A writer’s lot is never an easy one

7th age

Since 1995 I’ve written ten books of which only one was truly inspired – Onet’s Tale. Lacking further inspiration I then entered the American Ebook market giving it what it wanted – dime novels.

Despite errors due to the haste in which I wrote and published it, one of my ebooks became an instant best seller. The Seventh Age concerned the end of days prediction believed by the New Agers domiciled in the United States, who had convinced themselves that because the Mayan calendar ended in 2012, that somehow the world would end in December of that year.

Purely because of its subject, not its literary quality, the Ebook sold slightly over a quarter of a million copies. As to be expected whenever a book by an Indie shows any sign of becoming popular, the Amazon trolls rubbished it mercilessly in an attempt to dissuade those who had not yet read it from actually doing so. But so long as it appeals, even a hastily written story, will always prevail.

To this day I am yet to write another truly inspiring work of fiction, even though I spend my time endlessly searching through my reference library. Currently I am reading both Esmond Seward’s work on Caravaggio and Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Something may yet lie in either book that sparks an idea. Then again it may not. After all Onet’s Tale took a decade of reading and research to form itself clearly in my mind…


Here is what one of my fellow authors had to say on the subject:

Jack Eason’s “The Seventh Age”

This book is not for light readers. It is heavily couched with geography, history, archeology, science, science-fiction, knowledge of machines and items of destruction as well as…heck, let’s just throw in the kitchen sink…an alien and love story.

It is obvious the amount of time and research that went into this novel, yes I said “NOVEL” showing us the type of knowledge of a real teacher as well as author. Using the Mayan clock as his basis, Jack Eason weaves a tale of globe trotting, intrigue and mayhem. (I can easily see a movie similar in style to The Da Vinci Code here). His style is descriptive, even if a bit too verbose at times, slowing down the pace of the plot, but well worth sticking it through, as he delivers: wit, humor, the foibles of us humans and the satisfying conclusion of a race against time itself.

G.D. Steel
Author Jersey Daze


It’s still available today, but with a new cover and title – Race Against Time…

10 thoughts on “A writer’s lot is never an easy one

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  2. Jack, I admire the candid way in which you judge your own work. I’d rather read a book from an author who’s straight up like you, than from one or other overblown, cocky literary author who thinks himself a genius….Speaking about reading: I’m almost there/there/there – at the finish – of “Dossier Firehand” and will have – olรฉ! – time to read again within a month or so….Light at the end of the tunnel! Cheers! Keep up the good work…

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