It’s been a long time, but I’m back. Hope you’ve all been keeping safe with everything going on. I’ve read a lot of great books, watched some great movies, and I’m working on some new projects I can’t wait to share with you. So lets crack open the crypt.
My fourth novel, “Carcharodon” released last October. It focuses on shark attack around the island of Newfoundland. While it’s based heavily in facts and scientific theories, it’s filled with gory shark attacks and some thrilling scenes.
Jaws is one of my all time favourite movies, and the book by Peter Benchley was even better. Great White sharks are my spirit animals, and I’ve been fascinated with them for as long as I can remember. Taking inspiration from all sources, such as Jaws, Steve Alten’s “The Meg” series, and even Shark Week on the Discovery channel, I decided to write this novel as a passion project. It turned out to be much better that I anticipated, and while it wasn’t too far of a leap from zombies (they both have gnarly teeth), the science aspect was the hardest part to pull off. I think the book has a nice dose of realness, until near the end, where all hell breaks loose and the novel shifts gears into its thrilling conclusion.
I’ve been surprised by it’s success, and its inspired me. I’ve decided to continue writing in this genre. Which leads us into…
What I’m Working On.
My latest project is still early in development. It’s not the sequel to Carcharodon, but it’s set in the same universe, with the same atmosphere and connected to the events and characters from Carcharodon. “The Last of the Dragon’s” will take place in Florida, during a devastating hurricane.
I’m also working on a short story for “Sea Stories from the Rock” by Engen books. If you have a story you’d like to share, you can find all the details about the upcoming best selling anthology here Engen Books
Like I said, I’ve read a tonne of great books by some amazing authors. There’s one writer in particular I’d like to highlight. I have a lot of respect for Brad Dunne. He’s a talented writer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His latest novel, “The Gut” is extraordinary. The dark ghetto, “The Gut” is brought to life by the well crafted details describing the town, the cultural heritage and given meaning by the character’s in the story. The struggles between Townies and Merfie’s is well crafted and written in such a way the struggles represented could speak to a multitude of people on any level. I highly recommend this dark, gritty and sinister novel.
And if you haven’t already read “After Dark Vapours”, do yourself a favour and grab it. His debut novel is a literary masterpiece. His ability to craft pure terror and suspense is brilliantly fused with heartbreaking emotion and real life feelings leaves the reader turning the page all the way to the end.
Check him out here on Amazon
Mississippi Zombies volume 2 is a fantastic follow up to the initial horror anthology. The artwork and stories contained within this cover are top notch. My personal favourite was Marcus H. Roberts “Return to Horn Island”, but there are so many great stories to chose from.
Grab yourself a copy here on Amazon
Let’s add another tool to our toolbox. You never know what tools you’re going to need until you get into the job, and who wants to walk back to the dingy shed to waste hours searching for the right tool. So what tool should we put in this month? How about taking a writing class. No matter your level or ability, you should always be honing your craft, and learning new techniques to keep you’re writing fresh. There are many different types of classes you can take, and whether your a beginner or establisher author, you can always find a class to improve your abilities. I’m currently signed up for one in June, taught by Matthew LeDrew.
- The Elements of Style
- An Editor
- Take a Class (periodically)
So Long until Next Month
It’s been fun getting back to writing my column, and I hope you had fun. I didn’t touch on as many topics as normal, but I’m trying to ease myself back into the swing of things. I hope to see you next month at Carberry’s Crypt. And I almost forgot, you can pre-order my latest novel in the Best Selling Zombies on the Rock series. Extinction hits shelves this October!