Chapter Two: Cal and Sarah Pay Roche a Visit

Can a thing be unintentional and deliberate at the same time? I would have probably answered that question with a resolute “no” had I posed it to myself before writing this trilogy. Now, I’m not so sure . . .

When Dawn suggested releasing the first four chapters of Book I in a scheduled blog series, I thought it was a great idea. I was pleased that Book II worked perfectly in the same format, although the format was chosen after those chapters had long since been written. We were all caught up with all the main characters by then, and the tone of the book was pretty clearly established.

Book III needed an outline even more than Book II did, and I was more than halfway through writing it before I thought to check: would it fit the format as well as Rise of the Walker King did? I had to ask myself, as I flipped thought the pages, if I would change it if it didn’t.

“Of course not!” a voice cried in my mind, the one with the heavy French accent. “I am an artiste!”

I still wondered, though, and was relieved to find that it was a moot point as I leafed through the outline. The first four chapters were faithfully following the same pattern, and I realized why: it made sense that they would.

Writing these books has really been one long hard exercise in learning to get out of my own way. I wanted to tell this story as true to the way I saw it as I could.

That meant getting all my usual pretensions and preconceptions out of the way as much as possible. Luckily, I have tried to make a regular practice of this in one way or another my entire adult life. But some of me had to stay, and one facet that seemed important to keep was the reader in me. I had to write a story that I would enjoy reading, in a way that was entertaining in all the ways I liked and unburdened by all of the things I didn’t like.

What do I like? Well, I like a story that is in motion from page one and stays in motion until the final word. I like to get to know characters as they make their way in the world, a little at a time. I like my imagination to have some minor blanks to fill in, which is a nice way of saying I don’t like to be overwhelmed by thousands of words that take me away from the story to describe a character or a room or . . . pretty much anything. That way when an author does it a few times, I know it’s important and I should pay attention. I do it a few times. That’s because it’s important, and the reader should pay attention. Most of the characters in these books could be played effectively by a variety of actors or actresses, and they have the freedom to be pretty unique in each of our minds. (Except Brenna: she just looks like Kristen Kreuk.)

So it makes sense that nobody has to wait until the ninth chapter to find out who did and who did not survive the cliffhanger I left you with at the end of Book II. Both writing and reading Fall of the Walker King felt fast-paced and urgent, despite the time it took, to me.

I hope the story sweeps you up as completely as it did me, and that you’re rooting for someone who manages to survive the blood-stained pages to come. In my defense, I didn’t know that violence would be such a major character in this series when I began writing it. As it turns out, I get quite a bang out of describing this kind of action . . . so much so that it played a part in deciding what I would write next. I’ll write a blog about it in the next few months, to keep you posted about what I’m up to as it happens.

Right now, I want to leave you with Chapter Two of Walking Between Worlds, Book III: Fall of the Walker King. !!SPOILER ALERT!! Remember Jessica’s destructive dragon dance? The one she did before going to Hell at the end of Rise of the Walker King? The one that tore up The Devil’s Brew and set the whole place on fire? Well, Cal and Sarah stop by looking for Mason in this chapter. They talk to Roche and see what the place looks like now. Brace yourself if you only like Roche when he’s chipper, or if you were attached to the new nightclub.

Remember to sign up for the newsletter, if you haven’t already. You’ll get a free ebook copy of the first of the Walking Between Worlds companion stories. If you’d like to see the next short story feature a particular character, let me know. Send me a message at Jay@jaynorry.com telling me who you want to know more about, and why. I am often amazed at how much I know about each character, too much to write if I am to tell any other stories. I would like to know whose story is a source of curiosity to you as well.

Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned for Chapter Three, coming next Tuesday. Did you miss Chapter One? Read it here.

Continue reading “Chapter Two: Cal and Sarah Pay Roche a Visit”

Chapter One: Sorry, William…

Well, here we are in those exciting final weeks before a new book release. That means it’s time for a sneak peek. As each book in the Walking Between Worlds trilogy has been released, we have shared the first four chapters in the weeks preceding. I’ve also written a brief introduction to each chapter, sharing details about writing or publishing or other relevant goings-on. I like that practice, and plan to stick with it. However, it’s probably best to warn you: if you haven’t read books one and two, this is not the best place to start. The first four chapters of Book I: Demons & Angels are available to read for free here. You’ve got time to download the ebooks or order the print version if you like it, and you can be ready for Book III: Fall of the Walker King when it releases on December 1st. Subscribe to my newsletter for the companion short story to Book I – subscribers receive this for free!

