Friday, 29 October 2010
I'm still buzzing from finishing my novel last week, but I still have my writing head on. I write in my tea breaks when at work, and it's become such a habit now I wouldn't know what to do with myself otherwise. So, I've started writing a new novel that has been rattling around in my empty head for a while. The book is called, The World in Johnny's Back Garden. I have a rough outline I wrote some time ago, but I'm still not 100% sure where this book is actually going, so it will be as much of a surprise to me as it will for you. :D
The idea for The World in Johnny's Back Garden came to me a long time ago. The original idea behind this novel was to write a story to give younger children an alternative view of all the living things around us through a series of mini adventure stories. I was going to write each chapter through the POV (point of view) of a different creature, like a mouse, a slug or a dandelion. That turned out to be quite a difficult task in the end, so the story has changed since then, but I'm still using the original theme. I mentioned this story in a submission to Ladybird publishers a couple of years ago and they told me their editorial panel was very impressed with my ideas and approach, so my plan of action is to complete this story and submit it to them sometime in the future.
I still have a mountain to climb. I want to get my new novel revised as quickly as I can and get it out for submission by the end of the year, or soon after. I could enter NaNo this month and enter The world in Johnny's back Garden, but I'm not good at writing under pressure. I will plod along at my own pace and see where this story ends up.
What do you other writers do normally when you complete a novel? Please share your end of novel stories with me. :)
Saturday, 23 October 2010
I'm so excited to announce that this week I have completed my new novel, Unknown Reality. I wrote the final chapter yesterday, and from first impressions from those who have read it, it's been a total success...*phew*...It would be a bit of a choker if it wasn't after spending a year of my life writing it...lol...
This got me thinking about story endings. How do you like a story to end? We are all different, and we all enjoy different things, but for me personally, I'm a happy ending kind of guy. I write middle grade, so I write for children, and I think a happy ending is important when it comes to writing for children. When I read a book, when I finally get to the words THE END, I want to feel good. No, not good, great! That's the effect I want a book to have on me when I've put my time and effort into reading it to the last page. A horrible ending leaves me feeling sad. Why bother? There's enough sadness in real life without some author making me feel even worse. Also, from a child's perspective, a happy ending means hope. Children need hope in their lives. For example, it might be a story about a bully. Ending on a sour note with an unhappy ending where the bully gets away with what they do, and the victim is left scared, may be a good portrait of real life and can be something the reader can relate to, but it gives them no hope.
Obviously, if every story ended like a fairy tale, that could make things a little boring. There are so many different kinds of stories with a million different scenarios, having a happy ending to all of them would just be silly. Some stories just are sad, but still need to be told. I try to avoid those kind of stories, I'm a wus...lol...So, as I said before, how do you like your stories to end?
Truth Teller is now available in all e-book formats from here:
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You can connect with the author at:
Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/
Author’s Blog http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.com/
Truth Teller Reviews:
Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.
Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.
Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Wow, has it really been that long since I posted a blog post? People are starting to make comments, *cough, Tamara* It’s not just my blog that’s suffered, I also had three months out from my critique group also. The reason for this is because I have been concentrating on my new novel, Unknown Reality. I’m pleased to reveal that this novel is almost complete, just weeks away if all goes to plan. *claps excitedly*
So, now that my story is almost complete, I thought it was about time I introduced it to the world. Unknown Reality is a MG fantasy novel based on an eleven-year-old girl called Chloe. She is a real darling, and has become like a daughter to me since I started writing this story. She enjoys a simple family life like any ordinary girl of her age, but all that changes during a trip to the theatre with her mum.
She meets a colourful character that, on first impressions, seems to be more than a little weird. He claims that all is not as it seems with the universe around her. She would have never given it another thought if strange things hadn’t started happening. Chloe’s life falls apart before her eyes as she finds her whole world is just a holographic projection as part of an experiment by a group of Scientists.
Plunged into a world on the brink of destruction, she discovers her real family is from a clan of Savages that live in the wilderness. She is kidnapped and forced to make decisions on where her loyalties lie, but all she wants to do is return to a family that never really existed.
To give you a taste of this story, I have made he first chapter accessible to everyone who is interested in reading it. I hope you enjoy :)