Introducing Cameron Ryan

This week’s Sacrifice character reveal includes art that I created myself. I’m not skilled at creating comic book concept art, so I decided to make digital concept portraits for some of the characters. This gives you an idea of how I picture the characters as I’m writing the story.

Cameron Ryan portraitCameron Ryan is the girlfriend that Katherine Reese isn’t supposed to have. She was born in Australia as a mix of Australian and Tibetan, but her parents died when she was just a baby. She was adopted by her uncle who lived in the States, and spent her whole life in New York unaware of the supernatural world. Cameron’s eyes are opened to mystical elements when she learns Kat is a meta-human and rogue werewolves are discovered in her neighborhood—leaving her world forever changed.

 

Writing Tips for Beginners

There’s one question that I get asked more than any other.

“What are some tips for new writers?”

I decided to share a handful of tips that I’ve dished out to friends who are interested in writing. I feel like most of these tips are important regardless of what you’re writing, but some are just my suggestions and not mandatory for success.

Don’t stop writing. Sounds simple enough, right? Writing is a craft made better through practice. I keep all of my writing projects filed away whether I finish them or not. If I need a boost of confidence that shows me that I’m improving, I’ll flip through an old manuscript and marvel at how I’ve improved.

Never stop learning. The web is filled with information that can help you improve your craft, so take advantage of online resources. You can join writer critique groups or attend writer’s workshops.

Read as much as you write. I analyze everything I read whether I’m reading a comic book or a novel. You’ll learn new words, new ways to get inspired or tell a story, or just something that pushes you want to write more.

Build an outline. Outlines aren’t used by every writer, but I personally work best when I make a basic outline. Outlines can be modified throughout the drafting stages. I start with just the basic plot points, and then I work off of that building block. If my story evolves and goes in a different direction, I simply adjust my outline and keep writing.

Don’t edit until the first draft is finished. This is one tip I always give new writers. You can fix anything in the revision process, so don’t slow yourself down during your first draft. To attempt editing before you even finish the complete story would have you running in circles, and would be a complete detriment to your progress.

Read On Writing by Stephen King. I don’t care if you purchase the book, borrow it from a friend, or go to the library—just read it! This book offers invaluable information for writers to improve their craft. I also find the book very motivating, despite King’s no bullshit approach to explaining. This is a book that I always keep on hand, and I read whenever I feel like I need a swift kick to get back on track.

Write what you love. This tip sounds like a no brainer, but it’s easy to forget what’s important. Don’t write a story that you aren’t interested in just because you think the topic would please someone else.  What’s the point in writing any fiction if you can’t write with passion? Write the stories that you want to tell, and stories that you would want to read.

Hope you found these tips to be informative. You can subscribe if you don’t want to miss future writing tips, and don’t forget to keep reading and writing!

Introducing the Characters of Sacrifice

I promised that I would reveal the characters of Sacrifice, and I didn’t want to leave my readers hanging! I’m kicking things off today by revealing an illustration of Sacrifice’s humble protagonist.

Here is an illustration of Katherine Reese that was created by Jerry Buckholt.

Kat Reese JB print

Kat is a meta-human who lives a double life, but her duplicity begins to fall apart when she investigates werewolf attacks across the country. Her family has no knowledge that Kat has meta-human abilities, or that she is part of secret supernatural military that protects the world. She also has a girlfriend—against the rules of her military contract—which becomes problematic when she finds rogue werewolves are hiding out in her girlfriend’s backyard. In her attempt to protect her significant other, Kat uncovers a startling plan that will disrupt the balance between the humans and the supernatural. She must find a way to protect her loved ones, and keep the peaceful balance of the world.

She has the ability to teleport, super strength, and healing powers, but her talents mean nothing if she can’t protect her loved ones. Kat discovers she might have to sacrifice everything to save them.

Stay tuned as more characters are revealed! And a big shout out to Jerry for creating such stunning illustrations for my Kickstarter!

SACRIFICE Kickstarter Reward Tiers

Looking for some people to read over my reward tier to see if this a reasonable list. Please remember that the money for backing the reward has to go towards the physical reward items, shipping, and most importantly the project’s goals. The money from my Kickstarter that doesn’t go to the rewards, goes toward the professional editing, professional cover design, formatting for paperback, formatting for ebook, and more. I’d also like to pay my friends for their time in helping me create concept art and banners. Let me know your thoughts of the reward tiers, and which you feel holds the most value.

TIER ONE $1 – website shout out/thank you

TIER TWO $15 – PDF of the final product. Plus tier one

TIER THREE $30 – Paperback copy of the book signed. Plus tiers one and two.

TIER FOUR $50 – Paperback copy of the book signed, art print, plus tiers one and two.

TIER FIVE $75 – Paperback copy of book signed, choice of two art prints, plus tiers one and two.

TIER SIX $100 – (limited to five backers) Everything in tier four plus an acknowledgment in my book.

TIER SEVEN $500 – (limited to two backers) The backers name will be used as a minor character in the book- most likely a werewolf or mage that will be killed off in a fun and brutal fashion.Will also receive everything in tier four.

If stretch goals are reached (meaning I exceed my goal of $3,000) then I will add extra rewards. If I completely blow away my initial goal, then I will try for a mini comic and extra prints. I’d even like to do a hardcover version with some illustrations. Maybe even some bookmarks and postcards?

Sacrifice Kickstarter Illustration Pt1

I know I promised an art reveal a few days ago, but the Kickstarter has been delayed again. I’m waiting on character concept art to be completed for my video. I don’t want to record myself on webcam just talking about the project when I can introduce you to the characters instead. I’m really frustrated with all the delays, but I would rather postpone to make sure everything launches successfully.

Here’s the pencil sketch of the Sacrifice illustration done by artist P.R. Dedelis. He is also the artist for my Extinction comic. You can find more of his work on his FB page or you can email him directly at arucardpl@gmail.com

I’ll reveal the finished color piece in a few days, but I hope this will suffice for now. Here we see the protagonist, Kat Reese, defending her girlfriend from some pretty grumpy werewolves. She’s a badass meta-human, but she’s still at risk of infection without the proper armor! There’s absolutely no cure for the Were virus.

Sacrifice_Pencils

 

Thanks for your patience and stay turned for more updates! And please message me if you are a blogger that would like to do an author interview, a Sacrifice preview, or just discuss diversity in literature.