My writing style varies from story to story. Of my published stories, Rebels Divided was the first written. I did extensive notes on world building, some sixty thousand words. I also heavily outlined because I had two storylines I needed to have come together and I wanted to make sure they worked before I wrote. Rebels Divided is now the third book in the Rebel series. I next wrote The Rebel Within, or should I say Annabelle dictated it to me, often in the middle of the night. She had a story to tell and I was the vehicle. It helped that I’d already fleshed out the world. I did virtually no outline, but from the beginning I knew how her story started, what her major hurdles would be and how it would end. The Regina Shen series began pretty much like The Rebel Within, driven by a strong character, a beginning, hurdles, and an end. The first story in the new series was the novelette (Regina Shen: Into the Storm). Like Annabelle, Regina wouldn’t leave me alone until I continued her story. Unlike the Rebel series, each book of which was written as a standalone novel, the Regina Shen novels were written from the beginning as a series. What I found after writing the first book and launching into the second, was that the more of the second I wrote, the more I had to go back and change the first. Thus, I waited until I’d completed all three books in the Regina Shen series before seeking publication.
To celebrate the new Rebel series ebook covers, we are excited to offer the first book in the series (The Rebel Within) for only 99 cents until December 24, 2015 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple Itunes.
Help us celebrate the cover change and promotions.
First, we’re holding a Kindle Countdown for Regina Shen: Resilience, the first book in the Regina Shen series, only 99 cents until December 17, 2015. VisitAmazonto check it out.
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Lastly, we’re in the process of changing the covers on the Rebel series. You can still see the old covers on the print books:
The Kindle covers have already been changed:
We would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this change.
To create a little excitement over the new covers, we will be offering the Kindle version of the first book in the Rebels series (The Rebel Within) for only 99 cents from December 18-23, 2015 onAmazon.
Help us celebrate the cover change and promotions.
Check out Masquerade Tour for the Rebel series this week with interviews and reviews. There will be a raffle for a Kindle Paperwhite. In addition, Kindle prices for the Rebel series novels will be discounted until December 8, 2014 as follows: The Rebel Within ($0.99), The Rebel Trap ($2.99), Rebels Divided ($2.99).
Writer’s block plagues most writers at least some time during their writing careers. They stare at a blank page and nothing comes forth.
I’ve been fortunate so far to have avoided such writer’s block. I attribute this to my approach.
The human mind has two ways of experiencing the writing process: creative and editorial critique. It’s a natural response to parental, teacher, and peer criticism over the years to have an editor sit on our shoulder. That critic says things like, “That won’t work.” “That’s not the right word.” “That’s trash.”
This editor will stifle our creative process if we don’t turn it off. There will be time later to rework and polish our story. Creative writing is like modeling clay. We can’t mold the clay until we get it on the spinning wheel.
Assuming we silence the critic on our shoulder, the other problem I’ve seen is trying to write a story before we’re ready. We get our protagonist into a fix and have no idea how to get him or her out. At times like this, it helps to step back and let the subconscious mind mull the problem. When I return later, the answer often presents itself. Forcing the answer rarely does.
While writing Rebels Divided, I had a problem. I needed Annabelle and Geo to meet in such a way that would throw them together despite mutual distrust. Rather than pushing through this dilemma, I moved around it by writing other parts of the story. When I returned, the answer presented itself in what I hope readers will find as creative and satisfying ways.
To celebrate the release of The Rebel Trap, now the second book in the three book series, we are offering promotional ebook prices on the entire Rebel series from October 6-17, 2014 on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA.
Kirkus Reviews called The Rebel Trap “inventive dystopian sci-fi drama” and a “well-thought-out science fiction world”
Voices in sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a military recruit, she rebels against her female-dominated régime by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a handsome boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape. Auditory implants and contact cameras allow her commander to watch her 24-7. Morgan hacks the implants to ask for help. Annabelle wants to help him yet needs to find the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, a corrupt police captain, and the geek institute that holds Morgan’s brother without destroying her family or getting killed.
Kirkus Reviews called The Rebel Trap “inventive dystopian sci-fi drama” and a “well-thought-out science fiction world” Voices in sixteen-year-old Annabelle Scott’s head aren’t God or signs she’s going mad—yet. Despite being a military recruit, she rebels against her female-dominated régime by not only refusing to kill Morgan, a handsome boy she’s attracted to, but also helping him escape. Auditory implants and contact cameras allow her commander to watch her 24-7. Morgan hacks the implants to ask for help. Annabelle wants to help him yet needs to find the link between an attempted assassination of her adoptive mom, a corrupt police captain, and the geek institute that holds Morgan’s brother without destroying her family or getting killed.
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I’ve been asked by readers why I write what I do. Many authors get the bug when they read a story and say, “I could do that.” Then they sit down to write and discover it’s not as easy as it looks, at least not to write well.
Like other aspiring writers, I went through the phase of trying to copy the style and ideas of authors I enjoyed. That helped to improve my writing skills, but it didn’t make me a good writer. There’s a spark in good writing that comes from the heart, not from technique. No amount of copying another writer will bring that out.
My first stories were inspired by other stories and events in the world around me, and ranged from thrillers to science fiction, none published. In time I gravitated toward science fiction and “what if” of ideas floating through my head.
The Rebel series grew out of two things. First was my-way-or-highway politics in which there was no middle ground. I wondered what would happen if extremists on both sides got their way. Second was revolutionary fertility research on the verge of allowing anyone to contribute skin cells, have them coaxed into stem cells, and implanted into an egg for fertilization. It’s intended to help infertile couples, but in the hands of extremists, could lead to an all-female society.
These ideas created a new world. Into that world, I considered a male protagonist, but felt a young girl coming to terms with her society would make a more interesting main character. Annabelle was born.
Other stories rattle around inside my head, but I’ll always look at Annabelle as a big inspiration.
While Rebels Divided is a sequel to The Rebel Within, it was written as a standalone novel. In fact, it was written before its prequel as near term science fiction with young adult protagonists.
In a nutshell: The first time Geo (19) sees Annabelle (19), they meet as enemies and she doesn’t kill him. That counts for something. After the Second American Civil War, a nation remains divided. Coming from enemy camps, Geo and Annabelle must come together to rescue her sister and gain justice for his pa’s murder. Complicating this, the Federal governor and Outland warlord conclude a secret deal, pledging Annabelle in marriage to the warlord and putting a bounty on Geo. While trying to survive and achieve their goals, the pair must struggle with growing feelings for each other despite being sworn enemies.
As one Amazon reviewer noted: “This is not a book about space travel or jaw-dropping technology. Rather, it centers on the consequences of what happens when men & women fail to “get along.””
Another Amazon reviewer called it: “Nicely paced SF novel with more than a few twists to keep the reader wondering. Fine SF novel.”
Kirkus Reviews called it “An action-packed love story with even more twists and turns than its prequel.” They went on to say: “Followers of the series will be more than happy to find Annabelle Scott just as feisty and zealous as she was when last they saw her.”