Sam Hawken Posts

Freewrite, by AstrohausA writer needs good tools.  There’s no two ways about it.  Some can be quite simple: a good desk, a comfortable chair… that sort of thing.  It gets more complicated when it comes to writing instruments, because questions proliferate.  Do you like to work longhand, or with a keyboard?  Do you like notebooks or journals?  Do you prefer a laptop?  And setting has a bearing on this, depending on where and how and when you prefer to work.

For some years I used a MacBook Pro, and I was perfectly happy with it.  Eventually I switched to the iMac I currently use, though I liked the freedom of movement afforded by the MacBook.  However, here’s the thing: I don’t really need a backup machine so much as I need a well-designed and portable writing platform.  The barer-bones MacBooks are attractive, but they’re too small for my hands, and even then they’re really more device than I require.

I looked at Chromebooks, which people seem to like.  I wasn’t impressed.  They’re okay, and I suppose it would be all right to use one, but I’m not one hundred percent thrilled with the experience I had when testing them out.  I started seriously looking for a vintage Royal Quiet De Luxe, because all I really, really need is something for recording text.

But then I found Freewrite, and got curious.

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The Night Charter, by Sam HawkenOne of the things I feel it’s important to keep in mind when reading the Camaro Espinoza novels is that Camaro is not, and never has been, a covergirl.  I worry it’s an assumption made by readers and critics alike that Camaro is meant to be this sort of “karate hottie,” as Hollywood would likely make her.  She’s not unattractive, but she isn’t some model-pretty honey bouncing around an action thriller.  Camaro is a fighter — no, she’s a warrior — and she looks it.

This was addressed in The Night Charter (link), but overlooked by critics.  I do a more explicit job of it in Make Them Sorry (link).  Camaro is referred to as beautiful in a couple of The Night Charter‘s reviews, but bear in mind that the only time someone refers to her as being “hot,” is when Matt Clifford, the main antagonist of the book, says so.  This man is a murderer, extortionist, kidnapper, and possibly a child molester.  This is not somebody whose judgment can be relied upon.  Don’t put yourself in Matt‘s corner.  Please.

There’s too much emphasis placed on beauty in books, movies and television.  Beauty is considered an outward indicator of virtue, much like ugliness is a sign of villainy.  But Camaro is an athlete and a warfighter, and she should be held to those standards, not those of a pageant queen.

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available for purchase at your favorite bookseller on August 7th. (link)

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Make Them Sorry, by Sam HawkenOne of the things I love to do is create “soundtracks” for my books to listen to while writing and editing whatever work I happen to be fiddling with at any given time.  While the playlists ebb and flow in terms of length and content, eventually they settle down into something of a coherent form and I’m able to share them with my readers (and editors) as a way of giving them insight into the characters and moods of any given book.

Originally my go-to was iTunes, and those playlists were for my ears alone, but in the last few years I’ve used Spotify for my soundtrack needs.  Whether a paid Spotify user, or one who accesses the service for free, everyone can hear my unofficial soundtracks.  So check them out!

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available for purchase at your favorite bookseller on August 7th. (link)

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Camaro Listening