Author Guest Post
Want To Write That Novel?
Every author has met someone who said, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel.” We’ve said the same thing to ourselves. Because we were readers first. Maybe you, the reader, have aspirations of writing “the great American novel.” It’s within your grasp. I hope that I can shed a little light on how I did it, so perhaps someone out there might find it possible to write his or her novel as well.
Have a story to tell. Many years ago, I was in Los Angeles visiting John Mese, one of my college roommates who beginning a very successful acting career. I had this gnawing feeling that I wanted to write a novel, but I knew I had absolutely no idea how to do it. I talked to John about it and his words had a profound impact. He said, “Everybody has a story to tell. Some people just tell it better than others.” Wow. Simple, yet profound. John, a writer also, still works as an actor today and is an award-winning director of independent films.
What’s the first step? Read. A lot. Okay that’s a given. The second step? Learn how to write a novel. How do you “learn” to write a novel? Read what you want to write, write what you want to read. That’s the simple answer. Narrow your focus. Read the type of novels that you want to read.
It’s kind of like eating an elephant. How do you do that? One bite at a time. Same thing with learning to write a novel. Read books on writing. There are numerous books that cover the topic; from the very broad to the very specific. My recommendation is to start big, then work small. By that I mean, find a book or two for the beginner and familiarize yourself with the overall format and aspects of novel writing. I can’t remember the names of the books I first read on writing novels, they were destroyed years ago in a hurricane. But I remember the books I used as I narrowed down my scope. Writer’s Digest used to have a series of books called the Elements of Fiction Writing, I think they are still in print today. These broke down the concepts of Plot; Setting; Characters and Viewpoint; Dialogue; Conflict, Action, and Suspense. These books are a great starting point for phase two, but can be overwhelming if you try and use these initailly. Of course, books on writing are coming out every day. I always pick up books I think I can glean a little bit of insight from. If I can get one piece of information from a book, it was worth it. Never think you are too good to learn.
Don’t operate in a vacuum. Find other writers to learn from and grow with. Do your best to find a writer’s group to participate in. If you can’t, create your own. Open up your mind; it’s amazing what you can learn from others who are pursuing the same goal. But you’d better check your ego at the door. You’ve slaved over your project, putting blood, sweat, and tears into it; you want everybody to love it. And they won’t. Your friends and family will tell you how great it is and how you’re the next Hemingway or Nora Roberts. But you’re not. And that’s okay. You have to keep an open mind and learn as much as you can. If no one tells you what they don’t like, or what you’ve done wrong, you’ll never get better. Bad critiques can hurt. I know. Every author gets them. But learn to celebrate the good things and learn from the bad.
Have fun. It really is a great journey.
About The Author
Michael Byars Lewis, is a former AC-130U ‘Spooky’ Gunship Evaluator Pilot with 18 years in Air Force Special Operations Command. A 25-year Air Force pilot, he has flown special operations combat missions in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His first novel, Surly Bonds, won three awards—2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Silver Medal Finalist 1st Novel (Over 80,000 words), 2013 Readers’ Favorites: Bronze Medal (Fiction-Intrigue), and the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Awards: Winner (Military Fiction). Michael has an extensive social media footprint on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest. Michael is currently a pilot for a major U.S. airline.
Veil Of Deception by Michael Byars Lewis
Book 2: Captain Jason Conrad Series
Publisher: SATCOM Publishing
Publication Date: Paperback – November 25, 2015 / eBook - April 17, 2016
Format: Paperback - 444 pages
Kindle - 2940 KB
Nook - 579 KB
BNID: 2940152603880Genre: Military - Political Thriller
Buy The Book:
Buy The Series: Captain Jason Conrad Series
Book 1: Surly Bonds
Book 2: Veil Of Deception
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
For years, Air Force Captain Jason Conrad flew and instructed in the supersonic T-38. Despite his decline into a self-destructive lifestyle, he was considered one of the best instructors on the base. Following a terrifying jet crash, Jason finds himself on a very short list of people on their way out the door. It is a surprise to everyone when he is assigned to the home of the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center. Jason should have known that in a ‘one mistake Air Force’ where you ‘do more with less’, everything would not be what it appears. Attached to a secret project with a shadowy contractor, Jason is caught between two complications; an overbearing, retired general determined to see him fail; and an aggressive television reporter who wants him in prison. When a ghost from the past shows up and a beautiful, yet mysterious woman enters his life, Jason soon discovers his special project has more secrets than anyone knows about . . . and it could cost him his life.
My Book Review:
In Veil Of Deception, the second book in the Captain Jason Conrad Series, author Michael Byars Lewis weaves a riveting military thriller that follows the latest adventure of Air Force Captain Jason Conrad.
The reader was introduced to Captain Jason Conrad, a jet pilot instructor at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma, in Surly Bonds, the first book in the series. Now in Veil Of Deception, Jason's adventures continues when he is assigned to Edwards Air Force Base in California, the home of the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center, to assist in the testing of a new top secret Air Force project, the F-2000 fighter jet. But the secret project goes anything but smooth when there are secrets and deception by the contractor, and dangerous espionage from foreign countries who want to take the U.S. down.
Author Michael Byars Lewis utilizes his vast experience as an Air Force pilot to weave a gripping and complex military / political thriller that will captivate the reader's attention, and keep them sitting on the edge of their seats.
Veil Of Deception is a fast paced multi-layered tale that is masterfully interwoven with international intrigue and espionage; secrets, deception, and hidden agendas; political posturing, plots, and threats; surprising twists and turns; a subtle mysterious romance; and an epic military air-to-air dogfight. The reader follows along as Jason is caught in the middle of a dangerous web of deceit as this realistic story unfolds. This is an exciting and dramatic story that engages the reader to figure out who is hiding behind a veil of deception, it will keep them guessing until all the puzzle pieces are put together, and the explosive truth is unveiled in this dangerous international cat and mouse game.
RATING: 5 STARS
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