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Trying something different
Hi my trusty blog follower
Thanks for dropping by. I'm going for a slightly different approach with a new project. I've an idea for a private detective series. I'm calling it...Villains - another case for Pinkel Krooke. There'll be five books and the protagonist Pinkel Krooke will have special talents.
I'm working on the details as I write. The cases will also be unusual too with the villains being weird, so the normal police detectives can't work them out. So Pinkel Krooke is the only person who can solve the crimes. There will be plenty of action and the usual thrills n' spills along the way. I'm also thinking of a side-kick Simon (an AI assistant). Got to put a robot in there somewhere.
What do you think of the idea? Would love to hear your opinion?
10 interesting things about me and my writing
Here are a few things you wouldn't normally know about me:
1. I don't like writing fight scenes in a novel. I find them difficult, but neccessary and very hard to choreograph.
2. The idea I originally have is sometimes totally different by the end of a story.
3. The first draft is always exciting, but I hate second/third/fourth/fifth - re-drafting/editing and proofreading.
4. When I'm coming to the end of a book, I'm already thinking about the next, and the next.
5. I act out certain expressions of a character. It can be embarrassing; especially in coffee shops & libraries.
6. I always sign my books with a Fisher Space Pen (or bullet pen). Have done since the beginning.
7. I work with a laptop and also pen and paper to write my stuff. I hate typing up from a paper note pad though.
8. I've used character names from medicine bottles, kitchen appliances and unusual furniture names, in a swedish store.
9. I've never collaborated with another writer on a project, but that will be changing soon.
10. Finally, I never saw myself standing in front of an audience. I was too scared as a kid. I was always the one hidden in the background in school plays. But now I run presentations in front of hundreds of children in assembly halls, classrooms, libraries and festivals.
There you go, did you know that?
Authors need friends
Being a writer and getting noticed these days is pretty difficult. I've been writing for fifteen years or so, and still trying to make a big impression. IU-137 is my latest offering and is featured at #5 in the top 100 free downloads at the moment, which is fantastic and definitely a step in the right direction I think.
By doing this I'm honestly trying to highlight the rest of my back catalogue - especially the sequel: Crank Tech One: DESTRUCTION. It seems to be the 'done thing' these days to offer freebies and therefore, hopefully readers will see what else an author has to offer. Checking out the sequels or other series and stand alone novels.
I think what I'm trying to say is, if you like a particular author and he or she has had you coming back again and again - then tell others about your experience. You can do this by talking to other readers online or at readers groups. Putting a review of your reading experience on websites such as Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads Wattpad and many others, is a good idea too.
Enjoy IU-137 and if you've a moment, do drop a review on Amazon - good, bad or indifferent. Thank you.
This is my unexpected new novella called: IU-137 (2015). Fans of, Crank Tech One: DESTRUCTION (2012), will love this short story because its the prequel. I thought it was about time that I brought something out that really showed where, Crank originally came from.
In this adventure IU-137 (Independent Unit - 137) is the prototype of Professor of Robotics, Jarrad Shamtack. It introduces the android, and also the professor, his henchmen Huey & Bod, and a couple of new characters too. The novella is a short story, but is filled with all the action of the following book. IU-137 is free on Smashwords and will eventually be free on Amazon too. So you'll be able to download the first part, and follow up on the rest of the adventure.
IU-137 - Robots are on the rise (first review below).
Having read Crank Tech One, Destruction written by the same author ( which is a great read) I always wondered where Crank came from, what's he been up to before he became crank. This is a short prequal which starts to fill in those blanks. As the old saying goes "you can't judge a book by its cover " which must admit I really like the cover of this book. I went through this in about 40 minutes, but what a great 40 minutes it was. It's very well written almost impossible to put down, and it gave me a glimpse in to the other, shall we say talents this Robot has.
Knew this was a short story, and was willing it go beyond where it ended. Colin R Parsons has a talent for leaving you wanting more. And I want to know more about IU-137. Great read for all ages male or female,Well done Mr Parsons. Well done indeed. A. Brooks (a reader fan)
Well I like to keep my readers or whoever reads my blogs up to date, so here goes.
Killian Spooks and the Ghosted Children will be out sometime in 2015...honest! I've a short story coming out called; 'The Oogalee' this will be in October in an anthology: Inspirations - Awen 2015 - its connected with the RCT libraries in Wales.
Work in Progress on two novels: Wizards Exile and D.I.S.C.
I've two very special projects taking place during the summer...but I'm keeping them both 'under my hat' for now. I will be announcing it all, so watch this space.
I'm still waiting for competition results on another short story called; BEANS (post apocalyptic/dystopian).
Bye for now.
Ten year anniversary
Well, this is really hard to believe. My very first book: Wizards' Kingdom is ten years old. I remember getting my advance copies on July 13th 2005. I wrote this little beauty in 2004.
How it came about? My youngest son Ryan was falling behind in his english lessons - his teacher Mrs Hall, called my wife and I in to discuss his reading problem. Mrs Hall, now head teacher at the school, had proof-read all of my short stories, and loved them.
'Ryan needs to read more,' she said, 'he's doing what boys do; playing sports and video games, but if he continues not reading then, he's going to fall behind and his grades will drop.
'So, what can we do?' I asked.
'Write him a book,' she replied, just like that. 'Your short stories are great, and Ryan loves wizard's. So maybe it would be good to write him a wizarding tale?' she explained.
So that's exactly what I did. I wrote ten short stories (because that's all I knew how to do) and linked the character's and plot. It took me four months: edit after edit after edit. Low and behold...Wizards' Kingdom was born. I had to self publish because no-one was taking on wizarding stories at that time. The publishing market had been saturated with: Harry Potter, Disc World and many others. I was to say the least, naive at that time.
I didn't expect it to sell, but with the help of Borders bookstores, it did sell, and sold well. That led me on to book 2, The Obelisk of Ashmar and finally the last in the series book 3 Jarrak's Darkness.
Wizards' Kingdom since it's initial debut, is now traditionally published on kindle, audio and (eventually hopefully) foreign translation rights. The movie will be a natural next move and then world domination.
Happy anniversary Wizards' Kingdom.