Great Reviews for Darkness Falls

Just a quick update to thank the readers for great reviews so far for Darkness Falls. Here are a few:

“Scott Wojo proves that he is capable in the first few pages of his story, Darkness Falls…Wojo builds his world with ease, and you’ll no doubt fall in love with his characters, too.” – Michael Deangelo, Tellest

“A very fast-paced and exciting adventure tale, and I enjoyed every moment of it.” Marie, Goodreads

“This book was hard to put down and it was so engaging. Vivid imagery and interesting characters capture your imagination and sends it soaring.” Jessica, Goodreads

The first is from the Tellest website that posted a book promo to its readers.

Inspiration: A special thank you to the Dutch!

OliebollenI’ve lived in and near one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States for most of my life.  One of the great parts of living here is the food.  I love Little India and the authentic Korean and Japanese and Chinese food—though language barriers sometimes make it hard to know what what I’m eating—and guarantee that I’ll never be able to order the same thing again.

The recent holidays gave me a taste of one of my favorite Dutch dishes—oliebollen!

Oliebollen are tasty little creations of flour, eggs and yeast.  They are often stuffed with little bits of fruit and then deep fried and finally rolled in sugar (powdered or granulated).  This year my Dutch friends added a chocolate fountain! Yum!

One interesting point, the earliest recipe for appears in the Dutch cookbook, De verstandige kock (“The smart/responsible cook”). Guess what?  That book was published in 1667 so Dutch families have been enjoying these treats for 350 years!

Now comes the insipiration…as an author, I want to appeal to all the senses. In the book, Darkness Falls, Keir and Aziza ate oliballs.  These delicious treats were inspired by oliebollen.

The Big Day

Twenty years of tinkering and now the day has finally arrived! The book is released for purchase on Smashwords and at Amazon!  Soon is should be at Barnes&Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other sites.

I like the Smashwords release–it’s the proverbial 15 minutes of fame as the book gets top listing on the site–at least for a minute or two until the next book pushes it down.

 

DF SmashWords release

 

The Smashwords release is cool, but so is the Amazon one as it’s one of my favorite stores.

Amazon Release

I hope that this is the first in a long line of books that people will enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing!

Book Cover and Map

I’m very excAlmatian Mapited to show off the book cover and map designed by Arthur Numanov.  I wanted someone to turn my chicken-scratch map into something beautiful.  I searched a few different places and decided to post my request to a site that connects people with freelance artists.  Several people applied for the map design.  What drew me to Arthur was a beautiful map he had drawn of the area near where he lives. His map was exactly what I wanted. A few days later, I had an amazing map and was beginning to make a new friend—on the other side of the globe (isn’t the internet amazing!).

 

 Cover by Arthur Numanov

I liked his work on the map so much (and several other drawings in his portfolio), that I asked him to consider doing a book cover.  I sent a huge wish list. He again came through with a fantastic illustration and design.  Artistry and design are a side-job for him as he pursues his life goals.  I wish him the best and hope that we’ll work together again on many other projects.

 

Please note that all the great aspects of the map and book cover are a credit to Arthur’s efforts. Deviations from the descriptions in the book are mine.

 

1, 2, 3 Jump? More like 10, 20, 30*

Ten years in banking. I followed in my grandmother’s footsteps and took a job at a bank when I was in college. It was a great job. Started as a teller and moved to work new accounts and loans (“the platform” as my grandma called it). Then on to another financial institution where I became a loan officer.  I went through mergers and downsizing and all the changes of banking at the time. I wrote a few stories, but I was still in school, so most of my writing was for papers or at work for policies and procedures or marketing materials.

Twenty years in higher education.  I followed in my mom’s footsteps.  I worked at a university managing contracts and grants and everything else needed to make a research department run.  I returned to my old stories and tinkered with them as I finished a master’s degree, got married and started a family.

Thirty years in writing. Not yet there, really just starting, but with the publication of my first novel, I hope to spend the next thirty years writing. I hope you’ll be along for the journey.

*Numbers have been rounded to protect the innocent.