If you have read books one and two, thank you! I hope you find yourself as spellbound reading the final installment as I did writing it. We begin this book from William’s perspective, the old Walker introduced in the second book. There was more than one painfully challenging situation for him in Book II: Rise of the Walker King, and it’s nice to think that maybe things will get a little easier for him as time goes on. I even had that thought for a while when I was writing the second book; I liked William a lot, and had it been up to me things would have surely smoothed out for the solemn immortal. Unfortunately it’s not up to me, and William begins this book wedged firmly between a rock and a hard place.

This was a tough story to write, through all three books. I knew that some of my beloved characters were going to experience horrors that I would have to describe, and that more than a few lives would be lost. Yet the story needed to be told, and it had decided I was the one to tell it, so I got off my ass and got to work (metaphorically, of course. This all happened without me actually having to go to the trouble of standing up).

So I’ll leave you now with William, with his dilemma and his worried thoughts. If it helps, remember that I really do feel for the guy . . . sorry, William.

Check back next week for “Chapter Two: Cal and Sarah pay Roche a visit”. If that’s not enough, every Wednesday is #1lineWed. Some very clever romance authors came up with the concept, and it soon caught fire in the writing world. Each week they choose a theme, most of them as clever as the concept itself, and authors from every genre submit a relevant line from their work in progress.

Like I said, I think it’s a great idea. I try to find something every week, and these are the last few submissions that will come from this book. There won’t be any spoilers or anything, just brief peeks into what I think are my better turns of phrase. You can find these on Twitter or Facebook every Wednesday, faithfully posted by my “Awesome Girl”. And don’t forget: if you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter and you’ll receive the companion short story to Book I: Demons & Angels for free! It is called The Way of the Walker, and will also be included in the upcoming Sudden Insight Publishing charity anthology.

Thanks for reading!
Continue reading “Chapter One: Sorry, William…”

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Four

Book II: Chapter Four – “Some Chapters Are Just Hard To Write”

{Missed the first three chapters? Start here – Chapter One]

In the first book of this series, I had a little difficulty writing some of the scenes. I am not the fan of violence that I may seem if you’ve read it, but I recognize that it is a feature in a lot of stories worth being told. When it comes, it can be helpful to have a description that brings a telling image to mind; violence should shock us all, even when it is something we feel is called for.

When I write, I’m mostly quiet. Sometimes tears stream down my face, and some of those times I am wearing a triumphant smile rather than a troubled frown. I’m still quiet in those moments, though. It’s only every once in a while that I’ll laugh or proclaim “Yeah! Hell yeah!” aloud, and I seldom think about what the neighbors might think when I do (I usually write outside, notebook on my knees on the porch). The chapters that make me a noisy writer are the ones like the one to follow. Every character in this series has a special place in my heart, and when they feel pain it strikes a chord within me that often finds me voicing it aloud. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Four”

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Three

Book II: Chapter Three – “Time Can Be Quite A Character”

[Missed the first two chapters? Start here – Chapter One]

My excitement continues to grow as the release date gets closer. The time it takes to create a book start to finish is considerable, and laced with challenges as much as it is punctuated by minor victories. As this countdown ticks away, it brings to mind another countdown that makes time itself a featured character in this book.

It is noted in passing that time moves at a different pace above and below than on Earth in the first book. It’s explanation enough for us to realize that Paul is able to experience a long string of seemingly time-consuming events at the end of the book that happen in the space of a couple minutes for Mason and Sarah. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Three”

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Two

Book II: Chapter Two – “The Way Things Change”

[Want to start at the beginning? Read Chapter One.]

