Well, last night was the long anticipated book launch event. I was as terrified and nervous as I was, excited. I needn’t have been the first two. It was well attended and we’ll received and I breathed a sigh of relief as I stood to begin my talk, that the room was full of eager faces and no spare seats were in sight. It had been a long long time since I’d stood in front of so many people to read, but I don’t think many noticed the tremor in my voice in the first few chapters and after that, I began to relax into it a little. The applause I received was very flattering and the genuine looks of excitement as I signed books really touched me and hearing people tell me how much they loved the reading and how they were excited to read the rest, was truly the icing on the cake. From my perspective it couldn’t have gone much better.
Once the venue had cleared and my breathing had returned to normal, we thanked the event manager and left. I was joined by a few close friends and the after party ensued. Gentle and more subdued than in my youth but to be relaxing among friends who were genuinely pleased for me was truly emotional.
It may sound melodramatic, but for me this had been a big important step. A day I will remember to the day I die.
Well, time to kick start this blog again, it’s been a while since I had the time or energy, but while time is still a rare commodity, energy abounds. Excited energy. My book- Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre- that I first self published back in 2012, has been picked up by Camelot Publishing Company and sees it’s release on 27th February 2016. It’s now been re written, re-vamped and has expanded from the original thirteen stories to now include nineteen stories. It will be in paperback as well as digital. Watch this space for more details and links as they arrive. We’re VERY close now and it’s getting VERY exciting!
Occasionally I find my mind troubled by the day to day trudge of workaday life and the exciting, adventurous-and frequently dark and scary- inner dialogue that becomes my writing seems to vanish in the fog. I find my way out of this fog by taking some time just to put pen to paper and free write. I don’t crowd myself by trying to think of ideas or developing one I’ve already had, I simply begin writing. It may begin with something old and clichéd “it was a dark and stormy night. ..” but then I let it flow. Frequently this results in a few pages of utter drivel but occasionally something beautiful arrives unexpectedly in the page. I think it’s like taking your dog to the park and letting it off its lead; you’re never quite sure where it’s going run and what new sights and smells it will discover, what amazing adventures it will have (or if it will come back in one piece! ) but watching it run free and seeing the purest joy in those moments can’t fail to bring a smile to your face. The undiluted, unadulterated golden glow that only comes with the complete absence of fear. So go, take a few minutes for yourself, leave your fears and worries at the gate, take you’re grey matter for a walk and let that puppy off the lead! You have NOTHING to lose and everything to gain. I’m going to take my own advice and do it now.
For those of you who received a kindle for Christmas, A special offer to finish 2013 in horrifying style! For just a few days (until 30th Dec) Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre is available for the low low price of just 99p! Thirteen Tales of darkness and terrifying alternate realities; from demons to psychopaths, from ghosts to the underworld, Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre takes you on a twisted journey to the dark places in your mind and leaves you on the ledge. It will chill you and thrill you, tingle your spine and goose your bumps. So far (touch wood) it has received only five star reviews and some amazing comments such as “I thought nothing could scare me, guess what? I was wrong” and “I couldn’t find a story I didn’t like” and “the characters stayed with me long after I’d put the book down” It focuses on the truly scary aspects and the psychological effects of fear (not so much the gore, although there is a fair spattering of that too!) Find out for yourself just how dark and disturbing Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre is for just 99p! Enjoy, thank you
Hello again my darklings, well the pumpkin King is long gone and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come are coming to visit us one and all. It’s been one hell of a year in so many ways and has been so frantic and hectic (in good ways as well as the bad) that it only seems like five minutes since we took the 2012 Christmas lights down. This year has seen many personal heart breaks and many fantastic achievements so it has been a roller coaster to say the least. It has seen the release of the second edition of Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre which, if you didn’t know, is a collection of thirteen short tales to curdle your blood, twist your mind and goose your bumps! It also saw the release of WINDS OF CHANGE (available on Kindle and in print on create space) a charity anthology for the Oklahoma storm victims, which includes a short of mine and also the recent release of EIGHT TIL CHRISTMAS (also available on Kindle and in print) which is a collaboration of a writing group I’m in, also for a great charity (feed the children) which includes a short of mine called ” Christmas Spirit” which puts an eerie new spin on the festive season (and will make you think twice about praying for a white Christmas! )
I have already signed up for the second volume of WINDS OF CHANGE coming out next spring and I’m busily preparing for that as well as writing my screenplay which begins filming also in spring (all being well) Alongside all of this I am still busy on THE ELOHIM EXPERIMENT my first full length novel which I hope will see its release sometime in the latter half of next year.
