A bat! That’s it! It’s an omen. I shall become a writer!

//A bat! That’s it! It’s an omen. I shall become a writer!

A bat! That’s it! It’s an omen. I shall become a writer!

I never set out to be a superhero fiction author.

I was going to write Star Wars novels instead. Oh sure, I’d grown up reading comic books, and before that I’d run around my neighborhood with a towel safety-pinned around my neck, pretending to be a do-gooder. And in college I discovered role-playing games, in which superheroes figured even more prominently than magic-users and thieves. Yeah, I’d read the Wild Cards books, and my graphic novels of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were well-thumbed. But no, I was obsessed with the Star Wars Expanded Universe. After reading a particularly bad series by a particularly bad author who I will not name here but whose name rhymes with Shmevin K. Schmanderson, I said to myself “I can do better than that.” This was some eleven years ago, and I sat down to write the book which I have since released under the title Assassin after removing any and all Star Wars references from it.

Not knowing anything about the publishing industry, I took my glorious naivete and ran with it. I finished the novel, slapped a couple of cursory edits on it, and sent off a query email to the editor of Del Rey Books, which was publishing Star Wars books at the time. I don’t recall exactly what I wrote, but I’m sure it was ridiculously bad. She wrote back to say “Sorry, we don’t accept unsolicited submissions here.”

Undaunted and drunk with my luck of getting a reply, I emailed her back. “What do I have to do to get solicited?”

She had no reason to reply. She didn’t know me from (*Googles infamous people from 2003*) Steve Bartman. But maybe she was having a good day that day. Maybe she was a Florida Marlins fan. Regardless, she replied to say I had to be an established writer, with a style consistent with that of the Star Wars Universe, and a good fan following. Some writers might have just said okay and been done with it, but I was feeling particularly combative that day. “Fine,” I said to myself. “I’ll show her.

And thus, the Just Cause Universe was born.

By | 2014-03-22T10:25:31+00:00 March 22nd, 2014|Ian Thomas Healy|Comments Off on A bat! That’s it! It’s an omen. I shall become a writer!

About the Author:

Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. His popular superhero fiction series, the Just Cause Universe, is ever-expanding, as is his western fantasy epic The Pariah of Verigo. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Check out his exclusive publishing imprint, Local Hero Press.

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