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"I'm Creative, Deal With It" by K.Edwin Fritz

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Hello, world.
I’m K. Edwin Fritz, one of the authors in the Ash Falls StoryVerse. For my inaugural post to the Gazette I thought I’d take a stab at once and for all answering a question I get asked all the time… "Where do you get your ideas?"
My short answer is the blunt title above: “I’m creative. Deal with it.”
My long answer? Well… it’s not really an answer. It’s more of a kind of venting at how annoying this question can become over time. I mean, seriously, why is it that simply saying "I guess I'm just a creative person," isn't a good enough answer?
Why is it that people don’t seem to believe me when I tell them ideas pop into my head all the time… while I’m driving, when I’m eating, when I’m reading, when I’m sick, when I’m showering, when I’m buying groceries, when I’m at funerals, when I’m buying a new car, when I’m supposed to be doing other work, and pretty much every third time I catch myself breathing?
Why is it they politely scoff when I explai…

Goodreads Review of "The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft" by H.P. Lovecraft

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The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About once a year, I take a reading tour through the "founders" of the genres I write in. For Fantasy I tend to re-read The Lord of the Rings. For Science Fiction I will work my way through a few works by Heinlein or Asimov. (Though I will occasionally read Anne McCaffery's "Pern" novels in place of either Fantasy or Sci-Fi.)

And, for Horror, I read H.P. Lovecraft.

I tended to avoid horror when I was younger, simply because I had no taste for "splatter" - descriptive violence in place of thoughtful writing. Then, in my Junior year in High School, I was introduced to a short story by an English Teacher. I read "The Rats In The Walls" for the first time, and my whole outlook on horror was changed forever.

After that, (and every year since) I devoured every piece of fiction that Lovecraft created. Here there were no chainsaw massacres, no knife-fingered demons, no hockey-ma…

Something App-Like This Way Comes

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Welcome to October! We are six months (or so) into our discovery of Ash Falls. The mystery surrounding the circle of dhampir keeps growing in The Perpetuals. Hostile spirits threaten our very existence in Fallen. Rob keeps setting things on fire in Reborn. And we've introduced the ever-so-corrupt AFPD and their serial killer nemesis in Holly.

Not to mention that we've completed our first Ash Falls novel, Inheritance.

But there has been some unrest among the readers recently. "Jeremy," they've begun asking, "we can't help but notice that nothing has been updated on the Ash Falls web site in a few weeks. You're not getting ready to abandon Ash Falls, are you? Because bad things will happen if you leave us hanging in the middle of four different story-lines..."

Now, just put down the pitchforks and torches for a moment. What is actually happening is pretty exciting.

We've entered the final beta testing phase for the Fictionite app! Real Soon N…

Goodreads Review of "Midnight Crossroad", by Charlaine Harris

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Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fast. Fun. Those who have missed the Charlaine Harris of the early Sookie Stackhouse novels are in for a treat when they visit Midnight, Texas in her novel Midnight Crossroad.

I wasn't even aware that the new "Midnight, Texas" series existed until the ads for the new television series began airing. (In my defense, I've been busy.) After discovering the book was on sale for only $2.99 due to the TV series release, how could I refuse?

That, my friends, was the best $3 I have spent in a very long time.

We have a whole raft of quirky characters and shifting POVs that plug us into everyone's heads. The characters are simultaneously fantastical and real, with glimpses into better than half a dozen...personalities. I can't exactly say "people", because this is a Charlaine Harris novel, after all.

Though the supernatural is everywhere in this book, it is actually not the focus of the story, which …

Goodreads Review of "The Way of Kings", by Brandon Sanderson

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, do you like a good "team-building" storyline? The losers condemned to work together, attempting to overcome overwhelming odds? Yeah, me too.

How about a heist novel? You know, lots of plotting and scheming, lies and machinations, as the protagonist searches for a way to obtain the object of their desire? Yup, I totally dig those as well.

And how do you feel about grand fantasy? Politics, ancient lineages, and sweeping battlegrounds. Larger than life characters, performing acts for the ages. Really? Me too!

So, take all three of those books, place them in a completely unique world with off-the-wall weather patterns, and then bind them all into the same 1,000+ page novel.

And there you have "The Way of Kings."

Which, by the way, is apparently the first in a planned group of TEN novels sharing the same setting and linked characters.

Honestly, I don't know when Brandon Sanderson finds the time to breathe, …

The Impromptu Reading

On Saturday, September 23, we had a party for the release of Inheritance. Halfway through the party, our hostess and my wife talked me into an unscheduled (and unrehearsed) reading from the new book. Since no planning went into this, we made no arrangements for recording the event.

Luckily, our good friend Kristie Netzer grabbed her cell phone and was able to capture about 2 minutes of the 5 minute reading. Thanks, Kristie! I've done what I can to raise the audio levels, but you will need to turn up the volume a bit. Enjoy!

- Jeremy