Writing a biography is the closest thing to immortalizing a human being that we have. Once a person’s in a book, it lives on forever. Since time is our worst enemies – kudos for inventing it, right? – we are terrified of going out into the vast unknown without having left a trace of ourselves behind, an imprint – no matter how small – on the world we’ve lived in.
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I just want to share with you one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.
Some of you may know that I’m only a newbie author, with two short stories out (Sharpshooter due soon) as well as operating two blogs, The Writers Emporium and Destination Gallifrey (A blog for Dr Who fans).
I have been blessed to be accepted into a group for authors called Awethors of Awesomness, and let me tell you, this group lives up to its name.
On the 12th of April the group held an event for all members,Get Down With The Awethors, let me tell you this was an absolutely incredible event.
There were cover wars contests (vote for your favorite cover, and you’ll be pleased to learn that Dinner For Two made it through to the very final few rounds).Giveaways, free guest blog posts, a chance to meet new authors, make new friends and just generally support each other.
It was an incredibly complex event to organize especially considering the different time zones involved (your humble author was awake for 48 hours in case I missed anything, I kid you not).
All this hard work and dedication was brilliantly carried out by authors DM Cain, Stewart Bint, Rocky Rochford,Lisa Veldkamp and I’m sure a slew of others too (please forgive the fact that I don’t know everyone else).
I have a confession to make (no its ok you don’t need to block the site). I’ve always suffered from an inferiority complex since childhood.
When I started my journey as an author at the writing company where I should write essays for students who struggle with writing (and its only been four months), I was worried I couldn’t do that, that nobody would like my stuff but my biggest fear was my peers. I was convinced they’d turn their noses up at me, you a writer, darling three very short stories does not make you an author or go back to blogging dear.
Guess what? After the 12th I no longer have that fear.
I was welcomed and supported by an amazing array of very talented and successful authors with far more work than yours truly, did only being an author for four months make a difference?
Not a bit of it!
I made a lot of new friends and the overwhelming of this event was friendship and support. Honestly people, I’m almost in tears writing this, you just cannot understand how having the friendship and support of a group of like minded people around the world can be so uplifting.
I just need to say a huge thank you to the organizers, my new author friends and you my dear reader, for letting me tell you about this marvelous event.
My friend and fellow author, Rocky Rochford has written one of the most frightening short stories I’ve read in a very long time, Don’t Say A Word,(And that’s saying something coming from a horror writer!). The story takes us inside the mind of a seriel killer as he stalks and ultimately kills his victims. Shocking, brutal, yet completely believable, it is one story I highly recommend to all my readers.
I’m pleased to announce that Rocky has expanded on this short story with his new work, Don’t Turn Around..
I’ll let Rocky himself tell you more.
I know how much you’ve all been waiting for my next release and here it is.
David is a morose and belligerent youth with some very dark secrets. David is also a psychopath. Without an ability to feel love or compassion for others, he only feels alive when hes playing his beloved video games.
When David comes across the game Sharpshooter he knows he must own it at any cost-even murder.
But David doesn’t realize that Sharpshooter is far more than just an ordinary game and the smiling shopkeeper Mr Ukamiisnt quite the friendly shopkeeper he appears to be.
David will find himself transported to a nightmarish realm where he must fight for his very survival against all the victims of his past,
If David loses, its game over forever.
David is a very aggressive young man, in fact he has psychopathic tendencies. When he isn’t playing violent video games he’s daydreaming about different ways to murder his family. In a creepy second hand shop run by a mysterious African gentleman, David purchases Sharpshooter, the ultimate violent game but when he begins to play he’s dragged into a realm where he must battle against people he’s injured or killed in real life, if he loses its game over.. forever.
Sharpshooter, my new short story coming soon.
Thank you for stopping by.
Whew! what an intense few days, I spent all Saturday writing my story to Scrivener( a great writers tool.) uploading, amending, fixing typos and correcting links that didn’t work but finally, Mr Westacotts Christmas is now published on all e-reading platforms and is available from all major retailers (Amazon, Apple, BN, Page Foundry, Scribld, Tolina). I’ve spent the last few days promoting the story as much as I can.
As I mentioned in a previous post, 20c from the sale of each story will go to help a wonderful mental health organisation here in Australia, beyond blue. Depression, anxiety and lonliness are some of the most serious health issues in the world today and anything we can do to help sufferers is to be encouraged.
Can I please urge each and every one of my readers to buy a copy (only 99c USD) and you can help even more by leaving a review to help the story gain more visibility.
Thank you for taking the time to drop by. Firstly I’d like to say a big Thank You to everyone who has bought/downloaded my first short story, Dinner For Two, the response has been fantastic and the good news is that Amazon has price matched it so now its available FREE on all platforms.
Thanks for taking the time to drop by, I really do appreciate all the interest my readers show in me and my works. On this site I’ll be keeping you informed of all my latest projects as well as publishing pics and videos from all my latest promotional activities. I love any and all feedback so if you’d like to ask me a question I’ll answer them all (well maybe not all, I do have to keep some air of mystery lol.) You can also subscribe to my newsletter, by signing up you’ll be among the FIRST to hear of my latest books, release dates and so on. You’ll also be eligible to go into the running for the occasional competiton and take advantage of special promotions that aren’t available anywhere else. The site is a work in progress so you’ll notice some changes (all good I hope lol). I look forward to meeting you all.
Michael J Elliott.