By Dave White
Hi, Do Some Damage readers, I’m back.
And, to be honest, it feels like I never left. It’s Sunday night, when I’m writing this, and I promised Steve Weddle, I’d have a post to him by the end of the weekend. And I have no idea what to write about. This was how it felt every Monday night when, around 10 o’clock at night, I realized I had a post to write.
I’d always freeze up.
The reason wasn’t the obvious one: writer’s block plus a deadline. No, it was often the problem of having too much to write about. But not knowing what fit. That was my problem, and it was the problem I feel permeates the blog-o-sphere.
When I left Do Some Damage, I wasn’t writing . . . not fiction, anyway. I was working on graduate school papers, I was working on Rutgers blog posts, and I was working on raising a baby. So, I wasn’t really thinking about fiction. I had some ideas, and I had some opinions, but they were insular to the small-ish crime fiction internet world.
Which was the exact people I’d been writing to for nine years in some for or another. But I wanted to move beyond that. I wanted to catch the eye of the casual mystery fan. I wanted to scream to them about Marcus Sakey or Jay Stringer or Russel McLean or Steve Weddle. Get those books in front of the casual fans’ eyes.
And I didn’t know how.
The only thing I knew is seeing the headline “How to Write a Sex Scene” for the 8 billionth time on a blog wasn’t going to do it. So, I stepped down.
But now I’m back, just for this week. My old books are being published by a brand new publisher in the fantastic Polis Books. Very soon, they’ll even be putting out a brand new Jackson Donne novel: NOT EVEN PAST.
I’m back in the game. I’m excited.
But I’m still faced with the same age-old problem. I have too much to write about, and I don’t want to lecture you about writing.
Guess I’ll stick to Rutgers posts.
However, I did want to check in and say hi. I miss you guys. But the people who took over for me are doing fantastic work. I still read every day.
And if you haven’t checked out my books, it’s a great time to do so. WHEN ONE MAN DIES is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks. The second Jackson Donne novel is available in the same places.
I hope you’ll give them a look.