A Shadow Passed Over the Son is the first installment of the adult-friendly (PG-13) epic adventure serial series The Go-Kids, quality science fiction from award-winning writer Ryan Schneider.
Parker Perkins lives in Manhattan with his mom and dad. Today is Parker’s 10th birthday. But Parker’s birthday takes a sudden turn and his life will never be the same.
A Shadow Passed Over the Son is far more than a kids’ story. It is a story about growing up, friendship, and the challenge of moral choices. Ride along during the ongoing adventures of Parker, Sunny, Bubba, Igby, and Colby, characters readers will come to know and love.
Targeted Age Group: Young Adult (PG-13) to Adult
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
What I love about writing in the Sci-Fi genre is that virtually anything is possible. The technology which may exist in the future enables me as an author to create anything I want. I strive to make the technology and the futuristic world and its inhabitants as real as possible within the parameters of their possible future.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read, read, read. Read everything you can find in the genre in which you want to write. Get to know the ins and outs of the genre. Its conventions. Everything about it. Who are the most popular authors in that genre? Study it so that you become an expert in it yourself. Read at least 10 books similar to the book you want to write. This will enable you to compete on a level playing field.
Then write. Write a lot. Try to get your manuscript done in 2-3 months. There’s no reason to drag it out over a year. If it’s taking a year, you’re either scared or something is holding you back. Get out of your own head, embrace the joy of writing, and simply go for it. Get that first draft written!!! A paltry 1000 words per day = first draft in about 80-90 days.
Once it’s complete, give it a couple of weeks to cool off. Don’t look at it. Give yourself time to forget what you wrote. Then, you can go back to it with somewhat fresh eyes. This will enable you to have at least some objectivity while working on your second draft. Try to cut 10% of your word count. Tighten the writing. Make sure the story logic holds up. Make sure you are consistent. If a character is walking (fleeing?) in the woods and beams of sunlight are slanting through the trees in one scene/chapter, make sure it isn’t suddenly raining in the next paragraph.
Once the manuscript is as good as you can possibly make it, use social media to find half a dozen beta readers. These should be people who don’t know you and have no vested interest in your emotional stability. They will therefore give you their honest opinion about the story. If it’s worse than reading the back of a cereal box, they’ll tell you. If more than a few people cite the same problems, go back and address those. This will hone the manuscript when it comes time to publish.
Publishing in itself is a matter every writer must weigh carefully. Personally, I can’t see why any writer would not self publish. If you get lucky and an agent takes your book and a publisher offers you six or seven figures, take it and run. Otherwise, settle in for the marathon that is self publishing.
And like Bret Easton Ellis said, “Write for yourself. Work out between you and your pen the things which most intrigue you.’ Ergo, do not write for money or fame or accolades. Write because you love it. Or because you must. Or because you start to go totally mental when you haven’t written for awhile.
Ryan Schneider is an award-winning and Amazon SciFi Top-20 writer. He is the author of the science fiction series The Go-Kids, as well as the futuristic love story Eye Candy, in addition to a story collection, two short novels, and more than a dozen short stories. He lives in Palm Springs, California with his wife, singer/songwriter and a Guiness World Record holder Taliya.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
About eight years ago, after a great deal of soul searching and career/job changes, I decided to return to my first love: writing. I decided to pursue writing full time and to put all my energy into it, which is what I did. Shortly thereafter, I had an incredible dream about a teenage boy flying. He soared through immense, puffy white clouds at sunset, swooping and diving. I didn’t know who he was or what it was about. But I had a phrase in my head when I woke up: Go-Boy.
A few days later, it hit me: The Go-Kids. I knew that was the title.
I sat down to write and mapped out the entire series in 36 pages of single-space typed notes. It was as if the entire story and the world in which the characters resided was downloaded into my mind.
I promptly began writing the actual manuscript. Several years later, I knew it had developed beyond the scope of a single volume. I therefore divided the story into fun installments which can be enjoyed in one or two sittings. A SHADOW PASSED OVER THE SON is the first installment in THE GO-KIDS series.