You will probably have noticed a new page appearing on the site, "New stars on the Horizon". The more you write the more you notice new people of quality, new writers that have not made it yet should have. I decided to start a new page to generally advertise those that i think should make it but have not (as yet) become big selling authors. I added one just to start us off, Mary Martinez. Mary is predominately a romance author though she dabbles in suspense and mystery but all i saw i liked you should check her out at, http://www.marymartinez.com/welcome.html
The Miscast Fate will be on sale here at the same time as the US. On the First of August it will be released in Hardback and trade back forms. with an online release slightly later and paperback (as usual) about eight months afterwards.
I think that people are going to love it if they give it a chance but i suppose a science fiction romance has so rarely been done that it is unlikely. I am however going to do it anyway.
Just a short update for everyone. As you can see there is a new novella out. The Shed. I think it is pretty good. It has been done in a Lovecraftian style and similar content really but obviously set today rather than at the turn of the last century. It is quite a cool wee tale of mystery and horror.
Really though it is simply a precursor to all that will be happening this year. Very soon, perhaps in a couple of months or so the lavish hardback "He who Walks on Ancient ground walks with its spirits" will be released, though i am told at a rather hefty price. It contains all three of the Kilmartin novels in order as well as a novella based around the same subject lines and a rather long introduction by me. Then about summer time The Miscast fate will have been rewritten and changed from the basic version that you have been reading on here and will be released as a novel. Probably hardback only at first but online and paperback versions to follow soon after.
I hope that you like all three of them.
The Romance quotient I confidently expected as I tend to sell my few romance novels better there than here but then perhaps it was the idea that as I said "I have never written Science fiction yet I have always wished to. For some reason I had never got around to it. And so with equal measures from the UK and US I decided that I had to do both. A romance it was going to be but somehow I wished for a sci-fi idea.
The Idea came easily as it turns out and I started writing what I thought was going to be a very short novel.
Linear writing also comes to me with difficulty. I tend to start novels in the middle and work forwards and backwards from there. The idea I had was nothing that new original but I had thought of a new take on it and I started writing this short novel really to attract people to the new US website. But for some reason the idea caught hold and grew, blossomed and caught light in my head and.... I began writing more and more of it. More than my schedule allowed to be honest
But it was so easy to write. I have always had a taste for science fiction though I have written little of it sticking more to fantasy and romance as any of you who have read my books would know. More recently I have written a ghost story and a horror novel. This one came as surprise to me but as I have been writing it more and more has occurred to me and so within a few months it will be my new novel.
You will like it more than you think. A miscast Fate, is what it will be called and I still need to rewrite a couple of bits but otherwise the book is almost finished.
Written in the Stars
As of today that is part's ten, eleven and twelve published hope everyone is still enjoying it. More next month. The twentieth of November at the latest. Todd will be surprised, Mary Shocked and Ken will just be generally annoyed about everything.
I am doing well and far beyond my target for "Written in the Stars" and so have posted parts eight and nine tonight. Hope you like them. there will be more next month as promised and so on until the complete novel is here. I will then take it off and rewrite it and it will be released as a novel afterwards but you have a chance to read it all for free month by month till its completion.
Well it is that time again and I am way ahead with this story (very unusual for me) and so tonight I am posting under written in the stars the next part. Hope you like it,
Independence for Scotland- A challenge
Unlike most of the people involved in this debate I have admitted that both sides have their points to make. Those for and against independence. I still feel resolved in my decision to vote no and hopefully if there are enough like-minded people we will continue as part of the United Kingdom.
I ask here though that if there is something I am not thinking of tell me now. As of today the only reason I can see to vote for independence is that Scotland will not have to worry about being governed by the conservative party. Can anyone give me another reason?
A challenge no less. Oh but don’t just tell me it will be better because you imagine such is the case. give me an actual reason.
Soon to come is; "He who walks on Ancient Ground Walks with its Spirits"
This will be a compendium of the Kilmartin stories all gathered in the one place. The full trilogy complete as well as another short story and a story from me about the area. It will only be available in hardback as a collectors edition and as far as I am concerned it looks pretty good. It will be a couple of months yet until it is released but as soon as it is I will post a link here.
Written In The Stars.
Recently I launched a U.S. website. I am told that most Americans have their browsers set to .com sites only and therefore it seemed only sensible to launch a ".com" website which was then done giving birth to www.raytwalker.com which essentially is the same site as this but aimed at the US public rather than the British public. Trying to get the site up and running quickly with a few visitors instantly we devised a wee promotion.
