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Starcrossed

Posted by Marc Johnson on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Starcrossed Christina is on the verge of an incredible scientific breakthrough—one that will affect all of mankind. She’s sacrificed everything for her work, including her relationship with the only man she’s ever truly loved. Booker’s life is empty without Christina. She keeps saying it’s over, but he can’t help reaching out to her one more […]

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What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 2)

Posted by Marc Johnson on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 2) In the land of Northern Shala, the dark wizard Premier raised an army of foul creatures from the Wastelands and led them against the ancient guardian city of Alexandria. Hellsfire, a young farmhand turned apprentice wizard, defeated Premier and saved Alexandria, but not before the […]

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Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 1)

Posted by Marc Johnson on Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 1) For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace. Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in […]

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Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

What’s in a Name?

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Now, if there’s one common complaint/critique of my series, The Passage of Hellsfire, is that some people don’t like Hellsfire’s name. I don’t quite know why, but they just don’t like it. My thirteen year-old self who came up with the name, would be very sad. There are reasons as to why I named him […]

The Next Big Thing

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

I was tagged in The Next Big Thing interview series by my wonderful editor, Lauren Sweet. Aside from being my editor, she’s also the author of Aladdin’s Samovar. Over the past year, I’ve been trying to land a job, working on my second and third books, writing a short story or two, and finding someone […]

Flashbacks

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Most TV shows and movies today are terrible. One of the main reasons they are is that they don’t allow the natural buildup of any characters or story arcs. A lot of classic shows had a rough season or two, but became great shows. And even those were tittering on the verge of cancellation back […]

One Year Sabbatical

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Last year, I got laid off. For almost the past year, I got a huge taste of what it’d be like to be a full time writer. Surprisingly, it was oddly boring. When you don’t spend 9-10 hours of your day getting ready for work, commuting for work, and actually working, you’ll have a lot […]

Writing Young Adult Books from a Guy’s Perspective

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Young Adult (YA) is hot right now. You have things like The Hunger Games and Divergent tearing up the charts. While I enjoy reading YA, they have a lot of things in common. I’m not talking about how they all star teenagers as the main protagonists, how they deal with adult themes, or even how […]

Short Stories

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Short stories aren’t as popular as they once were. The pulp magazine died a long time ago and there’s far too much fighting for people’s entertainment these days. That said, because of ebooks and indie publishing, short stories are starting to make a bit of a comeback. When it comes to television, I love short […]

Splitting My Book

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I’m currently in the middle of the edits for my second book, What Once Was One, which should be out sometime in August, and a thought occurred to me. What if I split this book in two? The reason is that it’s currently around 117,000 words. That’s a lot bigger than I thought it’d be. […]

Do Indie Writers Write Too Fast Or Am I Too Slow?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

That’s the question I occasionally ask myself. I see writers pump out book after book while I’m struggling to release one book a year. Granted, their books are only 40-50,000 words while mine are 90-100,000 words. But I still wonder how they release books so fast? Is it because they’re just a faster writer than […]

Static Main Characters

Friday, May 11th, 2012

When it comes to a story, most of the time, the main character is the one who goes through the MOST changes. Whether it’s Neo in The Matrix, Frodo in Lord of the Rings, or Katniss in The Hunger Games, they all go through the Hero’s Journey and end up far differently than when they […]

Weaknesses in Writing: Main Character

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

All writers seem to blog about pricing, cover, sales, KDP Select, Amazon, etc., etc., etc. But rarely do they talk about the writing process. I can understand why. Writing is rather boring. You just hammer at words on a keyboard, phone, or tablet and occasionally talk to yourself. Instead of talking about how great a […]