Welcome

Come on in and make yourself at home!  

It’s been a long time coming, but welcome to my website!

For a while now I’ve been using Facebook, but I always had an eye towards a more suitable home for me to document my writers journey. So from this point forward, I’ll be posting updates here to the BLOG section of this website rather than the old Facebook page.

So, what’s this website all about?

Well I had a mini mission statement. I didn’t want this to only be a static contact page with a few never changing details. I also didn’t just want it to become a blog site. What I wanted was this:

  • Primarily, yes… this is a place to come and find out about me as an Author. Somewhere potential Agents, or anybody who’s interested can come and find out more information about my projects. Including:
    • Blog Posts, as regularly as I can, about my progress
    • Blog Posts whenever something that piques my interest pops up. Book review, movies, TV whatever.
  • Songbird  –  This is the series of books I’m writing. You can find out more info on this series by clicking on the links in the menu. You’ll find:
    • Links to all 7 of the proposed books. These are pages that will populate over time, as I write them, but if you’re lucky there might be a few little teaser snippets on the pages from time to time.
    • Character Profiles of some of the Main Characters, and the Supplemental Characters in the Songbird series. I’ve been careful NOT to give SPOILERS in this section!
    • Background information on the World of Songbird. Again, no spoilers here. Just info that you can pick up early in the book but has no bearing on the plot.
    • The 137th Hunters Mission Logs – Short Prequel Stories from the Songbird universe.
  • Femme Fatales  –  This is where is all started. These were original fan fiction stories I wrote for the MMORPG City of Heroes. So if you go to that section of the website you’ll find:
    • Links to chapters for the Femme Fatale books. I plan to do a rough and dirty edit on these and put them up for everyone to read. 
    • Character Profiles for some of the characters. You’ll see some familiar faces.
  • Links to:
    • Twitter links to some of the many Writers I’ve met on my journey.
    • Twitter links to some of the many Artists I’ve met, including examples of their work
    • This will also include a page devoted to #Community. A live list I’ll update frequently of people you should go follow.

Plus anything else I can think of to throw at you on a regular (or semi-regular) basis. This is my little corner of the internet!

So please, enjoy the site, and if there’s anything you want to ask… hit me up on the Contact Me page.

The image in the header was a commission piece of Lana and Gayle done by FANTASTIC – Tyler Edward Wilson. You should be able to find his stunning work at Wilson Illustrations

8 Comments

  1. Sean

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    I like your backstory for the Songbird series. The first thing that caught my eye was the location. You don’t really see that in stories of this nature. What prompted you putting in that location above all others?

    Aside from that, I think what you’re doing here is helpful to everyone involved……from you to the readership, and it’s done in a way that is entertaining.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Jon Ford

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      I wanted a world that was familiar to our own, but removed enough to allow me to do some world building.
      I also wanted to play with supernatural forces, (werewolves and vampires etc) but in a way that they aren’t often done. Ditching much of the Gothic sort of nature and dark atmosphere and bringing them into a colourful world. So I threw them 30 years into the future. Hence it being a SciFi story with Fantasy elements.

      Beyond simply setting it in our world, I also wanted to feature locations all over the world.
      It started because I was looking into myths and legends and realised that Werewolves for instance are a tiny part of the picture. In Africa there are WereHyenas. In Malaysia there are WereTigers… the more you dip into it, the more interesting it becomes.

      We’ve seen a hundred stories about Werewolves, but what about the other monsters all over the world.
      So I decided to start with the familiar and then branch out. What would happen if suddenly, due to an event, these monsters ALL OVER THE WORLD were suddenly commonplace? What would that do to the world? How would humanity survive? Or react?

      Hence the main characters on the story where it starts are in the former US, Canada, the UK and Iceland.
      And as the books move forward we’ll explore what happened in South America, Africa, China, Russia… and ALL of it will be linked to the deeper mystery of why this all happened in the first place.

      It gives me scope to dip into different cultures and different races. To widen my scope as the books go on, and to tell a truly global mystery/adventure story.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the website. 😀 I really want it to be a help to people like me. Amateurs with a hope to one day be published. If I can make it (fingers crossed!), then there’s no reason why others can’t follow in my footsteps!

  2. Sean

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    I never knew that different countries had variations on that theme based on the local animal populations. That’s very interesting. I could see someone making a world three times as large as ours and fitting some of those variations into the same story. That would make multiple were-animals in one story more realistic.

    Realism in sci-fi/fantasy. That typically isn’t my genre so that’s why my mind is blown right now.

    • Jon Ford

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      I was amazed actually when I looked into it. LOL

      It was THIS list on Wikipaedia that BLEW my mind and started me thinking…

  3. Jackie

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    I am loving your site, Jon! An author’s writing process is something that always fascinates me, and I really enjoy reading about yours. Your attitude and your triumph over struggles you face in the publishing process has inspired me, and I am sure you are inspiring many more aspiring writers as well as established authors. Keep up the great work!

    • Jon Ford

      Reply

      Thanks Jackie.
      I started doing it this because I wanted to set an example of sorts for anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps so to speak.
      If I can persevere and get through this and make a success of myself, anyone can!

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