As I publish my latest novel, ‘Earth’s Last Hope’ people ask me, why?
That’s a head-scratcher.
I will couch this next paragraph with blunt honesty. Everyone thinks that they can write.
While you might have made it through high school English and college, that doesn’t mean you can write. It’s not impossible, but it takes practice. It takes more than just practice. It takes passion.
When I think back on all the hours I spent learning to paint or play the guitar, the passion drove me.
“Why?” That is the question that drove me.
Since I began my writing career, I have written over forty-five million words. Yes, that’s quantified.
Much like my early painting, I cringe when I look backward at my previous works.
‘That is how it should be.’
Some predators thought they could write. Since these predators can’t, they pose as SMEs in a facet of writing.
I know of nobody that doesn’t think their first novel isn’t going to be a New York Times Best Seller.
Reality is a sucky thing, but don’t stop dreaming. Dream big. Be real… Get beta readers that you trust.
These posers know that if you spend time writing a novel, you are so involved that you will spend money to make it big. While they laugh all the way to the bank, your hopes are what you got for your money.
I get that same ‘feeling’ when I purchase a lottery ticket. My dollars’ worth of entertainment is this. “What will I do with all that money when I win?”
Friends, that is the only reason to spend that dollar. If you paid attention in your statistics class, you understand that the house always wins. Stay out of gambling joints unless you have money to piss away.
Yes, I go to Vegas but have an ‘oh shit budget.’ The key is to realize that the ATM is not a slot machine.
When those wheels don’t end where I wanted,” Well, Shit.”
When the house wins….”Well, shit.”
Vegas is an atmosphere for entertainment. Not a retirement strategy.
Writing novels is not a retirement strategy; it is entertainment. Firstly, it is entertainment for the author. Secondly, it is a stepping stone toward being better at your craft. Thirdly and lastly, it is entertainment for your audience.
With those few words of wisdom, let me expound on my latest novel.
Earth’s last hope, in short, is this… Hope.
In this novel, I kill off 8 billion folks and destroy the planet, and …the story has a happy ending.
Please don’t spoil it for yourself and read the last chapter first; it won’t make sense.
For you writers, the characters had negative and positive arcs. The story has negative and positive arcs.
For you readers, it’s a page-turner.
The story is light sci-fi, a thriller, and a romance with a strong female lead.
I hope you read my book, give me feedback and if you like it, please go to the place you purchased it and leave a review.
Over a million books are put into the marketplace every year. Trust me, few of those books are worth the time to read.
The Star People is the backstory of the main character. I published a version of it in our league’s Anthology to whet the appetite of readers like yourself. In Earth’s Last Hope, those few chapters are included but modified to go along with the rating and theme of the book.
Some names changed, as did the rating. MA 14.
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Much Love -Scott