Who is this guy?Andrew Linke: Full time teacher, part-time writer, occasional player of games.
I write novels and short stories which feature odd characters, weird locations, and a(n un)healthy dose of violence. My primary series, the Oliver Lucas Adventures, consists of five treasure-hunting adventure novels, all of which are heavily laced with magic and a light touch of scifi/maker elements. Think those movies featuring a guy with a hat and a whip (but set in modern times) or those video games featuring a woman with long hair and infinite ammunition (but with a lot more personality) and you'll have the general idea. I am also writing an increasing amount of science fiction (generally with a dark twist of cyberpunk) and the occasional entry in a fantasy serial.
Adventure. Fantasy. Scifi. Murder. All that good stuff. My stories tend to blend genres. Treasure hunters get hired by gods. Humans and machines merge. Assassins become heroes, sort of.
The Oliver Lucas Adventures series consists of five books to date, which can mostly be read in any order.
- The Staff of Moses - Pulpy adventure in the deserts of Egypt. A little magic and just a touch of zombie action.
- The Eye of Odin - Darker, more fantasy laced adventure novel set primarily in Europe. Blends my own fantasy story with Norse mythology.
- The Diamond of Souls - Blending of a diamond heist story with urban fantasy and mythology, this story spans that world from Louisiana to Paris to India.
- Words of Binding - Soviet psychic research collides with Japanese mythology. Mostly urban fantasy with a dash of spy thriller.
- Words of Power - Fallen angels, magical writing, and the origins of civilization in Africa. A fast-paced road trip adventure with touches of techno thriller and urban fantasy.
- Burning in the Void - Survivors of a damaged generation ship clash as their mission reaches a critical point. A dramatic science fiction novel with elements of cyberpunk and classic disaster in space adventure.
- Dyson's Angel - A mercenary searches for an eccentric genius aboard her space ship, which is controlled by the uploaded intelligence of her dead lover. This first entry in a new series might best be described as post-apocalyptic zef cyberpunk.
I'm Currently Writing
- A Cold Day to Drown - Cyberpunk crime novel set in a post-ecological collapse America.
- Apocalypse Summer - Coming of age drama / thriller set in the final days of a cult.
- Splintered Demons - The sequel to Dyson's Angel.
- Eastward Dragons - A serial fantasy adventure set in an original fantasy universe.
I'm trying to make a career of this.All of those stories add up to well over a thousand pages of fantastical fiction.
All written in the last six years.
All written in my spare time.
You see, I'm a public school teacher. I can only write on evenings (when I don't have grading to do), weekends (when I don't have lessons to write or home repairs to work on), and in the summer. Despite my limited writing time, I work hard to reach the goal of writing 1,000 words a day (about 3-4 pages), at least five days a week.
That number is inspired by reading blog posts and articles by favorite authors such as Cory Doctorow (who claims to write exactly 1,000 words a day when working on a new novel), Neil Gaiman (who's flexible on count, but insists regular writing is important), and Stephen King (who says he writes 1,500 words every morning).
I don't compare myself to these professional authors to suggest that I am as good as they are. Yet. Purely by measuring my total word output it is clear that I only reach my goal a third of the time, and some of those words are simply unusable and need to be edited heavily before publication.
Still, that's not bad for a part-time writer.
But if I'm ever to make a career of writing I need to do three things:
1. Keep writing!
2. Grow my readership.
And that's where you can help.
I'm looking for patrons to sponsor my stories.I write almost every day. About the only time I don't write something is when I'm so sick I can't move or on those occasional days when a crisis hits (dead computer, need to help someone move, etc...). I've toyed with the idea of doing this Patreon as a story-by-story pay-per-thing project, but the simple reality of writing is that sometimes I'll be releasing a short story every couple weeks and other times I'll spend six months working on a new novel.
Just to assure you that I am actually working on things, here's a rundown of the projects that I worked on in 2016:
- Finished writing Words of Binding.
- Finished writing Dyson's Angel.
- Wrote, revised, and finished Words of Power.
- Outlined and started writing A Cold Day to Drown.
What do you get for supporting me?
- Exclusive access to first drafts.
- Updates on my writing process.
- Commentary and interaction that is less filtered than what I post publicly.
- Lots of good feels for supporting an artist.