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Hello from the other side

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
– Jane Yolen

Oh yet again, what a crazy time it’s been. I truly was hoping to hit the ground running at the beginning of the year on my writing but illness had another plan. Since right before Christmas, our children, my wife or myself has been under the weather in various ways. One will get better and another will go down. Weather in Kentucky is always a bit crazy (we saw some snow this weekend) but this past winter has done a number to all of us. Helping take care of my children while working my normal job just hasn’t left time to put pen to paper (or digital letters on a Word document). The mind has been a bit muddled with all the late nights and everything else we’ve been through in the past 4-5 months.

But, on a good note, we all seem to be heading towards good health and things are starting to quiet down which means I can get back to writing! I’ve missed it so and cannot wait to return to the world of Why We Start Fires so I can get this story out to everyone to read. I’m still looking at a 2016 release and I hope this time I am able to keep to my release plan.

As a thanks for sticking with me, I’m giving everyone a small glimpse at updated artwork for Why We Start Fires. Although I’ve been a bit too mentally fatigued to write lately, I have been able to dabble with my designs some more and I’m liking how the new artwork is coming along. Enjoy the small sneak peak!

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I have lots of plans still to come for 2016:

  • a full redesign of my website
  • Getting back to at least weekly postings on social media
  • A Facebook live Q&A about what it’s like attempting to be a self published author while being a husband, father and working full time (and answer questions you may have about Why We Start Fires)
  • and last but not certainly least, publishing Why We Start Fires

Thanks for sticking with me and I’ll be back to regular updates soon.

-Brad

2015: The Long and Winding Road to Nowhere

I try to keep in mind that it’s a long journey. It’s not a race. It’s about staying focused, continuing to do good work, make my family and community proud; that’s all I really want to do… and pay my bills.

Gina Rodriguez

I saw that quote and couldn’t help but to laugh about it as it basically sums up a lot of things for me. 2015 has been a pretty quiet year for me on social media and my site but it has been anything but quiet in, well, real life. The birth of my second child, a career that keeps me busy and more changes in my family & personal life that, honestly, I’m not going to go into detail about. Let’s just say it’s been busy everywhere but on the writing front, which makes me sad.

I have been so busy with work, family and life in general that I’ve barely touched “Why We Start Fires” which completely goes against my goal of publishing this year. It’s getting closer to being complete, just a few more hills (that grow into bigger and bigger mountains daily) to climb and lots of heavy editing to do. It will get there, one day, and I can’t wait to have everyone read it and I really hope you see how all the hard work and time put into it will be worth the wait.

 

In the end, I’m still writing, still working towards my goal but family (and bills) come first.

Here’s to more time to write and making 2016 the year of fire. 🙂

Until next time,

-Brad

Rolling Along

Happy New Year to all!

It has been a while since I’ve made an update here on my official site. 2014 was a whirlwind as I lost a loved one year ago yesterday, in April I started a new full time position at a new company, my daughter has grown leaps and bounds and so many other changes have taken place. So where does this leave my writing? It’s still there, I have not stopped and I am writing whenever I can but it also means that it is still moving along at a snail’s pace. I have never been one to rush things just to have it out there. I’ve always tried to take my time, make sure that anything I am putting out is the best quality it can be and that I am truly proud of what has been delivered.

Some writers can crank out 4-5 novels a year, others can go 5 years + to put out a single novel. It really all depends on how much time we have to put into it and how quickly the story comes to us. “Why We Start Fires” has been in the works for several years now and I promise you it will be out, I just can’t say when. I’m hoping for a 2015 release but I am not going to brand it for this year like I have for the past couple. When it’s finally released the book will be as solid as I feel it should be, it will have everything poured into as I could and hopefully will grip the readers to the very last page.

I thank you all for sticking around, for checking in and interacting with me. The best is truly still to come.

-Brad

Author Interview: C. Warner-Thompson

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Today my interview is with author C. Warner-Thompson. Clemy was born in the UK in 1991 where she still lives, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.

Books and writing was an interest that she began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on her thirteenth birthday, she began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. She finished secondary school with high GCSE’s and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self published in the first week of 2011.

With high expectations in herself, she immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping her art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel ‘Purest Light,’ allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As she was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2013.

Writing is now a part of her everyday and she has now started her newest project, The Mirage, which is book two of three.

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Why We Start Fires Delayed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Brad Covey

Email: brad@bradcovey.com

http://www.bradcovey.com

WHY WE START FIRES DELAYED

Burlington, KY August 31— Local author Brad Covey of Burlington, KY, announces a delay to the release of his debut novel, “Why We Start Fires”. Due to unforeseen circumstances in his regular life, Brad has had to push the release to TBA 2014.

Covey, a freelance graphic designer and writer has been working toward publication for the past five years. Brad has worked in the gaming industry as a staff writer and has had several articles published in local newspapers. From balancing time between a full time job, part time job and his family including his wife and nine month old daughter, his time for writing has been cut a bit short but has not stopped his determination to finish his debut novel.

Why We Start Fires is set during the Great Depression and follows the trials of Noah Bishop, a 17 year old kid quickly thrust into adulthood when his mother passes away, leaving him and his sister Anna alone with their step-father Bill. When Bill turns to alcoholism and abuse, blaming Noah for their mother’s death, Noah must take care of his family and insure that the abuse never turns towards his sister. But when he returns home one day and finds Bill attempting to beat down his sisters door, Noah must do something drastic to free them from their step-father, no matter what it takes.

Brad Covey is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact brad@bradcovey.com.

Author Interview: Keri Beevis

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Today my interview is with author Keri Beevis. Keri is an award winning author from Norfolk, England, who has been writing for over twenty years. In previous incarnations she has worked as a video rental store assistant, the world’s worst hairdresser and as a caricaturist, but the love and need to write has always been in her blood. Her debut novel, “Dead Letter Day”, an American set, twisty serial killer thriller came runner up in the Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2012.

Keri lives with her two pampered cats and is busy working on the sequel to “Dead Letter Day”. When not writing she can usually be found watching movies or frequenting the beer gardens of the Norfolk countryside.

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Author Interview: JL Bond and Val Richards

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Today my interview is with JL Bond and Val Richards. JL Bond and Val Richards are the authors of “Eleventh Elementum”, first book in The Primortus Chronicles.

J.L. Bond is an author, blogger, wife and mother of two daughters.  Contrary to popular belief, she is not related to that other J. Bond, nor is she an international woman of intrigue.  J.L. grew up in a military family and developed her love for travel early in life.  She’s lived in five states, Germany and Hong Kong.  She began blogging in 2005 while on a seven-month long “around the world” trip.  She has visited twenty-one countries and counting.

Currently, she finds inspiration for her adventure stories from the tropical setting of her home in Florida.

Val Richards is an author, administrative assistant, mother, teacher without a classroom, and a space traveler wanna be. Because of her busy lifestyle, Val just cannot find the time to become an astronaut. Hence, she travels to other worlds through her imagination.

Val lived most of her life in the rolling hills of Tennessee but decided she needed majestic oceans to fuel her inspiration. She now resides in sunny Florida where creativity abounds.

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Author Interview: Tianna Holley

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This weeks interview is with Tianna Holley, author of “Unexpected Metamorphosis”. Tianna Holley lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and children and has always been an avid reader of fantasy novels. She began writing poetry and short stories in her youth but did not pursue her passion for writing until later in life.

When she’s not typing on her laptop or running after her children, she can usually be found in her kitchen baking and teaching others how to cook with healthy and natural ingredients.

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