Tuesday, April 29, 2014

News for Dead in the Water

Thanks to the nice folks at Solstice Publishing and Summer Solstice Press, Dead in the Water is back and better than ever!

The new cover by Michelle Crocker is awesome!

All the places you can find it are above. I couldn't get the links to work in text, but you can also just type my name in at any of those sites (Chrystal Vaughan) and I'll pop up! Well my books will...I'll probably be at home writing something. Rumor has it my next book isn't too shabby and the new one I just started has zombies. Just sayin'!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Technique: Type vs. Handwrite

My latest book, Conspiracy of Ravens, was the first book I have written longhand. I got the idea from reading a Tweet by Joe Hill. If you don't know Joe, you owe it to yourself to read his books. My favorite is called Horns; rumor has it that Horns will be a movie soon. But I digress...

So Joe Tweeted about these new leather bound journals and awesome pens he had gotten to write in. Then he said he always writes his books longhand. I thought I'd give it a try and WOW! I loved it. 

A friend had given me this journal and I decided to use it because it has a lot of pages. Even though the story is about a serial killer witch and not butterflies...

The long hand writing process was very rewarding because I was able to take the book with me everywhere and not have to lug my computer out every time I had an idea. Also I loved being able to do large chunks of editing when I typed my long hand pages later.

 I decided to do it again with my next book, a zombie apocalypse survival tale. I chose this journal to write it in:

I decided to use the phrase on the journal for the title of the book. It will make sense when you read it, I promise! 

Anyone read any good books lately?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Summer Solstice

Quick news: my book "Dead in the Water" will soon be available from Summer Solstice press. Stay tuned for more details!