The Ghost and the Shifter – Progress Report

I shot past the 1/3rd mark in The Ghost and the Shifter last night.  Feeling pretty good about that.  I like the draft so far.  It doesn’t quite have the horror elements that Ghost At His Back did, but the series was always meant to be flexible in terms of themes.  It’s still very grown up, with pretty graphic violence and plenty of sex.  I’m going to pick through it sometime next week and maybe post a chapter up here for your reading pleasure.  At least, I hope it’s pleasure, anyways.

The draft is shockingly solid up till this point. With GATHB, I knew about at this point in the novel it would require a rewrite to change some fundamental things.  With this one, my only major complaint is that, again, it’s sort of dialogue heavy and could use more fleshing out.  I’m not sure it’ll be as long as GATHB – whereas that one came in at 130k words, I’m guessing this one will come in somewhere between 110-120k.  There’s a tighter focus and fewer villains to track, but more side character stories.

I’m really fond of Brianna’s story arc in this one.  This is a book largely about recovery and trying to heal, which just might not be possible for our vigilante duo, particularly Bri.

Anyways, I hope those of you who picked up GATHB are enjoying it, and if you are, don’t worry – it won’t be terribly long before you get to read the further adventures of Garrett, Murphy, and Brianna.

The Ghost At His Back is up on Amazon!

And here’s a link!

This is the first book I’ve ever written.  I’ve finished drafts of novels before, mostly a crappy horror novel back in the late aughts, but this is the first one I’ve ever published.  It’s rough – I didn’t have the money for proper editing – but I’m proud of it.  I wrote the first and second drafts in just over two months, with that second draft being a complete rewrite.  That’s the most words I’ve ever written in… ever.  Crazy.

The Ghost and the Shifter

I started writing The Ghost and the Shifter today, the follow-up to The Ghost At His Back.  I’m really happy with the progress I made, knocking out a first chapter I’m pretty okay with.  Hopefully I can keep up this pace, though I’ll be taking a small break when E3 comes around in June.  I’m hoping to have the central trilogy of novels done by the end of the year, with plans to start work on my fantasy series next year.

The music behind Rankin Flats

While I wait on my advance readers and the final edits to the cover (and to avoid doing real work), I figured I’d share some of the music that helped inspire and shape the direction of the Rankin Flats novels.  This is a growing playlist and will be added to throughout the years as I write more and more.  Enjoy!  It’s an eclectic list and I purposefully only included one song from each artist (for the moment – that might change later), but there were multiple songs that could have qualified here from John Carpenter, the Black Keys, and Blackmill.  There’s no particular set order in which these should be listened to, so have at them.

Welcome!

Hey folks, welcome to the blog of Cameron Lowe, writer of the Rankin Flats supernatural thrillers.  Here you’ll find ramblings about the writing, releases, and probably a lot of pictures of my pug.  The first novel – the Ghost At His Back – is set for release before the end of May.  Bear with me as I figure out how to blog again.  It’s been a while.  Feel free to leave comments and questions below, and if you’re reading anything new and notable, always feel free to share it here.  I love me some good book recommendations.