Author Archives: Joshua K Johnson
So I’ve got the cover for The Hydra Offensive sitting in my email inbox, just waiting for the reveal, so stay tuned for that.
But with the new artist for the cover came a new set of typography. Trevor over at trevorsmithart.com did the cover for Hydra and gave me some ideas for typography, which my lovely wife was kind of enough to use to update the cover for The Cerberus Rebrellion
So here’s The Cerberus Rebellion with new typography.
Tell me what you think.
And let me know if you’d like to receive an Advanced Review Copy of The Hydra Offensive. It’s coming soon!
An excellent interview.
by A.M. Justice
About eight years ago, my husband came home from work and announced that his coworker Peter had given notice so he could become a full-time fantasy author. Curious and skeptical, I bought the coworker’s book, thinking, “Let’s see what this guy’s got.” I quickly learned he had the right stuff. From the opening lines about a community gathering together in the wake of a strange fire, New York Times Bestseller The Warded Man hooked me, and I’ve been a loyal follower of Arlen, Lessa, Roger, Renna, Ahmann, and Inevera since. My copy of The Skull Throne, Book Four of The Demon Cycle, published by Del Rey, will be delivered to my Kindle today, and I look forward to reading it on an upcoming family vacation.
I admire Peter’s tight prose, inventive storytelling, and nuanced characterizations. Arlen is one of my all-time favorite fantasy heroes, and…
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So as I’m sure I’ve made clear before, I am a fountain of new ideas and new worlds.
Usually, I can jot down the basics of my ideas and store them away for later, when I have time to develop them fully.
Well, once in a great while that just doesn’t work. Such is the case now.
I actually had the basis for this idea some time ago, and it was behaving nicely in my Google Keep, just hanging out in the list where it belongs. Except I made the mistake of choosing a muse for the main character, and from there the idea started growing at an alarming pace.
And so, now I’m going to attempt to work on two series more or less concurrently.
Wish me luck!
Oh and an update, I should have The Hydra Offensive back from my editor for line edits this week and then I’m just waiting for the cover art to get it rolling!
If anyone is interested in doing a review to be posted on Goodreads or Amazon, let me know. If you haven’t read The Cerberus Rebellion, I’d be more than happy to send you a copy.
So I’ve selected an editor for The Hydra Offensive and it’s off!
Now I can focus on getting The Centaur Incursion going.
I’m also looking for readers to do a launch review for Hydra. If you haven’t read The Cerberus Rebellion yet, I can send you a copy so you can get caught up, and I can send a copy of Hydra.
All I ask is for a review posted to Goodreads and Amazon, and permission to use the review for advertising purposes.
Just in time for the start of the new school semester, I’ve completed my third and final round of self-edits on The Hydra Offensive and am looking for an editor to give it a professional pass.
In other news, Gunpowder Fantasy has over 9,000 Views! Thanks everyone for your views and I look forward to the next milestone!
The Hydra Offensive is nearly ready for prime time, so in the mean time I’ve put The Cerberus Rebellion on Sale for $0.99! If you haven’t already, head on over to your favorite e-book retailer and pick up your copy!
While getting ready for work this morning I had an idea for a new series set within the Griffins and Gunpowder universe, though about 5,000+ years in the past. Here’s the bit that wandered through my head and demanded attention:
“We are the last of our kind, hunted to the edge of extinction by those who would have this power all to themselves. They call us abominations against magic. They burn our brothers and sisters at the stake, and entice our neighbors to surrender us to our fates. But we are not alone. The power of dragons flows within our veins and the Broods stand with us.”
That makes 6 (I think) different series that are set within this world. That’s a lot of writing, I guess I should get to it!
All right ladies and gentlemen of my readership, it’s Beta Time! Read the rest of this entry
The Centaur Incursion is 10k words deep and The Hydra Offensive is nearly through Round 1 of Paper Edits. I don’t have classes this summer, so I should be able to tear through my workload on both of those.
There, I started with an update!
Something that I’ve learned as I plot and write the stories of The Ansgari Rebellion, is that stories are more a living creation than a static work.
While the core of the series has remained essentially the same, many of the details have morphed and changed.
Characters have walked into the story from out of nowhere and insinuated themselves as cornerstones of the books in which they reside and those that follow.
Plot points have moved, from the beginning of the series, to the middle, and now to the end.
Even though I am a meticulous plotter, typically drawing up a book’s outline by chapter well before I start writing it, I’ve learned the benefits of being flexible with my story. My style has developed into a sort of hybrid: still heavily plotter, but with just enough pantser to allow for more story to develop and grow on its own.
In production news, The Centaur Incursion is underway! I’ve got 1,000 words written and more ready to come out as soon as I get a chance to sit down. Also, The Hydra Offensive is more than halfway through the first round of paper edits. I plan on putting it through a second round, in which I’ll break the chapters down by POV rather than by chapter order.
I’ll be looking for beta readers soon, so if you’re interested let me know!