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My Truth-Teller Books Are in Paperback!


Truth-Teller Rebellion and its sequel Truth-Teller Revenge are now available at Amazon in paperback, as ebooks, and free with Kindle Unlimited. Truth-teller Cary and his empath sister Krin use their unusual talents to fight against the dictator Perez…first to survive in Rebellion and then to defeat him in Revenge.

For Truth-Teller Rebellion click http://amzn.to/2gLRTYi.

For Truth-Teller Revenge click http://amzn.to/2h0j6qG.



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Looking Back at a Year of Writing

For me 2015 was a good year for writing.

In a nutshell:

Over 100,000 net words written
One book published: Truth-Teller Revenge
One book completed: Magellan’s Navigator
One book in beta edits: Mindfield.


2014 was a year of learning how to edit and hone my craft. For this I give thanks to my traditional publisher’s editor. I spent 2015 using my improved craft.
The year started out in a frustrating way. My trad publisher punted the copy editing of Truth-Teller Revenge, so my wife Teresa and I edited it under a tight deadline. That completed, I rewrote my first novel, a historical fiction work about Magellan’s voyage of discovery. That book represented several years of research that I wasn’t willing to flush. Originally, this book was 120,000 words, had multiple points of view, and was too boring. I rewrote the book as an 80,000 word “discovered” memoir of the armada’s navigator and am now proud of it. That took until summer, when it went off to my wonderful beta-readers Dave, Kerry, and Laura. In the fall, I reedited it based on their recommendations. I’m now flogging it to agents as Magellan’s Navigator.
I conceived Mindfield in February, thanks Pam for the title, and started writing a few months later. I had a decent draft by October and edited it through year-end. It’s now in the hands of my beta readers. Final editing will start soon. I’m excited about this book. It’s my best book of the six I’ve written.

Publishing and Promoting:

I made a few baby steps in learning the world of publishing and book promotion. It began in frustration. Truth-Teller Revenge, which as a traditionally published book I have no control over pricing, bombed. I discovered promoting on my blog and to Facebook groups doesn’t cut it. My self-published thriller Download substantially outsold and outearned Revenge even though I had Download at a lower price point.
A glimmer of hope came when an author friend, Ann Roth, got me into an indie publishing Facebook group. What an education. Thank you, Ann. I’m now much better equipped to navigate the publishing world, be it traditional or self-publishing. It’s still a steep mountain to climb, but now I know where the path is and what boots to wear.
This year I’ll write Mindfield’s sequel and get Mindfield and Magellan’s Navigator published. It should be another fun year.

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Truth-Teller Revenge is Published

Truth-Teller Revenge by Kenneth D. Schultz, the sequel to Truth-Teller Rebellion is available today at e-book sellers.

Wormhole technology is a reality and promises to be the salvation of mankind. That is, if the battle over its control doesn’t destroy civilization first.

Cary sees a chance to end the war while getting revenge on the man responsible for killing his father and his lover. There’s one problem. It’s a suicide mission. When Krin discovers this, she’s determined to use all her emotion-twisting powers to keep him alive.

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Truth-Teller Revenge is available at:

Amazon http://goo.gl/vDJBrK

Barnes & Noble http://goo.gl/8OMhRq

Champagne Book Group http://goo.gl/UeVaZn

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My Writer’s Journey: A Look Backward and a Look Ahead

While life may be a journey, writing has been a plodding trek for me of often three steps forward and then four steps back. I researched my first novel, a historical novel about Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world, for a year. Then I took a year writing the first draft of my novel, after which I attended the Pacific Northwest Writers Association summer conference to pitch it. There I sat in on a session on Point of View. POV? I’d never heard of point of view, but after the session I knew I had way too many of them.

My Magellan novel might have worked fifty years ago, when an omniscient POV was acceptable, but modern writing techniques are different from those of my youth. So I rewrote my novel, drastically reducing the POV’s in the process. Tim Joyner, the author of Magellan, which I consider the definitive book on Magellan, graciously agreed to read my novel. He said it was good as history, but since it was historical fiction, why didn’t I use that latitude to make my novel more engaging. He was right. I set my Magellan novel aside and moved on.

