A Moment with Author John Abraham-Watne

 

Abraham-WatneJohn Abraham-Watne is a published author and freelance journalist located in the Twin Cities, where he lives with his wife Mary and their cats Marble and Morrison.

John has conducted freelance journalism on local government issues for the news/entertainment website MinnyApple and local newspaper the Hill & Lake Press.

His debut novel, Our Senior Year, was published in 2014 by North Star Press. His second novel, Last Man on Campus, was published in 2015 by NSP.

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Next week, John will be discussing what makes it onto bookstore shelves, a more in depth look into the worlds of small presses and self-publishing.

You can follow John on his website , or social media.

 

Who Couldn’t Use A Step-By-Step Guide?

28377611_1689300727800938_4579988130821354517_n(4)Our incredibly talented friend Carmilla Voiez has taken her website into the realms of ‘how to’ with blog posts about the steps to writing a novel.  We at ACN adore everything the author of the Starblood Trilogy, Broken Mirror, and other erotic horrors so why wouldn’t we hook you up with links to her thoughts on content, writer’s block, finding an ending, and editing?

 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Novel, Part One – Introduction

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Novel, Part Two – The Blank Page

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Novel, Part Three – Content and Themes

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Novel, Part Four – Style

Step-by-Step Guide to writing a novel-Part 5 How to Keep Going

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A-Step-by-Step-Guide-to-Writing-a-Novel-Part-Seven-Editing

A-Step-by-Step-Guide-to-Writing-a-Novel-Part-Eight-Proofreading

 

 

 

With each article release we will place them here together for quick reference, if you have any questions or additions by all means leave a comment!

Werewolves and Weapons: Keeping Popular Subject Matter ‘Fresh’ In Your Writing.

This week the Indie Beginning Podcast brings our listeners an interview with indie author MacCraw where we discuss his novel Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves and how he kept the popular theme of werewolves fresh. If you missed the introduction that Benjamin Franke read or just want a refresher before the discussion head back to episode 41. If you enjoy tales about werewolves or are interested in learning more about the indie / self-publishing process, these discussion episodes are for you. Let us know what other topics you are interested in by leaving a comment or sending us an e-mail.

In this Episode:

1. How do you keep a story fresh and new with a topic such as werewolves.

2. There are many weapons used in the beginning of the story and you do a great job of differentiating characters with weapons. Was this character based or possibly inspired by popular first-person shooter style video games? Or both?

3. Right off the bat we see how quickly characters can (and do) come and go, have you ever been connected to a character to the point where it was difficult to write them out of the book?

4. What made you decide to forgo chapter breaks?

5. What is the one thing that you wish you knew about being an indie author when you first headed down this path?

RAVAGE: Apocalypse of Wolves is available on Amazon. Remember to leave a review for this story as well as all of the stories you read. Reviews are such an important way to support an author and they only cost but a few moments of time. In fact, Reviews help podcasters as well. As a self-funded podcast there really isn’t money left over for advertising. Your reviews, word of mouth, and love of books is what keeps Indie Beginning running. If you’ve enjoyed this show please leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or your preferred podcast platform.

All reviews in this episode were taken from Amazon, Goodreads or one of our Indie Beginning pages. Music found in this episode was written and performed by Jahzzar and titled Look Inside. If you are an indie author and would like to hear you story featured on the indie beginning podcast go to ACNBooks.com/submit for more info.

Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves and Audiobook Introduction

This week Benjamin Franke narrates the beginning of Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves by MacCraw. A dark spirit unleashed an un-killable army of werewolves on the world, reinforced by an eternal solar eclipse that will keep its army transformed.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Shirts by Sarah. Head over to shirtsbysarah.com to find the shirt that that transforms your soul. Remember to subscribe to the podcast to keep up to date with the stories and the discussions. And now, get those headphones on tight and don’t worry about that presence you sense just over your shoulder as I introduce you to Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves.

Ravage: Apocalypse of Wolves is available on Amazon. Remember to leave a review for this story and all stories you read when you finish. Any review left for this story below in the comments of this page will be featured on next week’s episode. You can also help the Indie Beginning Podcast by leaving a 5 star review on ApplePodcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen to your shows. Reviews are so important for any project. They promote the show and help us bring you the best content possible. Tune in next week when we talk to indie author MacCraw about his story, keeping popular themes fresh, and more. Indie Beginning is an ACNBooks production. All readings in this episode were performed by Benjamin Franke with permission from the author. Production and editing of the podcast was also done by Ben. Thanks for listening.

Magic and the Line Between Fantasy and Horror: A Conversation with Indie Author Steve Thomas

This week the Indie Beginning Podcast brings our listeners an interview with indie author Steve Thomas where we discuss his novel The Sangrook Saga, creating magic systems for your writing as well as other topics for our self-publishing friends. If you missed the introduction that Marie Kammerer Franke narrated or want a refresher before the discussion head back to episode 39.

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Speaking of my lovely co-host, she has disserted us for the week and is working on the next chapter in the ACN universe, so I wondered who would be best to help discuss necromancers and magic systems? Why none other than my good friend, the famous DM Billy Beard! If you enjoy dark fantasy or are interested in learning more about the indie / self-publishing process, these discussion episodes are for you. Let us know what other topics you are interested in by leaving a comment or sending us an e-mail.

