PLAYLIST: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

I’m a huge Boss fan. Maybe a bigger fan than I should be. I’m definitely more than a casual listener. I am FANATICAL about the Boss and his music, and it constitutes a lot of what I listen to when I’m writing.

So I thought I’d put together a list of 10 tracks. These 10 are not his best known, not his most popular songs I think. You won’t find Badlands, Born To Run, Dancing in the Dark on this list. I wanted to shoot for something different.

Hunt these down. These 10 tracks are some of his more reflective, sombre pieces. But I really like them. Go on youtube, go on itunes, tap them into spotify. Find them, listen to them. Thank me after.

1. Wages Of Sin

2. Lift Me Up

3. The Nothing Man

4. Swallowed Up (In The Belly Of The Whale)

5. You’re Missing

6. Out In The Street

7. Seeds

8. American Skin (41 Shots)

9. Paradise

10. We’re Alive

5 MINUTE INTERVIEW: DAVID K. HULEGAARD

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Today I’m talking to David K. Hulegaard. Best known for his sci-fi/noir Noble series, he recently launched the Hulegaard Books podcast, a weekly show featuring interviews with contemporary authors.

 

Hello Dave. Thanks for agreeing to this short interview. Firstly, congratulations on the upcoming release of Noble: New World Order.

 

Dave: Thank you very much, kind sir! It’s hard to believe that the trilogy is coming to an end after four long years. It’s been one hell of a ride. Sad to wrap it up, but anxious to dive into the next project!

 

Tell us a little bit about the Hulegaard Books podcast. To someone who doesn’t know your work, how would you best describe it?

 

Dave: Basically, I wanted to create a marketing opportunity for independent authors. Marketing is very expensive, and at the end of the day, that money is better spent on beautiful covers and editing services. I don’t claim to be a podcasting guru or anything, but the show has gotten great feedback so far. At the very least, I’m having a lot of fun getting to know other authors, and I hope they’re enjoying the opportunity to talk about their work, as well as address issues that we face as authors.

 

You’re best known for the Noble series. What’s on the horizon for you? A continuation of your recent work, or something new?

 

Dave: A little bit of both, actually.  I don’t want to spoil anything from the Noble finale, but it’s definitely ripe for a spin-off. So, if you read it and love the new characters, there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing more of them in the future. Aside from that, I’ve got a few irons in the fire, including a novella outside of my usual sci-fi/paranormal wheelhouse. Scary, but I love to challenge myself.

 

If you were to talk to your readership in person, and you only had one shot at it, what would you say?

 

Dave: I’m actually far more attractive under a certain type of lighting.

 

There’s a lot of discussion, both online and in the press, about the ‘state of publishing,’ and the ‘rise of amateur writers.’ What do you think? Has the advent of independent publishing really just handed a loaded weapon into the hands of amateur hobbyists, or is it all about empowering authors more than ever? What are your thoughts?

 

Dave: A great, but difficult question. I think the right answer is probably somewhere in the middle. On one hand, self-publishing is a fantastic tool for talented, left of centre-type authors that big publishing doesn’t want to take a risk on. It’s a chance for those authors to find an audience, and tell the stories they want to tell without compromise. On the other hand, with the barrier of entry so low, it also lets in folks that sidestep protocol for the sake of getting something published. They design book covers in MS Paint. They self-edit or skip editing altogether. There’s no way to filter those authors out from the folks writing the stories you should be reading. In the end, that creates a big problem. As independent authors, the burden of quality rests upon our shoulders, and rightfully so. We all need to ensure we’re putting our best foot forward, and allow readers to purchase with confidence.

 

Getting away from books for a moment, what else are you up to at the moment?

 

Dave: The Hulegaard Books podcast is going strong! Eight episodes are available on my website right now, with more waiting to be edited. Outside of that, I’m preparing for my move to the Great White North later this summer.

 

For the other writers reading this, what advice do you have to offer them? What works for you when it comes to setting pen to paper?

