30 Days of Horror – The Girl in the Moonlight

The girl in the moonlight danced slowly and rhythmically to the haunting music.  She danced for no one but herself.  Her movements were not one of seduction or lust but those of joy and oneness with the moment.  But her eyes betrayed an anxiety she kept hidden just below the surface.  Happiness and belonging she…

James Moriarty

What makes a great villain?

What makes a great villain? By Alexander Ballard Published January 16, 2014 By now I’m sure we’ve all see season 3 of Sherlock, or at least those of us in the UK have.  Season 3 introduced Charles Augustus Magnussen a very different kind of villain from Moriarty but in many ways far more sinister and…

Last Week of the Year Writing Update

By Alexander Ballard Published December 31, 2013 I’ve decided to start keep track of my weekly writing progress here on my blog instead of just in my daily tracking journals.  I have been hit or miss the week a couple of days above target and a few zero words days.    I blame the recent bout…

Legacy – The Prince Saga Book One

By Alexander Ballard Published December 18, 2013 Well it began as an idea and a few sentences a little over a year ago but after seven edits and many hours of writing I’ve finally finished my first novel. Legacy – Book One of the Black Prince Saga is an epic fantasy novel taking place twelve…

Legacy Cover Art

By Alexander Ballard Published November 12, 2013 Well after searching for a while I managed to find a talented artist to do the cover art for my first novel Legacy by the name of Christof Grobelski.  It was my first time hiring a freelance artist and I must say I was very impressed with speed…

Not making the cut

By Alexander Ballard Published August 16, 2013 Well the winning entries for the  Sword and Laser Anthology have been announced.  Sadly I didn’t make the cut but congratulations to those who did.   I had a lot of fun working on my short story prey and who knows I might write more in that world in…

Character Bios

By Alexander Ballard Published July 2, 2013 Well I’ve gotten the first few bits of feedback back from one of my beta readers and I’m still looking for an artist do the cover art for my book Legacy but it is all coming together now.  In the meantime I’ve started planning my next novel and…