Today is Fozzie’s 13th birthday, which makes him I think about 91 human years. Fozzie listens to the clacking of my keyboard and gives me feedback on cat behaviour and dialogue. Some of you may recall that the ship’s cat Fez in No Remorse was also a Devon Rex. Not sure if Fozzie will get to play the cameo role in the movie though, as his ability to take orders is quite limited. Thanks Fozzie for 13 years of jumping on our bed and waking us up at 5.30am meowling for breakfast, and for being a warm purring companion in the winter. Fozzie’s eyesight is not the best these days, and he sometimes forgets he’s been fed, but I think lots of us can relate to that… Happy birthday, Fozzie!
Allen Mitchum, author of the thriller 28 Pages, a semi-finalist in the Kindle Best Indie Book Awards of 2012, has given a four star review of No Remorse. Here’s an excerpt:
While the story is solid, the characters of No Remorse are perhaps the book’s greatest asset. And this is a testament to Walkley as a burgeoning thriller author because for a commercial novel, that’s unusual. Typically the biggest critique of the genre is that characters are paper thin or can’t cast a shadow. That’s not the case here. In particular, the main villain, Saudi prince Khalid, is well developed and oddly intriguing as the reader leans piecemeal the man’s motivations for seeking to destroy the Saudi Royal Family. Few established authors offer a villain as impressive as Khalid.
Of note, Walkley doesn’t shy away from incorporating controversial topics into the story. In fact, the reader gets the sense that one of Walkley’s main goals in writing the story was to be controversial (which this author wholeheartedly respects). Organ harvesting plays an important role in the story, as does white slavery. One scene involves the graphic depiction of a barbaric Islamic female ritual and is not for the faint of heart.
Thanks Allen! (BTW, for conspiracy theorists I’d point out that I don’t know Allen, who lives in Washington DC, and I had no idea he was writing a review of No Remorse until he tweeted me.)
Read the full review here: http://blog.allenmitchum.com/2012/12/book-review-no-remorse-by-ian-walkley.html
Check out Allen’s book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YEO0PI/
I’m something of a software application junkie, and if there is something out there that claims to help writers write, plot, develop characters, improve vocab or whatever, I’ve probably tried it. Pity there’s not something to help debut authors get published.
Anyway, I thought I’d give a quick overview of some of the apps available for writers and aspiring writers. But I do want to emphasize that these applications can only ever facilitate the writer’s journey. It is the writer that must determine the story’s route, the travelers, and the destination.
Scrivener’s corkboard provides flexibility with chapter and scene structure.
For character development, I use Character Writer. It gives prompts on demographics, appearance, personality, relationships, dialogue and psychology. There is an Enneagram personality typology option, which helps with the understanding of character motivations and behaviour. My only beef is that Character Writer doesn’t automatically update the overall description when I edit one of the sub-categories.
I also use a fairly inexpensive app designed for movie scripts, called Contour. It allows me to fit my story into a classic three-act plot structure. With about 26 plot points, Contour is useful for identifying where to place obstacles to confront the protagonist, and add plot twists.
There are, of course, many other products competing out there for the writer’s dollar, most easily searchable and most offering trial periods for free.
These days, I can barely hand write enough to scrawl a greeting in one of my books. What I’d like to know is, how the Dickens did writers manage before computers?
I’ll be signing copies of No Remorse at the following locations:
Dymocks Chermside, 9th December 10.30am – 2pm
Dymocks Indooroopilly, 16th December 10.30am – 2pm
Dymocks Brisbane (Albert St) 19th December 12 noon – 2pm
Angus & Robertson PO Square, 20th December 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Hope to see you there and wish you a Happy Christmas!
Five star review on Amazon. Thank you Green Librarian.
I despise reviews that give away plot details, so there will be none of that! This is a story that sticks with you and makes you think. Believable characters and exotic settings – simply a fantastic read.
I cannot believe a major publishing house has not snapped up this author, he has the potential to be a best-selling writer.
If you love thrillers and military stories, read this. READ THIS.