This promotion consisted of a competition in which anyone that wished to could vote for a subject matter and genre that they liked and then I would write a book online with a chapter being produced a month until the book was complete.
As you can imagine there were very few votes it being a virgin site but luckily there were some and so it was decided that I should write a novel that was a romance but also science fiction. They tied and so I promised to do such a thing and have been on my US site for four months now. I think it unfair that only my American readers get to see it and so I am publishing it as of tonight on my UK site simultaneously each month from now on.
. Therefore it will be a while until "Moonchild" is out.
Over the years now I have released a few novels and a couple of compendiums of short stories, some better than others but mainly pretty good if I do say so myself with the exception of "Cornelius" which I have always hated. "A River of Tears" has never been a best selling book, in actual fact it has sold very few copies despite the amount that it is talked about.
I have no idea of the reason for the lack of sales other than the obvious fact that a book of short stories will never sell as well as a novel. Yet it has engendered more comment (bad as well as good) Made more headlines, Been quoted by the press and talked about more than anything else that I have produced. Much to both my joy and dismay it is always the book that people want to talk about when someone recognises me or I tell a group of people who I am.
I still get the comment all the time; "You're the guy that wrote about the forests dying, the faerie people
The Moonchild will almost certainly be the next book that I produce and will be a follow up to "A River of Tears" although it will take a completely different style and format to the first volume which essentialy consisted of five (long) short stories and a novella. This time around it will be a novel though it will be made up of six or seven different stories that intertwine and that have a shared beginning and ending. It stays true (I think) to the first volume though is far more complex which I hope does not let it down . I do not think that it will and I think people will be happy with the combining theme. It will still be a work of romance and fantasy coupled with an ecological background peopled by strange and diverse creatures not the least of whom will be we humans.
It is obviously still some time away, "The Secret Inside" is only just out and I am hoping that people will buy it. Of course it is a very different beast of a novel and I would not like to confuse anyone by having two new books out at the same time that could not be more differentbeing killed by our factories, you dont believe all that shit do you?
For a book that has sold so little it seems to have affected those that have read it and so I have always thought to do a follow up. I did not wish to just rehash the same old ideas and so I have waited until I could do it justice and now I am ready. The follow up will be a self contained novel as opposed to five short stories and a novella. It will explore the same themes but reach deeper and there will be many new surprises on the way.
"The Secret Inside"
Perhaps it is just me but I love the new cover, i think that though it is not involed directly with the story it gives an idea of what the story is about. There have been many arguements about this cover. More discention over the cover than the story itself to be honest. But hey its my book and i love the cover. I have been told that I could do with doing another re-write and those that have told me so are not wrong.
I just wished to do something original for me and not play with the language just stick with the story and hope that the story carries it. I think it is a good story with believeable characters and unusually for me there is very little of an under-story though i suppose you can see one if you wish to.
No it is meant in this case to be pretty much a play but in novel format. There are asides and thoughts but the vast majority of the story takes place in real-time and in easily placed locations. I have actualy thought of re-doing it as a play but hey . Its me, i hardly have time to lace my shoes never mind rewrite what is already a good novel. Of course as you can see below it is no longer called "feathers" rather "The Secret Inside".
"Feathers" is now complete though as you can see my working title of Feathers was put aside in favour of the more serious title "The Secret Inside". It is something that does not bother me. At first I was surprised that the title was to be changed but the more I have thought of it the more I like it. The book is complete, i have the hard cover version in front of me as i am writing this and am rather pleased with it though there will still be changes to the cover and possibly even the release blurb
I Was asked the question that if there is intelegent life out there then why would they not have contacted us?
And i need to ask a question in return. Why would they contact us?
There is a universe out there, quasars, pulsars, nebulous clouds and perhaps even species without number. Why do we think we are so cool that they would want to get to know us. In fact we live close to a very average white dwarf star in a pretty much unexciting spiral arm of a pretty average galaxy. There is a very good chance that many planets, moons and even gas giants harbour life in our own galaxy and given that we still know so little about the building blocks of life. Perhaps there is flora and fauna on almost every habitable planet. and even some on uninhabitable planets to us. Imagine the shellfish that feed on sulphur and volcanic eruptions on the ocean floor of our world. Approx 36 billion planets exist in our galaxy alone. Why bother with us? I think we are just a tad self absorbed there. pretentious and a tad vain.
If i had the galaxy to roam never mind the universe i wouldnt be bothered with a
tiny blue green planet on the fringes of a spiral arm circling a white dwarf.
Hey do you ever think to your self that i will go to the end of the street on holiday?
No you go to somewhere strange new exotic. Hmmmm, i rest my case me lurd.
