SHARING THE MARQUEE – Working With Author A.J. Brown
Have I ever explained, Dear Reader, why I decided to team up with A.J. Brown for our project The End Is All We See / All We See Is The End? It’s not just because he’s a great person. It’s not just because he’s supportive of other writers, and does his best to help others when he can. It’s not even because he and I hold a similar frame of mind when it comes to, I think, most things. Well… it might be a bit of all of these, but the real reason is because he’s a fantastic writer.
Now, just in case you’re not familiar with our project, let me give you a little info on it before I continue. The End Is All We See/All We See Is The End is an experimental set of novelettes, one mine, one his, respectively. Each novelette has two short stories and a bit of artwork from both A.J. and I. The content of both books is exactly the same, but the order in which it’s presented is slightly different, as are the covers, and the names of the books.
If you’d ever met me, you’d know I’m not known for playing nicely with others. Although I can get along with some of the people, some of the time, it’s a true rarity for me to find someone that can put up with my shenanigans for long enough to complete a project. I like things my way, and I’m not afraid to get what I want. When it comes to writing what I want is quality. This is why, prior to A.J., I was hesitant to work with anyone (not that there are many people out there willing to deal with me).
A.J. is a fantastic writer, and before I worked with him, I was a fan. He has an easily read style that grabs the reader by the shirt and doesn’t let go until the very last sentence. He has the kind of grip you can still feel long after you’ve finished reading what he’s written. It’s the type of writing I’m proud to have next to my own.
As you may well know, I demand excellence from myself, and I do the same of others. I’m not given to favorable reviews of mediocre writing. I’m hard on authors when I beta-read for them, and I’m not afraid to tell others when I think they’ve missed the mark. When deciding to share the marquee with someone I was just as particular, if not more so.
Not only do I think our project The End Is All We See/All We See Is The End is great, but I think A.J.s writing is great and I hope you’ll give him a chance. He’s a writer at the top of his game, and if you’re a horror fan, and you enjoy my writing, then I know you’ll love his.