Happy Monday!! I'm starting the week off with Paranormal Cravings and the Dead Heart Tour. Author R.L. King is also stopping by to guest post, he'll be discussing genre-crossing and originality. Let's face it...half of the books out there these days are a variation of another book or it's characters. Not that it's a bad thing, but sometimes it gets old reading the same plots and meeting the same characters but with different names. Which is why Dead Heart is a book you shouldn't pass up! Although the word "heart" is in the title, don't get it confused for a romance because it's anything but...as a friend of R.L. King described it "The Ghost Wisperer if written by Stephen King" now if that doesn't pique your curiosity....
Dead Heart by R.L. King
Publisher: 48fourteen (August 30, 2012)
Would you give someone your own beating heart so they may live?
That is the question Doctor Paul Vieyra will have to ask himself as his world comes crashing down around him, and the ghost of those who died on his operating table haunt his mind. When Dr. Vieyra sister’s heart begins to fail and her life fade away, a new heart or surgery are her only chances for survival—a chance no doctor is willing to take. Dr. Vieyra will risk everything he has and more for his sister. He will need the help of both old and new friends along with his mental ghosts if he is going to overcome the incredible obstacles that stand in his way.
The clock is ticking. Will he be able to save his sister’s dead heart? What is he willing to risk?
Guest Post: Originality and Genre-Crossing
Thank you very much for having me on your website to talk with your readers. I am very happy to be here promoting my new book Dead Heart on the Paranormal Cravings blog tour! Also, today is the birthday of one of my characters, Bones.
I have read most every interview and guest post you have here, and I have read a lot of the comments of your many readers, and I am both impressed and a little nervous. I always spend a good amount of time browsing everything on my host’s website before writing my guest posts, and I always write something new and original. I treat each interview and guest posts as if it were the most important one I will ever do, so it is with that thought that I would like to talk about originality in writing.
Let me say this up front. Originality in any profession is hard, and writing is no exception.
My father once told me that all inventions were just two things nailed together in a new way. I have found the same is true for writers. We start out with the “What If’s” and a story begins. For my book Dead Heart, it was what if a heart doctor can see ghosts? And what if one of those ghosts could make things happen in the real world? That is how I nailed two things together in a new way.
The problem I see for most of the new books coming out, mine included, are half one genre, half another. My story fits in the paranormal and the thriller genres, but the paranormal market today is mostly romance, and Dead Heart has no sex scenes and small amount of horror. However, looking back now, if I write a sequel, there will be romance, I promise. It seems that in this day and age, it is unusual for a vampire, ghost, or werewolf not to be in some sort of complicated love triangle.
After I finished my many edits, rewrites, and revisions, I began looking in the Writer’s Market for potential publishers and agents. Unfortunately, there is not a section set aside for books best described as my friend put it, “The Ghost Whisperer if it were written by Stephen King”. There was only a few publishers still accepting paranormal without the horror or the romance, and then 48fourteen Publishing was willing to take a chance on me. They sent in their best editors and artists to help me bring forth something that is both original and genre-crossing and worth taking a chance on. I hope everyone here at Nette’s Bookshelf enjoys it, and I thank Nette for having me and you for reading my original guest post!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:R.L. King was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1978. King grew up in a poor mountain town. He and his family lived in an old school bus and shared an outhouse. They did not have a television until Reagan was re-elected.King is the author of Two Bad Men (2005), Parallel You (2006), and Dead Heart (2007). These novels were created at the request of his friend who needed something good to read. King also published two short stories in 2010, for publishing credentials: The Tell-Tale Soul and The Water-Grave Redemption.R.L. King currently resides in Oklahoma City, and works in the precious metals industry. He continues to write as late as he can most nights.Find R.L. King here:
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