My passion for writing began in my mid-teens. At the age of sixteen, I wrote my first novel, CINDY'S SONG, a YA coming-of-age, where the main character deals with not only the social and peer pressures of that particular decade (early 80's), but the complex and often mind-boggling hierarchy of the teenage social structure. Unfortunately, due to negligence, the completed manuscript was lost during a gypsy period in my life. I hope to one day re-write the novel with a more scifi feel to it.
It was this first completed project that sparked my creative energies, and at twenty-five, I was working on my second novel CHILD OF THE STORM. This was my first venture into the world of science fiction and proved to be a genre I liked writing. When I finished, I began plotting out a sequel STORM RISING, but due to ever changing computer technology, both the manuscript and the outline were lost to corrupt disks and non-compatible word programs.
It would be another five years before I would begin writing more consistently. It was during this time that I became influenced by another genre--urban/dark fantasy. Sparked by shows like Buffy and The X-Files, I followed my imagination down another path, and between my love for science fiction and my new interest, I devised twenty or so novel ideas ranging from epics that could only be told in a series of novels, to short stories.
Starting in 2007, I decided to become serious about writing, and began honing my skills with the goal of becoming a successful, published author. So far, I have written two novels, a military scifi called DRAGONSTONE and an urban/dark fantasy called THE SAINTS OF BELVEDERE ROAD, with the latter in revision. I have several short stories published online, and several more in various stages of completion.
With the ever-changing face of publishing, one must keep up. I plan on self-publishing a series of paranormal novella's that will lead up to several larger books.
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Sympathy for the Demon
by Darke Conteur
Price: $3.99 USD. 59230 words.
Published on April 30, 2013. Fiction.
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEMON is the fourth book in a series about a motley crew of paranormal individuals who must deal with their own demons, while trying to save the world from real ones, and end up the pawns in an immortal battle of revenge.
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- The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder
on March 17, 2012
What if you were accidentally thrown back in time a hundred years, would you willing try to change events? Or would you try to blend in with society as best as you could?
This is the dilemma faced by Sam Altair and Casey Wilson when they are thrown back to turn of the century Ireland. It's the turn of the century and Ireland is a country of turmoil. The hatred between Catholics and Protestants is rampant and one of the worse maritime disasters—the sinking of the Titanic, is just a few years away.
With knowledge of future events, Sam and Casey try to accustomed themselves to their new lifestyle, but when Casey falls in love with the designer of the ill-fated ship, they are both torn between saving his life and possible altering the timeline, or let history repeat itself.
I'm not a fan of alternate timeline stories but this was more than just a 'what if' story, it's heart-wrenching story of a life that was cut short in one timeline, and given a second chance in another.