KickStarting Murder

photo_49557_20110712Yesterday evening, I launched my first KickStarter Project to help cover the publishing costs of bring my novella, Blood Child, to life.  It is bit scary since all Kickstarter Projects are all or nothing affairs.   If I don’t make my goal of $850.00 then I won’t receive any of the funds pledged.  So any and all support you can give me whether it is pledging, sharing this blog or my other project related posts.  Spreading the word is essential if the project successful.

Brief Synopsis

Set in Orlando, Florida, Blood Child is the story of a young woman with two infamous ancestors and a young reporter trying to break back into the career he loves. Emily Bath, daughter of the self-styled Count Bath, survived the massacre of her brothers and twenty other souls at her father’s funeral. Count Bath was obsessed with the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, who bathed in the blood of virgins to maintain her youth.  Bathory was a distance relation of Count Dracula.

Everyone wants to know what happened to little Emily and as the tenth anniversary approaches they are hungry for the opportunity.  Ty Clark has just been given that opportunity.

Behind the Creation of Blood Child

Jack - My Creative Assistant

Jack – My Creative Assistant

I’ll be honest. Blood Child was conceived while I was drinking wine on my front porch. I wrote nearly a thousand words that first afternoon.  It soon became clear that I would have to finish it before returning to my novel, “My Dragon Friday”.

Writing isn’t easy for me, but it is my passion and compulsion. I have been telling stories to myself and my friends since I was a child. I have a learning disability called Dysgraphia which is one of the reasons that professional editing is vital for the success of this project.

The other thing that I really wanted to do was make sure that the wonderful folks who will be helping me get paid their fair share. So everyone from the cover artists to the editors will be paid. The work they do is invaluable and they deserve to be compensated.

This one is for you, Krista!

This one is for you, Krista!

One final note. While I was buried deep in my writing, my friend, Krista LaFave, was fighting for her life against leukemia. She is one of the people who inspired me to keep writing. She died a week after I completed the first draft of this book.  Blood Child is dedicated to her and her amazing family who allowed all of us who loved her to take part in saying good-bye.

Where The Funds Will Go

Funds will go towards the cover art and professional editing of the novel, first. Next, funds will go towards formatting text and promotional text and materials. The professional editing will be the most expensive part of the process next to marketing the project.   If extra funds are raised the money will go towards more marketing and promotion.  I would really like to be able to get a professionally designed website.

Again, any support you can offer is most appreciated.  To check out the full project, please click here. Folks that pledge to the project will get exclusive updates on the project and see the cover before anyone eyes.


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