It started as a game…
At Ellison High School the student body’s favorite sport is waging medieval warfare with their rivals over a hidden fortune. To win, they have to battle for control of the forest and obey a code of conduct to keep their war from spilling into the outside world.
The woods between the schools are filled with dangers and dark secrets. Central among them is Venn Maddox, the youngest student to ever lead a clan in the game. Brilliant and manipulative, some think he’s a sociopath who may have killed to protect his own secrets.
New kid, Marv Whitlock, already dealing with his own troubles, finds himself in the middle of the decade old conflict and has to use his wits to avoid being one more pawn.
Bestselling author Andrew Mayne, brings you Knight School, an adventurous cross of Friday Night Lights and Game of Thrones.
Well this is exciting and unexpected. I received an email the other day from a literary agent congratulating me for making the “list”. The list? The list turned out to be Amazon’s top-selling independent authors in the UK. These are all of the people like myself who publish outside of traditional publishing houses. I was the #5 bestselling independent author in the UK thanks to Angel Killer (I’m sixth down on the list because the greedy Nick Spalding decided to have two top selling books).
What did it take to get the #6 slot? Over 100,000 copies sold. Right now Angel Killer sits next to a little title you may have heard of about a girl with a tattoo of a mythical creature.
I’ve been at this writing thing for a year and a half now. After Public Enemy Zero blew up in 2011, I only hoped to come close to that kind of success. To watch another book shoot way past that a year later has me beside myself.
What do I have planned for 2013?
I just want to keep writing and to keep enjoying the process. I didn’t have any expectations for Angel Killer or Public Enemy Zero. I have a lot of new stories I want to share with you, and further adventures for characters you may already know. Beyond that, I have no expectations.
Selling a ton of copies and making a list like that is an awesome feeling, but I’m not about to start judging my success by how many copies I sell. There are a lot of fantastic authors who never got the lucky breaks I did. Somewhere in the long list of independent titles there’s bound to be another Harry Potter or Game of Thrones (and sadly, thousands of knock offs). My measure of success is simple:
1. Did I enjoy writing the book?
2. Am I happy with how it turned out?
That’s it. There is no step 3. If the book is well-received: Awesome. If the book sells really well: More Awesome. If neither of those things happen, the book is still a success to me if I met my two goals.
After a long drive up to Dragon*Con Friday night I decided to check into the rising sales I’d been seeing in the UK for Angel Killer. As it would turn out, the folks across the pond seem to be taken with Agent Jessica Blackwood and have made her adventure in Angel Killer the #13 bestselling Kindle book for all of the UK.
I can’t say how flattering that is. She’s been in the top 100 for 9 days now. Wow.
It’s incredible how things have a life of their own – life started with your support. Thank you so much!
Mike Ray, former cop and body-double for a world famous action star, was ready to put show business behind him when he was asked to do one last favor for Hollywood’s hottest new actress.
All he has to do is find her the necklace from a forgotten film and not get killed in the process.
From the insane house parties of Malibu and the reclusive mansions of Beverly Hills to the scorching California desert, Mike finds himself in a scandal involving one of the world’s most eccentric billionaires, the Nevada Mafia and a sadistic Estonian porn kingpin.
To find the necklace he’ll have to blow the lid on a secret buried in the California desert that stretches back to ancient Egypt. With an irresistible client who won’t take “no” for an answer, if the job doesn’t get him killed, she just might.
HOLLYWOOD PHARAOHS has been described as a fast-paced love child of The Big Lebowski and Indiana Jones.
This episode features the first two chapters of Andrew Mayne’s new novella Hollywood Pharaohs, read by special guest Justin Robert Young.
I wanted to be Iron Man so bad when I was a kid, my hair smelled like Folger’s Crystals from wearing a coffee can on my head.
Not a joke.
I cut off the end of a tennis ball can, put a dish glove on it and made my own slapdash armor. You have to understand, this wasn’t a costume, in my demented little mind, I WAS MAKING MY OWN ARMOR.
I was obsessed with robots. I’d build little walking things from broken toys and Tupperware containers. When I saw my first Iron Man comic, my head exploded. Dude, you could BE A ROBOT.
In the above photo, my brother and I are dressed up as hybrid Iron Man/C3PO/R2-D2 characters. My dad made the costumes from popcorn tins, life vests, Legos and plenty of silver tape. If you wonder where my creativity comes from; look no further than my dad. He’s always been that awesome.
Before I decided to become a magician, back then I was a little inventor. My goal in life was to go to MIT. Why? Because that’s where Tony Stark went to school.
Life turned out differently. I got into magic, discovered other science heroes like Doctor Who, but I’d be lying if I don’t get a little nostalgic every time I see a coffee can and wonder what could have been…