This bright, quirky fantasy, gives "superhero" a whole new meaning... The world Russ creates is so real, so believable, that you're left wanting more of this character driven, action packed book. - One of my first reviews of Crimson Son, a 5 star review from the Author Visits. Now that the Crimson Son Universe has … Continue reading Giving Superhero a Whole New Meaning?
One thing I hoped to do with the saga was subvert the normal genre conventions like with my Crimson Son Universe superhero series. Tweak those expectations traditional publishers have drilled into you. It's a risk for sure, but I wouldn't be publishing independently if I wasn't willing to take them.
Crimson Son isn't the first superhero novel out there by far. While comic book publishers such as Marvel and DC have been writing companion novels for quite sometime, it could be argued that at least the raw idea of a "superhero novel" predates the comic book format itself. Sue Storm is merely a descendant of the Invisible … Continue reading A Hidden Genre – The Superhero Novel
I try to steer clear of politics on this blog. Religion. Anything people are going to get up in arms about and forget why I'm here - just to Make Shit Up. Lately there has been a lot of buzz in the air about sexism and gender bias in genre fiction. If you aren't aware, … Continue reading Breaking It Down
My Creative Writing professor last year called my work "edgy". A good friend at my Crit Group put it more simply - "you write some dark shit." Even my humor has a blackness to it that may not sit well with everyone's tastes. My first reaction when I heard this was "What? Me?" even as I … Continue reading Snicker Snack Goes My Vorpal Pen
We have a tradition with our crit group. Every Tuesday night, we gather to critique each other's work and then a bunch of us will slip off to a local bar for our after party. It's not what you think. We're the most unlikely bar patrons. You'd think as writers, we'd all be raging alcoholics, suffering … Continue reading Romancing the Genres
I had a productive writing week. I managed to crank out a 5k word short story and get it sent off to the publisher. Now, as usual, I get to try to ignore the fact I sent it and wait around for several weeks to hear anything. Currently, I have three stories drifting around somewhere … Continue reading Mash-ups and Mud Wrestling