Guest Post by Suspense Author Gabriel Valjan: "'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...'"

It would seem that everyone is an author these days, which makes it difficult to be seen and heard. It seems as if the contemporary literary scene mirrors that famous opening sentence from A Tale of Two Cities:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…

Don’t despair. While there is some chance of receiving recognition somewhere along the way, over which the writer has no control, you do have absolute control over what you create on the page. Every sentence is one that you crafted and chiseled into place. You are the storyteller, so tell the best story that you can tell; edit it and revise it, listen to feedback and then let it go out into the world. If you can, have a say in the cover art because books are judged by their cover art before the content within their pages. Learn from other writers, past and present, and express gratitude for the reviews received and glean something positive from the negative reviews. People may spend money to buy your books, but more importantly they are spending time, irreplaceable time, reading you. Write the story that you have within you. Don’t write to be “literary.” Write because you have something to say, something to share, and because it is burning to come out of you. What you write uses the language that we use today, and your story will entertain, move, and affect someone tomorrow. What you write is what you leave behind, and the quality of that legacy requires consideration.

Title: Turning To Stone
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Author: Gabriel Valjan
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
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About the Book:

Bianca is in Naples for Turning To Stone, the fourth book in the Roma Series from author Gabriel Valjan. Loki, her mysterious contact, is now giving Bianca baffling anagrams. They seem to lead to a charismatic entrepreneur who has a plan to partner with organized crime to manipulate the euro and American dollar. Against a backdrop of gritty streets, financial speculation, and a group of female assassins on motorcycles, Bianca and her friends discover that Naples might just be the most dangerous city in Italy.


Gabriel Valjan is the author of the Roma Series from Winter Goose Publishing. His fourth book, Turning To Stone, came out 15 June 2015. Gabriel writes short stories, which are available online and in print. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Connect with Gabriel Valjan on the web:
Twitter: @GValjan

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