Troy's Short Story The Uninvited Guest Will be FREE on Amazon Oct. 14th - 18th!
When teenagers Harland Jacobs and Jose Rodriguez crashed a wedding, they weren’t doing anything terribly wrong. Jose only came because his nagging mother made him. Harlan only joined him to make it tolerable for his friend - and the free food, the girls and the dancing, of course. And they took full advantage too, eating, laughing at the guests behind their backs, and in the end, were planning to make complete fools of themselves. Why not? What did they have to lose? But they never dreamed this wedding would have taken such a staggeringly horrific turn. They never dreamed they would be fighting for their lives in this lodge tucked away in the woods. They never dreamed they would have heard so much screaming on a wedding day either.
Troy's Short Story Little Bernie's Map Will Be FREE On Amazon Oct 24th - 28th
Guest Post from the author
Some of you reading this post have experienced the incredible feeling that overcame me last October, and this past year. Generally, Octobers bring a building urgency in my creative spheres of thought and focus with the Nanowrimo competition just around the corner in November, fulfilling writing ambitions and challenging not only writing skill, as well as typing speed, but imagination and organization skills that would make Phil Hartman's Anal Retentive Chef blush. Last October was a little more special for me…
Okay, wrong. It was a LOT more special for me. On October 4th, 2013, I self-published my first novel of literary horror, Do I Bother You at Night?
So, yeah. There’s THAT.
Many non-writers don’t understand how much work goes into writing and creating a novel that lifts your pride into the stratosphere, lights your soul on fire, and in the end, speaks to you like your own personal Morgan Freeman.
Okay, absolutely, great. Here's the thing: that subject of how much work goes into publishing a novel has been talked about to death on every blog under the sun. What I want to touch upon is the therapeutic, wonderful, and exhilarating sensation writers gain during and after such work.
Because, while it is work, there’s a familiar enjoyment and pleasure in writing - like coming back to a favorite lover, or slipping into an old pair of shoes. The pleasure can stretch over weeks, months, years, and a lifetime afterward if you have sustainable fans and readers who crave your work and, of course, implement your active, well-used, and well-loved imagination. Then again, even if you don't and it's one and done for you, you've still earned an Achievement Badge on your Merit Badge Sash of Life: Novel Writing.
What made me want to be a writer? Honestly, since I’ve been doing this for over twenty years now, I’ve long since forgotten what exactly drove me down the path of a struggling scribbler. I’ve always blamed King and Crichton for lighting the canon, but that’s a cheap copout and not very sexy considering the years I’ve put into it, and now - be still my beating heart - how long I’ve been a self-published author to the public.
But isn't that the answer? That building culmination of feelings and emotions and expressions trying to get out? Or, better yet, after it’s out, falling in love with it? Think about that for a second. Falling in love your own writing. Being proud of it, flaunting it, showing it off to that jerk you went to high school with, and blowing your own damn mind that you created this. So, there's really no pinpoint moment. It was always in there. It just…leaked out…a little bit at a time.
But what kept that leak going, or better yet, what possessed me to never plug it? What was it that drew me back to the keyboard year after year, decade after decade with rejection letters and stories forming digital dust mite villages on the hard drive? I’ll tell you. It was that exhilaration when I saw the story coming together after pages upon pages of weaving and sewing together plot and themes and ideas and moods. Or when I gave a quirky, but endearing trait to a character with which you, and hopefully every one of my readers, can identify. It’s the goosebumps the first time I saw my book cover. It’s in my smile when I see the reviews my work is earning after years upon years of quietly scribbling away and never knowing what people would think of it. It’s the thrill in reading an amazing, life-shifting piece of a fiction that gets in my face, pokes me in the chest, and barks, “Hey! Think you can beat me? Are you up for the challenge? Try it.”
And I did. I took the challenge. And I’ll keep taking it, each time a little wiser in the execution and publication to make my stories better, to reach more people, and to grow to become a 21st Century writer. I want to fight for that satisfaction, that achievement, that hallowed merit badge.
That's why Do I Bother You At Night? is my first effort, but it won’t be my last.
About the author:Troy Aaron Ratliff was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio and self educated in writing, art, photography, and voice impersonations. When he's not reading, writing, sketching, or cooking up his next monstrosity, you can generally find him defending the galaxy from the forces of evil, feeding hippopotamuses, dining with foreign dignitaries and Zen masters, waking up to his supermodel wife, altering the space-time inter-dimensional warp or, more than likely, stuck in traffic somewhere in Southern California on his magic carpet.
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