Resist the Machine – Reviewing Avant Nation by C.D. Verhoff

Avant Nation by CD Verhoff is a dystopian novel in the tradition of Brave New World and The Hunger Games.  Like these books, much of the world is governed by a totalitarian regime that controls every aspect of its citizen’s lives.  As for how the vast majority of citizens feel about it, the work skews far more towards Brave New World in that they don’t even realize that anything is wrong.  The economy in Avantica is booming and disease and crime are nearly non-existent.  Yet, step out of line and you are hauled off to a secret colony.

Main heroin Clara Spinner begins to question certain aspects of Avantica and its ruling government, especially the algorithm that is used to determine who gets how much medical treatment.  However, she also has certain talents that lead to her going a mission deep into the territory of the Liberty Human Democracy, Avantica’s chief enemy.  The things that are revealed during this mission lead to Clara’s doubts blossoming even more, setting the stage for a sequel.

This is this second book that I have read from Verhoff, the other being Comet Dust.  In both works, she excels at building a detailed and believable world in which it is clear that there is a reason for everything, even if not explicitly stated.  She also does an excellent job of building secondary characters that are more than mere cardboard cutouts, many even growing into full-fledged, three dimensional characters in their own right.  These characters are also used to show the good and bad sides of Avantica and LUD.   Not only are the two societies developed, with neither being completely evil or good but those characters are allowed to show a range of traits that make them seem like normal flawed people rather than ideological stand-ins.  I will say that the author doesn’t do as good a job here as in Comet Dust, particularly with the extreme (though not complete) goodness and badness of two different groups of people that are met in LUD.  Still, if a reader pays close attention, he will find that there is still a good deal of nuance there.

I highly recommend this book and hope that the sequel shows up sooner rather than later.

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.

Editorial Philosophy

In the inaugural video here at Gingerman Editorial, I explain a bit of my editorial philosophy.  I talk about the importance of internal consistency vs. external consistency and talk about the over emphasis on things like adverbs and passive voice.

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.

This project is one that I am particularly proud of.  Mose Jones Jr. is the first black man to be elected to political office in Lawrence County, Alabama.  I was commissioned by his daughter, Dr. April Jones to help clean up a previous attempt.  Rather than doing that, we agreed to start from the ground up.  As such, I had the opportunity to do a lot of ghost writing on this project.

After reading an number of interviews and newspaper articles about Mr. Jones’ life (all conducted and provided by Dr. Jones) I can only say that his story and personal character are a genuine inspiration.  Being able to help bring his story to life has been a real honor and joy.

The book has also received a positive review from Midwest Book Review.

The biography can be purchased at the following link:  and will be on Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon.