Wrapping Up 2017

Wow, what a year it’s been! Lots of action (and by action here, I primarily mean writing), and as 2017 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to look back at some of the high notes that I don’t do nearly a good enough job sharing.

So think of this as a year in review, courtesy of your friends as www.jessehaynesauthor.com. (I say this as if I have a staff. Big dreams, friends.)

For one thing, I’m still in college and fighting to maintain busy classroom schedules with everything else I’m doing outside college. I’ve made some good friends this year–friends who will beta read for me (you know who you are)–and I’ve traveled to several different schools and conferences to share Special, which has been an… ordeal. I won’t chase those rabbits, but let me say this: if you are interested in getting your hands on a copy, email me.  Amazon will have them at some point.

Also, TU wrote a really nice story about me this year (yes, they let the conservative, Republican male speak). You can read it HERE. They did a great job making me sound like I know what I’m talking about, ha!

In 2017 I visited the Encyclomedia Conference in Oklahoma City–always a blast–and I’m already planning on a repeat next year. This was my fourth year, and it was AMAZING, as always.

This year also brought me to the Louisiana Book Festival, a fancy-pants festival for a trillion book lovers in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. The best part of the trip was the incredible LSU Lab School (6-8 grade), which bought copies of Special for every single student and hosted one of the most insanocrazily cool book visits of all time. All the kids had ready Creepers before I arrived and it was a wonderful day full of lots of laughs and fun.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the year, however, was my success in the world of podcasting. As most of you know, I started my first show last August, Cryptid Creatures, and eventually that led to The Others  and The Mazie Meadows Morning Show.  The latter two have been downloaded over 1,000,000 times, and both made it into the top 50 on iTunes. (There are over 2,000,000 podcasts, so this is more impressive than it sounds.)

In 2017 I finished 2 novel manuscripts–or at least revised one and finished one–and I am thinking that at least one of the two will be out for all you excited readers in 2018, and it won’t be the ordeal that Special has been, I pray.

I’m already writing season 2 of Mazie Meadows, and I have my next novel idea ready to roll, so that will all be coming soon.

I’m thinking about selling apparel in 2018 if you want to support your favorite young adult, young adult author. (Or podcast!)

Also, The Last Jedi comes out this month, so I’ll leave you with that to get you fired up.

All the best!

– Jesse

A Few Words Concerning Special:

In Iceland, a headline recently proudly proclaimed that there would be “No More Downs Syndrome in Iceland.”

So they’ve found a cure, right?

Nope. Instead, doctors are using screenings and tests to detect which babies are most likely going to born with Downs so that they can be aborted.

Basically, they are–at a national level–saying that DS is so awful that everyone (family, friends, etc) would be happier if a baby is simply not born than to be born with Downs.

I’d love to introduce them to Isaac, the protagonist from my newest book, Special. Isaac has Downs, but he shows that in no way will he let that make him any lesser of a person. He is a messenger of love to both his family and friends, and in a week’s time I pray he becomes a messenger of love to my readers.

More than anything, Isaac is a symbol. He’s a symbol that represents every other person with Downs Syndrome or other disabilities. They don’t need to be condemned because they are different, but loved because they are special.

And that’s what Special is all about. Take notice, Iceland.

Here’s the synopsis, my friends:

“Isaac Treaux is special. His special is not like most people would assume, however. He is not special in regards of talent, physical gifts, or likelihood to succeed. He is the kind of special that made kids point at him and snicker from across the hallway. Isaac was born with a mild form of Down Syndrome, and with it comes constant bullying. This is why his classmates in the small town of Bryer Springs, South Dakota are confused when a beautiful cheerleader named Amber moves in next door to him, and the two instantly strike a friendship. Although Amber is almost the complete opposite of Isaac, the friendship becomes inseparable and Isaac begins to show how special he truly can be.”