As things transpire, the second volume of "A River of Tears", it seems. will appear as a novel as opposed to short stories with a link in style and content.
Alernatively what was once going to be the second volume of a river of tears is now going to be billed as a novel. It will probably be called either moonrise or moon child or mabybe something different from those ideas. I know not myself as yet but i do know it it is well on its way to becoming complete.
As usual i just need more time to edit the stories and make the links complete. Additionaly i just need time to ensure that they are all what i wished for. I hurried out the last volume needing the income and so the reader got a mish-mash of great stuff mixed with a couple of substandard stories.
This time as luck would have it i have had time to create all the stories from the beginning, taking time to craft and develop them and i think now i will provide a worthy succesor to "A River of Tears". The new book will take the form of a novel the stories (of which again there are six) congeal, thier warp and weft remain the same being set around the same river that featured in this first book. This time the stories are interlinked to a greater extent and though the characters vary the setting continues to adapt. And so what you may imagine with the first story is simply a lead into a wider world and all will be explained in the end. I do not yet know what you will think of it but i love it. Hopefully not to long till you get to read it . Raymond.
You will have seen lots of new books appearing on the books page. Should you have bought these titles before do not dop so again for they are just the same books redone as pulp fiction paperbacks with new covers and taglines. There is no adaption to the stories at all.
If you have read them please do not buy them again. If you have not, go ahead for they are well worth a read. even if i do say so myself.
which i do.
Well thats it "A Pale Shadow Creeps" is now out and available for puchace. I know it was a little late but i think the finished result will have been worth just that little longer wait. I hope everyone likes it.
A pale shadow creeps draws towards its conclusion and so I have tried to tempt you into buying it with my little advance whimper of the tale (posted in the coming soon spot on the site.). A tale i think you shall love and adore for when a pale shadow creeps into our dreams of life, love and happiness. It grows, takes form and becomes all those things that we wish it would not. And what it becomes we will never see, for one day it will be your best friend, on the next it will be those that you should hate most..
but it moves ,It turns and twists in the mist and so your lover can and could be your murderer, and a deft breath be taken, your murderer can be yourself, the choices you have made and she has made and hope remains suspended by the neck from an unknown bridge.
Tales From this Northern Land
A blog dedicated to the thoughts , poems and novels of Raymond Walker
Should I stay or should I go now?
In an article in the Guardian “Surav Dutt” where he suggested that Great Britain leave the UN as well as the European Union” I Replied.
There is a great deal of truth in all that you say and I am not, strictly, disagreeing with you. It is true that the UN is a “shackled beast” held back by it’s many members opposing views. It is also true that it is rather ineffectual. The same could have been said of the European Union. In all you have said, you are right. Yet I wish to make the point for inclusion in both of those bodies. It is better to talk than to fight.
Some members may retire with a bloodied ego after a debate but that is better than a bloodied lip or ten thousand dead on a battlefield. The UN is ineffectual, I agree completely, look at the situation in Myanmar, that has hardly been mentioned. Yet that is the choice of major nations protecting their own interests and financial positions. Perhaps if the UN became stronger, more inclusive, these things could be limited. I am not a Utopian asking for world peace in my lifetime (though it would be nice) but rather accepting of the flaws and divisions of Humanity but do you really wish a return to fractured city states fighting among each other for dominance. Glasgow verses Edinburgh is fine in football terms but do we wish that to happen with guns?
I live in Scotland, a fractured land with many deep divisions. Those that wish to leave Europe and those that wish to remain. Those that wish to leave Great Britain and those that wish to remain. We even have the “Shetlands” wishing to leave Scotland. We have earlier social, wealth and religious divisions some of which still run surprisingly deep and you would add to that ostracizing ourselves further, removing ourselves from the UN. A future where Scotland could become a collection of city states or regions each at war with the other.
Perhaps Northumberland or Cumbria could run for independence, the “home counties” (where all the money is) could eschew the rest of England and go it alone. Wales declare Independence and then Cornwall after all they do have their own identities.
I believe that we should buy in every time, to the European Union, to NATO, to the UN and any other organisation that joins the human race more closely together. We should all learn Esperanto, or whatever the next fad is, we need to be more inclusive not less so. None of those organisations have been great as Surav Dutt says but they are in their infancy, we were just warring city states once. They are a small step forward, these bureaucracies, but they are a step forward. We need to encourage them expand upon them and make them proliferate.
|Raymond Walker is the author of Seven books and is currently working on two new novels ("Feathers" and "Wine and Roses" respectively) as well as a book of short stories ("another river of tears") at least two of which will be published shortly.|