A guest post by J. Dalton
I’m pretty new to writing as I didn’t start until I turned 64. That was back in 2016 when I was diagnosed with CML Leukemia.
Getting Leukemia was a slap in the face that turned my life upside down. I lost a job I absolutely loved because of that, and thought I was going to die. Now that I am on the other side of it, I can honestly say that it turned out to be a good thing. It forced me to face my own mortality and look back on my life and the legacy I would leave. Now, I don’t fear death anymore, and I am no longer totally focused on work. I have found that family is the most important thing in my life.
With all of the high dose Chemo pills I was taking and the side effects they caused, (constant Pleural effusions where fluid would build up in the sack around my lungs making it difficult to breathe), there wasn’t much I could do physically any more, so I had this crazy idea that I would write a book for my grand-kids, after all, how hard could it be? (What the heck was I thinking?) That was the beginning of The Gates to the Galaxies Sci-Fi series.
Now, I’m seven books into the series and working on number eight, and I’m pretty sure not many people write the way I do.
I’m not the kind of author that can sit down at the computer and pound out a chapter or two. All of my Sci-Fi stories are based on my dreams. They come to me in full color like I’m watching a high def movie where each character speaks in their own unique voice. I dream a chapter or two each night when I’m “in the groove”, as I call it, and the next morning, I just write down what happened in the dream. I can go days without anything going on, then every day for weeks I dream about my story and sit down and write.
In my books, the villains, called the ‘Ones’ speak in musical notes and telepathic emotions that have different meanings when spoken in a different key.
I think this concept came from when I was a child. Music was a big part of my life back then from piano lessons, band, chorus and being exposed to a wide variety of musical styles at home like country, big band and of course, the classical music in the cartoons of my childhood. I would often just close my eyes and hear the music speaking to me as I made up words in my head to go along with the tune, so that became an integral part of my stories.
I don’t think of myself as an author or writer, but rather a story teller. Money, (or sales) never was a driving factor in doing this. All I ever wanted originally was to have my grand-kids and then eventually, other people read my stories and react to them.
There are a lot of different concepts in my books that most Sci-Fi stories don’t use and I think, based on the reviews I’ve gotten so far, that once people read my books, they enjoy them. That’s the most rewarding feeling to me.
As I said, for me the writing part is the easiest as I simply tell the stories of my dreams. Marketing, on the other hand, is something I struggle with but I keep working at it.
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That makes a lot of sense to me – your process. Mine isn’t so extreme, but it is very similar, in that I’ll go weeks without writing, or even thinking much about it, then write a chapter or five every day for a week. I don’t dream everything, but dreaming my stories, then writing them down as I dream them, has happened a time or two. And, it’s a lot *like* that most of the time, even when it wasn’t really a dream – I see it happen, maybe while doing something completely unrelated that needs doing, then I write it down.
I really relate to writing being the easiest part of the process – marketing not so much.