Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shade Blog Tour ~ Guest Post and Giveaway

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Welcome to this stop on the Shade Blog Tour! I get to share a great guest post and giveaway with you today. Enjoy!☺

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Shade by Cody Stewart
Genre: YA Paranormal
Amazon / Midnight Frost Books / Smashwords / Bookstrand   
Clendon Kiernan has always preferred the shadows. A place where he was free from the hate and fear, from the stares and ridicule of others. One night Clen discovers the shocking truth of why. He is a Shade. A thing of darkness. A creature with the ability to shred souls. When a vile whisper tells him to destroy everything around him Clen does the only thing he can. But he cannot run from himself. The darkness growing inside Clen will soon consume him if he does not learn to control it. In his quest to do so, Clen learns that there is an entire world that exists in the shadows of Ellis, a world that has been hidden from him – secret clans with extraordinary abilities, the ghosts of a hidden past, and a war that’s been brewing for millennia. Clen must uncover the true history of Ellis, see through the generations of lies and deceit, and suffer betrayal and heartbreak if he is to save all those who hate and fear him. But when he learns the truth, will he want to? The darkness in him could save Ellis. Or it could be what destroys it.
Writer Origin Story

“What inspired you to become a writer?”

This is a common question, one I face frequently. When first asked, my response was shrugged shoulders and an incomprehensible, high pitched warble. I had no idea how to answer. My first reaction was to make something up, but each scenario I’d concocted was unnecessarily tragic. They mostly involved the grisly murders of loved ones and my ensuing quest for justice. These were not writer origin stories, these were superhero origin stories.

What was my writer origin story? Surely I needed one. I must have a compelling reason for wanting to become a writer. I’ve traveled back from the future and my writing is how I’ll warn humanity of impending crises so that they may avoid them. My pen uses ink culled from a magical squid that grants wishes. With it I will be the most powerful person in the world. Too grand. These were origin stories for epic bestsellers. This is my debut release. I needed a humble origin for now. I can adapt it later to fit my status.

Then I realized that I don’t need an origin story. I don’t need an underlying motivation or inspiration to become a writer. I am a writer. I think I always have been. I write because I have to, because it’s just who I am.

Brian Michael Bendis, legendary comic book writer, puts it like this in Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Making Comics:

“You’re writing because there are these voices in your head. Not the scary kind, but voices, images, scenes, all telling you a story that you feel compelled to push out into the world...You’re writing because you’re the kind of person who has a really hard time expressing yourself unless you’re writing...It’s when you write, and only when you write, that you feel like a normal human being. It’s writing that let’s you have a normal rest of the day...You’re a better person around your friends and family when you spend that quality time with yourself. You need that time to figure out who you are and where you belong in the world by writing it down.”

I’m a writer because I don’t have a choice in the matter. Pretending like I’m something else would be an egregious affront to my soul. I’m a writer the same way some people are mathematicians or baseball players. Numbers and swinging bats just makes sense. It’s just who they are.

Though, let’s say for the sake of argument that I did have a writer origin story. It would go something like this:

Standing atop the tallest peak, in the heart of the most thunderous storm storm of the century, Cody Stewart lifted his pen to the sky. The heavens split open and Thor did bestow upon its fountain tip his blessing. Gifted with the ability to write with lightning, Cody did carve his story into the moon.

Cody was born in Upstate New York. Eventually setting off to seek his fortune, he worked in a paper mill, a whipped cream factory, cleaned apartments, and administratively assisted several organizations before returning to the Adirondacks with a wife and child that he picked up along the way.   He approaches life as though it were a page – frequently rearranging paragraphs to make it more interesting if not wholly true, fudging with the margins to fit more in, and, sometimes, erasing entire sections altogether. When not altering reality, he is scouring comic book shops, lying on the ground, or floor (whichever he happens to be standing on when he feels the need to go horizontal), trying to convince his wife to make french toast (she makes amazing french toast), and searching for the darkest cup of coffee in existence.

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