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George Straatman

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I presently live in Timmins, along with my wife Louise and our four-legged children. If I have come to any great epiphany it is that, collectively, we have neglected our obligation to the earth and its creatures.

My Novels can be purchased through my publisher's website www.amberdias.com.

The e-book versions of my novels can be purchased through www.smashwords.com and barnes and noble at
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The Final Converging: An Immortal Heart Asunder – Preview Chapter One

As promised in my previous post, I would like to present the first chapter excerpt from my forthcoming horror offering…The Final Converging: An Immortal Heart Asunder. The Chapter is aptly entitled…The End Begins…and will be the first of three preview chapters that I will post ahead of the actual novel release, which if all goes well, is scheduled for December 1st of this year.

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message 12: by Monique

Monique Thank u for the add:)


message 11: by George

George Straatman Today's featured author on my blog at http://www.georgestaatman.com is Goodread author horror novelist Tim Garrity and his novel Clinical Lycanthropy!


message 10: by George

George Straatman I've always thought that the mechanics of an author's creative process are very often as interesting as the end result. An author's technical approach to crafting fiction speaks volumes about his or her artistic nature...I have featured a number of emerging writers on my blog...providing them with another place where they can promote their work...but I thought it might also have them back to answer various specific questions on how they approach the art of writing...This segment is entitled author insight corner and I think it will demonstrate that the approach to writing is as varied and fascinating as works these methods yeild.
For those interested in gaining some perspective into the methodology employed by other writers, visit my blog at

http://www.georgestraatman.com


George Straatman I would like to invite goodread members to visit my blog @ www.georgestraatman.com where I feature new and emerging authors in the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genres...the latest guest author is X. Williamson and her vampiric horror offering Distract my Hunger.


George Straatman CONVERGING TRILOGY NOW AVAILABLE AT A NEW PRICE


As of today, the Converging Trilogy will be available at an attractive new pricing...Initially, this pricing will be available through my e-book publisher Smashwords:




http://www.smashwords.com/profile/vie...




But in the coming weeks, this new pricing will be available on all e-platforms through their on-line stores.




Bottom line is that this darkly intense horror trilogy is now available for $6.97...Cynara's dark world has never been easier to access...(though it may not be so easy to leave!)


message 7: by George (last edited Apr 07, 2011 06:09AM)

George Straatman I initially posted a thread inviting fantasy, sci-fi and horror authors to participate in a reciprocal cross promotional concept with a mind to using my website’s author blog to spotlight some of their creative works…this offer stands and will continue to stand as I would like to see aspiring authors work together to promote each others’ works and the genres we love. Here is a list of authors I have featured on my blog since initiating this concept:




AUTHOR - GENRE - TITLE



Kriss Perras Running Waters - Sci-fi - 300 Nights

Patricia Puddle - children’s fantasy - Velvet Ball and the Broken Fairy

Jess C Scott - Fantasy - Other Side of Life

Nicki J Markus - Fantasy - Dragon’s Heart

Franz McClaren - Fantasy - Home Lost (Clarion of Destiny 1)

Tracy Falbe - Fantasy - Union or Renegades (Rys 1)

Tracey Alley - Fantasy - Erich’s Plea (Witchcraft Wars)

David N. Pauly - Fantasy - Icarus Rising

Ottilie Weber - YA Sci-Fi - End of the Line

Maxwell Alexander Drake - Fantasy - Farmers and Mercenaries

Danielle D Smith - (erotic) Horror - Black Dog and Rebel Rose

Charlie Courtland - Horror - The Secret of a Spicy Jalapeno

Franz s Mcclaren - Fantasy - Into the Demon Realm (Clarion of Destiny 5)

Julia Knight - Fantasy - Ten Trick Ruby

Robert Stadnik - Sci-fi - Exodus of the Pheonix

Adam Santo - Fantasy - Temperature: Dead and Rising

X. williamson - Horror(vampiric) - Distract my Hunger

Katie Salidas - Horror (vampiric) - Hunters and Prey

I have a group of others in the que and ready to be posted. Again, I invite other authors to participate…while reciprocal posting is the concept and is preferred, it is not strictly necessary…just submit a cover jpeg, synopsis and purchase and or contact links to geolouicewind@yahoo.ca and I will post your submission of my blog at www.georgestraatman.com. I believe we can all benefit by fostering a co-operative environment of promoting our works and the genres we love to work in.


George Straatman Here is a Q and A I conducted with Kriss Perras Running Waters for here Sci-Fi novels 300 Nights. I wanted to explore some of the technical aspects of her novel's style and touch on some of the themes that were woven into her sttory fabric:

1. Describe the approach you’ve taken to the narrative style employed in this novel. Do you have a natural preference for a minimalist narrative approach over a more expansive style?

I’m exploring everday the idea of whether or not I’m a minimalist. I think I tend to lean that way, but try to keep the arrow on the classical structure while doing so. I attended a Robert McKee seminar last year, a life changing event for me as a writer. It was there I delved further into what is accessible to the average reader. He talked at great length and depth about how a writer needs to stay in the classical style so the work is open to everyone. He also talked about adding an individual angle to that classical style, as in leaning towards minimalism or anti-structure. That seminar was the event for this trilogy. Many of the development problems I faced as a first time novelist were corrected just by one three day intense training session at McKee’s Story seminar. That is how I went back and made sure my writing leaned one way and at the same time kept to a classical style. I used that approach with everything, my journalism, my novels, screenplays; all of my writing now incorporates the lessons learned in his seminar.

