I don't often host other authors, but I believe this is the third time this particular author has been on my blog. Ian and I met way back in the first year of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, I believe that was 2007 when it began. What brought us together was the fact that both our novels were about superheroes and both made it to the top 100 semi-finals that year.
Without further ado...Ian Healy
Deep Six came to be isn’t nearly as interesting as how Just Cause originally came about, but it does have a certain cachet all its own. Deep Six was the second book I wrote for the Just Cause Universe. I had originally started right in on The Archmage after completing Just Cause, but after a year of submissions for Just Cause
and over 140 rejections, I decided that maybe I needed to take the JCU
in a different direction. I’d done NaNoWriMo twice, resulting in The Milkman, which you can buy, and Propane Jockeys,
which you can’t. I felt like I was becoming a better writer, and so I
decided to do my own version of NaNoWriMo, which I called the Hundred
Day Novel. I felt that 50,000 words was too short for any serious novel,
but 80,000 was reasonable. I decided a daily writing goal of 800 words
and a hundred days would suffice for such a challenge. Over the summer
of 2006, I did just that, and thus Deep Six was born.
Following the usual round of beta reads and revision, I sent around Deep Six,
and this time I actually got a couple of nibbles. Most prevalent was
one agent who requested a revise-and-resend. I did, and the agent came
back with a new request: Remove the superpowers and make it a straight
thriller. I politely declined and there I was, with no prospects yet
again. I had written Jackrabbit in 2006 and was about to embark upon Pariah’s Moon
in 2007 when I heard about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest
for the first time. With nothing to lose, I took what I felt was my best
completed project, Deep Six, and entered it.
It made the first round cuts and wound up as only one of four science
fiction novels in the Top 100 Semifinalists. That was freakin’ exciting,
let me tell you. Suddenly I felt like maybe I really did have something there, and I began to approach new ideas in the Just Cause Universe.
My tales didn’t all have to be about the primary team of Just Cause.
I’d created a lot of other organizations, some of which are mentioned in
Just Cause itself like the New Guard, the Lucky Seven, and
Divine Right. Why couldn’t some of them be featured in JCU novels? Or
some of the other things I’d created like Deep Six or the Institute for
Parahuman Medicine and Research in Paris? ABNA helped to rekindle my
interest in the universe I’d created, and even though I didn’t make it
to the finals, I can credit it with helping the development of the JCU.
Deep Six releases worldwide in print and ebook formats on November 29, 2013. Preorders are available at Local Hero Press . Check out the book trailer on. Ian is on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy. Be sure to visit his scenic website for more information!
Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative
genres. He’s a nine-time participant and winner of National Novel
Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien
farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed
superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely
combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator
of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop,
which helps writers to improve their action scenes.
Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.
When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading
comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of
Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and
approximately five million other people.