Day Three
Post Novel Completion

Category: LiteratureMood: Terrified3:01am Monday, April 7th, 2014

Third day since my book has been finished. I'm still editing the completed draft, almost halfway through with that. I'm still writing the query letter. I have the hook and the mini synopsis drafted. I'm also supposed to include an author bio. A bio about me and my writing. That's the tough part, I've written not a word. I studied Journalism and Creative Writing at community college and I didn't graduate. I did have a professor tell me that I was the most talented author to come through his class in years, and he assured me, there had been some talented people.

Unfortunately all of that came at a severely terrible time in my life. I think that's important and says a lot about the caliber of my writing, but I have no idea how to include something like that in a professional query letter. It sounds like flat-out braggery no matter how it's stated. But it's a true thing that happened, and it's one of the proudest moments in my life. I've completed approximately ten short stories and I have fifteen more started. But I've only ever bothered to publish one. I sent another one out but quit after one rejection. These are regrets. I have a few.

I've started six novels, four of which have exceeded 100 pages, and one of which is now completed. Two of the other novels over 100 pages will be edited, updated for any dated writing, and finished. The fourth, sadly, was a naive idea dreamt up by a child, and I cannot figure out how to save it. Perhaps if I have the time, one day, I can adapt it into a young adult novel. At any rate, these are my writing credits. Not so impressive. So, writing the bio is giving me trouble. As for the hook and the mini synopsis, I'll post what I have so far. For everyone asking, "What's it about?" and I really haven't been about to answer, this pretty much says it:

Secret Agent Man or Woman,

When Cat Duffy begins to understand her true nature, her eyes are opened to a shadow world existing in tandem with our own, a world containing dark secrets that shred the fabric of her belief system, destroy her marriage, and threaten not only her life, but the life of her son.

Voices In The Rain is an 81,000 word horror/suspense novel about a young mother who begins to see and hear the spirits of the dead. As an atheist, she begins to question both her sanity and her deeply-ingrained philosophical and spiritual views, which, in turn, causes problems in her marriage. She crosses paths with a helpful guru and reconnects with her estranged maternal grandmother, both of which help to convince her that she is sane, the spirits are real, and they need her help. The spirits communicate with Cat by causing her to virtually experience their brutal deaths while she is in a meditative dream state. It becomes obvious that all of the spirits were murdered by the same men, and they want Cat to help them expose the killers. She experiences death after death as she searches for clues that could lead her to the killers' identities. But she fails to identify them before they turn up on her doorstep, desperate to silence her. Then ensues a deadly game of Cat and mouse as she fights not only for her own life, but for the life of her son.

Kevin Dicks

About Kevin Dicks

      Kevin Dicks, hereafter to be referred to as "I", is, first and foremost, a writer. I am working on several novels, and if you are interested you can follow my progress at my The Fiction of Kevin Dicks Facebook page. I also like to dabble in web design. I'm most comfortable scripting in PHP, woven with JavaScript for client-side functions. I am currently trying to expand my understanding of JavaScript into a grasp of Java and I would like to branch out to creating Android and Google Chrome applications. Mostly, I have a need for several personalized apps, and if I do well on those, I may consider creating some fun free apps for the Android Market.

      I work at a company doing something for a living. I hate it from the deepest depths of my soul.

      All I want out of life is to be able to earn enough to live comfortably off my writing. It is my one, singular goal: Make writing my soul source of income and live comfortably.