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Want Faceless Fame?

Match the face of the author to the famous character they created.

Match the face of the author to the famous character they created.

Winnie-the-Pooh. Tarzan. Dirk Pitt. Miss. Marple. Jason Bourne. James Bond. Stephanie Plum. Harry Potter. Who created them? Do you know their authors off the top of your head? Would you recognize them if they sat down at the table beside you in the restaurant?


It’s one of those oddities of writing fiction that one of your characters may be more real to the world than you are, more recognizable, remembered.


Kristin King is an author who recently relocated to The Netherlands (which includes Holland). Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint.

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Beyond the Book


On Prolific Writers

4 Books, 988 pages, 99 cents by one of the most prolific writers of all time, Barbara Cartland. (Photo is link to Amazon)

4 Books, 988 pages, 99 cents by one of the most prolific writers of all time, Barbara Cartland. (Photo is link to Amazon)

Guest Blogger Ryan King's Post-Apocalyptic Trilogy $9.99 (Click Photo to Buy)

Guest Blogger Ryan King’s Post-Apocalyptic Trilogy $9.99 (Click Photo to Buy)

Guest Post by Ryan King, Author of the Land of Tomorrow Trilogy now in a boxed set for only $3.99. During July if you write a review for him, King will donate $10 to Future Hope Africa. Find his works, including the 3 current FREE ebooks, at these links for fiction and history.

I was recently reading one of Stephen King’s books and thought about all the works he has completed in his career. In an age where world-famous and highly successful authors may complete less than ten books in their lifetime, Stephen King’s 70 finished books is impressive. This caused me to wonder just how prolific King was in a larger context.

Fellow horror author Dean Koontz has actually out-produced King with a completed 91 novels. James Patterson, who now frequently completes a novel a month using a team of ghost writers and coauthors, has finished 98 novels. The great western story-teller Louis L’Amour completed 101 books while Danielle Steele has finished 120 novels. Nora Roberts blows them all away with over 200 published books under four different names.

Then I started digging a little deeper. R.L. Stine published 430 children’s books while Isaac Asimov completed 506 works and is the only known author to be published in all ten Dewey Decimal System categories. Ursula Bloom completed over 500 books and Charles Hamilton writing under 20 different pseudonyms is estimated to have written over 100,000,000 words in his lifetime.

Perhaps the most impressive to me is the British Romance writer Barbara Cartland. In her career she wrote 722 novels and has sold an estimated 1 Billion copies of her books worldwide. In the mid-eighties she was the most popular and well-sold author on the planet. She holds the Guinness Book of World’s Record for most novels written in a year at 23. In an incredible 80 year writing career she averaged a completed novel every 40 days.

Then there are other lesser known authors. The German Rolf Kalmuczak writing in over 100 pseudos has written over 500 books. Prentiss Ingraham has written over 600 novels and over 400 novellas. Lauren Paine writing under 20 names published over 1000 books between 1956-2007. The Spaniard Corin Tellado has written over 4000 novellas.

This is all truly incredible production and something I’m sure all writers would love to aspire to. But then reality sinks in as I realize how hard it was to simply find time to write this blog post.

What are your writing goals and how prolific do you want to be?


Ryan King is a career army officer with multiple combat tours who continues to serve in the military. During July if you write a review for him, King will donate $10 to Future Hope Africa. Find his works including the current FREE ebook at these links for fiction and history.


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Songs Inspired by Books

The Resistance by Muse

The Resistance by Muse

Guest Post by Ryan King, Author of the Land of Tomorrow Trilogy

While writing a review of Ayn Rand’s dystopian short novel Anthem, I discovered that her works have inspired a number of songs. This made we wonder what other works of literature inspired music, and after some preliminary research, I was amazed. It became obvious that certain bands, such as Rush, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, and The Police, are avid readers. I decided to compile a quick list of what I think are well-recognized songs inspired by literature. I tried to only include an artist or work of literature once.

– Rush’s 2112 – inspired by Ayn Rand’s Anthem (they also later named their album label Anthem)

– The Police’s Don’t Stand So Close to Me – inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

Pink Floyd’s Animals – inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm

Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower – inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

– Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody – inspired by Albert Camus’ The Stranger

Led Zeppelin’s Battle of Evermore, Ramble On, No Quarter, and Misty Mountain Hop – inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Series

– Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil – inspired by Mikhail Bulgako’s The Master and Margarita

Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – inspired by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

– Procul Harem’s A Whiter Shade of Pale – inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

– Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit – inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

– The Beatles I Am The Walrus – inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear

– Guns and Roses’ November Rain – inspired by Del James’ Without You

– Metallica’s One – inspired by Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun

– Muse’s The Resistance – inspired by George Orwell’s 1984

– Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son – inspired by Orson Scott Card’s Seventh Son


Are there any other well-known songs that you know of inspired by literature?


Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 9.39.52 PMRyan King launched his indie author career in 2012 while keeping his day job with the US Army. Watch for his upcoming guest spot here featuring monthly reviews of post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian fiction. For more information about Ryan and his writing visit the link here.


Best TV Shows Based on Books

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Guest Post by Ryan King, Author of the Land of Tomorrow Trilogy

I saw last week that one of my favorite post-apocalyptic books, The Last Ship, was being made into a television series. This caused me to write a review of that book for my monthly post-apoc book review and also wonder about other books that have inspired television series.

