Devils Glen, writing

The Halfway Point

Hey everyone! So sorry, it’s been a crazy long time since my last post–I can’t believe the last time I posted was in April!

Things have been great. Devils Glen has sold pretty well, so far, and people from all over the country have reached out to let me know how much they liked the book. Word of mouth grows, little by little, and the wonderful reviews have certainly helped. If you haven’t had a chance to leave a review on Amazon, please do!

June Promo!

Kindle Press is running a special promotion for Devils Glen during the month of June. The Kindle version is on sale for $1.99, down from $3.49, and the paperback is on sale for $14.99 through June 30th! Now is a perfect time to buy either version for yourself, or as a gift.

Morgan’s Girl

A short story I wrote, Morgan’s Girl, was selected for a new horror anthology called The Edge: Infinite Darkness, presented by author Patrick Reuman. No word yet on when it will be released, but I’ll announce it as soon as I’m able. It was one of only nine stories selected out of three hundred submissions.

Signings and Upcoming Appearances

The book signing at Dark Delicacies was so much fun! It was really a bucket list kind of thing for me, as I have been in love with that book store for years now. Thanks to everyone who came out!

As for Iowa, I haven’t yet set up a day to go there. I know I’ve been saying I’ll be back in the summer, but I’m thinking about doing it in October instead…which would be a fitting time of year to do it. Thanks to all the people who have reached out for me to do signings or talk to their classes, clubs, etc. I will work out a way to do all of that when I get back, if I possibly can.

Crow Creek Update

I am 42,000 words into the rough draft of Crow Creek (Bettendorf Tales Book 2), which is about the halfway point for the length I’m expecting it to be when it’s done. The rough draft will probably be around 90,000-100,000 words, and then I will cut it down from there and simplify the language. And yes, there will be a whole lot of editing to do, but I’m excited about it.

Each character has his/her own road to travel in this book. Though Jack is still the main character, Crow Creek isn’t only about him. Like the first book, each chapter will focus on one of the major characters.

Each of our heroes will be flung into seemingly different directions, all on their own, with the forces of darkness always closing in. That’s precisely where I am in the writing process right now, so I’ll be spending most of my summer figuring out how to weave the story lines back together and set up the story for book 3. It’s still early, but I feel like it’s going to be a faster paced book than Devils Glen. I guess we shall see.

The writing itself has been much easier this time around. It’s funny, but once you realize you can do something, it makes it so much easier the next time you sit down to do it. This time, I haven’t been worried or bogged down in the details–I don’t get frustrated by a difficult transition or a little bout of writer’s block. I just write write write and remind myself that the rough edges will be smoothed out in the editing process.

“The only kind of writing is rewriting.” -Earnest Hemingway

When I’m done with the rough draft, I plan to put it aside and not look at it for a month, during which time I’ll be writing a new book–a long term project I’ve been kicking around for a while.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Hope you’re happy and safe. Please drop me a line with any questions you might have, and I can answer them in my next post.

4 thoughts on “The Halfway Point”

  1. Sarah koehn says:

    I live in Bettendorf, Iowa and I finally got your book in the mail! I’m excited to read it!

    Sarah

    1. Matthew Speak says:

      Thanks Sarah! I hope you have fun reading it.

  2. Stephanie Dougherty says:

    I live in LeClaire, Iowa, but grew up on Valley Drive and attended PV. Reading “Devils’ Glen” was a lot of fun because I felt like I was following the characters all around town. Honestly, the book was slow going in the beginning but I soon got into it and couldn’t put it down. I will definitely read “Crow Creek”. Thank you!

    1. Matthew Speak says:

      That’s great! I’m glad you stuck with it and enjoyed it.

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