Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Book Reveal

Soon I will be releasing my novel. I'm not sure exactly when but it looks like March or April. I will keep this blog updated as to the exact time and how things are going.

For those of you that have asked (and those that haven't) the book's title is Reminiscence of an American Dream.

The story is about a family man who has worked hard to create "The American Dream" for himself. He has a wife and two daughters as well as a writing career.

However, his American Dream will be taken from him as his family fall victims to a serial killer that preys on family units.

Tormented, author and father Jack Decker will give a whole new meaning to grief as he begins his journey into madness turning into the very thing that destroyed his life and took away those he cherished most.

In this horror/thriller story you will see Jack unfold, trading his fatherhood for murder as he selects his not so innocent of victims, killing one by one, and leaving a trail of bodies as he pursues his obsession with killing the man who took everything away from him.

I will be adding more of the story as well as a character bio every week. Also as things get rolling I will share excerpts from the book itself.

I hope you all enjoy.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tale of a Fourth Grade Hopeful

I might have been in the 5th grade when I read Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, but the reason I bring it up is because (mostly because it's my pre - Stephen King era) it was the first real time I got into a book and realized, "Hey this is what I want to do - write stories."

Reading gave me hope that perhaps the fact that all these ideas running through my head could be enjoyed by others on a large scale. That dream continued all the way through school - at the ripe old age of thirteen or so I did start reading Stephen King. I believe Misery was the first book of his that I owned and read. Of course it was after I saw the movie, but after that I was hooked and read all kinds of his books and short stories. (watched all the movie versions of course as well) 

Somewhere along the way I spent a lot of time in school writing stories. Which my English teachers loved - the math teachers were puzzled by the assignments but you can't please everyone.

I never got a book published. Hell, I never really wrote a full length novel (until now that is). The chances of finding a publisher seemed hard - people like Judy Blume and Stephen King must have got lucky.

Not the right attitude - maybe you can relate? Now as an adult (and because of the Internet) writing stories and getting them out there has become a much bigger reality then even just ten years ago. Between blogging and print-on-demand publishing it seems like things are looking better as far as odds go - so if you are reading this and you have a similar story - don't panic - or waste as much time as I did - start writing and take chances - but mostly GET YOUR WORK OUT THERE!

I spent way too long worried about every little details and looked at my work (sometimes as much as a good 80 to 100 pages of work) only to quickly send them to the trash bin on my computer desktop because I like most artists - am my own worst critic. 

 That's enough for now. This has been a random and seemingly pointless blog post - but I still hope it helps someone out there.

The Introduction - or The Dreadful First Blog Post

I would imagine you can agree with me on the fact that whenever you write a story or a book, or even a journal or blog that first sentence (or page) is always the hardest. In this blog you will get more than just a simple "get to know me" so let's begin there. I am a writer who is just starting his journey. In this blog I will provide writings of mine in both samples of my up and  coming novel as well as short stories. 

What I want from you is your participation... I want to hear from you, your words and even your writing, in other words: I wish for this blog to help you as well as (hopefully) entertain you. So that's it... The infamous and dreaded first blog post. I look forward to your comments on my posts and always feel free to drop me a line (as they use to call it) at My novel? Oh yeah... It will be released sometime in March... Or April 1st... I will keep that info updated. 

What's the book about? It's a horror/thriller genre story about a family man and an elaborate revenge plot... But more on that later.

My name is Rod and welcome to my blog!