characters or circumstances are juggled around to fit the plot. It feels very contrived, but even some top selling writers have done it! (Or at least, I thought they had!)

Tiger Princess: What books do you like to read?

Paul Trembling: Mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction. Some historical fiction and history, a bit of crime, a few thrillers. I’ll have a go at almost anything.

Tiger Princess: And Finally – if you won the Booker Prize, how would you celebrate?

Paul Trembling: I’ve no idea! Such dizzy heights are way beyond my aspirations. I have quite a few competition entries in the pipeline for this year, and if I win any of those I’ll be stunned!

Tiger Princess: I’m certain that you’ll do well and we’ll all will you onward! Thank you for being so patient and answering my questions.

Paul Trembling: Thank you, you’re welcome!

Tiger Princess: (To audience) Tune in again soon and we’ll bring another wonderful writer or artist to you!