I was going to write a post that asks whether character or setting are more important. That is, I was going to write it until I realized just how BIG a topic that can be. If I were to do it justice, I would probably need to spend a week or so planning and researching it and then several days to write it.

Alas, those are days I don’t have.

That’s cause there is a butt-ton of stuff going on at Chez Plested. I have made several commitments to various people, the one coming up soonest being the completion of edits and polishing of Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience.

I’ve got to say, I’m really happy with the way this book has turned out. I need to have it ready and to my publisher Lorina by next Tuesday.

I am also proofing the ARC for Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty. Yes, I know JR Murdock and I have been talking about the release of this book for a while. Things have happened in the lives of the various people involved in the book which has delayed it somewhat. It will still be available for summertime reading in June as an eBook.

For those of you screaming, “NO! I want it as a print book!” don’t despair. That is still a possibility but that actually happening is up to you. We need to sell LOTS of eBooks so our publisher sees value in a print run. So please, write on your calendar (in June) a reminder to buy an eCopy for you, one for each of your friends and even a couple for best frenemies. Send me an email if you want to notified of the release date of the book (author at michellplested dot com) and I will be sure you are the first to know.

I am also working on the Evil Alter-Ego Press anthology, Dimensional Abscesses. I am desperate to share the AWESOME cover with all of you…but not yet. It would only be fair if the contributors have a chance to see it first.

We intended to have it for sale in March (yes that is now), but it will more likely be April. Again, life intervened. Sorry, but it happens.

The anthology will be coming out initially as an eBook with the print run depending on strong sales. Just between you and me, this is a book that you will WANT on your bookshelf, preferably facing cover out so people can see it.

Yes, the cover is that pretty (and the stories inside are pretty awesome too).

That leads to Scouts of the Apocalypse. I have wanted this book in print for a long time. This year (targeting May) it will happen. It will also be initially released as an eBook followed by a print one.

That leads to the final two items that I am labeling as “Secret Projects”.

I cannot say anything beyond “Secret Projects” (although, I will confess it’s fun to say), but let me tell you, they will be awesome. When I am able to share more information, you know I will.


Get Published Episode 150 – Kevin Wohler, From Short Story to Novel

150 Episodes. We have had quite a journey together thus far, haven’t we? Since I started podcasting I have had two novels released, podcast two novels and edited an anthology. How about you? How has your life changed since we started down this road?

As you probably know, Jeff Hite and I are working together on an anthology titled, Dimensional Abscesses. On today’s show we talk to one of the contributors, Kevin Wohler, who created a brand new character for the book. When he was done with his story, he was so happy with the character he decided to write a full-length novel.

Jeff and I talk about his story, the anthology and his resulting book ideas as well as promotion and marketing. It was fun talking with Kevin and only reinforced how excited I am to bring the anthology out.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 150 – Kevin Wohler, From Short Story to Novel

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 150 – Kevin Wohler, From Short Story to Novel (continued)

Welcome to the show.

01:15 – Promo – Glow in the Dark Radio

01:54 Get Published Episode 150 – Kevin Wohler, From Short Story to Novel (continued)

Kevin, Jeff and Mike discuss:

  • Create space, bottle cap press, anthology, Alchemy, marketing, novel, short story, book, blog tour, too much coffee

26:05 – Promo – The Neverland Podcast

32:24 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Kevin Wohler –

Jeffrey Hite –

Glow-in-the-dark Radio –

The Neverland Podcast –



Thank you and So Long for Now, Terry Pratchett

This was a day I have known was coming for a long time. That doesn’t make it any easier to accept or even process.

Terry Pratchett, author extraordinaire died today at the age of 66.

I won’t say I was his biggest fan, only because there are so many people who adored his work. I was one of those and still hold out hope that I will one day be even the tiniest smidgeon of an author that he was.

What I can say is his work influences my own every single day. He influences my life in ways I can’t even begin to comprehend. And now, I won’t be able to tell him how important he has been to me. At least, I cannot tell him in this life.

I sort of stumbled across his work when I was sixteen. I was in the airport bookstore looking for something to read. I found the book, The Colour of Magic and picked it up. It was by no means a first edition – I had heard of this phenomenon, The Discworld, for a few years by then – but it immediately caught my eye and I bought it.

I would love to say I never looked back, but something about Rincewind didn’t resonate with me then. I managed about two chapters before I put it away and never visited the Discworld again as a youth.

In my 20’s I rediscovered Terry Pratchett, this time with Guards Guards. Something about his writing and sense of humour really grabbed me. This time I truly never did look back, even finding my copy of The Colour of Magic and reading it with enjoyment this time. I have since consumed practically everything he has written.

His books rank as the few that I have read over and over again. When I go to a bookstore, I’m always trying to find something new by Terry Pratchett. Now I have one less reason to visit the bookstores.

He has pulled me out of some dark times and pushed me towards some incredibly good ones. I know some of my writing style is because of him, sometimes purposely and sometimes just because that’s how much he has influenced me over the years.

There is a hole in my life right now. One that will never completely go away. I will try to fill it the best way I know how, by writing, but what I produce will never have the same brilliance as Sir Terry’s work.

He will continue to by my beacon though. The standard which I will try to grow to. I can only hope that I one day can make a positive impact on someone else like he has made on me.

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