Saturday, July 6, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Are you FOLLOWING this blog?! Then you are THE ONE, Neo!
And you may have noticed a flurry of posting about things I've already posted about, some from quite awhile back. It's all about using the blog as a convenient cyber spot to stash content for the website.
The newly revamped website: www.amybriant.com! ta duh
If you didn't understand that computer stuff, then you are clearly NOT The One and I must ask you to step away from Trinity because, dude, you are blocking my view.
|"I believe I asked you not to put this in the dryer."|
I will now re-post the HEAVENLY MOVES book trailer because that's truly the most recent post and the one I want folks to see.
a novel by
WARNING: Don't proceed unless
you've already read HEAVENLY MOVES.
And now for some book club questions!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
|objects in the universe may be larger than they appear|
SHADOW POINT was more or less a locked room mystery - one claustrophobic location from which there was no escape (at least until page 254) and a handful of characters.
ROMEO FAILS was set in a very small Midwest town with a slightly bigger cast of characters.
But HEAVENLY MOVES takes place in the city of San Tomas, CA and Heavenly Wilcox, the main character, has friends! Family! Neighbors! Coworkers! Criminals! (at work & home) Not to mention the rottweiler and the band...
Ah, the world building! It may be my favorite part of novel writing. (you'd think it would be the words, but apparently that extra L makes all the difference) I hope you enjoy the world o' San Tomas. I have big plans for it!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Pass the syrup.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
|it kinda looks like this... about the same vintage anyhow|
Sunday, March 17, 2013
"I'd seen a little blue Datsun B210 parked there, covered with typical San Tomas bumper stickers exhorting us to visualize world peace, visualize whirled peas, practice random acts of kindness and visit the Mystery Spot, among other things."
Hey, remember the B210?
|yeah me neither|
Wait - I'm already providing all this free blogaliciousness...
You should give ME a free bumper sticker!
OK, OK, fine, I'll work on the freebies. You just enjoy your whirled peas. :-)
© Amy Briant 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
J. D. Wilcox is Hev's older brother and her only sibling. He's an auto mechanic, 26, described as a muscular 6'1" and lives in Hev's hot & dusty hometown somewhere near beautiful Sacramento, CA. Hev's parents bought her a '73 Camaro as a graduation present at J.D.'s suggestion, which he then fixed up. Hev loves her big brother, but suspects his occasional visits to San Tomas are more to see the Camaro than her. In this slightly edited scene, he is wearing a ratty Pep Boys t-shirt:
That's enough for now. :-) But remember those Pep Boys t-shirts?
|the cornerstone of J. D.'s wardrobe|
Super cheap (like $2, I'm thinking?) and SUPER thin. The original tissue Ts... I don't think they sell those anymore. Bummer.
On a happier note, just 6 more weeks 'til the release of HEAVENLY MOVES! Now that's peppy!!!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
But instead it looked like this:
I would just catch a glimpse of the sign as I whizzed by in my trusty pickup. My brain decided it was not MOONGLOW with a few letters missing; no, my brain decided it said MONGOL. I seriously thought the bar was named THE MONGOL.
Eventually, I realized it was Moonglow, not Mongol.
[dang it, i was trying to insert a pic here, but this confounded Holiday Inn wifi is not worth spit!]
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Like probably most other authors, I occasionally google myself to see if I've won the Pulitzer yet. (this just in: no) I did find this, though, thanks to the kind folks at Google who are always thinking of ways to be helpful (it's real, for reals):
|clearly they're unfamiliar with the genre or it would have been U-Haul?|
Thursday, February 28, 2013
FACT: In real life, I once worked across the street from the biggest nightclub in Santa Cruz at a pizza place. Their pizza was Very Good! [I know. I ate it almost every day.] [damn you gluten]
FICTION: In San Tomas, there's a pizza place across the street from the biggest nightclub in town - the
See? It's hard to keep the fiction straight from the fact when even the fiction comes with a coupon. Ah, well - meet me at Ed's Cafe!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
|it's a teeny netbook - you are not a giant|
The best Artist's View I've ever seen was the view from my high school piano teacher's piano bench in front of her Mason-Hamlin concert grand. (now THAT was a piano!) Her house was on a hilly lot, so from her picture window, one could look down and see the gorgeous flower garden on the lower level of her sloping backyard. Very beautiful. (even by San Diego standards!)
