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The Story Between the Stories #006 – Hey, what’s the deal with book festivals?

I’ve always loved books, as far back as I can remember. But book festivals? I never even knew there was such a thing. Then I became an author, and still didn’t know about them. Finally, I decided to actually get serious about my writing and my books; that’s when I found out about book festivals. A part of me likes to think that I would have loved attending them, had I known about them earlier; but most of me knows that the introverted guy that actually runs my social life would have balked at going, and would have probably read a book instead. Knowing what I know now, I can say I would have gotten hooked if I’d tried it. I’m definitely hooked now that I know a little more about them, from the other side of the table.

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Jay on the other side of the table. Taken at the Sudden Insight Publishing booth at the 2016 LA Times Festival of Books.

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Paws for a Tale – Update and Cover Reveal

We’ve been hard at work getting the very first Sudden Insight Publishing charity anthology ready, and are so very pleased to finally be able to announce the release date (as well as the title)!

Paws for a Tale will be released in ebook format on January 29th, 2016. Inside it’s electronic pages you will find eight short stories from eight indie authors – Linda Deane, Adam Dreece, Beth Gualda, David M. Kelly, Megan O’Russell, Michael R. Stern, L.G. Surgeson, and our very own J.K. Norry. Each story is a little glimpse into the world of a book or series the author has already published, but never fear; every single tale stands on it’s own. We’re incredibly pleased with this set of stories, and we think you will be as well.

All profits from Paws for a Tale will be going to the SPCA (If you don’t know why we picked this charity, read Jay’s blog posts here and here).

And now, let’s get to that cover, shall we?

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Our sincere thanks go out to David M. Kelly for designing the paw/heart artwork on the cover, and to all of the authors for their input on the title.

We’ll have more information on how to get your copy of Paws for a Tale soon, as well as details on the paperback release date. Stay tuned!

The Walking In A Winter Wonderland Giveaway

Sudden Insight Publishing author Jay Norry is running one heck of a holiday giveaway. We just had to share it with you, because everyone likes to win!

The Walking In A Winter Wonderland Giveaway starts today! One lucky newsletter subscriber will win a Kindle Fire 7″ and my entire ebook catalog! Second prize is a signed paperback set of the complete Walking Between Worlds trilogy. And everyone gets a copy of “The Walker’s Way” for free, just for signing up!

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The nitty gritty: Giveaway runs until December 26th. Winners will be chosen from the subscriber list using Random.org. All winners will be notified via email on December 27th.

The Walking Between Worlds trilogy is complete!

Today we released the final book of J.K. Norry’s Walking Between Worlds trilogy, Fall of the Walker King.

I am proud to announce that Sudden Insight Publishing is releasing the final book in my latest trilogy today. All three books are available in both print and ebook format, and the companion tale is available for free to anyone who signs up for my newsletter. The first few chapters to all of my books are available for free as well, another way to get a sample of my style and the story.

Thanks to everyone reading, the books and the blog and anything else I might churn out. It means a lot to have you with me on this journey, in whatever form you choose to come along. Look forward to more content next year, as Sudden Insight expands its reach into audiobooks and author interviews and…possibly a podcast? We’ll see, as the next year looms pregnant with possibilities.

Contact me at jay@jaynorry.com to let me know what you think of the books or the blog, or with nominations for which characters you think should appear in upcoming Walking Between Worlds companion tales. Happy holidays, and thanks for reading!

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You still have time to get in on the Walking Between Worlds sale! Get Demons & Angels for 99 cents, or Rise of the Walker King for $1.99! Hurry, sale ends December 3rd.

What’s up, Pussycat?

Back to school shopping is looming, the freezer is out of popsicles, and your vacation money is spent. Summer’s almost gone . . . it’s time to start planning for the Fall. Here at Sudden Insight Publishing headquarters, we’re working hard to make sure you have some great indie books to read in the coming months! So what exactly are we working on? Read on and find out . . .

Anthology submissions are starting to come in, and we’re very excited to dig in to all of the stories that have been submitted so far. If you haven’t submitted your short story to us yet, don’t worry, you still have time. Deadline Day is August 31st! For more information about the Sudden Insight anthology benefitting the SPCA, click here – Charity Anthology.

In other news, we’re pleased to announce that J. K. Norry will be releasing the final book of his “Walking Between Worlds” series on December 1st, 2015. Titled “Fall of the Walker King”, this book wraps up the exciting saga of Walkers and war begun in “Demons & Angels” and continued in “Rise of the Walker King”. We anticipate that you’ll be able to preorder “Fall of the Walker King” in ebook or paperback format in early November, just in time for the holidays!