In the meantime I’m trying to spend some time with my adorable family and tick over in my day job. How do I fit it all in? I must be a glutton! So, long and the short of it is that this is going to be one busy little blogger in 2014 so please come visit me, keep an eye on what is going on and what is coming up and let me know what you think of my work
Thank you all for your incredible support and encouragement during 2013 and I hope you and yours have an incredible Christmas and an amazing new year, see you all back here in 2014
(Ps. If you get a kindle for Christmas or have bought a kindle for a loved one, why not add a little gift of Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre for less than the cost of a big Mac, and a damn site more satisfying! ) happy Christmas to all and to all a good fright.
The year changes so fast, my favourite season is almost over and winter’s icy fingers have been felt raking his dead nails across the flesh of the land, but have no fear. .. no scratch that, DO have fear, have lots of fear for the darkest nights are descending on us as the hoar frost chatters its crackling teeth, the icy winds howl across the low moon and the earth is enshrouded with white linen giving everything a cadaverous appearance; I’d say enjoy the fear that this season brings, locking your doors and windows won’t stop it, you can’t lock the darkness outside. I say if you can’t beat it, revel in it, hide yourself away with a good book and transport yourself away to a place where the real fear is. ..Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre
I’m taking about Halloween of course. It was a hectic but simply amazing time in my household. I had a story I had to get finished for a deadline, a family Halloween night to organise … Oh and of course, the day job (yes I still have a day job, dreaming of the day I can write all day every day! ) So barely time to breath but it was made well worthwhile at each step. The story went in on time, which pleased me greatly but the email that came back saying ‘that was a wild ride into the macabre’ put a huge smile on my face. The day job. .. well, that’s the day job but we had a laugh and then the Halloween night! I have for incredible children who are great kids and they all embrace my love of the dark and Macabre, I love em to bits. The four of them (and one of their friends) made our debut Halloween (we’ve never ALL been together on this great day! ) an awesome event. My eldest daughter came as Little Dead Riding Hood, my son was most excellent as a Templar and my youngest daughters were a Familiar (cat) and Witch respectively.
This year I was Jason!
There weren’t quite so many houses into it this year (we stick to the “no pumpkin or decorations, no knock” rule) but we had good fun and their buckets were overflowing with sweets by the time we came home for pizza! It was great, but to my mind, what REALLY made the night was our trip to the graveyard (after my little one’s had gone to bed) and the reading of a scary story
. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and judging by the smiles, laughter and chatter, I think they all did too.
Now we’re into the gentle roll down to Christmas, another fantastic holiday and heading for the release of another anthology I have a story in. I can’t give you more details yet as I don’t know the title or the release date but rest assured I will post details as soon as I have them. My tale is called Christmas Spirit and. .. well, it’s pretty dark
The Winds of Change anthology is doing well and went to number 30 in the chart within its first couple of days, so do your bit for the victims of the oklahoma storms and go buy it, it’s not only helping the relief effort, it’s actually a great book too.
On the day of release of Winds of Change I was involved in the interview on a radio show called The FamilyFactor in oklahoma that you can listen to online at 98talk.com.
And then, of course, there is my book Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre which is still doing well and if you haven’t got a copy, you don’t know what you’re missing, why not buy it for yourself or maybe as a Christmas gift for a loved one
(Please accept my apologies for the lack of links in this post, I will post an update shortly with all the necessary links that work! In the meantime search Winds of Change by Tracey Deming for the book)
Have fun my darklings and I’ll see you again soon.