Tormenting Characters

@SamBakerWrites and @KrystleIII return for a lengthy discussion on the necessity and joy of tormenting your characters for the good of the story. We also make a few digressions into other arenas.

And the video as always.


Also check out Krystle’s website:

And Sam’s book:

Interview with Deanna Verhoff

First, I apologize for not posting for a couple of weeks.  It has been insanely busy here at Gingerman HQ.  Second, I apologize as well for the lousy lighting in this video.  We had a ton of technical difficulties to overcome on this one.  Now on to more important things.

Deanna is one of the most talented writers I have had the pleasure to work with.  I’ve only been able to fully edit one of her books and begin reading another but from what I can tell, both are excellent and in a class of their own.  More than that, it would be best to let the interview do the talking.

The Gift and the Defender



Following up from my interview with Pastor Bramwell, his book, The Gift and the Defender has been released.  It represents one of the more interesting story methods I’ve had the privilege of working on.  I certainly don’t want to give away anything but there are two parallel stories being told, one being a thought experiment similar to Bruce Almighty and the other is a medieval epic.  The result is something genuinely unique.

For those who are interested, follow the link over to my friends at Grail Quest Books.

The Biography of Mose Jones Jr. – Reviewed

As a follow up to my previous post, here is a link to the review in Midwest Book Review of The Biography of Mose Jones Jr. that was referenced in the post.

The site is hopelessly out of date and hard on the eyes, so here is an excerpt from the review:

Readers follow Mose Jones Jr. from his family’s roots as poor sharecroppers in a small Alabama town under Jim Crow laws to his determination not to fall victim to abuses and fate, but to become a productive, giving and positive person for himself and those around him.  Perhaps this is the most powerful aspect of her biographical sketch as it considers how the messages of hard work, resourcefulness and the importance of both self-reliance and of working with others were cultivated at home and reinforced by church and community.

Dr. Jones makes certain that each page of her father’s life is backed by essential information about his purposes, influences, the social and political milieu he operated in, and why these achievements are historically significant events that go far beyond a family’s pride in their patriarch.  

The result adds a key note to the annals of civil rights history and is highly recommended for any library holding strong in this subject and particularly in powerful biographies of individuals who may not be household words in national civil rights circles; but who should be.