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David McCaleb

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It’s difficult, even for an author, to script an interesting bio from chronological facts. Where’s the fun in reality? Maybe in the future I’ll spruce this up with fiction, but for now, you’ll have to endure the truth:

David McCaleb was born on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Growing up on a farm, he studied the teachings of nature, enjoying hunting and fishing, intermingled with hard labor. One of the last green belts on the east coast, the Eastern Shore is steeped in creative culture, with which he credits much of his inspiration.

He graduated from St. Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware, attended Valley Forge Military College, and was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. He served in the Air Force as a finance officer, mana
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David McCaleb Yes, there is humor in RECALL. However, as I refined the manuscript I found myself scaling it back a bit. It is a black ops thriller, after all. As I …moreYes, there is humor in RECALL. However, as I refined the manuscript I found myself scaling it back a bit. It is a black ops thriller, after all. As I listened to reviewers read through the chapters, I learned that weaving humor into a thriller is an art of itself. You can have a good wit, but writing it into a tale of high suspense is tricky. At times, what I initially thought was hilarious came off as clunky to certain readers, while others took it in stride. I believe you'll enjoy the final result. I've written several humor pieces on my blog, and I find them easier to cast. In short, I layer humor into my thrillers, but I'm still learning the art.(less)
David McCaleb When you say "writer's block", I'm assuming you mean the "I have no idea where this #*&@! thing is going" kind of writer's block. In that case, you ou…moreWhen you say "writer's block", I'm assuming you mean the "I have no idea where this #*&@! thing is going" kind of writer's block. In that case, you outline. You have to get a general idea of where the story is headed. It doesn't need to be too specific, but create your target. Can't even do that? Ask a kid. They'll come up with some of the most absurd, and ingenious, ideas.

Next, review your characters. Who are they now? How should they change through the story? Characters are the most interesting part of any novel, literary or commercial. I know not every author will agree with me on that, but who cares about the story if you can't relate to the characters and enjoy walking in their flesh? Figure them out. Just like the outline, it doesn't need to be too specific.

Finally, plop those characters back onto the pages of the manuscript. Now that they know where they're at, and where they need to go in the story, they'll take off running so fast your fingers won't be able to keep up.

A mild warning: Don't let that outline constrain you. If one of your characters gets a scent in their nose and runs off the page to chase it, let them. At least for a little while. But keep a zapper collar around their throat so that you can call them back should they stray too far.(less)
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Congratulations to Lisa, Sonia, and Samara

Congratulations to Lisa, Sonia, and Samara for each winning a signed copy of Vestment's Gale. They are going in the mail. If you email me at david@davidmccaleb.com, I'll reply with your tracking number, assuming our local post office provides them. Thanks for your interest. Enjoy!

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"Vestman's Gale is a story of a by thrust back in time for some unknown reason, unknown that is until he sees who he thinks is his sister, who is dead. But it's not his sister, just a doppelganger. He believes he is there to rescue her, but it is more" Read more of this review »
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"wow... never thought this would be my thing, but it got me hooked from the first page. Full of twists and turns, always on the edge... Never knowing if he is going to make it back to "now" or not... Who kills who at the end? Who are the good and who " Read more of this review »
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"Vestmen's Gale is about Viking's or Vestmen what ever you call Vikings that first inhabited the Northeast corner of the U.S.A. and Canada. It's sort of like the Outlander's Series, where you go back a few thousand years. But this time it is with Viki" Read more of this review »
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