Behind the Book: Maxwell Demon

Writing Maxwell Demon was a culmination of a lifetime of polishing my skills in writing up to the point of publishing. I’ve talked about how I had written for years prior. I began developing characters for the series before I knew I’d be using them in it. For sharp eyes, they have noticed old accounts of mine using “The Blasphemer Series” to describe early shared writing pieces. Those pieces never made it into the series itself, but the title of them did.
When I came up with the series’ title, I knew, at least as a teenager, that someone would call whatever I wrote under this umbrella title would be offended. The topics tackled in the series clashed with beliefs held in the household I grew up in and with the communities, my family had been a part of throughout my younger years. Whether it was religious retellings or even sexuality, someone was going to be upset with my work.
I knew then and I know now that I write as a drummer drums their own tune. I write what I’d like to read, what I want to write, and all the while knowing someone somewhere would appreciate my work.
This book is a collective of all the things I knew as a teenager that my peers would’ve never understood, but I hoped I wasn’t alone. Writing was how I coped in my younger years. With some writer’s flair and playing in the sandbox of an empty document awaiting to be filled, I infused a great passion amongst the pages. This passion was religious studying, not just reading the Bible, but studying cultures and any religious book and historical references I could get my hands on. This is where I questioned things I read.
Questioning things is still to this day how I write and fix plot holes and develop my characters and stories. Why would someone do that? Why wouldn’t they? Very simple questions and researching for answers. I used this throughout this book. What does Hell really look like? Is it all brimstone and fire or something more familiar? What would be more disturbing, something not that far from the world one knows or something so bizarrely different it was unimaginable? Beautiful questions, that’s just my belief.
This is a story of redemption and reincarnation. Though reincarnation is for the betterment of the soul, it also held this terrifying idea to me. Living over and over, forgetting what happened in the previous life, and never knowing if you’re on the ‘right’ path in this one sounded more like a curse than a journey of enlightening to me.
How far would someone go if they truly loved you? A simple question, one deeply rooted in confusion for me growing up in a dysfunctional household, how I did. People that love you shouldn’t hurt you. I knew this much, but I never witnessed this, but I did dream of it. Meeting someone that would love me for me was foreign, but throughout the writing, I could imagine a world or many where this was answered. For Maxwell, the main male in Maxwell Demon, it was a never-ending journey to seek out his true love and be there for them.
I never really called this book a romance. It has a love story interwoven, but it’s much more than that for me. I knew it was a dark fantasy, but eventually, I learned it was horror. As I began working on it in 2014, I became stuck and put it on the back burner for a few months until 2015, when I finished it. During this break from this project, I wrote Human Ouija.
I had always thought The Blasphemer Series would be the one to get me the most ‘hate’, but it wasn’t, it was Human Ouija. During an event for its release, a guest was approached online by a family member of theirs telling them to go to church and to stop writing ‘books like that’. This was brought to my attention by the guest as it was unfolding behind the scenes. Human Ouija has always been a story about two things. How far would you go for someone you love and miss and a warning about dabbling in things that you don’t understand. See the irony? I did.
Judgment has happened all my life. I’m too fat. I’m too skinny. I need to smile more. Too much make-up or too little. I’m not enough of this or too much of this is the theme throughout a day in the life of Lynn Lesher, the woman behind the pen name L. Bachman (me). It’s always been from people that don’t get to know me or genuinely ask about my books. It’ll always happen, and I accepted that when I was still a little girl. If I had a favorite of all the judgments cast upon me, those who do not write telling me my work is ‘easy to do’.
Maxwell Demon was a challenge on many levels for me. Emotionally accepted that it was taking a big step forward onto a path I had always wanted to go down. Technically, I worried about how I would construct and tell a story I’d be proud of. I also wondered if it would even matter, of course, it did, but for a fleeting moment, I thought it wouldn’t until it did.

