Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of classic games and the stories behind them, is brought to you by suspense novelist Kim Cresswell.
GIVEAWAY: Kim will be giving away one digital copy of REFLECTION (.pdf, .prc for Kindle, .epub for Sony/Nook or HTML) to one lucky commenter! See below for details of her book.
Confessions of a Gamer Chick: Love for a Good Story
Okay, I admit it. I am a gamer chick, a gaming junkie. Have been since the ‘80s—the decade of big hair, leg-warmers, snap-crotch bodysuits (remember those?), acid washed jeans and authors, Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins.
It was also a time when gaming evolved from arcade style games (Pacman and Space Invaders) to plot based games.
One of the first games I played was Kings Quest, an adventure game, the first of the series, which followed the fictional royal family of the Kingdom of Daventry. To show my age even more <grin> I played the game on a Commodore Amiga 500, a 16-bit computer which cost me $400.00. Ouch, what was I thinking?
Much like a great suspense or mystery novel, Kings Quest involved a quest, solving riddles, and completing tasks using logic and lateral thinking.
The main character, a brave knight, was motivated by the desire to protect his family and shield the innocent from evil. If he succeeded, he would become king and eventually throughout the game series, find his queen (yes, romance). The villains were characters who created hardship for the inhabitants, threatened the security of Daventry, and battled to defeat other kingdoms.
Fast forward to 2012. I’m still a die-hard PC gamer and known to play first-person shooters (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) but I’m still drawn to adventure, fantasy and RPG’s (Role Playing Games). Why?
I want the hero to win! I want a Happily Ever After ending! It must be the writer and the reader in me.
As an author, what have I learned from years of gaming? A lot, in particular, the importance of story structure, GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict), pacing and plotting. If I get frustrated or stuck with the direction my plot is going, The Big List of RPG Plots by S John Ross (read about it and download it here) is an excellent resource and idea generator.
So, what type of games do you play?
Do you play games on your PC or on a video game console (Sony PlayStation, WII, Microsoft Xbox)?
What’s your favourite game?
Morgen: I loved Attic Attack and Jetpac on the Spectrum ZX81. Now it’s just Word Drop on my iPad or Facebook. A blast from the past, that was great. Thank you, Kim.
For her, writing suspense fiction is an incredible adventure and she’s surprised where the journey takes her. She’s also an avid reader who enjoys playing computer games, ghost hunting and loves anything paranormal.
Kim has a few new suspense novels in the works including the sequel to REFLECTION.
- Web Site: www.kimcresswell.ca
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KimCresswellBooks
- Twitter: @kimcresswell
and now more about her book…
Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.
She found it.
Now it may kill her.
After Whitney receives a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, she vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When Whitney is nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.
Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…
Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?
Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.
REFLECTION is available at MuseItUp Publishing (.pdf, .prc for Kindle, .epub for Sony / Nook and HTML), Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and coming soon to other fine retailers. Also coming to paperback in late February. You can also watch the trailer here.
Kim will be giving away one digital copy of REFLECTION (.pdf, .prc for Kindle, .epub for Sony/Nook or HTML) to one lucky commenter! Just leave a comment below in response to her article and you could win her book.
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