I recently saw a photo of another author's writing space - a screen(ed) porch looking out on a foresty view. (sorry, can't remember whose view this was) That would be pretty perfect. Outside-ish, but not with the wind blowing papers everywhere and bugs of every description feasting on my pale flesh.
I love Nature, but why is she always biting me?!
Don't answer that.
All right. Back to the brick wall.
stop looking at me!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|logo created by an internationally famous napkin designer (obvs)|
And that's Bertha's Attic - coming soon to a Dollar Night near you! Don't forget your ID.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
If you, like me, still visit actual bookstores from time to time, keep an eyeball out for another customer who cannot wipe a goofy grin off her face. You may have just spotted an Author who has seen her own book on the shelf:
|A Barnes & Noble in a dreary East Coast city last weekend|
Also, please do not feed the Author. She could stand to lose a few.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
"A really gross-looking guy popped into my field of vision and asked me to dance. I gave him a small smile, but shook my head no. The song was obviously almost over anyhow, plus I couldn't leave the table, plus he was really gross. Poor thing. On the other hand, everywhere I went, I saw really gross-looking people in couples, so maybe I should spend my sympathy on someone more deserving. Like me."
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Chopper is a 120 pound goofball of love who seriously needs a bath, but never gets one in HEAVENLY MOVES. Maybe in the sequel... CHOPPER BATHES... (that was a joke) Anyhow, Mr. Chopper is A Good Dog. He enjoys long walks on the beach, marking his territory and licking things.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The WHOs are captured in my Tuesday Who Day posts.
That leaves just the WHY. This was my first novel, although the second to be finished and the third to be published. I suspect many first novels, especially those that are highly autobiographical, MUST be written lest they burst out the author's chest like in Alien.
That's the WHY of this one.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
This is a real Thang, I swear! These brightly colored, slimy little dudes (not so little, actually) can be found in the redwood forests and sidewalks of both Santa Cruz and San Tomas, although no mention was made of them in HEAVENLY MOVES. (a shocking omission!)
They are mentioned in my current work in progress, my YA post-apocalyptic story about some teenagers ALMOST hungry enough to eat a banana slug. (if only they had vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce in the post-apocalypse!) Someday, Dear Reader, there will be the San Tomas Chronicles - tales of that mythical region from the past (HEAVENLY MOVES) to the present (a not-yet-written mystery with the working title ABLE WAS I) to the future (THE BOOK OF KELL).
Until then, if you're feeling sluggish, go visit beautiful Santa Cruz (click on that link for a slideshow of gorgeous photos of SC highlights), where the mascot of the University of California at Santa Cruz is (you guessed it):
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Personality and wardrobe fouls aside, Werner is an ex-cop who lived next door to the now mysteriously disappeared Jackson Miller. So he's got the skills, the contacts and at least some information... but will he be a help or a hindrance as Heavenly tries to solve the mystery? Find out in April when HEAVENLY MOVES debuts!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
© Amy Briant 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
|in my defense, i bought both of these years ago|
But I love writing the occasional short story.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Whew, A LOT has changed since then! Like, I bought a computer. Hello. I rarely write fiction (other than the quick brainstorm of a note) with pen or pencil these days. I know you can't really see it in the picture, but this page was so fresh and first-drafty that Heavenly (the protagonist) wasn't even called Heavenly yet - somehow, "Jennifer" didn't survive the cut. (I think she was straight, too - HA!)
20 years ago, I lived in Hev's apartment, 2 blocks from the beach: "...a fuse would blow if you even just thought hard about electricity. Clearly, the place was a tax write-off for the owner. Fine by me—I was thrilled with the cheap rent and hoped they wouldn't be demolishing the place any time soon to build condos."
Alas, they did. The condos go for about $2 million these days. Hope they re-did the wiring!
I know the page pictured above is hard to read, but you know what won't be hard to read? HEAVENLY MOVES, coming April 2013!