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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Friday, July 27, 2012

So, How's the Wordsmith Life?

Ok, weekly update time:

I finished my first full-length story in over two years! It's called "My Dearest Gwendolyn" and it's sitting on the desk of the editors for an anthology it was written for, waiting for their decision. Yes, no, doesn't matter. I wrote it. Start to finish. I know, but I'm a writer, right? Well, per my earlier posts, I'd not been doing that. Been staring. Feels that that time is past. New momentum, and it feels great.

About 1/3 of the way through some EXTENSIVE editing of the next novel: Plague of Darkness. Been sitting on blocks for a while, and though I'd probably done at least a dozen drafts, there were a lot of pages with tons of scribbles, cross-outs, rewrites. Looking good! This one is definitely an original piece, for sure. When it's released I'll talk about how the idea came about.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Branding - or Who The Heck is Daniel Gunn?


Nothing. Daniel G Keohane is fine, and author of Margaret's Ark and Solomon's Grave (and the upcoming Plague of Darkness, but that's another topic for another day). But there is a concept called Branding, where your author name becomes synonymous to readers with your most well-known works, and directs them to the next book, and the next. As much as Solomon's Grave is labeled a horror or suspense novel (it was a finalist for the coveted Bram Stoker Award in 2009 after all), it's also an Inspirational Suspense novel. Same with Margaret's Ark, which is by far (and so far) my most successful and well-received novel, if the reviews coming in and sales numbers are any indication.

Now, in January I released Destroyer of Worlds, and though the couple of reviews it's gotten have been tremendous, and personally I think it kicks major butt novel-wise, it's a more traditional horror novel, part supernatural, part psychological drama. And it has a lot more swearing and a LOT more sex in it. Though not all readers of Margaret's Ark have been Christians, or religious, many are. And much of Destroyer might not appeal to them.

Branding. How do I differentiate to a reader without resorting to content warnings the difference in content of the two sets of novels? The author name.

Daniel G Keohane, my full name and long-standing author de plume, for my faith-based novels.

G. Daniel Gunn, my name mixed with a faimily name, a way to make the horror style of anything else I wrote stand out. Someone likes Margaret's Ark, they'll look for more books by Daniel G Keohane. Someone likes Destroyer of Worlds, they'll look for more from Mr.Gunn. Now if I can convince the publisher of Christmas Trees & Monkeys to change the name as well...

It's not unique. Other writers have done this in the past (one extremely good dart player who comes to mind is author Michael Marshall Smith, aka Michael Smith, aka Marshall Smith).

Thanks. Let me know what you think....
Dan
aka, G  :-)

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Night Before We Marry

Sometimes few words are needed. :-)


Monday, July 02, 2012

phew... made it. Typed THE END

Trust me, nothing quite matches the feeling, now I'm talking writing-wise here, of typing THE END at the completion of a story. Just did that a little while ago. Finished a long-fought battle with - well, not sure what is is I'm fighting - to write my first short story in about 2 years. The title is coming soon, and the story itself is only a first draft, riddled with typos and grammar problems, but now's the chore - or pleasure - of rewriting and trumming it down. 4900 words, so in the end it'll likely be around 3900-4000.... I'd promised it for an upcoming anthology a while ago and though the story itself came to me nearly complete months ago, took forever to get the words down (see earlier posts on this).

Anyway, yay, got it done. More to do, more to write, more to be, but that's life. So much coming up in next couple of days.

Getting married in two more days. Yep. Most people in our various circles already know this, but I'll wager not everyone. No matter. Linda and I are very happy and excited about it. Going to be a small ceremony, then off to Newport for the day. Watch the fireworks. Be married. Going to be fun. :-)

Only in 2012 Can This Forecast Happen

Sorry, just had to share this forecast. :-)