I wrote 2 and 20 in 2008. It was a fun novel to write. The protagonist’s marriage explodes, he compromises his principles to keep his job, but his job explodes anyway, he finds love, he almost loses love, but in the end, he regains his love and an honorable job. Problem? I didn’t think about what genre I was writing, which made it almost impossible to market to an agent. Maybe I’ll self-publish it someday.

They say to write what you know. I know finance. In 2008, I wrote Download, a techno financial thriller. It has a little of the attitude of Nelson DeMille, while giving the reader a peek into the world of mathematics and the odd cast of characters responsible for the theories that have made computers, cell phones, and most of modern life possible. A few agents showed interest, but none bit.

They say to write what you love to read. I love to read science fiction. 2010 gave birth to Truth-Teller Rebellion and 2011 to Truth-Teller Revenge, which Champagne Books published in 2014 and 2015.

Once Truth-Teller Revenge was off to my publisher this past summer, I circled back and rewrote and re-edited Download. Then, as an experiment, I self-pubbed it on Amazon this last November.

I wrote five books in five years from 2007 to 2011, and have since published three of the five. However, I haven’t written anything in the past three years. Sad. Sad, but not because I’ve been lazy. I’ve spent the last three years editing, rewriting, and editing, and then getting a blog and Facebook set up, etc. etc. All of this was necessary, but not nearly as fun as writing.

What lessons have I learned while I’ve been on this trek?

* Learn your craft. Read about writing, read modern novels, and then perfect your craft by writing.

* Craft is not enough. Your plot or your characters must be so engaging that the reader can’t put your book down. This is what I find most difficult. As a writer, I become so close to my characters that I find it difficult to imagine what the first time reader will think of them. Writing in the first person helps, I think, and I’m gravitating to that POV.

* Know what genre you’re writing. Yes, you can push the limits of a genre, but ignore the expectations of a genre at your own risk.

* Write, write, write. Even if you only average 250 words per day, that means a full size 80,000 plus word novel at year end.

* Editing is not fun. At least for me. Write books that require minimal editing before publishing.

Resolutions for 2015

* Write. Get back to writing.

First project. Rewrite the Magellan novel as a “memoir.” I started this a month ago, and it’s going well. It’s going faster than I expected because I’m recycling major portions of the original novel.

Second project, a new sci book?

* Write cleaner books the first time, which will then require less editing. I’ve learned a lot about writing from working with my Champagne editors. Combining that knowledge with a little more focus should result in books that require less editing. Less editing means more time for the fun stuff: creating stories, universes, and characters.

Here’s to the future and all the books in it.

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Truth-Teller Revenge is available for Pre-order.

Truth-Teller Revenge is available for pre-order.

Wormhole technology is a reality and promises to be the salvation of mankind. That is, if the battle over its control doesn’t destroy civilization first.

Cary sees a chance to end the war while getting revenge on the man responsible for killing his father and his lover. There’s one problem. It’s a suicide mission. When Krin discovers this, she’s determined to use all her emotion-twisting powers to keep him alive.

Truth-Teller Revenge is available for pre-order for delivery as an e-book on January 5, 2015 at most e-book vendors including Amazon.

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Editing Isn’t Fun, But It’s Necessary

I just reviewed the final galley of Truth-Teller Revenge. It looked great with only two small changes. Hurrah. Revenge is still on track for a January release.

Every author should strive to put out an excellent product. That requires an excellent plot and interesting characters. That’s the fun part. A quality book also requires meticulous editing, but poring over a manuscript line by line isn’t fun. I’ve gone half cross-eyed editing since June.

I’ve made a resolution to write cleaner, more typo free books. I’ve seen others in my critique group do it. I’m thinking of you, Laura Henson. One aid I recently learned of is the editing ‘option’ menu under ‘file’ in Word 2010. That will help eliminate some errors.

Unfortunately, some things don’t come easy to me. Word order is a bit of a problem. I blame it all on my dear mother. Inverted word order was natural to her, and sounds natural to me. She in turn blamed it on the Amish neighbors of the family farm in Painesville, Ohio. It just means I have to work a little harder.

