When I was a kid I had two passions: peanut butter and banana sandwiches and Super Friends, the eighties cartoon about the Justice League of America.
That said, my lifetime goal was to marry Aquaman. In the past this has garnered great ridicule. "Aquaman? That's so lame!" So now I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here. It's the promo for the Jason Momoa version of Aquaman. I don't think any further comments are needed except, "Told you so, bitches."
Ah, the good old days. When writers didn't share every minutiae of their lives. When men were men and women knew their place. ...Wait, scratch that last part. Maybe the good old days were not so good. I am the worst of the worst when it comes to sharing about my writing on Facebook and other social media. I will tell you everything. My fan page is basically a livetweet of whatever I'm writing at the time. This can lead to problems. Right now it looks like a running tally of deleted scenes and written-out characters of a book that I ended up having to put aside. Social media is too alluring, too tempting for lonely writers to resist. We have forgotten the fact that writers are supposed to do this alone, we're supposed to feel disconnected. It makes us better able to examine the world at large and comment upon it. (In books, you guys. No one cares how you feel about Benghazi on Twitter).
Which reminds me, I've had to put my vampire novel Blood Day aside for a while. I've tried to write it every which way, and some parts work and some parts don't. I just need to come back to it in a year or two and figure out which is which. My main problem was that I didn't plan it out. I never expected to be the kind of writer that needs an outline, but it turns out, I am. Writing by the seat of my pants apparently doesn't work for me. Writing without knowing what I need to write about just ends up being my characters wandering around aimlessly and being annoyingly angsty. That might work if this was a teenage vampire story, but this is horror, son. It needs structure.
So here I am, complaining about oversharing, and I'm oversharing again. Typical. Somebody just take my internet away. And in the spirit of oversharing, I'm dedicating all my time to writing the sequel to Jenny Undead, titled Eat the Ones You Love. I'm really excited and hope to have it done soon. My last post was a cover reveal, but I'll share it again because it's so fucking great.
I've been told by more than one reader that this is exactly how they pictured Jenny, so I'm pretty excited.
But enough oversharing. The weather is gorgeous here in Oregon (sorry Eastcoasters!), which mostly means good writing weather. So I'm firing up a pot of coffee and getting ready to finish plotting this bad boy out. Because plotting is my thing. Apparently.
You asked for more Jenny Undead, so you're going to get what's coming to you. BEHOLD THE COVER FOR BOOK TWO!!!
Don't say I didn't warn you. This little pretty should be out sometime this summer, hopefully. And it's going to be bloodier, gorier, and more heartbreaking than the first. Also, totally insane. FUN!
Cover is by the talented Conzpiracy Dean, who I definitely want to do more covers in the future. He is awesome and easy to work with. Also, just look at that badassery.
Still pecking away at Blood Day, which should be finished soon. It's been a really weird experience to write, but I'm feeling pretty good that it will turn out decent. Keep an eye out for a release date any day now.
J.L. Murray is the bestselling author of the Niki Slobodian series, After the Fire, and Jenny Undead.