Monday, February 24, 2014

Skye - The Birth of a Character by Eric Garrison (Guest Post)

Writing in public has its ups and downs. It can be distracting, it can take awhile to get settled in somewhere that has few interruptions. Precious writing time is eaten up by travel to and from the place. Some places close before I'm ready to leave, and my momentum is lost. But I love to get out of my house to write for the energy and inspiration that comes with being around other people.

Sometimes I'll bring my laptop and work on a story or a novel, and no one looks at me twice. But I have an Alphasmart Neo word processor that stands out. It's a deep olive green, has only a 6 line LCD screen above the keys, and makes many people think of a kid's toy, rather than a serious writing implement. What can I say? It has a great keyboard, lasts hundreds of hours on AA batteries, and no internet to distract me. When I plan to do a lot of writing, I bring the Neo.

One day, I had set up camp at a table at a local brewpub. I'd gotten about an hour's worth of writing done when a tall, skinny girl in her early 20s approached me. She exclaimed in delight at the Neo and asked me questions about it. She told me her name was Skye. She'd had a few beers, and wasn't shy about inviting herself to sit down ti talk with me over a couple more pints. She was thrilled when I told her I was writing a novel, and she enthused about what books and TV shows she was into. She was there with an older gentleman, who just smiled and listened with great patience.

It was a fun conversation, even if it was random. When she finally said goodbye and wandered off, I'd lost two hours of writing time. At first, I fretted about that, annoyed because I'd taken a day off my day job to get ahead on the book. Then it hit me. Skye could be a character in the book. She was meant to be a cameo, a drunken live-action vampire roleplayer, meant for comic relief and as a plot device, but my character Skye, like her namesake, took over and became a key part of the last half of Sinking Down. She also went on to get her own series of books. Since that day at the brewpub, I've written the novel Blue Spirit, which stars Skye as the first person main character, and its sequel, Restless Spirit. Both are set to be published by Seventh Star Press later this year.

Sometimes I wonder what the real Skye would think about her fictional counterpart. If I ever run into her again, I'll be sure to thank her for the inspiration, bought at the expense of a couple of hours' time. It was well worth it.

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Sinking Down by Eric Garrison
Seventh Star Press, LLC (January 1, 2014)

Paranormal investigators Brett and Liz find themselves back in over their heads when a forest hunt for a roadkill-eating creature offers up a little surprise. Back home with their ghoulish house guest, it becomes clear there’s more to this investigation than either of them thought. Worse than that, Brett's own fate is linked to the little ghoul's.

So it's back out on the road, with plenty of time for pit stops with a greedy ex, a convention of ghost hunters, partying with fake vampires, and even drinking and fighting alongside good ole Uncle Gonzo. But as the investigation goes deeper, and unseen connections come to light, Brett finds there’s much more at stake than getting through a rough patch with Liz.

A rescue mission. A race for a cure. New friends and old adversaries. Unbreakable bonds and supernatural danger. It’s going to be a wild ride. Can the friends save the nearly undead tween? Can she and Brett stop themselves from ...Sinking Down?

Sinking Down is the 2nd Book in the Road Ghosts Trilogy!

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Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and four cats. He also enjoys gaming and homebrewing beer.

Seventh Star Press published the first of his Road Ghosts trilogy, Four 'til Late, in July of 2013. Sinking Down was released in December of 2013, with the final title to appear in 2014.

Eric's novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. This book reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon's Kindle store during a promotion in July 2013.

Eric's short story, "Drag Show" appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine and Volume 2 of that magazine's anthology series. His flash piece, "Dark Reflection", appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. He's competed twice in the Iron Writer Challenge with two 500-word flash pieces, "Killer Cure" and "Moby Me".



Twitter: @erichris

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4 comments:

  1. FOUR 'TIL LATE was quite a mix-up of Scooby-style humor with horror. If anyone is on the fence about this series, take a look at my review on Amazon.

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  2. We must scour the city and put her face on beer bottles across Indiana until we find the "real" Skye!

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  3. Hi Lori! Loved that review of Four 'til Late, thank you for sharing it here!

    RJ, here's to hoping the "real" Skye has a sense of humor!

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