Photo from Kim S., taking a well-deserved vacation. I hope you enjoy both the book and the break!
One of the perks of writing, is that you get to learn about a lot of different things.
If you want to set your story in Tahiti, you research the hell out of Tahiti. That way you won’t get caught using a snowstorm as a plot device — unless, of course, something has gone terribly wrong.
You can only write what you know. So you draw from personal knowledge — or you go out and GET some.
Nobody’s perfect, and if you’re looking for perfection when you write, then you’re never going finish anything you write. As someone once said, creative works are never finished, merely abandoned.
But what I can’t stand is a writer who clearly hasn’t done his basic homework, and is counting on his audience being about as sophisticated as a rube who just rode into town on a turnip truck and gets suckered into a game of Three Card Monty. For example, I once read a piece that had the detective Mirandizing witnesses (you Mirandize ONLY when you’ve taken someone into custody and are interrogating them). That’s a pretty serious error. The writer was a lawyer, too.
I may get something wrong, but I promise it won’t be because I was lazy, or took my reader (you) for granted.
Besides, I LOVE doing research. It’s a demented kind of “fun.” I love digging out facts, crossing the t’s, making all the pieces fit, connecting all the dots, making the porridge not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
I hope you’ll enjoy the result.
Reviews of ECLIPSE OF THE HEART are starting to come in. There are only a couple right now, but so far they’re generally favorable.
I sure hope people like ECLIPSE because, armed with my trusty Underwood, liberally lubricated with tequila, and with Wes Montgomery groovin’ on sunset, I’m about 65,000 words into the sequel, tentatively entitled, SPARTACUS JONES AND THE FILM NOIR COWBOY.
Can’t help myself. It’s like a mild form of Tourette’s.
ECLIPSE leaves a few things unresolved, and in the sequel, I plan to resolve them. Some of them. Sort of.
There are a lot of ways this story could go, and, frankly, I’m not 100% sure where we’re going until we get there. Some characters seem to have a will of their own, and refuse to be subject to any kind of puppetry. Nevertheless, as I get feedback from readers of ECLIPSE, I’m using that feedback to help shape the sequel. Maybe you have questions about our plucky protagonists you’d like to have answered? Let me know what they are — especially you ladies. If you were in Marlo’s place, what would you do? What would you say? What questions would you have?
If I incorporate your questions or comments into the direction of the story, it’ll be my pleasure to give you a shout-out in the credits, and a signed copy hot off the presses.
So let me know what you think.
“One wild ride of a story and in today’s world it will take you up and down a roller coaster ride and places you could just find your self in the same wild world we live in today. Chapter by chapter it made you want to find just who this wild man really is lurking out and where he will take you next.
Enjoyed every bit of it.”
— Black R., on Amazon.com
A couple of folks have asked if they could get a signed copy of ECLIPSE OF THE HEART.
Absolutely. It would be my pleasure.
Send me a check for $20.50 (that’s $14.99 + 1.20 tax + 4.30 for U.S. shipping) and let me know how you would like it signed (within reason!).
If you live outside the United States, might be best if you sent me $14.99 + 1.20 plus a stamped, self-addressed envelope — shipping outside the US costs us an arm and a leg!
The address would be: 1045 Coddington Road Ithaca, New York 14850
Anyway, I’d be happy to sign a copy for you.
Thanks for asking!
THANK YOU to everyone who entered my Goodreads ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Give-Away — all 1256 of you!
And congratulations to the lucky 20 winners!
Your books will be on their way to you on Monday.
I hope you’ll enjoy ECLIPSE OF THE HEART. Please let me know what you think of it, pro or con.
Eclipse of the Heart is Adam Adrian Crown’s first novel. He definitely knows how to tell a good story. Though not my typical fare, I was drawn into Eclipse immediately, in spite of myself.
Eclipse is ostensibly a memoir, of sorts, written by the protagonist to reveal his past to a woman he has fallen in love with. It is more character-driven than plot driven, although two threads do pay off nicely, making this a work that lies somewhere in a no-man’s-land between literary fiction and genre fiction
The protagonist, “Jack,” breaks the typical hit-man/vigilante mold. He’s not a cold-blooded psychopath. He’s not the usual “ex-superman:” ex-Marine, ex-CIA, ex-Special Forces ex cetera, ex cetera, ex cetera. He was once a police officer, but he has no superpowers. He’s just a regular guy. Most killers kill because they feel no empathy; Jack kills because he feels tremendous empathy.
In true picaresque style, Eclipse of the Heart is episodic in structure. Although the chapters are inter-related, most of them could easily stand alone as short stories. Several of them would make terrific movies. Although the protagonist has moments of loquacity, the style is generally terse, taut and edgy, like a good film noir. It is replete with profanity, violence and sex – but none of it gratuitous.
“Jack’s” recollections wander. They aren’t precisely chronological. He gets lost, goes off on tangents, and sometimes repeats himself. The effect is the creation of a character that is extraordinarily believable, and an account that feels very much like reading his uncensored, unedited diary. More than once I had to remind myself that this was a work of fiction.
The author does not tie up all the loose ends at the conclusion, and leaves an important question unanswered, left for us to contemplate. Maybe there’s a sequel in the offing.
From moment to moment, Eclipse of the Heart is in turn poignant, funny, disturbing, gentle, violent, ugly and beautiful. It is a powerful and compelling read.
— Laura Souris
…an excellent storyteller. At times, I could have sworn I was reading an autobiography…has an edge and a rugged appeal …truly one of the talented writers who deserves recognition.
— Francine Zane for Readers’ Favorite