Hello, Frank. I thoroughly enjoyed The Garden Black and I’m wondering what the inspiration behind each piece was, and how you created the relived moment? Frank: All the poems in the Garden Black collection come from the same root – an idea of fantasy and broader speculation. They are also rooted in a mood – … Continue reading An Interview & Review: The Garden Black by Frank Prem
It's not a sales spiel, it's not a shove at the reader. What is it? It's the link to the thing you want the reader to react with, to click on a link and do something. It may be a Call to Action, or it may be a link to something else, a competition, a … Continue reading The Linking to Things
Fandango's provocative question #152: What do you do for a living? If you are retired, what did you do before you retired? If you’re currently unemployed, what did you do before becoming unemployed? On my 'about' page, I say this: worked in so many jobs the list goes on for pages. And pages. Anyone would … Continue reading Too Many Jobs to List Them All,
He's the man, the Black, and he works the night to find the price of a soul. Why would Liana Benit seek out such a man? He'll ruin her life, her future, and her dreams. Why does she seek him?Because she needs to find the truth to set the memory of her father's soul free. … Continue reading He Cultivates Your Secrets
For a writer, the answer is simple. Quite a lot. A name means so much more than a label to indicate who's talking. The name part of the writing process takes me longer than the pre-planning. Okay, a bit misleading. I write a few beat sheets that may or may not have characters with names … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Australian neo noir crime novel with speculative elements and set in Melbourne.
Do you read noir? How about Contemporary Australian neo noir? Well, here it is. A bit earlier than planned, but there's this thing, StorytellerUK2021, and I was talked into publishing the story for that. It means it's only available on Amazon for the duration of the competition. Update: Free on Amazon Sept 3-5! Would you … Continue reading Melbourne Noir Novel: Blackened Rose
Yes, it really is today, at 5pm (or 1700 hrs) London time (you need to check the time for your zone, because for me, it's sometime after zero-dark-hundred and before sparrow-fart (around 0130 in the blessed apres midis)). Your Chance to see what professional writers, editors, publishers, agents have to say about submissions from authors. … Continue reading Pop-Ups on Litopia – It’s Today!
Yep. Housekeeping time for the blog. It's a regular thing with the blog posts removed after a certain period of time. Pages get updated a bit, played with, but not a full spring-clean. Now is the time. If you don't see me for a while, it's because the doors are closed, the fumigators are in, … Continue reading Times be a-Changin’
(Okay, let's just pretend it's Friday and I'm doing my weekly update on the subject that came up several weeks ago) (The pic comes from Fandango and his Flash Fiction Challenge, except I'm not writing fiction -- or am I?) photo from Nicolae_Balt at Pixabay.com. Conflict: See that balloon? The conflict comes from the character … Continue reading Conflict, suspense, and tension