Of Changes and Completion…

Being Autistic can cause a great deal of problems, especially when you are trying to organise a career.

In this case, I am trying my hardest to make my writing pay for itself at the very least. I have one lovely patron whose support (as you may recall) has allowed me to take my blogsite up to being a proper website. However, I would need at least twenty-seven more to be able to break even with the money I have paid out for cover art recently…

So writing and publishing more is the way to go.

Now, if you’ve been keeping up with events in The Land Far Away , you’ll know that Maria K. and I published a new book together in December 2018 and that the entire series is now out as Audio books… just click through the link above to find out more.

Next I needed to look at my existing publications, to see what needed updating. A.E. Churchyard came under scrutiny first; I noticed that if you search for the pen name or Heir of The Dragon, it only comes up on the second page.
That means that in the couple of years since I gave it a new cover and updated it, there have been a slew of books with similar names and those books have buried my little werewolf / vampire novella.
So I decided it needed a title change.
The story was originally called The White Tiger, however, a quick search told me that using that wouldn’t be a good idea either.

Finally, after a discussion with the bevy of writers, readers and artists on my facebook list, I came to the conclusion that it needed to be brought in line with the second book in that series… which hasn’t been published yet – no getting excited at the back there
So the new title of “The Heir of The Dragon” is going to be “Curse of The White Tiger” and it has the subtitle of “A Dark Cities Chronicle.”

The cover has already been tweaked, I just have to adjust the listing and content of the book.

I’ve also managed to complete a short story in the Dark Cities world, but as it’s not long enough to publish by itself, I’m going to lay it aside for the Story Collection I am building… so you’ll have to wait a while to read it.

In the meantime, I would like to ask you, if you can do one of two things…

The first one is (if you can), please become a patron! I don’t ask much per month – just $3. Just go to https://www.patreon.com/KiraMorgana to sign up!

For that miniscule amount, you get:

  • My Undying Adoration and a personal, handwritten Thank you note for becoming a Fan / Patron!
  • Access to Facebook Fan Page and all that entails – I’m the only Admin, so I will give you my personal attention…
  • Access to Patron only content via this website – you’ll get a password to take you to a special page on my site with stories, poetry and other things…. including Offers and Giveaways!
  • Discount on Signed Print Books – When I launch a print book, I always offer a limited run of numbered, dedicated, signed copies. Patrons will recieve a 50% discount on the cost of this.
  • Surprise Rewards – these will come up as I think of them and will be limited in number. Keep an eye on my Patreon page / Website for details.


The second one is that if you have read any of my books (be they ebook, print or audiobook) please leave me a review! Every review on amazon makes my books more visible.

Well that’s enough for now… I shall return once I have more news for you…

Toodles!!
K

Enter a new Pseudonym?

Diversification Idea Musing… feel free to comment or ignore as you like…

This is something that has been growing steadily since the summer. As you know, Kira Morgana writes children’s books and up until now, they’ve been illustrated by  Maria K.

So I was playing around with one of my favourite short story forms last summer – the tricky but satisfying “Dialogue only” –  and I inadvertantly created, not only a whole book of stories, but also a set of characters that seems to grow exponentially every time Puff gets bored…

Someone suggested that I get them illustrated. Maria didn’t have enough time to do it – she’s got a full time job and is also busy translating and writing herself… so I had a go at it.

This was the result:

Practise Page: Sleep

Now, I wasn’t all that happy with this one (which is why it’s a practise page) but my friends and family loved it as much as the original dialogue stories, so when I started the new term on my art class, I decided to develop it as a project…

It’s kind of taken on a life of it’s own now and is developing nicely.

And now I have a dilemma.

As I have said, up until now, I have kept all my children’s books under Kira Morgana. But I am enjoying doing the illustration for Author & Muse and would like to expand into doing my own illustration for my children’s books.

I’ve been signing the illustrations of the Author & Muse stories with MEW (Kira Morgana is too long for the space) but should I do that with the illustration for my children’s books, or  should I just use my real name (MEW is my initials) of Mandy E. Ward, or should I just keep it to Kira Morgana?

What do you think?

News:

**Keep an eye out for a new page on the site – I’m going to add my Ilustration work here once I have worked out what name to use!**

Reading and it’s effect on Writing.

Going from the title, you might be fooled into thinking that I am going to regale you with a scholarly essay.

You’re in luck though…there’s a reason that I hated English A Level…

Actually, I just finished reading “Lies Sleeping” by Ben Aaronovitch.

It was one of my christmas presents and all the way through I enjoyed the experience.  I always do. Mostly because it’s like Ben Aaronovitch seems to have read all the same books as me – I’m forever catching the literary version of what film buffs like to call Easter Eggs – and we appear to have the same sense of humour.  Which probably explains all the Pratchett references…

However, this time round I finished the book and found myself thinking two things;

1) I wish I could write something that good.

2) I now see the reason that Sir Terry Pratchett and various other big authors have said “When you’re writing, you shouldn’t read in the genre you’re writing in.”

The first thought, is what I always think when I read one of my favourite authors. Doesn’t matter if it’s STP, King, Tolkien, Carriger, Howey, Eddings, Reichs, Slaughter… I always feel in awe of the story I’ve just read and the author whose imagination it came out of.

The second one requires a bit more explanation though.

Thinking about all the books I have read over the years, I’ve read a startling breadth of stories and authors. I started with Enid Blyton, Lewis Carroll and CS Lewis, passed through Tolkien, Eddings, Bradbury, Clarke, Herbert, Anthony, McCaffrey,  Michener, Le Guin, Anthony… you get the idea.
I took in Stephen King, James Herbert, Dean Koontz and various other horror writers. I spent some time in Romance Land (yes, even Mills & Boon) and although I don’t remember any of the authors (other than the Grande Dame of that realm, Barbara Cartland) they all delighted me while I read them.

They’ve all had an effect on my writing, even if I don’t know it. I adore STP, but I can’t deliberately write Comedic Fantasy. I’ve been told that there’s a certain humour to my fantasy though, so something must have rubbed off on me.

The problem is, when you read exclusively in one genre, you don’t just pick up small touches of each author’s voice; you start sounding like them enough that it could be considered plagiarism.  I had a brush with that when I was at Uni –  I helped TOH with his written coursework for the course we were doing together,  and I’d changed his personal “voice” enough that it sounded like he’d copied my work!

That time, he was accused of plagiarising me… and I really don’t want to have my work sound so much like my favourite authors that I get sued for plagiarism! Hence why I thought the second thought…

So what’s the fix? I have to read in my favourite genre to keep up with my favourite authors or any trends, but I don’t want to sound like them. Any ideas?