“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
~ Carlos Ruiz Zafón
You are reading a new book and begin to notice that you and the protagonist have a lot in common, some may say you seem to be the same person. Reading a bit further you realize, YOU are the main character; the book is about you! Do you continue to read it to see what happens? What kind of story is it shaping up to be? How does it end?
Get creative and have fun! 🙂
“The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary. And it’s a lot of fun! And also, start by writing about things you know – your own experiences, your own feelings. That’s what I do.”
~J. K. Rowling
“I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.”
~ Marcel Duchamp
We all are multifaceted to one degree or another, our thoughts and actions often contradicting each other. Create a character fraught with contradictions. Are they full of life, yet willing to die? Are they strong, yet fragile? Are they intelligent but lack common sense? What do these contradictions say about this character, do they make them interesting or insane?
Reflect and write!
“I speak to the paper, as I speak to the first person I meet.”
~ Michel de Montaigne
Amazon Moon, Glenn Starkey’s fourth published novel, has just been released. The novel has his signature action, adventure and realism, but is his first venture with sci-fi elements. The novel’s cover alone sparks a reader’s interest yet following his protagonist, John Alvarez, through a turbulent life, war and prison is only a taste of what’s to come. It’s when Alvarez enters the Amazon jungle that a reader feels the extremes of insanity thrust upon him. The question is then raised: “What if all you had believed in and learned was suddenly discovered to be false?”
John Alvarez was a bad boy—so bad that a judge finally gave him a choice between prison and the Marines, yet in the Corps he discovered a home. Shipped off to Vietnam, he leads his own band of bad boys—Iron Raven, the terror of their enemies and always the first choice for a dangerous mission. On one such mission, the brain child of a couple of CIA ops, Alvarez and his squad are cut off from escape by their CIA handlers and are left to fight their own way out or die. Only Alvarez survives, and his revenge on the men who abandoned him and his friends, lands him in prison for life.
After twenty years he’s offered freedom, but only if he agrees to undertake another suicide mission: to act as bodyguard for a Mr. Standish on a journey into a mysterious Amazon kingdom ruled by the devil himself. It is only in the heart of the jungle that Alvarez discovers he is on a mission that can only have two endings—redemption or death.
Upon completing Amazon Moon , Glenn wrote My Journey with Amazon Moon, an essay you can find on his website. In it he states the novel led him down many soul searching paths, and how his research actually made him take a different writing direction than originally intended. The essay is well worth reading from a humanitarian viewpoint.
“Amazon Moon is the sort of novel that grabs you by the throat on the first page and doesn’t let go until the last. It is an exciting story and, at the same time, something more. It is a fable about one man’s redemption, his rediscovery of innocence.” ~ Nicholas Guild, New York Times Best Selling Author , The Assyrian, The Berlin Warning, The President’s Man
“With Amazon Moon, Starkey has done it again– lured me in, set me up and wrung me out! Splendid.” ~ Jeff Mudgett, Author of Bloodstains
About The Author
Glenn Starkey is a former USMC Sergeant, Vietnam veteran, Texas Law Enforcement officer and retired from a global oil corporation as a Security Manager. He now lectures on a variety of subjects, having been a security consultant, and worked on an interim assignment as Security Director of a major Gulf Coast port to improve their security and federal projects. Along with his writings, for the last three years he has volunteered to work with school children to improve their reading skills. He lives with his family and a 98 lb Labradoodle in the Houston, Texas area. You can contact him via his website and find a complete listing of his novels on Amazon.com and other major online booksellers.