Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: un/Fair by Steven Harper @StevenPiziks @chapterxchapter @TantrumBooks

un/Fair by Steven Harper
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

It's difficult enough to live in the neighborhood "freakazoid" house.  It's even more difficult when you're autistic and neither your family nor best friend really understands you.  So when Ryan November wakes up on his eleventh birthday with the unexpected ability to see the future, he braces himself for trouble.  But even his newfound power doesn't anticipate that the fair folk--undines, salamanders, gnomes, and sylphs--want him dead, dead, dead.  Ryan races to defend himself and his family against unrelenting danger from the fairy realm so he can uncover the truth about his family history--and himself.  Except as Ryan's power grows, the more enticing the fairy realm becomes, forcing him to choose between order and chaos, power and family.  And for an autistic boy, such choices are never cut and dry.

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Guest Post:

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

All my books--every single one--start with a long walk.  Plotlines come to me on my feet, nowhere else.  Once I get a basic idea for a book, I head outside then talk to myself on a walk in the woods for a couple hours.  When I come back, I sit down and write a careful outline, often thirty or forty single-spaced pages. The outline contains every detail of every storyline.  A total stranger could read that outline and write the novel in my place!  Once that's done, I let it sit for a while.  Then I come back and revise it for holes and new ideas and stuff.  When I'm satisfied the outline will work, I condense it down to eight pages for my agent and get to work on the actual prose.  All this takes a couple-three months.

Once I get going on the prose, I can whip right along because I know exactly what's going to happen.  I never have to stop to figure out plot points.  That work is already done!  I can finish a novel in a few months this way.

As a result, I have a reputation for speed.  But it's all fake!  I actually take quite a long time to write a novel, about a year from idea to finished manuscript.  Since no one knows I'm working on a novel until I've already gotten all the details worked out, it looks like I'm pounding things out at warp!

I'm heavily dependent on the outline process.  It gives me security.  I have written two novels by the seat of my pants.  Under deadline pressure, I wrote my third steampunk novel The Dragon Men on an "outline" the length of a paragraph, and I wrote The Havoc Machine, my fourth steampunk book, with a three-page outline.  I came out of both novels with a wild-eyed look and shaking hands, however, and I prefer to avoid it!

Steven Harper/Piziks is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels written for adults, notably the Clockwork Empire and Silent Empire series for Roc as Steven Harper and movie novelizations and tie ins for Pocket Books as Steven Piziks (IDENTITY, THE EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING, GHOST WHISPERER: THE PLAUGE ROOM).  He’s also the father of an autistic son.

Giveaway Information:  Contest ends September 23, 2016

·        One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of un/FAIR by Steven Harper (INT)



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