A global conspiracy threatens to overthrow governments, to topple nations, and to create a new order. Caught in the middle of their machinations, Jake Monday, vaunted assassin for the Galbriath Alliance, stands between global tyranny and personal purgatory. Follow Jake through three novellas, Manic Monday, A Month of Mondays, and Thank God it’s Monday and track the chronicles of his struggle to discover the man he was, the killer he has become and the man he wants to be. Now, the first three books of The Jake Monday Chronicles are all in one book. Save money and get The Monday Collection today.
The Monday Collection includes:
A MONTH OF MONDAYS
THANK GOD ITS MONDAY
Look for more Jake Monday Chronicles early 2014 as his saga continues!
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I write in multiple genres and they all pose different rewards and challenges. For instance, with spy thrillers, it takes an immense amount of research and preparation to obtain realism. Much of that research is obviously done by reading other works in the genre. Still, writing a spy novel requires more research than, say, fantasy or romance.
The rewards are different as well. In a fantasy, you get to immerse yourself in a lush world that you create. In a spy novel, you are surrounded by the possibilities of weight of your characters’ actions (or inactions). Both experiences have so much in common, but it is their contrasts that make each special in their own right.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Simple, right? The focus of aspiring authors is to put their butt in a seat and fingers to a keyboard. Put words from their wonderfully creative mind onto the screen (or paper, if you prefer). The point is, until I developed the discipline, time management, and process of telling a story from beginning to end, I was ALWAYS going to be an “aspiring” writer. The difference is to finish a story.
Start small. Write short stories. They are harder than you might think. Get those 5,000 to 10,000 words polished until they shine. Then, let some folks read it. Be prepared to be humiliated–that comes with the territory. Keep an open mind and thicken your skin (having children helps). You will find that the experience of finishing that short story, sharing it with others, and then honestly listening to the feedback is just like what you need to do to finish a longer work.
Heck, you might even decide that you like writing short stories and never write a magnum opus. That doesn’t mean you are not a writer. It just means you are not a NOVELIST. Compiling 8 to 10 short stories can be effectively the same as writing a novel. You may even enjoy that medium even more.
The point is: write.
Robert Allen Michael, originally from West Virginia, began telling tales when he was eight. He started with ghost stories, like the ones he read in books and heard from his family. Late at night, he would spin these tales hoping to scare his sisters or impress his mother.
In eighth grade, Robert wrote his first short story, a sort of “Children of the Corn” knock-off. He wanted so badly to impress his teacher that he even drew a cover replete with dripping blood from the title, blurbs and fake reviews. The story was hand-written, but demonstrated his love for writing and ability to spin a yarn.
Robert is perhaps most proud of being a faithful husband and a devoted father of four children: Nathaniel, Eden, Seth and Isaac. His wife Tracey and he reside in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
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