Posted by: pjgron | June 7, 2010

Five Things About Changing A Lifetime of Terror

When your creative juices flow, the words spill out on the page, like paint on a canvas.  The story just feels right.  But sometimes it doesn’t flow like you think it should.  Some obstacles that must be overcome are; not enough plot twists, too many characters, or lack of sensory touch points (like smells, or the heat of a room, or humidity that is so high, you feel like you’re swimming through the air).  With these thoughts in mind, after having completed about half of the first draft, I’m backing up and rewriting A Lifetime of Terror.  Here are five things I plan to do:

  1. Cut back on the number of characters.
  2. Add more adversity to Pat and Joe McK9inney’s lives.
  3. Provide more insight regarding why the bad guys are doing what they are doing.
  4. Add a couple more plot mis-directions.
  5. Add more details that affect the senses of the characters so that you feel like you’re with them, sensing what they sense.

This is a major change but I’m confident it will result in a better reading experience.  I owe it to you to make A Lifetime of Terror the best McKinney Brothers novel yet.

Pete PJ Grondin  –  Author of A Lifetime of Vengeance, A Lifetime of Deception,

and A Lifetime of Exposure

Posted by: pjgron | February 25, 2009

Five Things About – Living on a Submarine

peteatperiscopeBeing a little slow, it took me six years out of high school to realize that I needed more training than a high school diploma.  So with no money for college, the US Navy seemed like a good way to go.  The recruiter in Sandusky asked me, “Do you have anything against nuclear power?”  This was shortly after Three Mile Island melted down their core, but remember, I’m a little slow on the uptake, so I said, “No, not at all.”  So I ended up on the ballistic missile submarine USS John Adams (SSBN 620B).  So here are five things about life on a submarine:  

1.      When underway, we generated our own oxygen.  No lie.

2.      We worked in six hour shifts, so our days and nights were all screwed up.  I still wake up at odd times, dreaming that I’m late for watch and I’ve been out of the Navy for nearly twenty years. 

3.      We drilled our butts off.  If we weren’t running drills in Engineering, we were running weapons drills or drills for fires, floods, and all sorts of mayhem. 

4.      Everyone was always tired and cranky.  You’re living inside a steel tube with a bunch of guys from all different backgrounds.  It gets a bit testy at times. 

5.      Except for marrying the love of my life, it was the best thing I’ve ever done.  It straightened out my life and gave me direction. 

catnapMilitary life isn’t for everyone, not even me.  After eight years, I’d had enough.  But it gave me the tools I needed to focus on my future.  It gave me the experience I needed to establish a solid foundation for my career.  It also made me appreciate the sacrifice that so many have made, with their blood, to make this country the greatest country in the world.  Whenever you have the opportunity, please thank a veteran for the freedoms you now enjoy.  Don’t let well meaning politicians strip our freedoms away. 

Pete Grondin – Author of A Lifetime of Deception

Posted by: pjgron | February 21, 2009

Five Things About – Writing

Five Things About – Writing 

I haven’t always wanted to be a writer.  In high school, I took a creative writing course because I thought it would be an easy class to pass the morning until I got out 11:30 AM to go to work.  The “Distributive Education” program that I was in allowed me to attend school half a day and work the other half.  I thought it was great. Just goes to show you that I didn’t know how much I didn’t know.  Here are five things that I love about writing:  

1.      Regardless of whether it’s technical writing for work or writing fiction novels for a future career, it exercises my mind.  It takes me places that I would not normally go.  

2.      I’m able to paint the most vivid mental pictures of places, people, and things that don’t even exist.  

3.      There are very few feelings that can compare when a complete stranger calls you out of the blue and compliments you on what you’ve written. It is especially exciting when they compare your work to a New York Times best seller.  

4.      Writing is so much more fun than sitting in front of the television watching other people’s creations.  I’d rather sit in front of a keyboard creating my own.  

5.      Having your works in print extends your life beyond the grave.  People could potentially be reading your quips of wisdom long after you’re pushing up daisies.  

Even though I work full time and writing is just a serious hobby, my mind is working overtime on new stories, twists, angles, and characters. I have two novels in print, one manuscript on its second draft, and one manuscript outline completed.  I could retire tomorrow and have enough material to work full time for at least five more years.  I love to write.  

Pete Grondin – author of A Lifetime of Deception