The Sword of St. Michael, new from D.C.P. Fox!

Image D.C.P. Fox Sword of St. Michael promotional material

A new zombie book out? Of course, we’d want to know about it! And if you are on this site, chance are you do too.

D.C.P. Fox has a brand-new book out, And he took some time to answer our questions. Find out about
The Sword of Saint Michael
!

What motivates you?

I believe I am motivated by a burning desire to create enjoyable stories, self-confidence, a healthy work ethic, and being in a good place, emotionally and physically.

What is your writing process?

I plan, plan, plan. Before I begin the actual writing of the novel, I have developed characters, settings, and plot, including a list of scenes. Then while I write the novel, I constantly revise those plans as the creative process takes me in directions that I didn’t originally intend. I have a beta phase where my best readers give me feedback, and in the end, I get the manuscript professionally edited.

I wake up at 1:30 a.m. every day. On most days, I write from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., sometimes even longer. I start with light editing of my previous day’s writing, then I make sure I have the outline in place for the day’s writing (usually done the day before), and then I write. From 5 to 7 a.m., and then at various times throughout the day, I either keep writing, or I work on story ideas, characters, plot, settings, outlines, blogs, newsletters, and/or general marketing.

Occasionally during those wee hours of the morning, and I try to do this every Sunday, instead of writing I engage in deep self-guided meditation to come up with writing ideas or anything that I need in order to prepare for the daily writing. Because of this tool in my toolbox, I never suffer from writer’s block.

There are so many zombie books out there, and so much repetition. What makes your book stand out?

Many apocalyptic novels deal with a scarcity of resources, but what about the scarcity of antipsychotic medication? Jocelyn Radomski, our heroine in The Sword of Saint Michael, is haunted by what she has become (violently psychotic) without that precious resource during the stress of a zombie apocalypse, and the only redemption she sees is that her immunity to the zombie pathogen could lead to a cure. As the novel unfolds, she emerges as a superhero, with shamanic powers she didn’t realize she had, zombie-like powers from her infection, and wielding a tenth-century sword, blessed by the archangel Saint Michael, forged to fight zombies. But no matter how powerful she becomes, her psychosis persists and threatens her and everyone around her.

How many more books have you planned in this series?

While The Sword of Saint Michael is great as a stand-alone novel, there will be at least two more books in the series, which would make it a trilogy. I have enough ideas for at least six books, though. Spin off novellas are a possibility, too.

What has been Self-publishing biggest lesson for you?

Nothing is more important than writing your next good book. I’m focusing a lot of energy on the sequel to The Sword of Saint Michael.

Sick Cruising – Anthology Call

Anthology call, CLOSED, thank you to all the authors who participated

 

Writing prompts anthology call!

As a new virus rages on land the richest man in the world has invited over five hundred rich and privileged friends, acquaintances, influences and hangers-on to weather the sickness on his private luxury yacht.

But one of them has brought a guest along. You guessed it! The Red Lungs virus. It starts like a cold, becomes a raging fever, then floods the lungs with blood.

What we want:

Snappy short stories with a minimum of 2000 words using our provided writing prompts.

Punch everyone’s virus anxieties, fears; anger at inequality in the nuts with your contribution to this anthology! Use wit, gore, action or inaction, (of course, we always love us some good epistolary fiction) you can even throw some sharks in the mix if you want to.

What we DON’T want:

Torture porn, porn, racism, hate mongering, preachiness, bigotry of any kind, sexism, turgid writing.

What can help you:
Read Masque of the Red Death by Poe
And this helpful Pixar information on io9.Gizmodo.

Deadline: May 20 2020
Publication: July 20th 2020 at the latest
Payment: $20.00 on acceptance, one paperback copy, one digital copy, one audiobook copy.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Use our provided prompts
  2. Final submission must be edited
  3. Rights Exclusive, one year; first worldwide electronic, audio and print rights.

Formatting

The first page should have:

  • Your name and pen name if you use your pen name.
  • Contact information: Email, phone
  • Title of story: Title of your manuscript 8.5″ × 11″ layout Times New Roman font. Headers: 18 points font size Body of text: 12-point font-size. Double-spaced

 

Submissions: books  at  nphzone.com

Sick Cruising – Anthology Call Prompts

Mitch Winters one of the richest man in the world is running from the outbreak of COVID-21, known throughout the world as the Red Lungs, the Flooding Death, Drowning virus, the crimson chest.

On his yacht the All Powerful he runs his business empire. But what is a king without his followers, a star without hangers-on and fans? A man without his family and friends? What would a rich man be without his body guards.
And so he brings along over five hundred people on his large, modern luxurious yacht that had been custom built for just such an occasion.

Who are you?
Are you following the escape trough the streams of the influencers and vloggers on the ship?
Are you a stow away?
One of the hired crew?
Maybe one of the fans that came aboard for a luxurious good time?
A seaman on the USS navy ship sent to the rescue, two weeks after the All Powerful set out to sea?

Write to us (you can suggest what you’d prefer) and we’ll give you two prompts, at:
books at nphzone.com