Where do ideas come from?

So where do ideas come from? I don’t think that is the question. Ideas are everywhere. All you have to do is get out of your home, get off your phone and look at what’s going on around you. Keep a notebook with you and write things down. I find there are way more ideas than time to develop them. What I wonder about is all the stuff that comes after the idea. Suddenly you are writing about people that never existed that you sometimes put in real places and sometimes made up places. The book I’m writing now takes place on Block Island. As I write I need to step inside the world I’m creating. I have to feel the air, smell the air, touch the world my characters are living in. That means reading about the place, gathering facts, maps, histories and anything else that might matter. I make a lot of notes, flag pages in books and basically devote a shelf in the library to all the topics involved in the story I’m writing.

and so it goes

I want to thank all of you who acted on the eBook offer I just ran at Amazon. The response was amazing. I’m very happy with the soft launch of my new novel. For those who missed out don’t worry, another opportunity to get a free copy of the Kindle version of The Madness of Robin Randle will be coming soon.

Out Now!

Finally it’s here. The Madness of Robin Randle is available now at Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. It has been a journey. I have to thank my daughter Elizabeth for creating an amazing cover. It is a wonderful watercolor painting. I will make reproductions of this piece of art available for purchase sometime in the near future.

Cover

Yesterday my daughter Elizabeth brought me the artwork to be used for the cover of my novel The Madness of Robin Randle. It is a wonderful watercolor painting. We spent a lot of time talking about the story, its mood and locations along with Robin’s view of the world through out the book. Elizabeth did an amazing job distilling all that into a piece of art. 

Challenges

I’m nearing the launch of what has become book one of the Robin Randle Stories. The one thing I hadn’t received yet was the copyright registration information. So, I go to the copyright.gov website and ask them when they think I might hear back on the copyright registration. When I wrote this book, I had no idea that I would ever write a second one around Robin Randle so when I registered the book it was titled The Robin Randle Stories.