What Kind of Writer Am I by Gardner Browning – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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What Kind of Writer Am I

Immersive is the word that best describes what kind of writer I am. When I have an idea for a story, I make lots of notes for settings, characters, conflict and resolutions. I write down ideas for twists and pinch points. Then, I do research as needed. I read about the places, people, technology, history and cultures that will impact and shape my story. Once I feel fully immersed, I map out my plot to ensure that the story’s foundation and framework is as fully developed as possible.

I think long and hard about a cinematic opening hook for the story and soon I’m off writing in units of scenes, hitting the benchmarks of my plot outline. The process of writing a novel gets even more immersive for me the deeper I go. The story becomes an obsession. My mind becomes trapped in the world I’m writing about and my heart is fully attached to the characters and it’s as if they are friends of mine who I look forward to spending time with. As the writing goes on and the manuscript becomes fatter, I lose sleep, my imagination is relentless. My dreams are often of places in the story. As the characters—my friends—suffer the hardships of the rising conflict, I suffer with them. If they are sad, I am sad. If they are excited, so am I. Fully immersed and held captive by the world I’ve created. The story moves forward because I blew the wind into the sails, starting these events into motion. The characters do as I command but they speak at will and feel with their own hearts.

When the story is told and there’s no more left to write, I am freed, released back to the real world, where real people live, love, suffer and laugh. My mind is quiet for a while and my heart aches, almost yearning to go back to the places in the pages but there’s now a disconnect and I can’t become fully immersed again. It’s like I’ve been shut out. The story is told. My job is done. In the real world, without the characters I’ve spent so much time with, I feel lonely for a while. Sometimes a little lost. I feel like I can’t connect with real people or real places; like I can’t become immersed in reality.

When I finally find my way back to the real people and places I know and love, a new idea comes to me. A story curls up like a tiny sprout reaching for the sunlight and rain of my imagination.

It begins again.

A microscopic parasite has crippled humanity with night terrors and paralyzing anxiety. In this world of increasing dystopia, hope yet remains in Karma City. But when mercenary drifter, Jameson Shoals, learns that a famous scientist has created a stronger parasite to kill the original, it isn’t until the bodies litter the streets that he realizes the horrifying truth: the new parasite is a killer with a mind of its own, and upon dominating Patient Zero, this killer acquires legs, hands, and eyes. It falls upon Shoals and his partner, a deadly female mercenary, to stop PZ and his mob before they can overcome and supplant humankind.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Jameson Shoals crouched to keep his balance atop the speeding train. The wind beat against his leather jacket, scattering his collar length, brunet hair over his eyes like a frayed, muddy rag. The scalding steam and smoke puffing from the locomotive singed his nostrils. Raising his shotgun at the attacker standing only a few feet away, he shouted, “You’re in a real heap of shit, pal.”

The man glared at Jameson, with blond hair framing his gaunt face like tendrils of fire . His
spindly legs backed to the edge of the train car roof with unnatural balance. “You should consider your own life,” he hissed. Amber light burned in the man’s hollow, jack-o-lantern eyes. “Detonation is imminent.”

Before Jameson could shoot, the man leapt from the train, flipping backward and vanishing into the night.

About the Author: Gardner Michael Browning is an award-winning author and professional wrestler. In addition to receiving a New Hampshire Literary Award, two of his novels were part of an international English literacy program for middle grade readers. Browning enjoys classic literature, fishing, playing guitar and spending time with his family.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert says

    Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

  3. kim hansen says

    Sounds good, new author for me.

  4. Rita Wray says

    Sounds like a great read.

  5. Gardner Browning says

    Thank you for hosting me on your blog!
    I appreciate the support. For those who read Karma City, I hope you enjoy the story and please leave a kind review on Amazon.
    Best wishes.

  6. Victoria says

    Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Angela Saver says

    I enjoyed learning about this book and author. Sounds great.

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