Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Phoenix Blade with Andrew Hess

The Phoenix Blade
by Andrew Hess

About The Author:

Andrew Hess (1983-present) was born in Lindenhurst, NY where he spent most of his life. After living in the New Paltz/Poughkeepsie, NY area for five years (2003-2008) he returned home to Long Island to pursue his dream of writing. Andrew published his first book, The Chamber of Souls (2011), where he blended free verse poetry and short story into one book.

Genre: Action/Drama
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: April 24, 2013

Book Description:

Follow the journey of Andrew Lancaster and his friends as they are thrown in the middle of the biggest government conspiracy to hit the United States. Andrew is contacted by a man known only as the Benefactor.; claiming to be a government official that has been monitoring Lancaster and his friends. He is told they have enough evidence to arrest them for treason, but would like to hire them instead for a top secret government project. As a bonus the Benefactor says he will reveal something Lancaster has wanted to know for the last six years. Who killed his mother.


Starting Out as a Writer-5 Things You Should Know.

1.     Jot down every story idea.
This is something that a lot of writers neglect to do.  They want to focus on one or two ideas at a time; which is what they should do.  The problems that they face are they will neglect the new ideas that are flowing through their head and fail to capture them.  The other is they will put too much emphasis on the new ideas which takes away from their current project.  If you jot down the general plot and/or the character idea on paper/computer, you can revisit it at a later time and develop it with a clearer mind.

2.     Editing and Re-writing is your friend
Most writers cringe at the thought of editing or having to re-write their story.  Many feel that it becomes tedious or viewed as a setback.  Instead, it’s a blessing.  By editing your work, there are more opportunities to catch your own mistakes, holes in your plot, or conflicting information before sending it off to an agent or publisher.  Re-writing is the part that a lot of people hate.  No one likes to be told you need to cut this or fix that, but sometimes it’s necessary.  By re-writing the book, you can strengthen your story or apply more of what you learned to your work.
3.     Join social networks
Social networking has become a writer’s best friend.  In the last couple of years, social media has grown to tremendous amounts; allowing people to connect all over the world.  By participating with sites such as Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, and many other sites, can connect you with other authors, literary agents, publishers, celebrities, musicians, and friends and family that you might not have been in touch with for several years.  All of those can lead to further opportunities for your writing career.
4.     Stay vigilant and passionate
Your passion is your biggest strength as a writer.  Without passion, you will find it very hard to make it in the industry.  There are hundreds if not thousands of writers out there that are itching for their big break.  If you have a strong passion for your work, you can make the right moves and set yourself up in the right direction to guide your writing career.  Staying vigilant is geared towards your writing.  Push yourself to keep writing even if you run into a writer’s block, because it is the best way to work around it.  If it doesn’t fit with what you want or like, that’s what editing and re-writing is for. 
5.     Enjoy the ride.
This is something I cannot stress enough.  Being a writer is one of the best career paths out there.  It is a very tough path to choose and it may not yield the results you want when you want them.  But you have the ability to create worlds and stories that can reach hundreds, thousands, or millions of readers.  Every time you can take yourself to the next level, you will see how rewarding it can be.  When your first book launches, or your first sale or even your first book signing, you’ll see what I’m talking about.


“I keep thinking how so much has changed in the last ten years.” “Here we go again.” “I mean it. When we were kids everything was different. The world was more peaceful. Everyone got along and helped each other. But now everyone’s fueled by greed, corruption, and they get some sick pleasure from hurting others.” “I know what you mean, but there’s not much we can do about it. Too many people think they have to do whatever’s necessary to get ahead in life.” “I still wish we could change it.” “Yeah, it’d be great to get rid of all those people.” Mike reached for the remote to turn the movie back on. “Too bad it’ll never happen.” I knew he was right. Our idea was ludicrous. But at that moment, my cell started ringing. “Talk to me,” I answered. “Yes hi, I’m looking for Mr. Andrew Lancaster,” a stern confident voice said. “Who’s calling?” “Someone who has the power to change your future.” “If this is some telemarketer, you can hang up now. I’m not interested. “I assure you this isn’t a sales pitch and I’m not a telemarketer.” “Then what do you want?” “It’s come to my attention that you and a few friends have been talking about eliminating certain types of people.” “What are you talking about?” “Don’t play dumb Mr. Lancaster. You and your friends have been monitored for some time now. We know everything.” “Who are you?” “I’m someone from the government that would like to give you an ultimatum. We have e-mails and recorded conversations between you and your friends talking about killing people that are as you said evil.” “Look, Mr. we were only joking around.” Mike heard the panic in my voice. My face turned pale white. “What’s going on,” he whispered. I placed the call on speaker and placed a finger to my lips. “Be that as it may. You’ve been under our watchful eye for several months. Now, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way.” “And that would be?” “The hard way is we send our agents to your house and arrest you for conspiracy and possible treason.” “Are you fucking serious,” Mike shouted. I quickly covered his mouth with my hand. “Who is that? Who’s with you?” I didn’t reply. I could hear him rifling through papers. “Ah yes, that is most likely Mr. Santangelo.” “How does he know my…” “What’s the easy way,” I asked. The man cleared his throat. “Simple, we hire you to go through with it.” I laughed it off immediately. “Yeah right, and next you’re going to tell me that I’m the next in line to be King of England.” “I don’t know about that, but I’m very serious. We have a list of targets and evidence that proves their illegal activities. We would like to give you the chance to make the world a better place.” “If you have evidence against them, why not put them in jail where they belong?” “Because they have ways of getting around our judicial system. We all know it’s fallible.” “But why me?” “Who better to lead a team than someone who has never received justice for his own mother’s death?” “But it was ruled an accident.” “That’s what you were led to believe. I have proof she was murdered and know who’s responsible.”


BK Walker said...

Thank you for hosting today :)

Burt Morgret said...

Great Post :-)

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan said...

Awesome advice and Great tips! I also initially found editing to be a challenge but now see the value in it. I love what you said about keeping the passion for what you do a love, because that will be the force that continues to move all who strive for their dreams. I wish you well on your tour!:O)Pit Crew