I write books — mostly novels, but some non-fiction, too. Let’s start with the non-fiction, since, right now, there’s only one freely available. It’s How to Write a Good Book in 17 Days, Get-it-written self-help for serious writers
This is my step-by-step how-to guide on how to write a good book quickly and efficiently, written by an author who swore it was impossible …until she did it herself …three times in a row. And she’s a dedicated ‘pantser’, not a ‘plotter’.
Now, you can, too.
A must-have book for all serious
writers who want and need to pay the bills doing what they love.
“Way back before I set a moratorium on publishing my novels because of piracy, I set out to write at least two books a year. And did it. In fact, all three of my Montana Love Story novels were written in a month and under, with the second and still unpublished third book drafted in seventeen days and sixteen days, respectively. It was something which I hadn’t thought myself capable, that is to write a good book — one of my books — in shorter than a year. I proved to myself that I could …only to quit publishing in a fit of temper about all my books having been pirated, even those exclusive to Amazon.
Now, a full two years plus since my last novel’s release, an author friend’s needs prompted me to put my process down in an orderly, organized guide. Here it is.
I write under one and another pen names. E. J. Ruek, C. J. “Country” James, and Aeros are presently in use of my extensive list of monikers. I even sign checks using my pen names. That’s how serious I was about hiding my identity as a woman at the onset of my writing career …because, honestly, being a woman was a huge handicap unless you wrote stream of consciousness literary (while being somebody’s pet project at the Ivy League level …and it helped to live in Martha’s Vineyard or the Hampton’s). Otherwise, you had to write mysteries, sword-and-sorcery, high fantasy, butterflies-in-the-tummy romance… — something suitably female. If, like me, you wrote everything but, and though I felt my gender shouldn’t matter, it did. It mattered to agents, publishers, and, especially, to readers. Since, now, I’m self-publishing most of my work, hiding my identity and gender doesn’t matter as much, because, once you read my work, you’ll either love it and be back for more, or move on.
I don’t write common fare. Not at all. I can …but, especially now, I don’t. I write everything with significant double and even triple meanings. I think I do it well, but it’s nice to be recognized by both the gatekeepers and the common man. As John Ward so kindly put it: “…language is your plaything.”
Anyway, here are details for E. J’s novels and for short story anthology, C. J.’s Westerns, and for my epic SF, A Gathering of Rebels, which is space fiction, or space opera, by, for, and about aliens living in our cosmos. Included are full 10% reading samples of all seven books, one book, the SF, which is published in two volumes because it is length–two books in one.
The novels aren’t a series, but they are interconnected. Deborah in To Inherit a Murderer is a significant secondary character in Old Hickory Lane. And, in fact, Warren Jeffries shows up or gets a mention in C. J.’s books presented below. These are books about people — real people who live or lived in the Panhandle region of North Idaho and in Western Montana — though their identities are so camouflaged by stirring and mixing several people into one or splitting one person into several that nobody who lives in the region has yet successfully guessed who they might be.
Old Hickory Lane is about a paranormally gifted veterinarian struggling with prejudice and bigotry — his own as well as that directed toward him because of his Native blood, though the paranormal elements are mostly very subtle. To Inherit a Murderer also suggests the paranormal — just an inkling — but may jar, even disturb you because a very tough, childless woman is quite literally willed care of a troubled pre-teen. When I say, “She suspects he’s a murderer …and he is,” in the strap line on the cover, I mean it.
Slightly Disturbing Stories is a short story anthology characteristically ‘E. J. Ruek’ in delivery. They’ll intrique you, entertain you, rivet you, and maybe frustrate you a little bit, too, because they stick in your brain forever once you’ve read them. Enjoy.
There are 36 more books outlined for this Western family saga. Billed as modern Western romance, the truth is that these novels are Western family saga. They are Country at its very best. Men enjoy them as much as women because I handle, both, the male and female relationship points-of-view very even-handedly. These are, in fact, books about love — love of another — but also love of the land and the life — ranch life …country life — its challenges and its virtues.
These novels about the character of the rugged, independent people who survive and, sometimes, thrive, in this land I now call home. It’s about ‘all Americans’, and, sometimes, about when city meets country.
Think of your favorite modern Western movie or TV show. Think of a good Country Western song. That’s what these books are like to read.
In a cosmos filled with myriad and diverse species, freedom is prized above all else. But freedom means nothing without life, and the corrupt are killing the free, planet by planet, system by system, against all rule of law. To stop it, enforcement requires cooperation from Alta Andromedi, the oldest and most powerful empire in the Omniverse. Isolationist to an extreme, though, the Andromedans refuse to intervene, so a group of disparate rebels, each powerful in their own right, concoct a plan to force them to, plunging all involved into a cataclysmic conflict that could unravel the very geopolitical institution both sides hope to save.
They were a gathering of rebels
Thrown together, not by happenstance,
But by design and intrigue—
The Ben Drom’s design
And the Cadre’s intrigue—
Except for one wild radical,
One unpredictable element,
Who threatened to undermine
The efforts of all sides involved,
and all because of one small minor—
A Syrene who belonged to
None other than the Ben Drom.They were a gathering of rebels,
Fighting one another and themselves
In a clash of titans.
REVIEW: “The best…I’ve read in years.” In the tradition of Frank Herbert, Aeros built has built a science fiction epic that ebbs and flows like the metaplassein that propels the ships of the multiverse. On a grand stage, of which the human-like Terrans occupy only a small portion, a story of oath and intrigue is told against the backdrop of interstellar and multi-dimensional space. From the beginning, it is clear that Aeros built the worlds we travel from the atom up, with unrivaled detail paid to every aspect of the story. Whether it be naming conventions, or the passage of time, or even the nature of the seemingly alive ships themselves, the reader is immersed in a rich, colorful, and remarkably comprehensive tapestry.If you like quick reads, no.If you like reads you dream about, yes. …It’s one of the best I’ve read in years. –Shawn Jones, Hard SF Author of The Warrior Chronicles