TBS: Ghosts Released

On June 30th, The Blasphemer Series: Ghosts, the third installment, went live. As Amazon does, it was difficult, but finally, it is up there. I have updated The Blasphemer Series page here on the site to reflect this. You can go here to check up on this. Below is a link to the buy location!

The book was released in ebook and in paperback editions.

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With the third installment released into the world, I must add that though the journey is almost done, with the writing and publishing of the series, it is not the last you’ll hear of this series. Revolves around The Blasphemer Series are other projects that are in the works for those that have enjoyed the series so far and can’t get enough of the characters of the world.

Announcement: 2023 will see the release of the final book of the main series.

The Blasphemer Series

The final books in The Blasphemer Series have had their covers approved. Edits on book 3, Ghosts, are almost finished. Book 4, the final, is already being written. A top-secret addition to the series is also being worked on.

As updates occur, updating will happen. I’m very proud of this work and will be sad when the series is finished, BUT that just means I can get all the other ideas pounded out through the keys for all of ya’ll to enjoy, which I’m sure you will.

You May Have Missed It!

Last week I appeared at a Facebook book release for JE Taylor. I have been vocal about not wanting to give out work for free, but I made an exception just this one time. I gave out a newly polished copy of Human Ouija and gave a cover reveal for this.

The new cover for Human Ouija is the first of many covers I’ve been creating behind the scenes as part of a new project set I’ve been working on to give to you the readers and listeners that like to read short stories more!

Human Ouija was won by AC Adams

Contest Closed Now

Along with this cover reveal, I did a second one for Little Lunacies. If you take part in the Patreon, you would’ve seen the below reveal already.

Dark Jottercast – New Content Coming – Pajama People Podcast

We cover mysteries and true crime, writing and have guests, and even talk and research monsters and dark history, but even with all the podcast covers we still had one thing missing…horror movie reviews! With a wonderful co-host, JK Allen, twice a month we will do movie reviews.

If you caught her podcast episode, you know already that we needed an excuse to watch more horror, so why not watch and give our thoughts on them? Keeping with the funny conversation style of guest episodes, we will bring forward thoughts on horror and dig deeper.

These episodes will come with a spoiler tag in the title, so if you don’t want to have something we cover you may not have seen spoiled, keep your eyes peeled for this tag and skip.

These episodes will not replace any other episodes already going up three times a week, they’re a bonus! That means you get more content from Jottercast. They will also be available with the ever-growing content on the Patreon.

More Info on Dark Jottercast – Jottercast: A Path Forward

If you only ever do one thing for writers, do this. It can help.

I’ve been a professional writer for many years now. I have seen sales go up and down, some sales being from fully read books being returned, but this has become a big problem in the indie writing community. Finally, something is getting done, a petition that can be signed to address the policy asking for its change has been started.

As writers, we understand that our work may not be liked, it’s part of the business. We also understand if an ebook is read some then the reader wants to return, but this is for readers fully reading a work, asking for their money back. The policy needs to be changed so 100% read books cannot be returned.

This is already a policy for other companies, games, movies, etc., but not for digital books. Books are plagiarized and even stolen so often that many writers have given up writing entirely, leaving series unfinished, books never released, and leaving fans confused about where their favorite authors have gone.

I AM NOT saying that every book read to 100% and then is returned is stolen by the reader, but it is suspicious activity, especially on books that are new releases. I stopped doing raffles and giveaways of my work after seeing my work stolen after releases. I love what I do, write, and from the comments on the petition, I can see other writers love writing as well.

Authors pay out of pocket for a lot of services. From formatting to covers, marketing and ads, and so much just to get a book released and the word spread often dealing with long periods without ever seeing any actual take home after paying for everything that has cost them just to release the work. This is also a problem for small/indie publishers who back a book.

This is similar to something Audible, owned by Amazon, did by allowing listened to works be returned at the writer’s cost. It’s hard-earned money stolen from our pockets.

Sign here

I DID NOT start this petition, but it already has my support!