Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. Today we are excited to participate in the blog tour and spotlight the novel Midnight Black by R.J. Eastwood.
Book Title: Midnight Black by R. J. Eastwood
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 282 pages
Genre: General Fiction, Political
Publisher: Indies United Publishing House
Release date: April 14, 2021
Tour dates: April 14 to April 27, 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 + M for language
“When plunder becomes a way of life for men, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” Frederic Bastiat, French Economist. 1801-1850
Fifteen years following his imprisonment for committing a brutal revenge murder, former top DEA Agent Billy Russell is paroled five-years early to a world controlled by autocratic billionaires. Armed only with his wits, Billy returns to a society fighting for its very survival and soon finds himself embroiled in the wildest conspiracy he could have ever imagined.
During his film and television career, Robert J. Emery, who writes novels under the pen name, R. J. Eastwood, has written, produced, and directed feature motion pictures, television documentaries, national television commercials, political campaigns, and industrial films. Some of the highlights of his career include the award-winning ninety-one-episode television series The Directors for Starz/Encore, the award-winning four-part mini-series, The Genocide Factor for PBS, the award-winning documentary For God & Country: A Marine Sniper’s Story for MSNBC, and the award-winning motion picture, Swimming Upstream, for the Lifetime Television Network.
connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ goodreads
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Todays author was kind enough to write a guest post for Lamon Reviews during the Midnight Black blog tour.
Why do we write to begin with? By Robert J. Emery
The simple answer to why we write is we have stories to tell. The trick is to come up with an interesting one and tell it well enough to attract positive reviews which leads to readers. With the advent of self-publishing, just about anyone with an idea can write and publish a book, whether it be fiction or non-fiction.
That’s a wonderful thing, because fresh voices, who may never attract a traditional publisher, are being discovered all the time.
Every author has their own way of going about structuring and writing their books. I’m a firm believer that there is no one right way. There are certain rules about formatting that we have to follow, of course, but as far as I’m concerned, that is where the rules end. If you doubt that, read Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’. The book was a smash success and was made into a movie. But McCarthy breaks just about every rule of writing and punctuation—read it, see for yourself. He proves my point.
Creativity cannot be constrained within the confines of a bunch of rules, nor, in my humble opinion, can creativity be taught. One either has it, or not. I can’t sing, for example, nor do I tap dance or paint beautiful pictures, although I wish I could because I set out in life to become an artist until I discovered I wasn’t very good at it.
What I do is write. I have from a young age. I will continue until my wife places my ashes in a Tupperware container and stashes them in a closet.
My current novel, Midnight Black, is a revised and expanded version of my original novel Midnight Black – The Purge. I wrote the first version prior to the pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, the volatile pollical atmosphere, and how all of those events have affected not only America, but the entire world.
I chose to go back and include all of those events plus a few more in the revised and expanded version simply titled Midnight Black. I believe it is some of my best work.
In choosing how I would tell the story, I made the brave choice of writing it in first-person stream of consciousness through the eyes of my protagonist, Billy Russell.
Billy, a former DEA officer, is released on parole after serving 17 years in isolated confinement for committing a revenge killing. He is paroled three-year early on the condition he serve out his sentence with the Drug Enforcement Bureau in Boston, MA. Little does he know what he’s getting involved with.
First, he finds society is on the verge of social collapse under an autocratic World Government. Then he learns of the Bureau’s real mission, one he wants no part of, which leads him to become involved in the wildest conspiracy he could have ever imagined.
Now, writing in first-person stream of consciousness is a challenge, to say the least. I’m not sure I would try it again. But after much struggling with that choice, it worked well enough in Midnight Black – The Purge to receive The International Review of Books Bronze Award. Here’s hoping my expanded version wins many more.
Back to business.
The trick in writing in first person stream of consciousness is to keep your tenses straight. If not, some of what is going on inside your character’s head will come out sounding like third-person narration.
I admit that there is a bit of that in Midnight Black, but my editor and my publisher, God love them, felt that I nailed it and it works.
From the very beginning, I never thought twice about writing the story in first person. I wanted readers to feel what Billy was feeling, what he going through in his own words, not some unknown third-person narrator.
I would leave you with this thought. If it is early in your writing career, think twice about writing in first person. No, I take that back, think three or four times.
On another subject unrelated to writing is how I spend much of my free time. I love to cook. My Sicilian mother took the time to teach me and my sibling how, and if I say so myself, I’m pretty good at it. Just ask my wife, our kids, grandkids, and our friends.
I hope you enjoyed todays stop on this blog tour. Remember to enter the giveaway for your chance to win 1 of 5 copies of MIDNIGHT BLACK (ebook) (5 winners)(ends May 4) Enter below!!
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