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A Little History Lesson

We’re getting down to the final days before MKPI Odd Case Files: The Cow & The Coven is released–5 days to be exact!  And I’m super excited to get to share the reboot of this series with all of you!  I hope you all enjoy reading the adventures of the lead characters, Dayl Mayeaux and Zephyr Klynick, as much as I enjoy writing them.  Of course you’re all going to buy a copy, peer pressure others into buying a copy, you’ll all fall in love, and be foaming at the mouth for when the sequel comes out in July 2018, right?  That’s how I see this playing out, anyway.

Regardless of how things play out, I wanted to share some info about the history of the series, specifically this first book.  Just to get you jazzed about it, of course.  So, grab a beverage and a snack, and sit back for a paragraph or several.  Uncle Allen’s going to tell a little story spanning a few years’ time.

Back in 2012, myself, and my friend/co-author at the time, Lorraine Thomas, decided to write an urban paranormal mystery/horror series.  That was pretty much all we knew from the get go.  It sounded like it was something in our wheelhouse, and we both loved writing, so why not give it a shot?  I mean, I’ve written stories, books, poems, academic papers, blah blah blah, before, so how hard would it be?  Of course, who knew that co-writing anything would be such a chore for the both of us?  I mean, I’m an anal retentive Type-A personality that needs structure (but only when I want it), has to be highly organized (when I feel like it), and Lorraine is a much more laid back personality.  Not that she is unstructured and disorganized by any stretch of the imagination, but I take it to levels the likes you’ve never seen.  Think Monica Gellar on something Walter White whipped up in an RV (never seen a full episode of either show–don’t try to engage me in conversation about it–you’ll be disappointed).

Anyhoozles, we set out developing our characters, and I came to the table with an extremely rough plot I had swirling through my head after reading some Egyptian mythology.  So, we set to work.  Numerous meetings, in person at my home and hers, as well as Skype sessions, emails, texts….and so forth ensued over a frenzied six months.  And with a lot of blood, sweat, tears, Lorraine’s “Can-Do” attitude, and my task-master attitude, we got a fairly good rough draft going.  Another month or two of arduous editing, more meetings of all kinds, and spirited discourse, and we had a book.

By February of 2013, we were ready to release the book, titled “An MKPI Odd Case Files: The Cow & The Coven”.  That hasn’t changed much in the latest incarnation, except the “An” is missing from the title.  We released the book, but it failed to achieve the success that either of us had hoped.  However, it was probably due to a lack of understanding of promotion, social media, etc.  Regardless, we decided to move forward after a few months and continue the series.  But after a month, things just died away and Lorraine lost interest in the project.  Not that anyone could blame her.  Sometimes writing is a totally thankless, underpaid job.  Ya’ gotta get a following to make it worth your while–as far as money goes.

And so the series sat in development Hell for an eon (4 years)…

Then last year, I decided that I wasn’t done with the series–because as a writer, my characters (and even Lorraine’s) are my babies.  And I just felt that there was more to the series if I was ready to devote time, energy, and a little money to the cause.  After discussing my intentions with my former co-author, and securing all rights from her, I decided to plod along in her absence.  God love her for granting me the right to do so.  And so, I revamped MKPI Odd Case Files: The Cow & The Coven.  And here we are…

MKPI Odd Case Files: The Cow & The Coven will be out in 5 short days, and the sequel is “ready to drop” (as the missus would say) in July.  It’s been a journey of a thousand curse words–but luckily no broken laptops.  When Friday 4/6/18 comes, I hope you all jump at the opportunity to buy the book in paperback and/or ebook format, and fall in love with the story and characters within.

Over the next week, there will be more fun stuff to read and learn about the series, and I’m so excited to share in this journey with you all!

I sent texted JoJo this video, showing her how my ebooks would be interactive, but I think she was more impressed by the Al Green music I had playing in the background…

 

Until next time…

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