Writing a Book.

I haven’t posted to this blog for some time. To tell the truth (and mom said, “If you always tell the truth, John, you’ll never have to remember what you said”) I have been working on a new novel. And it is difficult and time-consuming. Any writing takes time, but I have been writing what the trade calls “Action/Adventure” novels for a long time, and this one is different.
When you write a series you have your characters well-defined and it is just a matter of getting them into and out of circumstances which could lead to their death. This time I wanted to write a different book and tell a story, for want of a better description, about the “human condition.” Will readers like it? I don’t know. I am only halfway through with the first draft and it will probably be fall of 2015 before it is published.
As I may have mentioned before, Martin Cruz Smith has always been my hero. If I could write half as well as he, I would be satisfied. He is my inspiration. His books are thoroughly researched. I mean, when he has Russian Investigator Arkady Renko go to Chernobyl, you KNOW that MCSmith has been to Chernobyl. But even he has trouble writing about the same character all the time. In fact, a recent interview of him echoes my thoughts exactly. Martin Cruz Smith said in essence that he was not tired of his character or his series, but after you have done it, other ideas come up and after awhile if you force yourself to write another in a series it will show. What you are doing is competing against yourself.
I understand what he meant. I’m not tired of Jack Stevens and Amy Larkin battling evil in the Caribbean, but after three books, it is time to give them (and me) a rest. If I came up with a super plot for them, of course I would write the fourth book. (Like, if I could have Amy kidnapped by Zombies and Jack had to become a werewolf and go to outer space to save her, well, there you go!) But if I did it just because “I should” it would turn out to be some phony drivel, and I can’t write like that.
So I am trying to write a different book. Will it be as successful as the Jack and Amy series? Probably not, but if I can pull off what I want to do, it will be a personal success because it will show that I’m not a one-trick writer. And that means a lot to me.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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