Way Outside the Wheelhouse

Sometimes, you just have to challenge yourself. Sometimes, you have to take the dare. That is what I am doing on my newest project — going way outside my wheelhouse, so to speak, and forcing myself to expand my horizons and grow as an author. I will bet you can’t guess the genre of my next project!

(Hint: it’s not paranormal/supernatural. It’s not a thriller. It has no violence).

Okay, so those weren’t good hints. Anyway, for my newest project, I am writing…

… a romantic comedy!

No, really I am. Please stop laughing. I am really writing a romantic comedy. For real.

I have decided to title this little experiment That’s Not How Any Of This Works. It’s the story of two lonely, hurting people, an arranged marriage (in 21st-century America!), the blues (as in, the musical style), and a journey of healing and love. I’ve already written a few chapters, and let me tell you, I’m plowing ahead, balls to the wall.

I’m not known as a romantic, although there are certainly romantic elements in my Suburban Vampire series. Still, no one I know would consider me a romance-writing type, because I am not. I am going way outside my comfort zone here, not only with the genre, but also because music is going to be a large part of this story. Don’t get me wrong, I love music (especially blues), I’m just not a very musical person (I have recruited help from musical people, so hopefully it will work out somehow). Now, that being said, I’ve actually written a couple blues songs (lyrics only — again, I’m not a music man) that go along with the story and will be integrated into the novel.

Obviously, I don’t have all the details worked out (like, how graphic do I want to get? I mean, I’m still Franklin Posner, and I’m not writing Fifty Shades of Anything, so I do have my limits, I’m just not sure where those should be, exactly, for the purposes of this story), but I am still going along. It will probably be a try-fail-try again kind of thing, but that’s the only way to learn.

Anyway, that’s where my head is at. It’s a scary place, but I should be used to scary places by now. Please wish me luck — I’m gonna need it!

I’m a two-time winner!!!

That’s right, yours truly has won first place at the 2020 Chanticleer International Book Awards in the category of Paranormal fiction! This is the second time I have won this award, which makes me a two-time first-place award winning author! So, apparently I can write stuff. This gives me high hopes that my award-winning unpublished manuscript, Boston Betty, will get some attention from publishers and agents. Sadly, I was not able to attend the conference in person (I’d blame COVID but it’s actually more due to not having money), which would have been awesome (Chanticleer folks do put together a nice shindig!). Still, it’s a big honor and one I hope leads to greater things in the future!

https://www.chantireviews.com/2021/06/09/paranormal-book-awards-for-supernatural-fiction-2020-ciba-award-winners/

I’m a finalist!!!

Boston Betty is now a finalist for the CIBA 2020 awards for Paranormal Fiction! That means that I’m in the running for first place (if I make it that far, I’ll be a two-time winner) and who knows, maybe even a grand prize! Again, I’m hoping that this will give my manuscript some much-needed attention, because I’d really like to see (and so would you, I’m sure) Boston Betty in print some day!

4/20 Update for 2021!!!

It’s become a sort of tradition for me to give some sort of general update on or around April 20 for some reason (and no, it’s not the reason you’re thinking of). So, here’s what I have. Granted it will probably be a bit less than on previous years:

  1. As previously noted, my unpublished work Boston Betty is in the running at the CIBA’s (you can read about it here: https://franklinposner.com/2021/04/05/boston-betty-makes-the-semi-finals/ ). The awards ceremony (entirely virtual this year, thanks to our old buddy COVID) is happening on Thursday of this week. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to view it, but I’m going to try. Whatever happens, I will update you all about it. We’ll see if I’m a two-time winner!
  2. In the meantime, most of my body of work is now on-line at Wattpad (direct link is https://www.wattpad.com/user/FranklinPosner ). I have nine published works there, including a slowly growing anthology (titled VAMPIRE UP!). This is my literary CV, my oeuvre or opus, as it were, the entirety of what I have written in the Suburban Vampire series (except, of course, Boston Betty, which is a spin-off).
  3. Speaking of the above, I am currently (albeit slowly) working on another entry in the Suburban Vampire series titled Scott Campbell and the Holy Grail. It’s another of Scott’s misadventures, following the explosive events of the epic Redemption. Yes, I am working on it; yes, I am taking my time. I apologize, but all the cool authors are taking their time with sequel projects (Yes, I am looking at you, George R.R.).
  4. I’ve had several other projects in the fire, but none are “cooking” yet, so to speak. I was pursuing a high fantasy project, but that seems to be on the back burner; another project, a detective noir based on some actual Portland crime history hasn’t taken off yet, but will be a priority after I’m done with Holy Grail. The Unaware Ones, my angels-and-demons caper, seems to be on the back burner as well, but I haven’t forgotten about it.

That’s all I have for now. As always, keep your eyes on this spot for future updates (and to see if I’m a winner again)!

“Boston Betty” makes the semi-finals!!!

As previously mentioned, my unpublished novel Boston Betty was entered in the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBA) in the Paranormal category for their 2020 book awards. It made it past the slush pile to the short list and is now considered a semi-finalist! If it makes it to the finals, that means that your truly will be a two-time winner! I hope that this will help attract publishers and agents, because I really want this story to make it to the market. It’s one of my best works and needs to be read!