The Road – 2014 Books And Beyond

Welcome back, dear readers, to another post about The Road, posts so named because they chronicle my journey as a man, a writer, and an author.

Back in the first post of this blog, I spoke about how I didn’t want to be a jack of all trades, that this site was intended to focus my writing. I wanted it to be a hub for both my interests and my books.

But what books are we talking about? Haven’t I alluded to this stuff before? What’s coming and when? Why am I asking when I know the answers already?

Read on, and find out the exciting news for 2014!

 

Being an author is something I’ve posted about on here before. For those of you not familiar or that haven’t read it it yet, go check out the About The Author page. I have a lot of interests, from card tricks to tiny plastic giant robots, but one thing I’ve always had a passion for is storytelling.

And that’s exactly what I’m doing.

Thanks to my awesome wife and the dream we share, a few years ago I was able to start working as an author full time. I am more thankful for that than can properly be expressed in a post like this.

A few months before that I’d started in on what I thought was just going to be a quick book written during my first NaNoWriMo, but my stories are always longer than I expect them to be.  This one turned into a 150,000 word monster that told two stories simultaneously as part of an overarching plot, coming together in one of the most epic conclusions I’ve ever experienced.

Not to spoil the details, but the conclusion involves a giant mecha, a monster from beyond space and time, a dimension hopping starship crew, and even a guy in a duck costume.

Here’s the one sentence description of the book.

[CiW] – A vigilante with a cursed chainsaw and an amnesiac farmer must stop a rogue god from manipulating a girl who possesses the power to summon an eldritch abomination.
Dark Humor \ Science Fiction \ Fantasy \ Horror \ Super Heroes \ Space Opera \ Adventure

It took me a year and a half to write that book… maybe even two years depending on how you count it. There were a few months in there where I took a break because of stress from my previous job, and I didn’t exactly keep track of those things. But hey, it got done, and I had something to show for my effort.

Except that the length would mean an expensive cover price for a print on demand book and the story was unusual enough that asking new readers to pay that much was, well, too much.

And so, that book got put on the back burner.

It was a tough decision. My family and friends knew I’d been working on it, and two years had gone by with not much to show outside of telling them I’ve been working on it. CiW is something I love, and I’m proud of it, but it needs to wait until I’ve got more readers, until people know me enough to take a chance on buying it and reading it.

The road requires patience, and I’ve got that in droves. Determined, I started in on making something that was old into something new, breathing life into a joke from years ago. It was to be something more marketable without compromising the things I loved to write about, and something that I could write shorter stories of, or at least things that fit into more manageable book sizes.

It would be both a love letter to my favorite author and my favorite genres, but a thing distinctly my own. A mixing of sword and sorcery, adventure and horror, epic badassery and dark humor…

It was going to be about a drunk adventurer fighting monsters, saving women, encountering gods, and fighting women.

And it turned out to be much more.

From a character that was supposed to be in CiW but wasn’t, whose name is a joke from high school, something awesome has grown. These are stories I love to write and still love to read, and I sincerely hope the world finds some joy in reading them for themselves.

And getting paid for it would be nice.

It’s never a good idea to do art for the sake of money, but getting money for art is a good idea.

I’d be telling these stories no matter what, just because it’s what I love to do and not doing it is something that would drive me crazy. But I’ve been given the opportunity to do this full time, and actually making money at it supports being able to keep doing that.

I’m patient, and the goals are getting closer.

And that’s where 2014 comes in.

I’m finally at a point where I have enough books ready that I can start publishing. Starting in 2014 I’ll be publishing two books a year, using both ebook and a print on demand. I’ll still be writing during this time, as well as posting on this blog, and I’ll also be marketing the books.

While I’m not ready to give you explicit details like character names, excerpts, or even the titles of the books, I wanted this to be an official announcement of what to expect.

 

Here’s a sneak peak!

[TWW] – A barbarian adventurer wakes up with a hangover in an empty town full of the mutilated dead. He drinks some more and pisses in a very evil well.
Dark Humor \ Fantasy \ Horror \ Adventure

[TIOLM] – A slave ship wrecks on the coast of a mysterious island, and the lone survivor must contend with the wiles of a goddess, a witch, and the men who’d chained him.
Dark Humor \ Fantasy \ Horror \ Mystery \ Adventure

[TWR]  – When a naked barbarian saves her life, a former prostitute joins him in an adventure that will take her to the ruined crown of the world, facing frozen ghosts, a fallen king, and an ancient witch who bargains for beloved dead.
Dark Humor \ Fantasy \ Horror \ Adventure

 

Those all involve the same main character, an adventurer who is often not drunk enough for the situations he finds himself in. The books will be illustrated by an artist that I have an immense amount of respect for, and I’ve had a heck of a lot of fun writing them. I’ve also got a special announcement about them coming up, but that’s not ready to be revealed until they’re much closer to publication.

Man, it feels good to be able to talk more about this stuff I’ve been working on for years, and it’s going to be even better when things are getting published. Soon I’ll be able to mention a character by name in public!

Expect more updates as things come along! Excerpts! Illustrations! Awesome!

 

So, dear reader, how do the one sentence (or so) story descriptions sound? Do these things sound like stuff you’d want to read if you stumbled across them in a bookshop?

And would you ask why they were on the floor where people could stumble across them?

Leave me a comment and let me know! And don’t forget that you can redditwitterface it with your hyperlexic friends using the links below.

~Matt Booker

7 thoughts on “The Road – 2014 Books And Beyond

  1. Those all sound fantastic!

    I have been waiting on CiW since you first talked about it on here. Super cool that it’s eventually going to come out.

    The adventurer books really have me intrigued. ^_^

    AND I LOVE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS. What type of illustrations are you going to do or can you say right now?

    About dark humor and horror, are you meaning something like Evil Dead and Army of Darkness?

    And also….

    Please tell me TWR’s ‘former prostitute’ is more than just a damsel in distress slash wilting flower. She actually does things in the story, right?

    RIGHT?

  2. Thanks!

    I’m wanting black and white illustrations, like you’d find in a lot of older books and things like the original Blizzard manuals for Warcraft and Diablo. Especially kinds that use a lot of shadow, as those are probably my favorite kind of illustrations.

    Dark humor refers to how I like to put humor in the midst of horror. It’s not the main focus of the thing, but an aspect of it. I do enjoy Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, as well as stuff like Tucker and Dale vs Evil and The Last Lovecraft, if that says anything. Just don’t expect slapstick. :)

    And the ‘former prostitute’ in TWR is much more than a damsel in distress and much more than a wilting flower. This doesn’t mean that she’s a super badass, though. This is probably best for a post all on its own, but one thing I see in a lot of things like movies is badly written women, where they try so hard to not be wilting flowers that they end up being RAR I’M A WOMAN BUT I’M JUST AS GOOD AS YOU MEN RAR and it comes off as ridiculous.

    The answer to ‘How do I write believable women?’ is just to write a believable person.

    Or for lulz you can answer with a quote from As Good As It Gets.

    But as for her actually doing things in the story, there is a reason she’s the focus of that story description. :)

    ~Matt Booker

  3. Congrats dude! I’m excited to see the printed editions! (because I’m old and ebooks make me weep a little).

  4. I’m glad the books sound awesome! I’m having fun with them, so that should translate over into them being fun for readers too.

    If you want to write a book, November is a good time to start. NaNoWriMo is about to get started, so go sign up. It’s a fun thing to participate in, and there might even be a local group that’s doing it in your area.

    And shameless promotion is always appreciated, as long as it’s for a good cause like making people laugh. :) In Soviet Ratchet, robot transform you!

    ~Matt Booker

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