Sunday, January 30, 2011

Being somewhat of a social recluse, having a blog site that’s intended
to put me and my book, “StarScout Rising – First Trail” into the
worldwide social network is quite a leap for me. But, I do thank all
who visit the site; hopefully it will be worth your time.

I’m a newly published author of a science fiction novel. Like most
novice authors I went through several years of rejection after
rejection from big name publishing houses and literary agents until a
new publishing firm, Kayto Communications, in Juneau Alaska agreed to
a small first printing. Many thanks to Tom Nelson, owner of Kayto
Communications for taking a chance on “StarScout Rising” – I truly
hope it works out – for both of us.

I’ve found that the actual writing of the novel seems to be the easy
part of the process. Getting the book published and marketed is the
hard part – especially the marketing – but isn’t that the case with
any new product?

The genesis for “StarScout Rising” actually began many, many, years
ago when I was a young boy. I was an only child and as both of my
parents worked full-time; I spent much of my after school hours and
Saturdays dreaming up imaginary friends, villains, animals and places.
And, as I was an avid reader of science fiction, those imaginary
creations more likely than not would have a “sci-fi” flavor. Heck, I
was visiting Mars long before we ever landed the Martian Rovers. In
fact, NASA could have saved themselves a whole lot of money by just
asking me what the terrain of Mars looked like instead of spending all
of those dollars on rockets and payloads to the Red Planet.

“StarScout Rising” has multiple story lines and I have to admit I
didn’t plan it that way. But, the more I wrote, the more the story
expanded and surprised even me with some of the twists and turns.
Also interesting enough, about half-way through the first volume I had
one of those “aha!” moments and saw the culmination of the entire
story – the final chapter, who was there, where it took place, and why
the story had to end that way - and it made perfect sense. The only
problem is that I still have to write the in-between parts and fill in
the rest of the story . .