The number of books that have inspired movies vastly outnumber those that inspire television series. I believe this is primarily because the book has a definitive beginning and end which is suitable to a movie, but not a television series which might end up being eight seasons or cut after the third episode. A movie is also a contained event whereas you might lose watchers after one television episode, so there is more pressure to hook them early on. With that said, there are some television series based on books that have been successful. In many of these, though, it became necessary for the script writers to basically go…well…off script.

Here are some television series based on books that come to mind:

– Game of Thrones based off George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice Series

– Orange is the New Black based off book by same name by Piper Kerman

– Under the Dome based off Stephen King’s book by the same name

– True Blood based off book by Charlaine Harris called Dead Until Dark

– Dexter based off book by Jeff Lindsay called Darkly Dreaming Dexter

– MASH based off book by Richard Hooker called MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

– Band of Brothers based off book by Stephen Ambrose of same name

– Boardwalk Empire based off book by Nelson Johnson called Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Time, and Corruption of Atlantic City

– Friday Night Lights based off book by H.G. Bissenger called Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream

– Justified based off of several stories by Elmore Leonard

– Sex and the City based off a book by the same name by Candice Buchnell

– Sherlock Holmes/Elementary – all based off Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories

– Dracula based off book by Bram Stoker

– Sleepy Hollow based off book by Washington Irving

– House of Cards based on book by Michael Dobbs of same name

– Hannibal based on book by Thomas Harris called Red Dragon

– Little House on the Prairie based on a series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Are there any other television series you can think of based upon books?


Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 9.39.52 PMRyan King is a career army officer with multiple combat tours who continues to serve in the military. He has lived, worked, and traveled throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He writes post-apocalyptic, dystopian, thriller, horror, and action short stories, short novels, and novels.



Books into TV Shows – Summer TV Premieres To Watch

Click the photo to see the premiere dates!

Click the photo to see the premiere dates!

There are hundreds of other things I should be doing right now. Instead I’m checking out Summer TV Debuts 2014. What’s on whose watch list (23 Best Picks? See them here on and what I’m adding to mine.

I know. I should be writing more, but my to-do list is too distracting. Summer TV here I come.

I have no must watch, which means the choices are all about what makes me look twice. Second glances for me come from two categories of shows with a good bit of overlap. There are the shows I want to watch because the premise draws, and/or there are the people I want to watch in new roles. Neither gets me to buy-in without seeing the premiere, maybe another show or two. Then I’ll decide which shows to cut loose, or my schedule will jettison them all. At some point during a move you have to cut the cable or return the satellite dish.

With the prospect of moving to another country looming on my horizon, I’ll give “Welcome to Sweden” (NBC) a go. I’m hoping for laughs and resonance as a man goes, in the name of love, to live in a country where he doesn’t speak the language. I wonder how closely it’s based on Greg-the-brother-of-Amy Poehler’s real life?

‘The Leftovers’ might get a perusal. It helps that the co-creator of “Lost” wrote the novel, and then there is the whole 2% of the world’s population disappearing….How? Why? What do the folks left behind do? Liv Tyler is among them.

‘The Strain’ gets my attention for the vampiric virus. (Yay! A vampire series that hopefully has less than half the scenes in a high school). We always hear about books becoming movies. Why not TV shows? Actually, a lot of TV comes from books if this season is any indication. ‘The Strain’ was a trilogy, and the show is going to have some interesting stars in episodes here and there. Sean Astin (Frodo’s Sam), Kevin Durand (I’m picturing him in “Lost”), and Francis Capra (“Veronica Mars”) are each listed for 1 or 2 episodes which tells me (possible spoiler alert) that a lot of characters are going to end up dead in this series.

‘The Last Ship’ (TNT) Post-apocalyptic? Yes. It is based on the book of the same name by William Brinkley (Go authors, go!)  Adam Baldwin of “Firefly” makes this a must see. (I’m already singing “Jane”). Plus I liked Rhona Mitra in “The Gates.” When you clean McSteamy up (Eric Dane from Grey’s Anatomy) and slap naval BDU’s on him, he’s almost unrecognizable.

‘Extant’ I’m not sure about. Is it because of Halle Berry or the lady who spends a year+ alone in space who returns home pregnant? Luckily, they are one and the same.

‘Legends’ didn’t catch my eye till I saw Sean Bean is starring. Another TNT Drama, their site says it’s “Based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell…” I’ve been trying to make time to watch all the “Sharpes” again. I think the Vicar of Dibley and I could totally hang.

And the exception to my premise and stars list is ‘The Musketeers’ (Book 1st and on BBC America). ‘Reign’ just didn’t cut it for me despite the outstanding period costumes and intrigue, so maybe this new action will fit the bill for historical romp. ‘Outlander’ (also from a book series and on Starz) will get a view too if I can work it into my schedule. 18th Century Scotland with romance and adventure had me at…well…Scotland. Guess they didn’t want the show confused with ‘Highlander’ even though the title is catchier.

‘Under the Dome’ is losing me as it strays further and further from the book, and most the returns are about the same in that respect. If I was in the UK, the new ‘Dr. Who’ would definitely get a look-see. ‘Defiance’ calls to me a bit, but without a DVR I’ll have to wait to see what it’s pitted against scheduling wise. Speaking of schedules, my mind is straying from thoughts about Summer TV’s Debuts, so I think I’ll check out that to-do list again.


Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).


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Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Beyond the Book


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