 

Side notes: (Two Pieces of Exciting News)

For one, I concluded the revamping of Gifted, my YA action/adventure, magical realism, fantasy, dystopia, sci-fi, romance (I say that with a laugh). The bulky things ways in at about 100K words and is something I truly feel is special and has potential. Skye helped with the editing and revamping and also has fictionally adopted Marx, the protagonist, and is going to teach him not to have “the flirting skills of a baked potato.”

Second, I’m pumped to not only be going to the tremendous Louisiana Book Festival this October, but today I was invited to speak at the LSU Lab Middle School, where they will be buying copies of Creepers for every student! How crazy cool is that? I love to see my work in the hands of students, and I’m blessed that a lot more young readers will soon be diving into my debut novel.

Explosion of The Others

Happy May, my friends,

I hope all of you have been well lately! I’ve sure been busy, both with school and podcasts, plus some writing and other exciting stuff, but life has finally slowed down. At least for long enough for me to take about three deep breaths and crank out a blog post to update you fine readers on what I’m up to.

For one thing, my podcast, The Others, has been phenomenally successful. I’m blown away at how well it has done. The show can be found on iTunes right HERE and also on my sister website, www.theotherspodcast.com. (It’s nothing impressive, but it gets the job done.) Crazily enough, the show’s final episode, Episode 7, released on May 7th, and it received over 130,000 downloads in the following 24 hours. The show has totaled over 1,000,000 total downloads, and peaked in the top 20 overall on iTunes. I also made a Podcasting Page on my website (see the menu bar) to share my thoughts on the show. The Others has been nominated to win the Parsec Award for best new Sci-Fi Audio Drama, along with being nominated for the People’s Choice Podcast Award. (AKA the “Poddy”… who doesn’t wanna win a Poddy?) I’m seriously kicking around the idea of a second season, and I have a few companies who have actually reached out to me about buying season two.

More notes: Special, my upcoming chick-flick, is scheduled to release this summer. I should have a cover soon, yay! So be sure to follow me on instagram @jessehaynesauthor to get the first glimpse at it. But I will definitely put it up on my website as well, so don’t worry about missing out! Special has also been accepted as a book to be featured at the Louisiana Festival of the Book, which is a conference of around 20K book lovers where I will be speaking about both my books and podcasts. Looking forward to that in October!

Last thing. My new podcast, the Mazie Meadows Morning Show , is releasing June 1st , and I’m super stoked about it. The website is at www.themaziemeadowsmorningshow, and be sure to check out the blog.

Here is a summary: Mazie Meadows is a comedy/thriller show, broadcasting from a “small radio shack in New England.” Mazie Meadows is not the cute, little town it appears to be. It’s full of the unexpected and paranormal. From pleasant peculiarities like the unicorn that lives in the city park, to the mysterious creature that lives in the trees and has been feasting on the residents, the first season (12 episodes) of Mazie Meadows has it all.

Keep checking back for more updates, and don’t forget to go to iTunes on June 1st to “tune in” to the first broadcast!

 

New Year, New Adventures

Friends,

Please, please, please forgive the cliche title of this post. It literally hurt so bad to type. I cringed some and I don’t really know why I didn’t cut it.

First, I want to begin by thanking you for making 2016 the best year of Jesse Haynes Author yet. I know, I know–I didn’t post as much. But that was because I was so busy doing other stuff! Writing books and podcasts (60,000 downloads! Are you kidding me!?)

2016 saw the premier of Cryptid Creatures. The peddling of merchandise. Seriously, people across the US were wearing black hoodies with those yellow eyes and drinking out of mugs that read “What Do You Believe?” That’s still crazy to me. Be sure to check out the show on iTunes if you haven’t already.

2016 also saw Creepers 2 recognized on the Daily Oklahoman’s best seller list, so many thanks to all of you who helped get it there by word of mouth.

But as you might have noticed by this point, we have entered another calendar year. (However, if you had yet to notice… HAPPY 2017! *confetti pop.*)

So what does 2017 mean for you? Do you have any big New Years resolutions?  (New Year’s Resolution, noun: the things you do the first week of January.) I have some big resolutions… or maybe plans would be a better word? Regardless of that, I can’t share those big announcements yet.

So on to my other BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS.  Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, (surprisingly literate) cats and dogs, and anybody else who might be giving this post a gander. Here’s some huge stuff I wanna share.

*drumroll*

JESSEHAYNESAUTHOR’S 2017 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

#1) Book 3 is coming.

Most of you already know this, but the biggest announcement I have is that I just signed a deal for my third book! This one is a CHICK FLICK. Crazy, I know. Girl drama, boy problems, romance, friendship, and cute football players (Yeah, some parts were hard to write. ?) Still, I am thrilled with this touching story and can’t wait to share it with you this year. Here’s the synopsis.

“Isaac Treaux is special. His special is not like most people would assume, however. He is not special in regards of talent, physical gifts, or likelihood to succeed. He is the kind of special that made kids point at him and snicker from across the hallway. Isaac was born with a mild form of Down Syndrome, and with it comes constant bullying. This is why his classmates in the small town of Bryer Springs, South Dakota are confused when a beautiful cheerleader named Amber moves in next door to him, and the two instantly strike a friendship. Although Amber is almost the complete opposite of Isaac, the friendship becomes inseparable and Isaac begins to show how special he truly can be. The two unlikely friends learn life lessons from each other in a story that teaches about kindness, friendship, and loss.”

The book, Special, will be out by next October.

#2)  Podcast 2 is coming.

After you wonderful human beings downloaded Cryptid Creatures over 60K times, I finally can share huge news: I am teaming up with the University of Tulsa, which has agreed to fund a podcast lab for me, and I will be releasing a brand new audio drama podcast early next year. It’s basically gonna be a free movie… for your ears. I cannot wait to share this project with all of you! Here is a summary:

“When globe-trekking adventure Aaron Doss’s plane crashes into the ocean, he is washed 1600pxashore on a small island in the pacific. Doss is the only survivor of the wreck, other than an old-timey cassette recorder. In an attempt to keep a level of sanity, Doss begins to record journalistic summaries of his stint on the island. It is his way to fight off the loneliness.

Except he isn’t alone. The longer Aaron is on the island, the more mysteries he unlocks. Why does he feel like he is being watched? Who are the shadowy humanoid figures he continues to see lurking in the trees? And the biggest question—what dark secrets does the island conceal?”

The Others is loosely scheduled to premier on iTunes on Feb. 17th, with a new episode every other Friday.

#3: More Projects are in the Works

As you probably have figured out by now, my creativity just can’t stop. Even when I want to turn it off sometimes, that is no use. So that being said, I am going to be working on more projects. I can’t tell you much more right now other than I will be revisiting my favorite manuscript ever, and I am already writing my third podcast series. This one will be an indefinite thing, Lord willing. I have almost 20 voice actors who will be working with me to help bring you my best audio work yet, and time spent editing and writing will hopefully create my best book so far.

So all that being said, Happy 2017, readers!

— JH

Absence

Hi friends!

I am super sorry that I haven’t posted in a long time. I wanted to provide you with an update, as I have been busy with my newest project.

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As I am sure most of you know, I have recently released “Cryptid Creatures,” an iTunes podcast that I’m blessed to say is soaring up the charts.  If you are hear to learn about my podcasting, please go to www.cryptidcreaturespodcast.com and subscribe there!

If you are here to check out my writing, I appreciate the support greatly! I will be speaking at the OTA Encyclomedia conference in October of 2016 again, so if you are going to be there, stop bye and say hi!

I have another book publication  in the works, but I don’t want to announce anything until things are a little more concrete.  I hope you understand!

More coming when more exists!

Thanks all.

– Jesse Haynes

Horses and Burgers:

Hello, friends!

I want to begin by saying thank you to all you lovely followers for blowing up my last YouTube video (Vlog 13).  It was a “country music Screenshot (39)video,” and my lack of country experience means it is just as wacky and silly as you can imagine. Matching that with my inability to hold a rhythm, and it’s a wild-good time. Check it out by clicking on the link to my YouTube. I made a promise on social media that I would make another video is the first got  200 views, and it did, so another video is in the works. Here’s a hint: It’s gonna be a lot of Fun.

Next point of interest: I want to talk about doing the impossible for a minute. I have always believed you can do almost anything you set your mind too, and ironically enough I am about to set upon a challenge that will push me to my physical limits, challenge everything I have known about myself, and maybe turn me into a whole new person…

I’m going to eat (or at least attempt) the Fat Guys Burger Challenge in Tulsa.  A few of my friends were jokinScreenshot (42)g about the amount of food I can eat (when I want to, that is–I’m not normally a complete glutton). That being said, the “Fat Guys Burger Competition” popped onto my radar.  Here is the challenge, straight from Fat Guy’s website:

“FAT GUY’S BURGER BAR CHALLENGE IS: TWO POUND PATTY, ONE POUND OF
BACON(15 SLICES) TWO (4OZ) HOT DOGS, 8 SLICES AMERICAN CHEESE, 
LETTUCE, TOMATO, ONION AND YOUR CHOICE OF CONDIMENT. ALL OF THIS
TAKES PLACE ON A ONE POUND BUN. DON’T FORGET TO EAT THE POUND OF
FRENCH FRIES! ALL IN 60 MINUTES.”

 

If I can do it in under an hour then the meal is free and I get a place on the Wall of Fat forever (my crowning achievement, right?) And of course, this journey will be covered in my next video blog.

That’s all for today, good friends, but thanks for always supporting me! Until next time!

– Jesse Haynes

Upset of the Century?

Happy summer! By this time, the vast majority of you who are reading this are probably out of school for the summer (unless, of course, you are beyond the school-age and if that be the case, kudos to you). That deserves a congratulation! It takes a lot of work to make it through a school year, and that is something of which to be proud! To celebrate, buy yourself a copy of my newest book!

I was debating whether I wanted to write about sports or summer, and—true to my heart—sports cavswon out. As most of you probably know, the NBA Playoffs is reaching the home stretch. Sports-wise, this is my favorite part of the year. There’s so much drama and action you couldn’t make this stuff up. I am a Miami Heat fan, personally, but losing Hassan Whiteside in the conference semi-finals really hurt us and we lost, so now I am jumping on the Cleveland Cavaliers bandwagon, which I will be riding until it crashes.

Here’s a brief recap for all of you who haven’t been keeping up to date on the NBA drama: The Cavs and Raptors are playing for the Eastern Conference finals, and the Warriors and Thunder are playing for ththunder.1e West. This year the Warriors set the record for most wins in a season (73-9), Stephen Curry emerged as the apparent god of basketball (or at least shooting), and they seemed to be the most stacked team ever. However, as of right now (and this could change tonight), the Warriors are facing elimination. The Playoffs are best-of-7 series, and Oklahoma City got up 3-1 over Golden State. The record-breaking team is in deep trouble, playing in Oklahoma City tonight. Although the Warriors managed to squeak out a victory in Game 5, their magical season could very well end tonight.

Regardless of what happens—a crazy comeback by the Warriors from down 3-1 or the Thunder dropping them in the conference finals—there is something to be learned from this. Nobodwarriorsy thought the Thunder would win this series. On paper it seemed impossible, but still they showed up and played fearlessly. To them, this wasn’t a David vs. Goliath battle, it was a winnable series. Same as in life, sometimes we are pitted in “match-ups” with grueling odds. Don’t give up, no matter how unlikely success might seem. If you keep your head up, keep some fight in your belly, and stay determined, then anything is possible. You just have to believe, like the Thunder did (even if they somehow lose the series, which I honestly don’t expect.)

(Disclaimer: I don’t like the Thunder. I think Westbrook is a possessed ape, Durant is secretly a serial killer, and Adams was drafted straight out of the Stone Age.)

Carry on, my readers!

Jesse

Interviews of Past and Present

 

Readers,

This will be a short little post, but I just wanted to share some exciting news, friends. For one thing, I was recently intScreenshot (33)erviewed by the Skiatook Journal, and the story is available right HERE if you would like to read it. (Or click on the Skiatook Journal logo on the “As Seen In” section–that will take you to the link.)

Another exciting development is that I have been invited to speak on the Mix96 (Tulsa 96.5) Morning Radio Show with KC and Lindsey, and this will be a super exciting audio interview with my favorite Tulsa morning radio show. Don’t worry, I won’t be singing. Stay posted on this one, I will keep you up to date!

Until next time, my friends,

Jesse Haynes

A New Year of Jesse Haynes Author

Readers, I hope you are all having an incredible 2016! Creepers 2 is nearly with us, and I hope you are all as excited as me.  I am so stoked to get the conclusion of my first series in your hands, and especially to hear the feedback from all you! I write my books to tell stories to all of Haynes_revision (1)you, and hearing from you is the most rewarding thing. (Especially if it is good feedback, ha.)

Bad news, friends, this is also the beginning of a new semester of college, and that means I am starting 5 new classes. My schedule this semester will involve a TON of writing, and that means I’m not exactly positive how frequently I will be blogging. Fear not, readers, because I will definitely be working, writing, and blogging as much as humanly possible. It’s not like I have much of a social life outside of basketball anyway….

But this is the end of my short post, friends. I wanted to let you know that you are all on my mind, that I won’t forget you, that I will be blogging as much as I can, and I’m looking forward to 2016 with all of you. Let’s see how far we can take Jesse Haynes Author, deal?

Cheers to a good New Year!

– Jesse Haynes

How George Lucas Stole Christmas

Readers, let me start by first and foremost saying Merry Christmas! Don’t forget that Jesus is the reason for the season, and have a great Christmas Day! My last post was more Christmas-related than this one, however, so if you are just looking to teem with seasonal cheer, go check it out.

But as for this one, let me get into my biggest poiz - sw 2nt. As the Christmas season rose into full swing, a global phenomenon soared  to unimaginable heights. I am sure, unless you have been living in a box over the last month (and if that is the case, kudos to you for being able to read this post from presumably within your cardboard home), that you know exactly what I am talking about: Star Wars.

Yes, the Force was strong this Christmas season. Stockings were overshadowed by lightsabers. Who needs a wrez- swath when you can have Wookie slippers? Heck, even everybody’s favorite small green alien was competing with big green Christmas trees. “Global phenomenon” does not adequately cover Star Wars’s impact on the end of the year. The new, masked face of Kylo Ren was everywhere.

And all of that being said, here is the point I wanted to make: Star Wars has a huge fan base, and J.J. Abrams could have easily sluffed off a below-par movie that would have still grossed unbelievably well in the box office just because of the “brand” name. That was not the case, however, and that is what impressed me the most. Star Wars was given high critical acz - sw.4claim, and not only did it shatter box office records as expected, but it was a solid movie. It met expectations.

To bring this back to a much smaller scale, we look at Creepers 2 as it approaches its release year.  With my first book came no expectations. It was just me, my story, and zero interest besides anything that I created firsthand.

The sequel is a little different, however. Now there are a considerable amount of people who have read the first book and are expecting big things from the sequel. To all of those people, I say thank you, because those are the ones that are pushing me to make Man’s Worst Enemy the best that it can possibly be. Even now, as I edit the book for the final time before it heads to print, I have you in mind. I certainly don’t have the expectations of Star Wars, but I still will certainly try to make the book as good as I possibly can.

Thanks to all of you, and Merry Christmas!

– Jesse Haynes