 

Dave: Don’t give up. Don’t be stubborn. Don’t take shortcuts. Think your ideas through before typing your first word. Outline your story, even if sloppy and incomplete. Write character bios, even if their personalities change along the way. No one will ever know the universe you’re creating better than you, so breathe it. Own it. Bring it to life. Reach out to others for feedback, and make sure you listen to that feedback. The best writers always do.

 

Lastly, I used to do something like this a few years ago in my interviews. I’ve adapted it for this latest batch.

I have five questions for you. Ready? Here we go. Give me your honest answers.

1. If there were to be a film of your life, who would play you in the lead role?

Dave: People always tell me that I look like Adam Savage from the TV show Myth Busters. Sorry, ladies, this bloke is taken.

2. Following the same line of thought, if there were to be a film made of any of your work, who would you cast in the roles of the main characters?

Dave: For Noble: New World Order, I would cast Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) in a heartbeat to play Desmond Kalish.

3. What are you reading at the moment?

Dave: Division Zero by Matthew Cox.

4. What are you listening to at the moment?

Dave: Hammock, the most amazing band EVER!

5. This is stolen directly from James Lipton, but what the heck. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Dave: You look tired. Why don’t you grab that open seat next to Kurt Cobain.

 

Lastly, where do you see yourself in twelve months time? What will you be doing? Where will you be in life? Where do you hope to be?

 

Dave: Well, for starters, I’ll be in Canada. After that, hopefully right here, chatting with you about whatever project I’ll be working on. Save me a spot, will ya? 

 

Well, that’s the end of our little interview. Thanks for participating. I’m sure everyone will love Noble: New World Order.

 

Dave: Thanks, Tony! Always a pleasure to talk to you, and I mean that. I hope to have you as a guest on the Hulegaard Books podcast again sometime in the near future.

 

BIO: David K. Hulegaard is an author and student of film and music. He developed an extensive imagination at an early age while burying his nose into a mixture of R.L. Stine books and literary classics.

With an established professional background in marketing and community management, his thirst for expanded creative outlets blossomed. This led to the release of his debut novel in October 2010. He currently lives in Oregon City with his wife and dog. Citing a variety of influences, he loves to dabble within many different genres and settings to tell a story. Website: http://davidhulegaard.com/

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/David-K.-Hulegaard/e/B004CMUSX6

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/David-K.-Hulegaard/e/B004CMUSX6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1395192239&sr=8-2

 

A Brief Update Of Sorts

I am now over 3/4 of the way through Vengeance. Really pleased with it so far. The writing has gone well. I am off next week, so I will finish Vengeance then get cracking on Spectre.

A note on Spectre – I originally planned on doing another mini-series called Far From Home: Shadow Force. But after due consideration, I decided to simply write it all in one hit and make it the next installment in the series. Instead I have a new serial I will be kicking off very soon called Far From Home: The Lost Missions (the patreon page for it was mentioned here a few days ago). We’ll see how this patreon thing works. I’m happy to try my hand at anything.

The Lost Missions will tell 12 seperate (but interconnected) stories, set in the 12 months the Defiant spent away, exploring strange new worlds. I felt that when I came to write Enigma, I should have a gap of at least a year between the events of the original serial (see Far From Home: The Complete Series), but after publishing Enigma I wondered if I should address what could’ve happened in that 12 month interim. So Lost Missions will be that story.

That will come a bit later on. Readers of Far From Home can look forward to Vengeance in May, Spectre in June and an omnibus of Enigma, Nemesis, Vengeance & Spectre which will be called Far From Home: The Complete Second Series in July.

I’ll also be doing something of a competition around then. More on that another time. I think what I have planned is pretty unique, compared to what a lot of writers are doing.

I’m now on season 4 of Breaking Bad, and wishing it wouldn’t end. I’ve also been catching the odd episode of Bones. My music choices this week have mostly been dominated by The Boss, but to be honest that’s never a bad thing.

