Thursday, July 26, 2012

By C.J. West
Suspense. Creativity. Action.

This week I told L.J. that I’ll be leaving the blog as a regular contributor soon.

L.J. and I have been friends for years and it was a hard decision to make. I really enjoy reading the blog and I’ve certainly learned a lot from Hitch’s posts on e-book creation and from Tom’s posts on forensics.

Some things have cropped up for me recently and as I thought about my schedule I realized that while I enjoy reading posts about the business of writing, I don’t enjoy creating my own. Bookselling has always befuddled me. I get a lot more joy writing about family, psychology, and inspiration, which I do on my personal blog.

I’ll come back often to read the blog and chat with you all in comments and once in a while I’ll guest post when I’ve got something to say.

What will I be doing in the meantime?

I’m about 15,000 words short of completing the first book in a new series that explores the lives of two recovering heroin addicts. This will be my first traditional mystery and it hits close to home because it centers on the life and work of my brother. He’s never been an addict if you are wondering, but he does some great work employing people who might not otherwise be able to find a job.

At the same time I’m outlining the sequel to The End of Marking Time. Those of you who read the book will remember the ending. I’ve been thinking for two years about the series and finally I’ve come up with an idea that allows me to continue the storyline and deliver an ending as shocking as the original. I’ve actually got the inspiration for a third book and the evolution of the story world has me revved up to get writing.

I also have two short story projects that I’m committed to writing in the near future.

In the last two weeks I’ve also discovered the Audiobook Creation Exchange, which is an Amazon affiliated company. I’m working to create audio book versions of all my novels. I’ve been told by many readers that they enjoy my voice (from my Blog Talk Radio days) and that they’d like me to read my own books. I’m not sure I’ll publish versions that I read, but I’m going to give it a try and see what I come up with.

With all these things competing for my attention I needed to make some changes to focus my energy. I’m going to dedicate the next several months to writing projects and hopefully I’ll end up with two completed novels and maybe a short story or an audio book as a bonus.

I’ll look forward to seeing you here. Between visits you can always find me on my Facebook page or my blog.


  1. I'm very sorry to see you go, but I understand. Your writing and marketing projects sound terrific, and they always have to come first. Good luck with the audio books. Please post with us whenever you feel inspired.

  2. We'll miss you, CJ. Best of luck on all of your projects, and I will look forward to seeing you around CFC in whatever capacity.

  3. Yes, we'll certainly miss you, CJ!
    Best of luck with your new adventures. I'm looking forward to your guest posts telling us all about them!

  4. Thanks all. It has been wonderful getting to know you all better and I have really learned some interesting things reading the blog.

    In this interconnected world, I'll never be far.

  5. I'll miss you ... but I understand. Time is such a precious commodity. And thanks for inviting me to be a guest on your blog! Good luck. Looks like you have a lot to be working on.


  6. I just got back into town and saw this posting! You will be missed C.J.! Your contributions to the CFC have been a great help to me as I develop my career. All the best of luck to you!

  7. Thanks Tom.

    You can bet I'll be back to read your posts.


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