Hello Galaxy

I'm surprised you're reading this, actually. It's the first post on my newly designed website, because I have start somewhere. I'm in the final stretch of finishing Overload Flux, the first novel in a new series. It's an independently published science fiction-action-romance novel of around 99,000 words, and will be available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and any other place I can find to publish it.

My current plan (subject to changing my mind, inspiration, life, the whims of chaos, etc.) is to write a novella or two in between this book and the next novel in the series, tentatively titled Bleedover, but see the parenthetical in the beginning of this sentence. I have other projects in mind as well, in a different genre. I’m fond of the fantastical, so my books will probably always have a science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, and/or paranormal bent, not to mention action, mystery, and romantic elements.

What you can expect from this blog is information about my books, of course, but also my experiences as an independent writer and the travails of an ever-changing publishing landscape. We're in a paradigm shift for how books are created, published, marketed, and sold, and what works today could be completely useless in a couple of years. The corporate music industry has already experienced it, and their model involved suing their customers; I don't think it worked out well for them, and I hope the traditional publishers don't go the same route.

I have been inspired by a lot of people, but I'll start with Lindsay Buroker (http://www.lindsayburoker.com/), a fantasy and adventure author who I stumbled across looking for steampunk, and discovered she has an extensive set of posts about independent publishing she calls “E-book Endeavors.” Read her fabulous Empire's Edge series, starting with the first novel, The Emporer's Edge, which is free. Did I mention it's free? I was also inspired by Nahlini Singh's Psy Changeling series (http://www.nalinisingh.com/psy.php), where she tackles the consequences of what happens when a cultural choice turns out to have far-reaching, disastrous impacts on the very people it was meant to protect.

As I mentioned above, Overload Flux is the start of a new series set in the Central Galactic Concordance more than 1,000 years into the future. It’s an exploration of how people embrace, ignore, or fight evolutionary cultural change. An upheaval is coming, and there will be winners and losers.