What you won’t see from me in 2014: Dead Quiet, the next Colby Jones book. I’ve had to push it back, at least until early 2015. Sorry folks. The same goes for Hitler Must Die.

What you can count on seeing: Vengeance (Far From Home), Spectre (Far From Home), Far From Home: The Complete Series, Far From Home: The Lost Missions (episodes 1 through to 12). Also expect to see Nightfall (working title at the moment), Operation: Chimera (pubbed by CQ and co-written with Matt Cox), Jack Axle, A Storm Of Shadows (Book 1 of The Fallen Crown).

That’s it for now. Tomorrow I pick up my new HP Chromebook, bought strictly for writing purposes. We’ll see how it goes.

New FAR FROM HOME series EXCLUSIVE TO PATREON!

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Far From Home: The Lost Missions!

Only Available From Patreon!

I’m excited to announce a new 12-episode series, set between Far From Home: The Complete Series and Enigma: A Far From Home Novel.

For just $1 per episode, you will receive a copy in either mobi or epub format to send to your e-reader of choice. This series is exclusive to patreon, meaning you cannot get it anywhere else!

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I’ve set the goal for each episode at $50 to allow me to cover editorial fees, etc and deliver the professional standard of work my readership have come to expect. Once that $50 is reached, I will create each episode. This is an exciting opportunity for fans of the series to experience something they cannot get anywhere else.

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A Little Update Of Sorts

This week I’ve been continuing to write Far From Home: Vengeance, which now sits at 25k. None too shabby.

I’ve been reading ‘Before They Are Hanged’ by Joe Abercrombie. When I finish that I have a few things to read for friends before pushing on with ‘Last Argument Of Kings.’ I’ve more than enjoyed his trilogy so far. It’s kind of a revelation in fact. For anyone even considering doing a fantasy book, I highly recommend giving The First Law Trilogy a read before you do. It’s certainly made me rethink a few of the things I was going to do with The Fallen Crown, that’s for sure.

So. This weekend I should get some work done on Vengeance, going into next week. I also have edits for Operation: Chimera to attend to, which I’ve sort of put to one side for too long. I will get them done and sent back to Curiosity Quills this weekend.

Once Vengeance is done, I will be finally finishing up on the YA horror novel I’ve had going for some time now. It’s half done and just needs a few weeks commitment to get it finished.

Since reading The First Law has made me re-examine my original ideas, etc, for The Fallen Crown (read that as: ‘Made me see some of my GREAT IDEAS weren’t that great after all…), I will be working on something completely new and different. More on that another time. For now, my thoughts are with my editor as she recuperates in hospital (finally out of ICU!). I look forward to hearing from Laurie soon. She’ll be pleased to hear that Nemesis has been in the top 20 for over a week – and even snuck into the #7 spot a few days ago.

I’ve been listening to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live In Hyde Park, and watching Breaking Bad. I’ve nearly finished Season 3. A great show, truly great.

FREE #KINDLE PROMOTION!!!

To promote the release of the entirely awesome Grendel Unit 2 – Ignition Sequence, I have made Sun Hammer Part 1 FREE for this weekend. My friend Bernard has also made Grendel Unit 1 and Sun Hammer Part 2 FREE, and the one and only William Vitka is offering Stranded for FREE as part of one big promo effort.

So that’s a joining of three series to bring you entertainment for absolutely nothing. The Far From Home Series, the Grendel Unit Series and the Hroza Connection Series!

So. Let’s get this straight. For this weekend only you can get . . .

Grendel Unit 1 FREE

Sun Hammer Part 1 FREE

Sun Hammer Part 2 FREE

Stranded FREE

I don’t see how you can resist this promotion. What a steal! And if you get the above for absolutely nothing, why not grab Grendel Unit 2 – which is available now in the Kindle Store!

MAY 2014

MAY 2014

Vengeance: A Far From Home Novel will be coming your way this MAY. Book it in, folks. Write it down in your calendars. You won’t believe where the story is headed next. This could well be the most explosive – and divisive – installment of Far From Home yet! Watch this space . . .