September 30, 2015
A Fury of Angels, Andrew Toynbee, angel, demon, fiction, novel, paranormal, short stories
Back in June, I wrote a blog post about my aim to achieve Quarter of a Million words by midsummer. That particular goal was achieved, and more, so I looked ahead and wondered if it would be madness to aim for half a million before the end of 2015.
Crazy, I thought. Half a million?
Now, at the time of writing, I’ve somehow (and it still amazes me) racked up 410,000 real words, most of them the in order right.
(Yes, I know I did the same joke back in June) *shrugs.*
So, at this point, half a million words before the year end seems achievable. My target for the end of September (this week), if I had been writing consistently, was 375,000. Bang. Blown that figure out of the water.
How have I been able to put down so many words this year? Having a whole string of contracted short stories to write has been a major part of this, leaving me with no shortage of writing material. Got a block? Simply skip over to another story until the block passes.
The downside of all this is that my third book, and the last in the trilogy, ‘A Fury of Angels,’ has slipped behind schedule, so if I’m to complete it in time for my editor to savage (kidding!) in January, I need to put aside at least a month to complete it.
If only I had a cloning machine…
September 22, 2015
A Construct of Angels, actor, angel, book, demon, movie, novel, paramedic, teaser trailer, trailer, writer, york
image courtesy of jaylopez at Stock Xchng, modified by Andrew Toynbee
In the past few days, I’ve released several teaser trailers for ‘A Construct of Angels,’ my live-action trailer.
Now here’s the full video, which has gone through many phases of editing, as well as a beta review by several friends.
A Construct of Angels (novel).
image courtesy of gianni testore at Stock Xchng
As with writing, it’s only once you embark on making something like this, do you realise how many people become involved. Creating something as complex as a novel or a short movie requires patience, dedication and a number of good friends, willing to lend a hand.
There were many other elements I wanted to add to this short trailer, but time, money (i.e. the lack of it) and a wish to see this released on September 16th, the day the first book begins, all led to the video being wrapped up in late August, with a few last-minute edits (inevitably).
I hope you like it. I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the time to make a sequel, but who knows? If the response is encouraging, then it would be worthwhile.
Until then, I endeavour to Write On…
September 15, 2015
A Construct of Angels, actor, angel, contdown, demon, live action, Sara Finn, September 16th, teaser, trailer, video, york, YouTube
It’s been a long time coming, but my efforts to create a live action trailer for my novel are nearing completion:
The Full video will be released on September 16th. It’s been almost three years (November 2012) since I conceived the idea of a live-action trailer. Finding people to feature in it has been difficult. I’ve tried in vain to engage drama schools in both Burton-upon-Trent and York areas, and eventually managed, with the help of a work colleague, to find Tamar, the young lady who acts out the role of Sara Finn, my main character.
More on this feature in a couple of days.
Logo created by Tarnya Rutheford
November 15, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, Amazon, angel, CreateSpace, paperback, publish, self-publish
Ordering the CreateSpace proof copy was a good move. Definitely. The 1.5 line spacing I’d used to prevent the book being as thin as an advertising flyer made the whole story look as if it was a child’s book.
I changed the spacing to 1.0, which immediately shrank the page count to the point where the cover would have wrapped twice around the book. Oops.
So some re-jigging was called for. After several infuriating days watching words, sentences, and images sliding around of their own free will (anyone who has worked with Word will know what I mean), I’ve finally arrived at a point where the MS is where I need it to be.
Six copies have now been ordered from the US, along with another six copies of CoA for my ‘impulse buy’ stocks.
I can now declare book 2 to be over and done with, done and dusted, completed and in the bag. *shifts focus to book 3.*
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to:
March 16, 2013
A Construct of Angels, agent, Amazon, angel, battle, book, demon, eBook, force, novel, publisher, self-publish, supernatural
This week’s extract is from ‘A Construct of Angels’ and describes the impromptu angel Michael’s battle against the self-named Damocles, an Anakim, or demon’s offspring.
At this point, Michael is only just beginning to realise his powers and has very little to time to explore them before Damocles attacks him with deadly force.
White light exploded across Michael’s vision as a hurricane of force roared about him; the world spun away in a dizzying blur and the ground hurled itself aside to give way to a vast body of water. Something dark slammed into Michael’s chest, smashing the breath out of him.
Spinning wildly, he ripped across the sky, supersonic shockwaves exploding from his arms and legs, but Michael willed his hurtling body to stop and the shockwaves instantly vanished from his limbs – but even as he slowed, a dark blur rocketed straight towards him.
This time Michael’s reactions were faster – he spun around, avoiding the hurtling shape just as he had side-stepped the black sword and watched as Damocles exploded past him like a missile, already turning to strike again. Watching the black dot grow larger by the second, Michael’s determination resolved – he would no longer be pushed around by the approaching Anakim.
Damocles cannoned into him faster than a fighter jet.
March 7, 2013
Andrew Toynbee, angel, beyond the text, book, character, demon, Draegon Grey, interview, novel, publish, self-publish
Following mine and Sara’s interview with Draegon Grey, I asked if he’s looking for other authors to interview; other books to review.
The answer was yes. :)
So, if you’d like to Draegon to feature your finished novel or novella, leave a comment here or track him down on Twitter or Facebook and he’ll get back to you.
I hope that you enjoyed reading the interview.