Thursday, October 18, 2007

Novel Sample Posted

Hi faithful readers,

Just to let you know I have put up a very short sample (first part of Chapter One) of my new novel, A Haunted Mind, on my official website. Visit it, download it, enjoy!

Craig's Official Website

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What next?

Having recently finished my second 'publication-worthy' manuscript (and I don't give such titles to everything I've written), my key goal is of course to get it represented, preferably by an agent, then published, preferably by a publisher. My next goal is to keep writing though. Writing is my drug - I can't stop after finishing one hit. So I thought I'd ramble about my plans for the near future, if only to get a list going for myself...

- Firstly, I have been researching other novels whilst completing AHM and have now started extending said research. I have carefully decided out of 2 of my better ideas which novel will be tackled next, though I will continue researching for the other choice too as it involves a lot of locations around the world I hope to travel to soon. For the novel I've chosen, practical research will now come into play - the fun stuff, though I still take it seriously (a little). I'll be cruising around Western Australia to soak in some sites perfect for a bit of terror (the novel is a thriller with key elements of horror, mostly fear). I'll be learning how to handle and fire a gun (can't wait), and much more... won't give too much away for now.

- When I finished my last novel, I had an outpouring of ideas for future novels for about a week straight. This time round, I have had lots of ideas for short stories - well, at least 10 good ones so far. So, although I would mostly like to push my career as a novelist, I know that getting your name out anywhere helps your cause, and so I will start writing these short stories and getting them out there...

That's not all I have planned, but that's a long ramble already, so... now you know I take my writing very seriously, even though I'm not a professional yet.

Oh yeah, and if anyone has any ghost stories from Perth, Western Australia, I am starting to get a little database of them going, so I'd love to hear from you.


Yes, even dark writers have a heart

I kept something personal for too long... bottled up so it upsets me whenever I think about it. But a couple of months before arriving back to Perth, my dog of 9 years, Ashley, died at my in-laws house (they were 'looking' after her). I still can't get over the irony in that - we'd been away for a year and a bit, less than two months to go before seeing each other and BAM...
She'd been a great rock in my life, bought when I was living on my own and needed company at 19, grown into a friend and companion I thought would always be there. Well, she is still, I guess...

So it's taken a while, and I thought I'd never get another dog again, but fate conspired against me. I'm glad it did. I was reading the local community newspaper last week when I saw an article about dogs needing homes at the council pound. One thing led to another and I was diverted to the RSPCA website. Then I instantly saw a dog I thought would be perfect, but hesitated, not sure I was doing the right thing, stalling for a few days until my wife insisted I went and looked...

Well, we saved another dog from death. I can't find any greater joy than that. And she is wonderful - fitting in very well, though she is absolutely full of energy since she is only 2 and big (German Shepherd X). Here's a pic:

We went shopping today and she ate the bottom half of the timber lattice gate, but that's another story (she didn't get all the way through!).

Keep you posted.