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It’s Been a Hectic Month of Editing and Toddler Sitting. Which Makes Me Wonder: How Parents Find Time to Write and Raise Kids

I received the Truth-Teller Revenge galleys from my publisher for the final proof a little over a month ago. I went through them, and then my meticulous and wonderful wife caught everything that I hadn’t. There was a lot to catch and only ten days to do it in. I can’t believe I read “grim” for “grime” multiple times. It goes to show how difficult it is to edit one’s own book. After a discussion with my publisher, Truth-Teller Revenge will come out in January 2015, instead of this November. At the cost of a two-month delay in publishing, it will be a much better book.

Closely following the final edit of Revenge was the birth of our second grandchild, a lovely little girl who needed a little extra time at the hospital before coming home. While Mommy and Daddy were beside her at the hospital, my wife and I cared for our two-year-old toddler grandson for ten days. This experience gave me a greater appreciation for the time, energy, and attention it takes to raise children. Now that our granddaughter is at home getting settled with her family, I will be getting back to writing and blogging.

My hat is off to all you parent/writers. I don’t know how you do it!

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Truth-Teller Revenge Cover Art

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I just received the cover art for Truth-Teller Revenge. It is fantastic! The artist is Trisha FitzGerald, who also did Truth-Teller Rebellion. Yes, Cary does get off the Earth in Revenge…although, getting back is a bit of a problem. I’m doing the final final edit of the galley right now. Revenge is on track for release in November.

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Krin’s Struggle With Being an Empath

There’s a character blog hop going on! Audra Middleton recently wrote about Princess Willow in her novel Abomination. Then she tagged me. Check out Audra’s blog at http://www.audramiddleton.com/monthly-blog/meet-my-character-blog-hop.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Krin is my favorite character in my Truth-Teller series. In Truth-Teller Rebellion, she is sixteen years old. She’s nineteen at the time of Truth-Teller Revenge, which comes out this November. She’s the younger sister of Cary Bishop, who is the protagonist of Truth-Teller Rebellion. Krin is the co-protagonist of Truth-Teller Revenge.

2) When and where is the story set?

The Truth-Teller books take place around the year 4000, but they aren’t your prototypical science fiction. Not too far in our future, the exhaustion of fossil fuels and global warming helped ignite devastating wars and a partial collapse of civilization. In time, global warming ran its course, but an ice age now grips the Earth. A shortage of energy leaves civilization stagnated, although medical technology has advanced far beyond current day technology.

Rebellion takes place in Washington and Oregon. Revenge takes place in the western half of North America, Hawaii, and in Space.

3) What should we know about Krin?

She’s plucky and not afraid to make decisions for herself. Some of her decisions are good, some could have been better, but she’s always doing what she thinks is right.

Krin is an empath and her personal story is how she deals with this ability. She can instinctively feel another’s emotions as if they were her own. Empaths are rare in her society, but her abilities go even further than those of most other empaths. She can project emotions into the minds of others. Realizing this last ability can be used for evil, she vows not to use it at all.

4) What is her main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Krin sees her father and mother swept in a glacial lake outburst flood in Truth-Teller Rebellion. Afterwards, she’s unaware of the full extent of her and Cary’s unique abilities and she doesn’t understand the reason for multiple attempts upon their lives. She has to discover the truth about her past and her gifts in order to survive.

In Truth-Teller Revenge, like any woman, she’s looking for love and happiness. Instead, her father, the President of Columbia, is assassinated. She falls in love, only to find it’s forbidden. Her toughest decision is when she realizes Cary is intent on a suicide mission to defeat her father’s assassin. Can she help him without compromising her vow against manipulating the emotions of others?

5) What is her personal goal?

To find love, to remain true to her beliefs, and to keep what is left of her family alive.

Please check out Krin in Truth-Teller Revenge this coming November.


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Tying Flies. A perfect activity for a rainy day.

I eliminated all except two passive sentences in Truth-Teller Revenge. One last read and it goes on to my editor. Roasted garlic and homemade spaghetti for dinner. Now some fly tying. There are few things more satisfying than catching a trout on a fly I created. Otherwise it’s a wet, dreary day in Poulsbo.IMG_2244

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