Now, go out and enjoy those last few days of summer!

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Four

[We’re proud to present the fourth chapter of our next release, “Walking Between Worlds; Book II: Rise of the Walker King” by J. K. Norry. If you missed the first chapter, click here – Chapter One. Enjoy!]

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Book II: Chapter Four – “Some Chapters Are Just Hard To Write”

In the first book of this series, I had a little difficulty writing some of the scenes. I am not the fan of violence that I may seem if you’ve read it, but I recognize that it is a feature in a lot of stories worth being told. When it comes, it can be helpful to have a description that brings a telling image to mind; violence should shock us all, even when it is something we feel is called for.

When I write, I’m mostly quiet. Sometimes tears stream down my face, and some of those times I am wearing a triumphant smile rather than a troubled frown. I’m still quiet in those moments, though. It’s only every once in a while that I’ll laugh or proclaim “Yeah! Hell yeah!” aloud, and I seldom think about what the neighbors might think when I do (I usually write outside, notebook on my knees on the porch). The chapters that make me a noisy writer are the ones like the one to follow. Every character in this series has a special place in my heart, and when they feel pain it strikes a chord within me that often finds me voicing it aloud. Read more

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Three

[We’re proud to present the third chapter of our next release, “Walking Between Worlds; Book II: Rise of the Walker King” by J. K. Norry. If you missed the first chapter, click here – Chapter One. Enjoy!]

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Book II: Chapter Three – “Time Can Be Quite A Character”

My excitement continues to grow as the release date gets closer. The time it takes to create a book start to finish is considerable, and laced with challenges as much as it is punctuated by minor victories. As this countdown ticks away, it brings to mind another countdown that makes time itself a featured character in this book.

It is noted in passing that time moves at a different pace above and below than on Earth in the first book. It’s explanation enough for us to realize that Paul is able to experience a long string of seemingly time-consuming events at the end of the book that happen in the space of a couple minutes for Mason and Sarah. Read more

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Two

[We’re proud to present the second chapter of our next release, “Walking Between Worlds; Book II: Rise of the Walker King” by J. K. Norry. If you missed the first chapter, click here – Chapter One. Enjoy!]

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Book II: Chapter Two – “The Way Things Change”

Now that we’ve shared the first chapter, part of the tone for book two has been established. The perspective will be more of the Guide’s than the Walker’s as we move on, and a big part of what is going on with Kris is his continuing adjustment to his new life in death. He’s also riding a wave of love that has been a long time coming, and having a chance to swim in its depths rather than watch its beauty from afar. The first chapter brought us back to the sacred intimacy Kris and Jessica had discovered together at the end of the first book.

At first I wrote that introductory chapter with Kris waking up, like most folks do, and feeling the weight of Jessica’s head on his chest. The Guide and the story got my attention in the re-write, reminding me that sleeping and waking were different for him now. I thought it was funny; the only teaser we had released had been the opening sentence, and it disappeared right away when I edited. So it goes; it’s done now, and better than before. Read more

The Devil, The Dog and The Anthology, Part 1 of 2: I Am Not A Dog Person

Please don’t call me a dog person; I’m not. Should you see me walking a little black dog dripping with cuteness or a big brown one lit up with love, don’t go and get the wrong idea. If you hear my voice rise to an excited falsetto proclaiming my love as I pet the aforementioned critters, don’t be fooled. I am not a dog person.

I met the big brown one first. He was attached to the girl I love, and she to him. We sat down together, Mammoth and I, and had a man-to-dog talk when he and I first began to share a home. I explained to him that I am not a dog person; nothing personal or anything, I’ve just never been a fan. I went on to explain that we could still live together and perhaps even enjoy each other’s company in some small way. I know myself, I told him, and I just don’t see my feelings about this changing. Read more

A Reason to Write

Another article from our series of self-publishing blog posts, written by SIP Head Honcho and resident Author, Jay Norry.

It may sound a little cheesy, but I don’t care: I think that everyone has something they were born to do. When I was a kid, I looked at cars and said, “That’s freedom. I want one of those.” I had more than one friend that looked at cars and said, “That’s interesting. How does it work?” That baffled my young mind. I didn’t understand then that the mechanics of something could be more interesting to some people than its actual function. It took me even longer to understand that that’s why the world is full of so much cool stuff.

