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Iron Bound Out-take (The Observer)

Posted in Iron Bound, Uncategorized, Update with tags , , , on October 23, 2012 by Kaden Brown

The Observer

“Hey ya’ bud?” the male voice asked as I stepped around the corner peering into my bag.

I didn’t need to look to know who it was, or more specifically – as not a soul I knew spoke to me that way, and in this crowded hot city there was not a soul whom knew me – what it was. Still peering into my satchel, perhaps with a tad more determination to avoid such a rude interruption, I afforded a quick peek to confirm my assumption. Yes, a beggar, lowlife, the plight of all western cities, was passing by. He had long unkempt hair, that peculiar gait common to the gutter scum, and the dress-sense of one cast from the civil society. Somewhat of an informal dress-code amongst the lower life-forms must exist. I kept on for a few more seconds, deliberately scouring my Billabong bag for that pesky timetable. Bus schedules in this place were so complicated.

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Plotting

Posted in Iron Bound, Update with tags , , , on April 21, 2011 by Kaden Brown

Ah, the last few days have been consumed by plotting the story for Lilith the lead character in my next book, an adult urban fantasy. Whilst I was playing with the title “Iron Bound” I am more disposed toward a different choice. I will decide probably in the next few weeks. So, though I am progressing at the moment with the book under the title “Lilith” it will almost certainly be changed due to an (unrelated) horror film due to be released shortly that uses the same title.

A few pointers about “Lilith” so-far:

    > Lilith is a very dark and seriously f***ked-up person;
    > She is a “Dark Immortal” with heaps of scars and tattoos (my characters love tats!);
    > Plot is set in urban US cities (the first chapter is set in Detroit);
    > Readers will empathize with Lilith and understand why she does what she does
    > Her character will evolve and she will become torn between…;
    > Other immortals want her dead;
    > Some of the story is set in Samara (Mesopotamia) circa 585 BC;
    > Lilith is addicted to illegal narcotic substance/s.

A pic of a model who I imagine Lilith may look like…

Can you imagine her with blood dripping down her chin? Yeah… or the needle hanging from her arm?

I think that will be suffice for now. Much more info will give away the plot and how the story unfolds.

Oh yes, before I go. Thank you James for the help you gave me. A mention will be made…

Getting it out

Posted in Iron Bound, Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Update with tags , , , on April 17, 2011 by Kaden Brown

Back from Australia where I saw my mum and my sister. Last year I visited my mum, but Karin I hadn’t seen since 1983 (!) So it was nice to see her and my niece…

Now I’m back in Christchurch where we are still having scary earthquakes (one on Saturday evening) and rainstorms that wake one up at four in the morning. My appetite for Australia has grown and maybe I’ll have to put in some hours at my regular job so that I could afford to move to Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney, on a semi-permanant basis. In my life no location ever lasts for more than ten years… but who knows.

The Vanguard – Newborn manuscript is making the rounds of friends and hopefully I get some feedback that helps me do a re-draft/re-write soon. So-far so good, and I’m holding my breath about a few things in the book. I will never be totally happy about anything I ever write… though I suppose that is what keeps me going.

Anyways, I have come-up with a little blurb for VN:

Being made a Ward of the Vampyre Council is the least of Ashley’s problems. Or so she thought. A grouchy mentor with no patience, a face that everyone is terrified of, and not being allowed home were enough to worry about.

Newborn Ashley Zetterburg doesn’t know it, but powerful forces are aligning and she is their unwitting target. Then there’s the plotting and scheming of the Council Overlords who hold her life in their own hands.

Can she survive long enough to solve the puzzle that made her and set her upon the path of loss, pain and betrayal?

On other matters, work on Iron Bound (or whatever I decide to call it…) has started. Currently devising character biographies and the plot. I think this will be a more difficult book to plan but maybe easier to write. We’ll find out in due course, won’t we?

Iron Bound

Whatever he’d wanted me to do I had accomplished, long ago.

Finished? No, I’m just starting really

Posted in Iron Bound, Rhesus A - a Vanguard Newborn, Update, Vanguard - Coven with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by Kaden Brown

Seventeen weeks after starting Vanguard Newborn I have finished writing the story. I know that may seem slow when compared with the likes of writing Goddesses such as Richelle Mead, who can write a book in four to six weeks, but what do I care… she is brilliant and has a multitude of fantastic books that I love. I don’t compare myself to her.

Now I am taking a break from writing for a week or so – not that I will be resting back and forgetting to do anything. Last night I got into bed at about 2am having began to sketch out the character and plot for my next story, which will not be Vanguard Coven. I am taking the advice of a well respected agent who advises me not to follow-up my first book with a second part book (i.e. the second book in the same series). Rather to increase my chances of getting published I am writing a totally different book. The theory being (and she should know!) that a publisher may not want my first book for whatever reason (such as the whole series concept) but they may like my second (a different concept and maybe more saleable).

So that is what I’ll do. I am not giving up on VN. It will continue on the process to try and get it published. Line editing and copy editing awaits Zetty.

I will leave you with three words that indicate my next lead character: Witch. Undead. Adult.

Yeah. Bring it on you ****en c**t! The novel will be an Adult Urban fiction and by adult I mean it will be X-rated. I’m not sure that a publisher would touch it, but I can tone it down if they baulk at the cutting style I plan to use.

I am currently working with the title Iron Bound with the lead being taken by a girl with the name of Nadine who must exist in the underbelly of New York. Evil pleasure is the only thing that can rejuvenate her undead body. Only through learning to empathize and understand those she is forced to sleep with, share needles and harm can she build the knowledge and ability to cast spells, gain happiness, and accept what has happened to her.

But remember… all this may change. Afterall, I am still planning the god damn book (as Zetty would say).

Vanguard – Newborn word count: 99309

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