Now that we’ve shared the first chapter, part of the tone for book two has been established. The perspective will be more of the Guide’s than the Walker’s as we move on, and a big part of what is going on with Kris is his continuing adjustment to his new life in death. He’s also riding a wave of love that has been a long time coming, and having a chance to swim in its depths rather than watch its beauty from afar. The first chapter brought us back to the sacred intimacy Kris and Jessica had discovered together at the end of the first book.

At first I wrote that introductory chapter with Kris waking up, like most folks do, and feeling the weight of Jessica’s head on his chest. The Guide and the story got my attention in the re-write, reminding me that sleeping and waking were different for him now. I thought it was funny; the only teaser we had released had been the opening sentence, and it disappeared right away when I edited. So it goes; it’s done now, and better than before. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Two”

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter One

Book II: Chapter One – “You’ve Got to have a System”

Well, we liked the way we did this with the first book in this series so much we decided to make a pattern of it. When Sudden Insight Publishing released “Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels”, we posted a chapter every other week in the months leading up to the release date. That way, everyone was given opportunity to read the first four chapters, as well as a little behind-the-scenes commentary from yours truly.

It’s worth noting that the moment I finished writing the long-hand first draft of the first book, I put away the notebook I had been writing in and grabbed a fresh one to begin writing the sequel. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. The moment I finished, I lifted my eyes to the heavens to give thanks. A gigantic white feather drifted slowly down from the sky, and I caught it easily in the air. Then I put away the full notebook, grabbed an empty one, and kept writing. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter One”

5 Indie Books You Need to Read Now!

Today is Day 9 of the #IndieRoar 10 Day Challenge! The challenge  – “You scream. I scream. We all scream for…your 5 all-time favorite Indie books! #IndieRoar”.  So today I give you 5 indie books that you need to read this summer. I loved these books, and I’m pretty sure you will too!

1) Going Green by Christina McMullen – a hilarious take on everyone’s favorite topic, zombies. If you loved the movie “Zombieland”, then this book is right up your alley.

2) The Summer Solstice: Enchanted by K. K. Allen – the first book of a YA series, but so well written that even a 40ish-year-old guy can enjoy it. This book gets bonus points for incorporating Greek mythology into the story.

3) Red Written by P. T. Mayes – What happens when all of your sins are written on your body for everyone to see? This book has a great concept, and is a thrilling read.

4) The Wastelanders by Tim Hemlin – Okay, I haven’t had a chance to start this one yet (it’s next on my TBR list), but the premise is intriguing. And Tim is a pretty nice guy to boot.

5) Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels – Why is my latest book on this list? Because I think it’s a pretty good book. Because Book II: Rise of the Walker King is coming out very, very soon, and you’re going to need to know what’s what. And because, well, it is my blog post after all. 😉

For more lists of indie book favorites, check out the #IndieRoar hashtag on Twitter, or follow my friends over at IndieBooksBeSeen. Pick up a new book and get reading!

Happy Boxing Day!

Hi guys, Dawn here! Yes, it’s Friday again. And yes, we’ve missed another blog post. Jay just reminded me what day it is… and darn it, we’ve missed our posting deadline again. In Jay’s (and my) defense, we’ve been very, very busy moving and unpacking our new home in Olivehurst, and cleaning our old house in Felton up after the flash flood that occurred on December 11th.

Jay does have a new blog post ready for you next Friday – the perfect way to start the new year, don’t you think? In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the year with your family and friends. We’ll see you next Friday.

P.S. Did Santa give you a Kindle for Christmas? Great! Now you can read the rest of “Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels”! Get your copy at the Kindle store now (also available in paperback, for those of you who prefer to hold a real book in your hands).

The Sudden Insight ebook Library

Alright, it’s not really a library if there are only two books in it. We’re getting there, though… and considering that Sudden Insight Publishing only has one author to represent at this point, and that the company didn’t even exist a year ago… we’re getting there.

My first book, “Stumbling Backasswards Into The Light”, has been available in print version for a few years now. That’s been a definite step up from an electronic file that I print off and give to people I meet that might enjoy reading it. It has been taken to the next level in the last year due to the diligent work of my Awesome Girl, Dawn. Her efforts made Sudden Insight Publishing a reality, got my first book formatted and made available in ebook at all fine electronic retailers. [Awwww! ~ Dawn] Continue reading “The Sudden Insight ebook Library”