I used to draw a lot. I thought I wanted to draw comic books or graphic novels, until I pictured myself sitting at a desk and doing it for eight or ten or twelve hours a day. I enjoyed drawing, and I still do from time to time; but I knew before I ever got started that it was a hobby level of enjoyment. If I had turned it into a profession, I would hate drawing now.

When I was sixteen, I learned a little guitar. I started singing and writing songs, and I wanted to be a rock star . . . as long as it came easy. Once again, I looked ahead and saw a dream of tomorrow that looked like a nightmare to me: playing the same songs over and over, spending endless hours on a tour bus, and all the local groupies lay the same.

By the time adulthood came around, the only thing I knew for sure about what I wanted to do with my life was that there were a bunch of things I didn’t want to do.

I was not unaware of the clues around me. The things I had tried to draw were often scenes or characters from my favorite fantasy novels. The only thing I felt like doing when band practice was over was reading books. While other band members read guitar magazines or practiced scales or guzzled whisky (it’s on most drummer’s resumes, I assume it’s a requirement), I gobbled up stories about life in some future or past or alternate world.

It wasn’t just the stories that fascinated me; it was the authors, the process that they employed to get these stories from their minds into my hands. I couldn’t read a book without getting some feel for the author and either liking or disliking them for it. Either way, it seemed a daunting task to write a book and somehow manage to get the story straight. Who but a writer would think like that?

Clues were there when I was younger, too. I always considered English an easy grade, and watching others struggle with it was mystifying. I would write an assignment that everyone was given two weeks to work on while riding the bus to school on due day. Other kids were clearly more disciplined and studious and even smarter than me, but they often couldn’t get the grade I could get by dashing something off last minute. Teachers hounded me all through school, telling me I wasn’t living up to my potential. I agreed inasmuch as I understood, though I understood better at the time that none of those people were living up to their potential either. I was much more occupied with being annoyed with public school teachers using me as some distorted mirror they could view themselves through than I was open to the possibility that they might have something worthwhile to teach me.

When I became an adult, the need for cash flow sent me in some delightful and despicable (and despicably delightful) directions. A little while on any treadmill saw me bored and listless, and I saw why: most of the ways in which folks make money working for other people is because what they’re getting paid to do isn’t very fun. (This is where the reluctant leader that I have always become in my day jobs pipes up and says, “That’s why they call it work! Now do some!”)

My inner supervisor is not writing this blog, though even he would agree that working for someone else is a great way to finance making your own dreams come true. If all you’re working for is the chance to sit on the couch and watch television for the better part of most days, you probably won’t work as hard as the person trying to start their own business or fervently pursue a hobby in their off time. That’s not theory, but rather my experience.

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was about twenty-one or twenty-two years old. No, that’s not quite right. Here’s a better way to say it: I finally stopped fighting all the inner and outer voices telling me that I needed to write to be happy when I was about twenty-one. One of the voices in my head had been telling me all along that I didn’t have anything worth writing about. Then a pleasantly overwhelming cascade of love flowed through me for several months, unbidden, and the direction of my life changed forever as that demonic chant was replaced by an angel singing, “You should write about that . . .”

(To read more about my experience, read my first book “Stumbling Backasswards Into the Light”; to read more about the beautifully blessed role of demons and angels in our lives, read my second book “Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels”. I have to at least mention them; I am still working a day job.)

I started writing, journals at first and then my book (see above). I saw something in my first book that would change the way I worked and the way I wrote forever. Namely, the development of a process for learning and practicing a thing is essential to getting good at it; for me, at least. There are levels of skill and knowledge in every facet of every thing that only reveal themselves when I can set aside everything else and lose myself in that thing. In writing my first book, I learned that I needed to work. Furthermore, I needed to work at a job that was as complicated and intricate as writing in its own way, so that I might learn about how the world works and how different perspectives deal with it to better both myself and my writing. I also needed to learn as much about the way other aspects of life worked, so I worked on my own cars when I could and travelled a lot and listened to people talk about the things that fascinated them and bothered them and bored them.

Now I’m writing pretty aggressively. The last few years have been about building and refining a process to self-publish, and with the help of an invaluable teammate we are doing just that. The second book in the “Walking Between Worlds” series is coming along faster than anticipated as this process is further refined, and a part of me that has felt like a caged animal for years is finally running free in the world. I write because it’s what I was born to do. I write because it makes me happy. I write because it’s who I am.