In this Episode:

1. The host’s first impression of this week’s featured beginning.

2. A review of reviews left for the Marvelous Mechanical Man. Don’t forget to review the show!

3. An interview with Steve Thomas / commentary from Dungeon Master Billy Beard.

Topic Questions:

– Many great stories have been told through a series of short stories. Why did you choose to write The Sangrook Saga in this fashion? Were you inspired by any other novels?

– The magic system has been praised in many of the reviews left for The Sangrook Saga. What is the basis for the mechanics behind the magic? Did you come across any problems with your magic system as you wrote? For example: did the mechanics evolve throughout the writing process and if so did this force you to go back and change anything.

– The line between fantasy and horror can be either slim or infinite, The Sangrook Saga seems, to us and many of your reviewers, to walk the line in just the right way. Did you limit anything in the story based on one genre or the other? What other genres would like to mix, if any.

– You have written many books in the fantasy genre. Klondaeg The Monster Hunter is next on my list! Have you thought about writing in another genre? If so would you write under a pseudonym and what are your thoughts on authors who write in multiple genres under the same name?

– If you could summon some eldritch magic to go back and tell your early writing-self one thing about the life of an indie author, what would that be? And at what cost to your soul…

4. Final Thoughts

The Sangrook Saga is available on Amazon. Remember to leave a review for these stories as well as all of the stories you read. Reviews are such an important way to support an author and they only cost but a few moments of time. In fact, Reviews help podcasters as well. As a self-funded podcast there really isn’t money left over for advertising. Your reviews, word of mouth, and love of books is what keeps Indie Beginning running. If you’ve enjoyed this show please leave a 5-star review on apple podcasts, stitcher, or your preferred podcast platform.

All reviews in this episode were taken from Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by Jahzzar and titled Look Inside. If you are an indie author and would like to hear you story featured on the indie beginning podcast go to ACNBooks.com/submit for more info.

Not Letting Your Disability Get in the Way-A Moment With Author LS Beadle

 

 

It all began when I moved to Manchester with my husband Len.  I had gotten a job on the ICU at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where I worked for a year before moving on to the High Dependency Unit. 

51-Ay3zFWjL._SX307_BO1,204,203,200_It was around this same time that I decided to learn to drive; I booked a lesson but the instructor wouldn’t let me get behind the wheel until she was satisfied that my eyesight was up to standard.  It wasn’t.  I couldn’t see the number plate from the required distance. 

From there I had my eyes tested at Boots, where I was referred to the Manchester eye hospital.  I underwent a number of tests and after two years I was diagnosed with Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy, this is an inherited optic nerve disorder.

GARD (Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center) explains that Autosomal Dominant optic atrophy (ADOA) is an inherited optic nerve disorder characterized by degeneration of the optic nerves. Affected people usually develop moderate visual loss and color vision defects. The severity varies and visual acuity can range from normal to legal blindness. There is currently no way to prevent or cure ADOA.

By the time I was diagnosed I had moved onto the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

Six years after qualifying I remained a D grade while all my friends where going up to C and B and completing their IV course so they could administer medications intravenously. I knew, by this time, that I would never be able to pass the IV course because I couldn’t see the writing on the IV vials.

I am now on the partially sighted register and have been for 12 years. I have a retired Guide Dog called Ceris who I qualified with in August 2009. My current Guide Dog, Roxy, is a 2 year old golden retriever and is full of energy. I qualified with her in August 2017.

As for being an author and being partially sighted. Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy hasn’t really stopped me from writing books. 

It has stopped me from reading some books with small print. I then require my strong magnifier; but it’s not a long term solution. Eventually it gives me a headache and I feel nauseous. I sometimes find this while I am researching the art of writing or marketing and promoting. If it’s a paperback book, the writing is sometimes far too small to read.

I normally find that when I wake up in the morning, I like to read for an hour, so I will use my Kindle because I can increase the font size. At the moment I have about 100 books waiting to be read. After reading I sit down and do my research on marketing and promoting often following the advice of an author.

In writing, I will handwrite my first and second draft of a book, then the third draft is where I add and take away things and develop the story by describing places and characters. I normally find that in a typical day I can write from 5000 to 10000 words.

I am one of those authors who feels the need to get their manuscripts edited lots of times. I can’t always tell if I’ve made a spelling mistake. When I read through what I’ve written, even though there may be a wavy line under a word, I can’t always see it.

41Kj2Ut59kL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_When creating characters for my book, I try to make sure they don’t have abnormalities. I escape my problem through my characters. Also my two main characters in my two recent releases are based on my children and I am hoping and praying that they don’t become afflicted with ADOA, although there is a 50% chance if this occurring

To answer how has ADOA affected my writing career?  Well, I have three books out there which I managed to self-publish.  As long as I can increase the font size on the computer screen then I haven’t encountered any problems so far.

For anybody out there reading this post who thinks ‘I can’t be an author, my disability would make it impossible’. Please take stock, because I’m telling you, anything is possible. If you really want to achieve something then just go for it.  I write for the love of it, and if I manage to earn money from my writing then that’s just a bonus.

You can find Leanne’s books on Amazon and B&N .

 

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