Hi! I am Callie C. Colbert and I was asked to join this blog tour by my friend James McAllister. For those of you who aren’t acquainted with him, he is a really gifted author. Go, JOCK! We all have favorite characters, and one of mine is Jock. You can meet him in the multi-generational “Starclan” series, beginning with “The Turret.”
After that, you will eagerly read “The Best Laid Plans: Birth of the Starclan.”
James is currently writing the third book in the “Starclan” series.
If you are a science fiction fan, you will love his writing style and subject matter. Even if you aren’t, he has written a “Twilight Zone” themed book, “The Universe-Five Minutes at a Time.”
Or are you into knights, dragons, and kings? He has that covered in “The Page: The Year of the Dragons.”
Tune in to “The Author Show” on May 26, 2014, as James will be interviewed by Don McCauley. You can also find James hanging out at the following places:
MARSocial’s Lagrangian SciFi Lounge: http://marsocialauthorbusinessenhancementscifi.wordpress.com
As for me, I am currently writing “Threads of Reality: Lexie’s Journey, Book 2.” This novel is somewhat of a challenge to write as it gets very dark in certain areas. Lexie is the spirit of a deceased child, and in each book of the series she helps people confront evil head-on. In this particular story, she is trying to help a middle-aged couple come to terms with their spirituality, faith, and psychic abilities as they struggle to deal with the fact that they have unintentionally opened a portal to hell due to their curiosity in the paranormal realm.
“The Tibuens: Lexie’s Journey, Book 1” was published in 2014 and this novel is a combination of science fiction, the paranormal, romance, and theology. The “Lexie’s Journey” series is Christian paranormal. Yes, I can see the look on your face as you try to make sense of the genre. (I covered that topic in a previous blog post.) I didn’t set out to write in this genre, or any particular genre for that matter, and I guess that’s part of what makes my writing style unique. The genres picked me.
“Graze the Night” is about police officer Dean Mitchell, who responds to a 911 call. Several people are murdered after he arrives at the residence. The question is whether Mitchell slipped into insanity, or if he was a victim of the paranormal. I especially like this book because the reader is left to answer that question. Graze is a paranormal/psychological thriller and is not part of the “Lexie” series.
As far as how I go about writing a book, the ideas come to me at odd times and places. On occasion, I have been known to write song lyrics, poetry, or parts of a book on restaurant napkins! I learned to keep a pen and paper with me everywhere I go, as well as at the side of my bed. (Napkins tend to get damp and the writing doesn’t hold up well 🙂
The stories come to me kind of like movie fragments running through my head. The general story tells itself; I just write it down and formulate bits of the story and handle the technical issues. As I said earlier in this blog, Threads of Reality is a bit more challenging than normal as the book gets very dark and I find myself struggling at times to formulate the story. The general information is there, but the rest of it? It’s a lot of work. I think it will probably end up being my best work yet. Authors continue to learn with each book we write. I plan on publishing Threads of Reality in the fall of 2014.
I also write song lyrics and poetry, and you can read samples at my website www.callieccolbert.com. The song lyrics and poetry are fun to write, and they take quite a bit of work. I will write from my own experiences, things I see other people going through, or even just random ideas about things. My general subject matter of my lyrics and poetry is love and relationships, although I have been known to write about other things. Although it is not generally done this way, I sell the poetry and lyrics outright. I don’t go through the normal channels of having someone local record my songs and then send it out in the music world for possible publishing. It’s satisfying enough to have someone purchase my work and then add their personal touch to make it their own.
As with most indie writers, I hold a “regular” day job. I work in home health. It is extremely gratifying to help people who are elderly and/or disabled. I am very blessed to have a job I enjoy, plus I get to write on the side.
Check out my website for random excerpts of my work, and let me know what you think! You can contact me here:
MARSocial Blog: https://marsocialauthorbusinessenhancementinspirational.wordpress.com/
Thank you for your time! This blog tour has been a lot of fun, and now I would like to turn your attention to some really great friends and authors who have jumped on board for this tour.
First, let me introduce you to Travis Hightower. He is a great guy, and you will enjoy meeting him! Travis served as an Air Force officer for nearly eleven years, and he is also an amazing science fiction author. You can check out his bio and books by clicking on his mug shot below, and you can read his blog here.
The next great author and friend I would like to introduce you to is Ken Alexopoulos. If you check out his Amazon page, the 5-star reviews speak for themselves! Ken also writes under the pseudonym Alexander Kurtis, and you should check out his book “I am a Cowboy.”
You can go to his page by clicking on the photo below.