Weekly Update – March 29, 2016

Finally shook off the late winter/early spring doldrums and got some stuff done!

WRITING PROJECTS

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Art and Copyright 2016 Patricia Lupien
Cheap Thrills Digest: Cover art is done! Tricia finished it up over the weekend, and here is the fully finished version. Fun!

This book will be available exclusively in print at live appearances and, eventually, through this website, but before it goes on general sale I do plan to make a limited number of copies available to current fans, so keep your eyes on this website for details on that.

Action Figures – Issue Six: Power Play: Pre-editing revisions are done, in the queue for editing.

Action Figures – Live Free or Die: Pre-editing revisions are done, in the queue for editing.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Assassins Brawl: Had a very productive weekend working on this. I punched out a whopping thirty-six pages over the course of four days, and I’m primed and ready to launch into the third act, which promises to be intense.

Action Figures – Issue Seven: The Black End War: About a quarter of the way through the first draft.

APPEARANCES and EVENTS

MISC.

Last year I was fortunate enough to participate in a StoryBundle deal featuring indie superhero authors, and it was a great experience all around.

One of my fellow SB authors, Adam Oster (The Legend of Buddy Hero), a few days ago posted an excellent review of Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins on his website. Thank you for that, sir! And readers, you should go thank him too by grabbing some of his stuff. And I should seriously make some time to read the other books in the bundle…and maybe some of the two dozen or so books in my to-be-read pile.

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Fast Five With Adam Oster

Mornin’, all. Here’s the next installment of my series of quick interviews with the other authors involved in the Indie Superhero StoryBundle offer (still available, hint hint). Today’s guest is Adam Oster, so let’s hear from him now.

Legend of Buddy Hero1) It’s high-concept pitch time. In 20 words or fewer, what is your book about?

Buddy Jackson is the world’s greatest superhero. He just doesn’t know it.

2) Why did you decide to tackle a superhero story as a prose novel rather than as a traditional comic book/graphic novel?

First reason: I can’t draw and can’t be bothered to convince someone to draw for me.

Second reason: I think we’ve got enough superheroes in the visual medium, but in pure prose, there’s so much more that is capable. Novels allow for much more subtle storytelling that can have so much more of a connection to everything. I’m not going to pretend that The Legend of Buddy Hero is literary fiction, but it has a lot to do with the human condition and a whole host of other things that aren’t overtly related to superheroes.

3) One of the notable earmarks of our current Indie Superhero StoryBundle is that “indie” part. Are you an independent author by choice? And what are the big pros and cons of life as an indie author?

I’m indie both by choice and not by choice. I did initially attempt to get myself representation or a publisher (or, preferably both), for The Legend of Buddy Hero, but quickly realized that it wasn’t where I needed to be with my work. The interest in the superhero genre was small enough to begin with, and they all just wanted it to be a Young Adult novel, which would be a very different story. So, I went indie because I needed to be able to do it my way. And, I was really tired of sending out query letters.

4) Superheroes are well-established archetypes, and their stories have their own sensibilities and internal logic. How did you play with or subvert the tropes of superhero fiction in your story?

The Legend of Buddy Hero is all about trope subversion. Well, you know, at least as far as the humor aspects of it go. There’s your character who talks like Adam West, your over-sexualization of women, your caddy artificial intelligence, and a whole ton of other things that regular comic book readers will find quite amusing. In fact, one of the reviews Buddy Hero received is that it reads like a comic book. There’s a lot there to show where the story comes from, while also completely separating it as a new and unique concept.

Author Adam Oster.
Author Adam Oster.

5) Beginnings, middles, and ends. What is your favorite/the easiest part of a story to write and which is the hardest/least favorite?

I’m a really big fan of the middle. You know, the point where you can just write whatever crazy thing you want and make the future version of yourself deal with trying to tie up the loose ends. It’s where I get to really let my imagination fly. I’m also a really big fan of the moments before actually writing, where the idea begins to meld into a solid concept. I spend a lot of time working in that headspace where I’m trying to figure out how to tell the stories I want to tell.

The New Superhero StoryBundle Is Live!

I’ve mention this before, but now the StoryBundle Indie Superhero collection is available for purchase!

StoryBundle

Here’s how it works: you set the price you want to pay for the base bundle of four e-books (which includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins) and determine how much of the payment is shared with the writers. If you pay at least $12, you get four bonus books.

This is a curated collection; every book has been read and personally selected by a member of the StroryBundle team, so you know you’re getting some good stuff here. Plus, you get to try out some titles you might not otherwise know about, AND support a group of independent authors.

To learn more about each author and title, go check out their websites and Facebook pages: