Apocalypse-CultAPOCALYPSE CULT is the first book in the Gray Spear Society series. They are God’s secret warriors, His henchmen, His assassins cloaked in shadows. When lives and souls are at risk, He sends the Gray Spear Society to save mankind. This time the enemy is the Church of One Soul, a cult that intends to kill thousands of unsuspecting tourists in Chicago. But this is merely the first step in plunging the world into a devastating war. The Society has only a few days to destroy their elusive foe, despite interference by overzealous federal agents.

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Author Alex Siegel shares a few words about his writing style and how he approaches his drafts. Take a look!



Words from Alex Siegel

I never begin a first draft until I have a complete outline in hand. In my experience, a strong outline makes the rest of the process relatively quick and painless. The outlining stage is where the intellectual heavy lifting happens. That’s where I solve the hard story problems. Fixing a broken outline is a hell of lot easier than fixing a broken novel after it’s written. I begin the outlining process with a single scene. It doesn’t have to be the first or the last scene. I just need an iconic moment that captures the mood and theme of the book as a whole. For example, in Eyes of the World (which will be published in July), the pivotal scene involved the protagonist giving the biggest speech of his life in front of a huge crowd. The tension in that moment is echoed through the entire novel.


About Alex Siegel

Alex Siegel

Alex Siegel grew up a math and computer geek. At the age of twenty-five, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell. He continues to make a good living as a software developer in Chicago. In his late twenties, he took up creative writing as a serious pastime with the intention of eventually making it his career. This goal has been elusive, but failure is not an option. In 2001, his wife gave birth to triplet boys. People often ask him how he still finds time to write. In 2009, he began the Gray Spear Society series, and he hopes it will be his key to literary fame.

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