2. In the opening and closing segments of the novel, you’ve employed a very lyrical style of narrative…is this a tool you will employ more frequently in future volumes of the series?

Yes. That’s something I’ve been exploring at great length for the 300 Nights trilogy, a poetic or prose prologue and epilogue that employs imagery the way the Greek plays did, the mythic idea that Chris Vogler talks about in the Mythic Journey. He is another big influence for me. I interviewed him about his book that so many have read, and he is another writing guru whom I read when I first entered the entertainment industry. His book was one of my first purchases. So the prologue and epilogue came out of the ideas I learned from his understanding of writing.

3. There is a deep sense of cynicism woven into the segments of the story that deals with the Mount Windward facility…imparting the sense that life there is rather seedy and joyless. Could you speak to the issue of technological evolution on the essential humanity of modern society? Is this atmosphere indicative of your perception of this impact?

Yes. I do not necessarily think technology is a good influence on society. People can hide behind a Web page and make derisive statements they would not otherwise make in a physical social atmosphere. The Web allows a certain sense of anonymity that leads to negativity. While I’m not a Luddite, like one of my good friends, his ideas about technology have certainly woven their way into my understandings and feelings of technological progress. At the same time, technology allows the world to become very small and empowers an entire generation of oppressed people like we saw in Egypt. Technology is a double-edged sword, cutting both good and bad into society.

4. When lightwalkers enter the virtual environment, there is a danger that they will become fused to the virtual grid if they spend too much time in the virtual environment, though for many this compulsion is difficult to resist. Is this scenario a metaphor for your perception of social networking and the addictive nature of on-line living…a sense we are in danger of eschewing our actual lives in favor of an on-line existence?

I did not intend to write the story from such a perspective, but that subconscious idea did enter the work. There was a sense during the writing of this novel that not only technology, but the power it wields over the masses, and how dangerous that power is to our freedoms, can influence societal thinking. The idea of face recognition, and how unpopular it is here in the States but very accepted in London, and the differing views on GPS’ing someone, even we as a society do it to each other with apps to find where our friends are, can be cool and a positive thing, but often it leads to a negative behavior in our world. It is OK to spy on someone with your phone or computer now, whereas say 20-years ago, that idea would have right off been thought of negatively. Technology has changed society in many ways.


5. During one particularly compelling segment, the heads of state discuss the potential benefits of genetic culling on the pathway to a better society. Do you see this as another of the potential dangers of rampant technology?

Yes, there was a time when eugenics was known to be a dangerous idea. To cull, as you put it so eloquently, the traits out of genes that a few pick to be positive while leaving out other traits we as humans have lived with for millions of years, seems destructive to our race. Entering in engineered unknowns into our existence puts us as a human race on a slippery slope, from my perspective. Plato’s idea of gold and tin souls, to me, leads down a pathway that is rife with who should decide what is a desirable trait and what is negative: is it color of skin, talents, artistic versus physical prowess, intelligence and what is intelligence, who and what should decide those factors of what is considered a worthy trait to pass on to the next generation of Homo sapiens?


6. As a bit of a spoiler perhaps, but how much evolution can we expect in the next story in terms of the back history of the underground world and the various components that it is built upon?

The next book went through a huge development process that spans a number of years. The idea itself was so compelling and could lead down so many paths, that book is where I was led by my mentor into the upper crust of story, as he calls it. I learned how the execution of an idea can make or break a story beyond imagination. The early draft of the book was originally two books, Fard Ayn and Exile, that later were compiled into one book and titled Exile. The back-story of the character’s lives comes rearing into their existence without their knowledge at first, then it slowly peels away as to who they are, where they came from, and who decided who they should be. The line between the world of the lightwalker and the underground world above them is blurred, thus drawing the story into a very deep and perilous existence. This for me is the very best book of the entire trilogy to date. Halo was written before any of the other books. My mentor went back with me step by step into the back-story of the characters and where we should begin this tale. His instinct and story knowledge are so great, it was easy to follow his vision of the story, because it fit so well with my own. He taught me about the seeds of the story, and how sticking with that original seed is where the upper crust of the story takes place.

7. Finally, can you describe the main thematic elements of 300 Nights? Is there any specific message or insight that you would like to see readers take away from this story?

The first thing that came into my mind when I read that question was my minimalist thinking, that I don’t want to imprint anything onto the reader. I’d like to see the reader take away their own experience from the story. Everybody brings their own lives into a fictional tale, which is where we find catharsis from everyday stress. There are some obvious thematic values at play like technology’s power, the slippery slope of genetically engineering a human being and the war for hearts and minds through nationalism, but beyond that, I dare not tell the reader what to think. It is their experience, and each one will be different.


Cheryl Landmark Just received your book "The Converging" in the mail, George. I'm really looking forward to reading it.


Cheryl Landmark Thank you for accepting my friend request, George. I look forward to following your reads and reviews.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks for the friend request, George. :)


message 2: by George (last edited Dec 01, 2009 10:54AM)

George Straatman When I published my first novel three years ago, I made a solemn vow that I would never publically disparage another writer's work. It seems inevitable that I would be forced to renege on my vow by joining a readers site, but I will do my best not to...When judging anything, there are three simple maxims to consider...
reality is subjective
perception dictates individual reality
reality and perception are both fluid.

George


George Straatman Hello, my name is George Straatman. I am a horror and fantasy novelist...I was so impressed by the organization and enthusiasm shown on this site that I decided to become a member

George
author of the Converging Trilogy


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