The book you’ll see blurbs for scattered around here and on my Facebook called Romanse Macabre is sort of in limbo-land right now while I get it fixed up.
So… Jack Knife and The Book of Mass Destruction
My new book, another in the Sisters Noire series, is currently entitled “Jack Knife and The Book of Mass Destruction”. It centres around a fraudster called Selena, who is rescued from a life of drugs and crime by the enigmatic anarchist Onkel in Neo-Victorian London’s underbelly. As payment she is given a list of politicians from whom she must covertly collect intel, but every time she gets close one is murdered and she is implicated. Instead of running, Selena decides to take the killer – a deranged figure dressed as a Plague Doktor, head on. In a race against time, Selena joins forces with mysterious amnesiac Jack Knife. They set about discovering Jack’s past and solving the murders, which seem to revolve around a book that could spell the fall of mankind.
WARNING, VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT DESCRIPTIONS/SITUATIONS!
In which I jabber on about a story I haven’t written yet and do a shoddy read-through of the opening. All without smiling. Contains swearing and sex and stuff.
I could obviously do with working on my diction and presentation, but here’s my first stab at reading something, which should give you an a little idea of the kinda stuff I write (admittedly this is one of the bleaker sections!). This is a first step so please be kind! Constructive criticism very welcome.
As I’m floundering for content a little (I shouldn’t be, but I’ve got a lot of “life” stuff on right now and everything else feels a little too much like a chore on top of it all). I decided I’d post a transcript of my first Youtube video (it’s pretty darned rough around the edges, but I think I’ve caught the bug and will look into after effects and actually putting together a clear plan of what I want to say in future!). Expect another one or two posts like this, maybe not full transcripts, but yeah. Cheers!
My name’s Ed and this is my first VBlog.
What’s this all about?
I’ve been planning this for about a month but I needed a haircut and I was trying to think of something to actually say. The haircut didn’t take a month but it’s less messy than it was.
I haven’t got any of the pyrotechnics or the cool intro or anything like that which I really wanted, so if anyone wants to help with that, that would be awesome. Maybe do me a tune or something? A funky little number.
Basically Sisters Noire is a place for me to network with other authors – that could be you, or any friends of yours who write – I’d like to talk to them.
It is also going to be a place where I talk about my book series, the first book is called Romanse Macabre.
I’m a web designer/frontend developer based in the South West of England. I have written for several years now. I joined a writers group a couple of years back, though we meet up less regularly now which is why I hope to network more online. I hope to conduct more author interviews but I think I need to do them in a more interesting way for everyone’s benefit, perhaps over Youtube. I’m also going to review more books. I recently reviewed a title by a guy called Adam Sifre – I’ve Been Deader, which is a very cool alternate comedy-horror zombie book.
More about Romanse Macabre
Think Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, V For Vendetta and the present day episodes of Doctor Who. Romanse Macabre is kind of in the same vein as those.
I plan on reading little excerpts from my book in future videos, putting them on my website and maybe getting some of your feedback on those. I’ll also be posting about characters from my book, locations and I’ll be trying to get a bit of artwork up. I’m not the world’s greatest artist yet, but if you are then I could use your help!
I have found networking so far kind of difficult – I think you need to put a lot of time into it and I need to balance that out with a lot of writing. This is always a problem because I’ve got a nine-to-five job as well, which I know most people have. Obviously writing’s what I want to do but when I get home I get tired. I really need to do this and I need to write more just to keep my brain going and to achieve what I want to achieve which is to get published. I kinda want to do it the old fashioned way if I can, through an agent and a publishing house but if not I’m going to explore other avenues.
I’ve been looking to drive more traffic to my site and Facebook (http://www.sistersnoire.com/facebook) too, so if you could “LIKE” my Facebook page that’d be great – especially if you’re into steampunk, dieselpunk, urban fantasy / contemporary fantasy which is what I write then that’d be great.
So my wesbite Sisters Noire has writing tips from me and stuff I’ve kind of pinched from books and people and reworded so I don’t get shot (I don’t do that with my novels by the way!). I have also posted author reviews – authors who are published and authors who are published to Kindle or by some other means.
I’m very up for linking to your website if you’re a writer of urban fantasy, steampunk, dieselpunk or somehow related to what I do and a link back would be great as well.
I’d be very happy to review people’s books. I’ve also been reviewing stuff on telly I like, I’m going to try and make things more urban fantasy specific quite soon.
What are you and what do you like?
I’m kinda a massive geek, I have quite a few computer games, I’m quite into my movies, I like my tv series, one of my favourite’s recently was Luther – horrible, awesome. I love Spaced, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Tolkien’s good – I’m looking forward to the Hobbit. Cuba. I have lots of Lego. Stephen King is cool. Steampunk. Cuban cigars. The Tardis. The Turtles. I’m an 80’s kid – The Racoons. Amanda Palmer. Italy. I have a couple of comic books, they’re good. Music, music festivals – I’ve been to Glasto and Reading quite a few times. Neil Gaiman. Sausage rolls. I really like The Manic Street Preachers. The smell of coffee. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was quite good. 24 – Jack Bauer. Glam rock nights in Brighton. Jurassic Park. Pepperamis. Elbow, I really like Elbow. The Beatles. I have a fur coat. Amanda Palmer’s awesome. And she married Neil Gaiman who’s also awesome, so that’s just amazing. Air, the French band. I’ve got five of their albums, they’re great to clean to, I spend like seven hours (more like 3), just listening to Air over and over. My housemate loved me.
I kind of wanted an overall series name like The Lord of The Rings or His Dark Materials, so I’ve picked a character who will be present in one form or another throughout the series called Lord Horatio Redden. The series name is Lord Horatio Redden and the Sisters Noire. Then you’ve got the book title,
so the first one is Romanse Macabre.
So if you want to send me anything – if you have a feature for Sisters Noire or if you want an interview conducted please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) He touched the cool roughness of the Little Anglitan brickwork as he glided
across the cobbles through the place of his death. – Ithaca Faulkner
Ithaca feeling a little light-headed.
7) The disease wasn’t in his head anymore, it was all around him.
When the madness spreads around the British seaside city called Little Anglitan.
8 ) Archery, horse-riding, fencing and much time spent under weeping-willows watching insects crawl dumbly across the powerful stanzas of poems. She ached for those days when life had been good. – Amelia Railey
Amelia Railey remembers better times when she was young, when her and her parents were happy. Before the pain.
9) “I’m losing faith, forgetting whatever it was I believed in.”
Binley reflects on a time when he may or may not have had a belief system and certainly when his body wasn’t decomposing.
10) “People love f*ck-ups in fiction, why can’t they tolerate us in real life?” – Laurence Cade
Laurence Cade gets shirty with the general populous, scribbling madly in his journal.