Blog Tour (Guest Post & Giveaway): Swamp Monster Massacre by Hunter Shea

Swamp Monster Massacre by Hunter Shea
Genre: Horror – Release Date: October 2, 2012
The swamp belongs to them. Humans are only prey.

Deep in the overgrown swamps of Florida, where humans rarely dare to enter, lives a race of creatures long thought to be only the stuff of legend. They walk upright but are stronger, taller and more brutal than any man. And when a small boat of tourists, held captive by a fleeing criminal, accidentally kills one of the swamp dwellers’ young, the creatures are filled with a terrifyingly human emotion—a merciless lust for vengeance that will paint the trees red with blood.

~ Guest Post ~
So, You Want To Be A Writer
By Hunter Shea

When I asked myself that question 18 years ago, the answer was an emphatic yes. I didn’t care if only one person read my work and it was my mother, I wanted to write. So began a nearly two decade journey that ended well, and continues.

There are two things you must absolutely do to be a writer.
  1. Read. Make sure you read everything you can get your hands on. If you want to write in a particular genre, read as much as you can in that genre. I can’t believe how many aspiring writers tell me they don’t read. That’s like saying you want to become a math teacher but you don’t know how to multiply and divide.
  2. Write. Seems simple enough. But don’t just write. Finish what you start. Then polish it. That means rounds of revisions. And when you’re done, send it out and start the next book or story or poem.
If you want to learn the business, like finding agents and editors, writing query letters and so on, you’ll get that from reading.
The more you write, the better you’ll get. Malcom Gladwell, in his book Outliers, said it takes 10,000 hours to master something. He’s right. If I look at my work from hour 100 and compare it to something from hour 9,900, the difference is stark. I cringe when I read my early attempts, but they were crucial steps in the process. Without them, I’d still be doodling in little pads and stuffing them in my sock drawer.
Here’s the best part. The more you do, the easier it gets. Not to say it’s ever easy, but you understand the rhythms of a story and know the kind of pace you can work at to finish your book.
A perfect example is my current novella, Swamp Monster Massacre. I was able to write and revise it, all 30,000 + words of it, in less time than it took me to write a coherent chapter back in the mid-90s. That’s because through constant reading and writing, my mind is tuned to the process of creating a novel. Good ideas are a start, but the hard work begins when you have to flesh them out into a story.
If you work hard, you get the privilege of publication, and you can sometimes take on cool projects like my Everglades skunk ape adventure. Now go forth and read. And when you’re done, write!

About The Author:

Hunter Shea is the author of the novels Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal, as well as the upcoming Swamp Monster Massacre and Sinister Entity. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on. He is also half of the Monster Men video podcast, a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at:
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