I know I’ve been MIA for a while, and I apologize. For those who know me, this is the busiest time of year for me, as I get the pleasure of working with the talented crew of the Knott’s Scary Farm’s production team as we bring nightmares to life. (Pretty cool pitch, right?) Even as my schedule has become less than ideal, I wanted to let everyone know that Tainted is still plugging away through the editing process. And I must say, it really is coming together nicely. I’ve spent a lot of time chiseling the story down into a lean, mean, horror machine... wait, that sounds dumb... Let’s try this. A lean, mean, rip your face off and eat it because it likes it, nightmare of a ride... ok, that’s better. Not great, but better. With that said, I’m really happy with how the story is turning out.
Before I get swept back into the raging torrent that is Knott’s Scary Farm, I wanted to share a review I received from one of Tainted’s beta readers:
First, let me say I personally am not the ideal demographic for this book. It was not written for me, a middle aged stay at home mom. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading it. This book is a thoughtfully written and well crafted horror fiction. It nods respectfully to the campy and well loved nostalgia of seventies horror movies. There were enough twist and turns that I got dizzy with anticipation of what could possibly be hiding around the bend. The non-linear plot line kept me reeling with curiosity. The Author writes in a way that assumes his reader is as intelligent as he is. Character developed is solid, resulting in a cast of characters that are complex and interesting. It feels very intentional that each character was giving enough substance, they could stand alone as the main in their own story line. This brings me to the way Point of View is delivered. Using a omniscience Multi character point of view which offers a more holistic and layered storytelling. I was reminded of the parable about two wolves living inside us, a good wolf and a bad wolf, the one who wins is the one we feed. The beast of Tainted are fed well, and often. I appreciate that the Author went full bore into gore and destruction, never shying away from describing scenes that make you cringe. With that said, there was plenty of personal growth and relationship drama to balance out the bat-shit crazy. I liked the added element of real life drama by including the ever present raging wildfires of California. It helped bridge the world of fantasy and reality. The end crescendos and fades in a way that is both satisfying and entices the reader with hints of exploring more of the story.
Pretty cool, right? I’m excited, are you excited?
I must go, but I will share again soon!
Till next time,
I need your help, but don’t worry, I think some of you might like a chance at what I need. I am looking for beta readers to give the manuscript for Tainted a once over. You will be some of the first people to read the story in its entirety. Exciting, I know!
If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to hold off until the manuscript is polished, I absolutely understand!
Finally, let me say thank you... Thank you for backing this passion project of mine, thank you for continuing to support me through all of this, and thank you for your patience. I want nothing more than to get this book into your hands, but I want to make sure it is perfect!
Well, it’s finally happened... I have an update, brief as it may be.
The first round of editing has begun on Tainted, and I couldn’t be more excited. I received word last week to begin trimming and tightening the story up, and have been working on it as often as I possibly can afford.
I hope you can forgive the brevity of the update, but I really must get back to it!
Three chapters down, nineteen more to go...
I know its been rather quiet lately, so I wanted to give you something to chew on for a bit while we wait for the production of Tainted to begin.
On another note, I just wanted to remind everyone that even though Tainted has been put into production, pre-orders are still available! Pass the word along!
I know things have been rather quiet since Halloween, but I assure you that this is merely the calm before the storm. Things are going to pick up very soon. To pass the time, I’ve posted my latest blog at www.pjmarshman.wordpress.com. Stop on by and check out what I’ve been up to! And, if you haven’t already, take a moment to peruse the archives. It details my process, or rather the adventure I began the moment I announced that I had written a novel. Let me know what you think, I’m always looking for feedback!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and I’ll update again as soon as I can!
I wanted to take a moment and fill you in on what has been happening since Halloween. As the clock struck five here in California and the contest came to a close, I did in fact breath a heavy sigh of relief. The contest had been stressful, to say the least. And, how couldn’t I be stressed out? There were some great books nipping at my heels!
Well, after the clock struck five, I took my son trick or treating and then went to work. The next morning I received a couple packets of paperwork from Inkshares. The end and the beginning, if you will, to my ongoing adventure. The packets were intense, and definitely forced me to really think about how and where this book should and will be sold. As I tirelessly filled out the paperwork, going over every detail a dozen times or more, I realized that this was the first step to becoming a real bonafide author.
Wow, just wow...
Anyways, before I get all gushy, let me continue. I have since turned in all of the paperwork, along with my manuscript and spec script! Exciting, I know! Everyone at Inkshares has been great and I look forward to working with them through the process ahead!
So, where do we stand now? Well, now begins the long wait as everything works behind the scenes... in the shadows (ooh, spooky). The book is still on pre-sale, so continue to spread the word! If you haven’t already, you can follow the adventure from the beginning at www.pjmarshman.wordpress.com. I will have a new entry by this weekend going more in depth about what’s been going on. Join the fun!
Thank you all for joining me on this adventure. I am truly excited, and I look forward to taking this project as far as I can!
Congrats to Dean and Michael for taking first and second place in the contest!
I am utterly speechless at the moment and will update everyone soon! Thank you, everyone, who helped take Tainted all the way to third place!
Thank you for your interest in my first novel, Tainted! I appreciate the support you have shown me in my pursuit toward publishing this beast.
I am currently sitting snuggly in 4th place, about ten new readers behind the third place contestant. This doesn’t, however, mean that Tainted will not get published. The rules state that they may choose others to publish, even if they are not in the top three, so... there is still a chance!
Anyways, I wanted to let everyone know that even if this doesn’t work out and the book doesn’t get published this time around, I will continue to look into other avenues to get it out to the world. I will keep you all posted, and thank you again!
P.S. Continue to share this with everyone you know! Combined we have contact with enough people to blow the competition right out of the water! I appreciate all the help you have already given and in three weeks we will see how this all turns out!
Stay scary! Keep sharing! Hug a puppy!
P.S...S? I added the first couple scenes to the screenplay I wrote to coincide with the book. You can check it out here:
Let me know what you think!