Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Back in the Saddle and Ready to Write.

Well, it has been a long time it seems since I posted a new article on here.  I appreciate that you would stick with me and my hope is to continue posting more and more as the year progresses.  Recently I've made some changes to my mission statement to include helping others; especially veterans, achieve their creative dreams. 

The result of that decision has been almost immediate.  I have started work on a new, non-fiction project about a team of Green Berets.  Set in Afghanistan, it is so far titled "The Panjwai Fight.”  It all took place in June of 2006 and I am working with the team to write a screenplay and hopefully a non-fiction book based on their story.  It is a great one. 

Additionally, I have been working to get my other screenplays out there into the hands of decision makers.  It is tough!  After one recent conversation with a key player I felt like I was in that movie “Dumb and Dumber.” You know, when Lloyd asked Mary Swanson if he had a chance.  Not wanting to hurt his feelings she replied, “Like a billion to one.”   Like Lloyd, my first thought was, “So I have a chance!  I have a chance!  Time to get to work.” 

This is a tough business; writing for a living is not for the feint of heart.  Stephen King once wrote, “If you've ever written something, and sold it for money and used that money to pay the light bill, I consider you talented.”  Well folks, I have been paying the light bills and it is time to stop fretting over the word “If” and to start focusing on the word “Do!”  So keep your eyes pealed, there will be more to come. 

Stay safe and God bless! 


Steve

P.S. Oh, and as always, please support the Green Beret Foundation!    

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tour Update!

After touring the country over the last fourteen months, sixty weeks, fifty-seven events, in seventeen states across the Southeast and Midwest, I have decided to go to ground in San Antonio, Texas.  I have made this decision so that I may gain the time needed to finish the work I have already started on “Charlie and Mike."  That is why I have decided to take the time over the next three months to get the research and manuscript completed.  Once the book is released, we will pick the tour back up and continue to travel and meet with readers. 

This last year has been an adventure, at times arduous and exciting!  We have met thousands of great veterans, people we should all be proud of.  It was for these veterans that I came up with the concept for the novel and it is for them that I will bring it to fruition.  That takes time, and by making this decision I am setting the time aside from the tour so that I may accomplish this goal. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider the KickStarter Project.  The decision to go to San Antonio versus continuing the tour onward toward California is something I see as a requirement.  We will go to the west coast, but now it will be with three novels versus two.  And don’t forget the screenplay!  We are very excited about its prospects! 

Be blessed. 

Steve Newman, Author


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Charlie and Mike

I've heard it said that adversity is the mother of all creativity. After I retired from the Army in 2003, I went through several major events that forced me to take inventory of my life. I still had the incredible memories and a sense of pride from my military days. I still had my imagination. And, I still had a computer! The natural progression was to start writing./>
Having been an Operations Sergeant, the first thing I did was to write a mission statement. My mission is: Using solely my imagination, I will create a legacy of pride and hope for those I love and care about the most for generations to come. Five years later, I've written two Historical Fiction Novels about the Green Berets and several screenplays.

During the production process on my second novel, I discovered the screen writing process actually helped me produce better stories. The format of a screen play also gives me a fantastic outline for the creation of my novels. Since January 2013, I've been working on a screenplay titled "Charlie and Mike." I have pitched ideas to my audience during the multitude of book signing events at military installations and other venues I've held across the country this year.

The final draft of the screenplay is almost complete and I've decided to convert it into a novel as I continue the tour. The tentative release date for the novel is now set for the fall of 2014 and the tour will continue through December 2015. The mission has not changed over the years, but my intent has. My intent is: To learn and grow as a writer, so I may continue to bring stories about the men and women of the Armed Forces to print and screen. My goal is to write the next best selling novel and Oscar Winning screenplay about our men and women in the military.

"Charlie and Mike" is a modern war story about an Air Force Sergeant and her working dog. Together, they are the best there is and therefore, selected to join a team of Green Berets in their hunt for a Taliban bomb maker from hell. Charlie has to deal with not only being a woman in a man's world, but also with the difficulty of leaving her children and husband behind to go to war. The story takes the audience on a journey into the heart and soul of our military and the adversity they face every day on the battlefield. Often the decisions we make can have lasting effects on those we love and care about the most. What we learn is that sometimes the decisions we make, make us, and Charlie must make decisions under circumstances only a few could ever imagine.

Support for this project at the projected goal will be used for: Copy and Conceptual Editing, Layout and Cover Design, Marketing and Publicity, Printing.

Support provided above the project goal will go towards the task of promoting and selling the book as the Book Signing Tour continues from today through the official release date, plus one year. The tour is currently set to continue through December 2015. The most generous sponsors will have their name or logo prominently displayed on my travel equipment and my events display everywhere I go as stated in the rewards section.

Thank you!

S. B.Newman,
Military Novelist/Screen Writer

Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Charlie and Mike" on KickStarter.com

Dear Friends,

For the last year I've been touring with my novels, “The Night Eagles Soared” and “Burnt Yellow and Red.” I have visited over 40 military installations since this time last year and I have met hundreds if not thousands of other veterans. I've learned that we all have a story to tell and that is what motivates me to continue writing about life as a soldier. Recently, I announced my next novel as a Kick Starter project, allowing me to give readers and enthusiasts for my work an opportunity to pledge support. This is a great way to not only sign up to receive any number of rewards but also a way to support the creative process.

My next novel so far titled; "Charlie and Mike," is a modern war story about an Air Force Sergeant and her working dog. Together, they are the best there is and therefore, selected to join a team of Green Berets in the hunt for a Taliban bomb maker from hell. Charlie has to deal with not only being a woman in a man's world, but also with the difficulty of leaving her children and husband behind to go to war. The story takes the audience on a journey into the heart and soul of our military and the adversity they face every day on the battlefield. Often the decisions we make can have lasting effects on those we love and care about the most. What we learn is that sometimes the decisions we make, make us, and Charlie must make decisions under circumstances only a few could ever imagine.

When it comes to the tour, it will continue.  We will visit practically every military base in the country over the next two years.  For a list of the sites we've already visited and will visit in 2013, please go to the link for my blog.  The schedule is strong and it will stay strong through 2015.  Pledges made for this project will be strictly managed to ensure success.  We will publish this novel and the tour will go on!

Again, thank you for taking the time to consider my Kick Starter project.  Be blessed.