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Writing The Cursed Ones

Updated on March 7, 2013

The Cursed One Novel


I love this book

During the course of writing, The Cursed Ones: Volume 1, I continued writing for Hubpages. In addition, I also wrote a handful of magazine submission and still managed to find time to read other articles posted on Hubpages while leaving comments.

The real, challenge of the novel was the strong desire to write something new while exploring areas that were unique. One of the important factors was avoiding bouncing from character to character within the book. Instead, I kept the story focused on the main character, Jeremiah Hatfield. For me, keeping the story wrapped around everything he experienced during the first leg of his journey was very vital in ensuring the reader would have no problems following the main storyline.

During the publishing process, I had write a synopsis to give a potential buyer the opportunity to get a quick idea of what the book was about without actually giving the story away. Therefore, I decided to go with the following:

What began as a father's desperate attempt to save his daughter turns into a living nightmare that will forever change his life.

Five men rode out of Childer’s Grove, Virginia. They were riding against time and against hope in daring attempt to save the little girl. Indeed, they hoped they would find her in time. Instead, what they found would forever change their lives into a living nightmare.

Another huge challenge in writing the novel was avoiding I like to call, “Lag-time,’ where a story lulls your mind right out of the story because nothing is really happening. Instead, I spent 446 pages and 30 different chapters on finding new ways to keep the action going. Truthfully, I love to create a character, or group of characters, all while trying to find new ways of constantly keeping them in danger as the story progresses and with, The Cursed Ones, I feel I have successfully managed to do that.

Originally, the novel was supposed to have been a one-time deal before returning to my favorite series, ‘The Death Squad.’ However, by the time I reached chapter three, I knew The Cursed Ones would be a continuing series. I loved the characters; the storyline was unique and very open to any possibility. Therefore, I am really looking forward to starting Volume 2 in May of 2011.

Today, being March 24, 2011, I received my author’s proof of the book and I am glad everything about it turned out great on the first try. Okay, ‘first try,’ is a huge understatement. Outside of proofreading the book three times while polishing, the novel turned out to be the easy part. The hard part was formatting the book for print. I had to find a word to Adobe Reader convertor and learn how to use the program. Then there were all of the settings and although I am a computer nerd, it was still a mental workout.

One other aspect of the book that turned out to test of wills was the cover art. Originally, I wanted to do a 3D image of Jeremiah. However, the arch-nemesis of first book, Jeanne LaForge is such a bold character with a Mae West demeanor; I really felt that she should be on the cover of the first book. Truthfully, the other reason I chose her was the simplicity of the models for her clothing.

The first chapter was, posted here on Hubpages and I really hope you will take the time to read the chapter. The story starts as the synopsis suggests and it never stops as, this small group of men fight for lives. I was enjoying writing the story so much; I actually had to force myself to stop. Even then, my mind has already begun playing with ideas for part two.

The Cursed Ones Novel


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    • toknowinfo profile image


      7 years ago

      You are an inspiration. Congratulations and keep up the great work.

    • CJamesIII profile image


      7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Congratulations! Good luck!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image


      7 years ago

      Congrats, What an accomplishment, and I don't know how you managed to write for hubpages and magazine articles too!

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      Oh wow congratulations, now I am going to read your first chapter, I'll get back to you.

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      7 years ago

      Proud of you. Writing books is a lot of hard work! Sounds like a good one! Have to check it out.

    • W. K. Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Warren Keith Hayes 

      7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Thanks J. B. I really enjoyed writing The Cursed Ones and I can't wait to start the second in the series come May.

    • J.B. Franklin profile image

      J.B. Franklin 

      7 years ago from The mountains of North Carolina

      Good going on this one, Wk! I enjoyed reading it, chapter 1, and hope to be able to read the rest of the book one day! Keep up the good work!!!

    • W. K. Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Warren Keith Hayes 

      7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Hi Minnetonka Twin...I really am glad you enjoyed reading chapter one. Now,imagine 30 chapters and 446 pages worth of chapter one...I do love finding new ways to keeping my characters living on the edge.

    • W. K. Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Warren Keith Hayes 

      7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Hi Cracknutcase...thank you so much...I would love to give you my to do so might prove a bit tricky though 8-) I really hope you enjoy reading the first chapter and the book.

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Way to go, you so deserve it with all your hard work. I just read your chapter one today and as I commented to you there, I was captivated. You have a huge fan in me and I look forward to more.

    • Cracknutcase profile image


      7 years ago from India,bangalore

      First of all- Congrats for getting your book published.. The story appears to be exciting and enthralling.. I'm about to go and gift myself a dose of thrill and adventure your book promises.

      Finally Can I have your autograph please...?


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