On Writing part ten: finding your genre

What do you love to read? Become familiar with the genre you’re writing and absorb as much as you can. Chances are you’re already then familiar with the market. If you’re writing a genre you wouldn’t normally read, hold fire and read as much as you can before you start, or you may come unstuck.


You know you’ve a formidable marinade in there somewhere, but what on earth’s your genre?

On Writing part nine: Let your mind wander

As a writer, to daydream is crucial. Take a notebook and paper wherever you go and always keep it close to hand. Notebooks will become your best friends, especially if you have that lightning bolt idea, or you had no friends to begin with.


Wallace Collection – Daydream


The other day I got contacted on my Facebook page by a lady called Stacey Aragon, Community Relations and Development Assistant for Leonardoverse, home of Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Children’s Book Author, Leonardo Ramirez (- phew!). Best known as the creator of the graphic novel, “Haven”, Lenny is also launching the upcoming kids’ steampunk adventure series, “The Jupiter Chronicles” this September. Please read on for more infor on the novel and expect my thoughts on it soon!




A war has been fought and lost by the Jovians. Now the answer to their freedom lies within the Great Red Spot and it’s up to Ian and Callie to uncover its secret.Jupiter Chronicles
It is the year 1892 and Ian and Callie Castillo have had to suffer the hardships of a single parent family since their father went missing five years ago. Since then Ian has refused to use the last gift that his father left the wounded boy; a telescope that sits collecting dust in the attic. When Callie decides to peer through its murky lens it activates the device and sends the Castillo’s to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter to rescue their father and free the Jovians before the Martians launch their final attack. What follows is the beginning of an era that will forever be known by its strange name…Steampunk. The Jupiter Chronicles series takes flight with the first book in the series… The Secret of the Great Red Spot.

Spring Hill, TN – July 9, 2012




Mr. Ramirez demonstrates he has truly found his talent and voice with this incredibly well-crafted book. This is the kind of book that gets the imagination moving at any age, making it perfect for children. ~Catrina Taylor, Xarrok Recommends
Captivating story which keeps you going with intense action all the way throughout the book while lending itself to frank and open conversations about absent fathers.~ Anne Rucker, Educator
“It’s Steampunk Star Wars for adventure-loving kids!” ~Ann Wilkes, Science Fiction and Other ODDyseys


The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot


Release Date: September 15, 2012
ISBN-10: 0615633331
Library of Congress Control Number: 2012909740
Available in Paperback September 15, 2012
Available for eBook (Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore, Sony, Kobo, B&N, Stanza, Palm Doc)





Leonardo Ramirez is a writer whose joy first comes from being a husband and a dad and enjoying life with his family. Every Saturday morning is Dad’s turn to make breakfast with bacon, blueberry pancakes and cheese eggs on the menu. There’s nothing better in this world than spending time with family. Then it’s off to karate where he trains and teaches as a 2nd Degree Black Belt along with his family at the American Karate Academy.Leonardo Ramirez
Lenny has been writing for 20 years with his first published work released as a graphic novel titled, Haven. With books in hand Lenny made it a point to reach out to as many events as possible with appearances at GMX where he hosted numerous panels including one with James O’Barr (creator of The Crow), Nashville Comic Con, Outer Limits Comics, Fairy Tales Bookstore, Southern Festival of Books and Author’s Circle at the Williamson County Library. He also enjoys meeting with local high schoolers about their passion for creativity and reading for elementary aged kids. His work made one of the top ten best new releases for 2010 by Gelati’s Scoop and has been featured on Comics About Girls…by a Girl Podcast as well as The Columbia Herald, Playstation Comics, Megacomics Weekly, and many others.


Visit this link to get the book:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/212885
This includes Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others.

Jack Knife and The Book of Mass Destruction, a little test read

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.





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.