Saturday, June 28, 2014

Accented Phonetic Spelling

Have you ever wanted to let out a secret before it was time? 

Well, this gracious reviewer on Amazon picked up on one of those secrets that I want to reveal but I can't at this point.

In the book, I use words like udam, ohema, ananin, Heock, and that annoying word for a unit of distance, ama.  Another person noticed that I was consistent in my usage of these words, and I agree, they appear to be "made up"; but they are not. 

They are actually based on a particular language.  One in which, if I were to reveal it too soon, it would give away a key piece of the story. 

Weird huh? How can funny words that appear made up, but are based on a specific language be a key piece of the story? Well, I'm not going to tell. You'll just have to keep reading. 

Speaking of words, for this next book, The Returning, I'm agonizing over one particular word that I believe will immediately bring many of these elements together.  Should I use it, or not? Should I wait for the third book, or reveal it at the end of the second?  Hmm...I guess you'll just have to keep reading. :)

So, the words are their for a reason, but you won't know that until later. 

I'll give you one clue though - accented phonetic spelling.  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Is it okay if I want to buy everyone a car?

I get so excited when someone enjoys our book enough to give us a favorable review like this one (Amazon Review).  I never thought I could write well enough for anyone to stay up till 5am (like this guy) because they couldn't put it down.  I feel I need to match my excitement with something of equal a car.

Obviously I'm not going to buy a car for everyone, but maybe someday I can if we see enough of these books get into everyone hands.  In the beginning, I actually wanted to give them away for free (still do, but my wife and the publisher think otherwise. She not greedy mind you.  She just handles the finances and knows that I'm not looking at the bigger picture. That's a lot to put in brackets isn't it. :)

So...I don't have really much to say in this post except to say, thank you to everyone that is enjoying the adventure with me. I can't wait tell you get to see the next book.

J.A. Davis

Monday, June 2, 2014

My Character is an A**HOLE

We had a great time at the first Indy PopCon 2014.  Below is a video of a fan that bought our book at Comicon in March of this year.  Listen to what he says about that a**hole Ravizu.