Author Archives: Alan Tucker

Playlist for The Devil You Know

tdykcover_finalPopular music is an integral part of my newest book, The Devil You Know. A large number of songs, both old and new, are referred to in the novel, so I thought I’d create a playlist of sorts for people who’d like to inject an additional element into the story as they read: audio! Below is a YouTube link to each song, queued up to the referenced portion, if applicable, listed by Episode and Chapter. Enjoy!

Episode One:
Chapter 1:
Destiny’s Child, Say My Name https://youtu.be/sQgd6MccwZc
The Doors, Light My Fire https://youtu.be/LY1l8T2Lcl0

Episode Two:
Chapter 9:
Celine Dion, All By Myself https://youtu.be/NGrLb6W5YOM

Episode Four:
Chapter 17:
Maroon 5, Animals https://youtu.be/qpgTC9MDx1o
Jimi Hendrix, Foxy Lady https://youtu.be/lp0sUGlam6c
Robert Palmer, Simply Irresistible https://youtu.be/UrGw_cOgwa8

Episode Five:
Chapter 26:
The Commodores, Lady https://youtu.be/phNLASyPsUU

Episode Six:
Chapter 32:
Queen, Another One Bites the Dust https://youtu.be/rY0WxgSXdEE

Episode Eight:
Chapter 46:
Adele, Hello https://youtu.be/YQHsXMglC9A

Episode Nine:
Billy Joel, We Didn’t Start the Fire https://youtu.be/eFTLKWw542g
Chapter 58:
The Hooters, All You Zombies https://youtu.be/2LE0KpcP05I

Episode Ten:
Chapter 68:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, I Won’t Back Down https://youtu.be/nvlTJrNJ5lA

We Must Educate, Not Censure

Choices are important.

Learning how to made them is even more so.

Like many Americans, I was shocked and dismayed at the outcome of our recent election. I’ve been further saddened by the events which have followed in the days since: expressions of hate and intolerance, protests which turned violent, the President-Elect’s selection of outspoken white supremacists to his senior staff— and now, news that many of the hate and fake news group sites and social media accounts are being banned or deleted.

Wait. I should be happy about that last entry, right? No. And neither should you.

This is Helicopter Parenting 101. I see something I believe will be a bad influence, or dangerous, to my children so I try to erase it from their lives. Eliminate it from existence. Yet, all this does is serve to ease my own mind, like eating comfort foods when I’m upset. The problem doesn’t go away. It only hides in the shadows, growing larger and more powerful the longer I pretend it doesn’t exist.

Censuring these people and their caustic, hateful ideology, won’t eradicate them. In fact, it may serve to garner sympathy and cause them to become more resolute in their mission. This doesn’t help to solve the problem, it only exacerbates it.

Education— showing people why these viewpoints are divisive, destructive, and unhealthy for humanity as a whole is what is needed.

Let’s look at some numbers from this past election to illustrate my point.

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These percentages come from Pew Research and, from the article…

This is by far the widest gap in support among college graduates and non-college graduates in exit polls dating back to 1980.

The sites and social media accounts which are being targeted are notorious for posing as news organizations while posting erroneous or completely false information. That practice is unquestionably bad and needs to be exposed for the damage it causes. I do not believe, however, that censure is the way to go about tackling this problem.

People can’t make good decisions if they aren’t presented with facts, but even further, they can’t make good decisions if they don’t have the ability to discern fact from fiction. If we don’t nurture and encourage active, informed decision-making in our children by not hiding what we perceive as bad in the world, how can we expect them to make good decisions when we’re not there to guide them anymore?

This problem is not just about hate speech, lies, and bigotry. It is about getting people to think for themselves and not being satisfied with having information spoon-fed to them. If we don’t educate why these ideologies are harmful or teach and encourage critical thinking, the hole we’re currently in will only get deeper.

MonsterCon and The Devil You Know

In honor of the Magic City MonsterCon (which I’m attending all weekend!) I’m doing the cover reveal for my newest writing project: The Devil You Know.

You can read the first four chapters of the book (what will comprise “Episode 1” in the final product) right now at Wattpad! Here’s a link: https://www.wattpad.com/user/TuckerAuthor

Two alien races vie for control of Earth amidst a human population decimated by a merciless plague, famine, and war.

Meanwhile, the denizens of Hell grow restless. The apocalypse they were supposed to instigate and revel in is happening without them…

Doing their best to create new lives in the aftermath of the chaos triggered by the aliens’ arrival, Abraham Black and Neri White come from backgrounds about as different as their last names would indicate. Yet, together, they may hold the key which allows humanity to remain the primary tenants of Earth. The question is: how much are they willing to give up to save the world? Their memories? Their lives? Their souls?

I’m describing this story as a Post-Apocalyptic, Epic, Suburban Fantasy… with Aliens. Yes, I think it’s going to be something unlike anything you’ve read before and I’m very excited about it. The story is more adult in nature than my previous works and it’s in the final stages of editing and rewrites and my goal is to have it available this winter, hopefully in time for the holidays.

So, without further ado, here is the cover:

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What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I hope to see some of you this weekend!

Dealing With the F-word

It’s that time again and I’m over on the Emblazoners blog talking about the F-word.

Failure!

Is there another F-word? 🙂

Pop over and have a read: http://emblazoners.com/dealing-with-the-f-word-failure/

In other news, The Devil You Know, my latest project that has taken far more time to complete than I’d hoped, has passed 115,000 words and I’m sincerely hoping the light at the end of the tunnel I see isn’t an oncoming train! The next few weeks are dedicated to getting this beast finished and out in the world.

To that end, I’m looking for a few beta readers. This is an adult read (language and violence) and, if you’re interested, please contact me for details. Thanks!

Guesting at the Emblazoners

I’ve got a short post over at the Emblazoner’s blog today about the question authors dread the most: What’s your book about?

Check it out here: http://emblazoners.com/whats-your-book-about/

And take a moment to peruse the site as well. TONS of awesome Middle Grade and lower Young Adult books there for the tween readers in your life!

All right, back to the grindstone. Books don’t write themselves you know! Though sometimes I wish they did 😉