What Greek philosopher Hesiod espoused 2,700 years ago remains as true today as it did those many hundreds of years ago.
He said, “Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.”
In writing a novel, as in life, timing is everything.
It was 1994 when I first began writing my debut novel, centered on the premise of a possessed pre-teen boy named Joshua.
Now in 2012, my debut novel, A Demon Lies Within, which tells the story of a nine-year-old boy named Joshua, will be published.
Eighteen years from conception to realization. To some, that would seem like an extraordinary length of time to spend writing a book. But recently in going through the writing and publishing process I’ve realized it makes more sense for this novel to be published in 2012, rather than the mid-1990s.
In 1994, Lexus/Nexus was the big research aid in college libraries. Al Gore’s internet for consumption by society at large was still a year or two away. Through the writing of third iteration of the novel, which began in 2010, I relied heavily on Google searches and Wikipedia to research much of the information that appears in the novel.
Not only has the internet aided in the writing of my novel but it has assisted greatly in the marketing to this point.
A Demon Lies Within has been listed on Netgalley for two months prior to its November 13 launch date.
It was there where Stephen Ormsby, a writer and book reviewer from Australia first saw the book. He was intrigued by the book title and cover image so he read it. He enjoyed A Demon Lies Within so much that led to him posting a five-star review of my book on his blog. After he shared his blog review on Facebook, I noticed that one of his friends ‘liked’ his post. Seeing this, I friend requested her.
Turns out that Joni Lynn Firestone, of Michigan, is a writer as well, her passion is horror fiction, in addition to running a design company. After talking with Joni Lynn, her company is designing/producing the promotional materials for A Demon Lies Within. Now friends with Stephen and Joni Lynn, I see they are friends with international best-selling author Ashley Fontainne, who is from Arkansas. Hoping Ashley notices that we have Stephen and Joni in common as Facebook friends, I friend request her. After she accepts my request I ask if she would read A Demon Lies Within and give a recommendation to use in promoting my book. Reading A Demon Lies Within, she likes my book and has also given it a five-star review.
A writer from Massachusetts has his novel placed on Netgalley for some pre-release exposure and the novel virtually travels to Australia, heads to Michigan before landing in Arkansas. This is a trip that more than likely would not have occurred in the mid-1990’s and has lead to two pre-release five-star reviews and the identification of a top-rate design company to handle the creation of the marketing/promotional materials.
The other large element in play with my novel in 2012 is the ability to get my novel out to the masses through self-publishing. It’s a growing industry and avenue for many writers coming into greater acceptance by the publishing community at this time. That was far from the case 18 years ago.
Ideally, I would have liked to have finished my debut novel in a much shorter timeframe but my attempts in 1994 and in 2000 weren’t at the right time. The proper time for A Demon Lies Within to be released is right now.
See, timing is everything.
Tony Hubbard grew up like most boys in Massachusetts during the 1980’s, wanting to emulate basketball star Larry Bird and one day play for the Boston Celtics. Quickly realizing that a future as a professional athlete was something he would not achieve, he did the next best thing – became a sportswriter. As a long-time sportswriter, Tony covered high school, collegiate and professional sports, most notably covering the death of Boston Celtics’ star Reggie Lewis for The Patriot Ledger.
Growing up and reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, he one day aspired to publish a novel in the horror genre as his ‘writing heroes’ were famous for. After many years away from writing, leaving his professional writing career behind to make a move into the production and advertising side of the publishing business, Tony makes a return with his debut novel. Eighteen years in the making, A Demon Lies Within, releases November 2012 from Two Harbors Press.
A follower of Greek Mythology, he sees himself in the same vein as the Greek God Dionysus, the Greek God of wine, parties/festivals, madness and merriment. Dionysus not only represents the intoxicating power of wine, but also its social and beneficial influences. According to Tony, we should strive to be like Dionysus.
Massachusetts born and bred, Tony has lived all across the state throughout his life. Today he is settled in Dracut with his wife and son.
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"A DEMON LIES WITHIN" SYNOPSIS
The powers of hell that lie within are very real…
Following his murder, Andrew McMurray finds himself transported to the depths of hell. There he is indoctrinated as an apprentice to a demon master, Sonneillon. Exposing Andrew to the dark reaches of his evil powers, Sonneillon demonstrates a demons’ ability to posses, torment and control the thoughts and actions of the living. Andrew’s ultimate goal following his apprenticeship? Revenge on his wife, Katelyn and young son, Joshua, both of whom he holds responsible for his murder.
As Katelyn rebuilds her life, following her husbands’ death, she meets Michael Gordon, a recent escapee from Corporate America, who has his own troubled, tragic past. As their relationship grows, they realize they share something more than their burgeoning love for one another — the powers of hell have deeply impacted their pasts. Evil continues to insinuate itself into the pair’s lives, bringing with it haunting and unspeakable horrors.
Andrew’s plan of revenge begins to materialize once he inhabits Joshua, having him act out in often violent and disturbing ways. With possession of Joshua’s mind and body complete, will hell’s ultimate evil goals come to pass, or can the local priest of a small Maine town exorcize Father from Son? At stake, doom-laden repercussions for all involved…and perhaps the world as a whole.