Are you afraid of catsup?

Today I'm delighted to welcome Daniel Dark to my blog. He's the author of Knife's Tell and Victorian Catsup (yes, catsup!), and he's here with a blogpost about... Fear. So... Are you afraid yet? Afraid to read his books? Afraid to read this blogpost? Well, good. Please read on...

Fearby Daniel Dark

There is something about the word fear that causes people to react different. I want to talk about my complete and unreasonable fear when it comes to writing. Some of you may have experienced some of these fears.

  1. The fear of getting the word on the page. What if I get that dreaded Writer’s Block? Then I realized that if I could get a bunch of them I could build a fort to keep out those other fears.
  2.  What if I write it and nobody likes it or it really does suck? A difficult problem to say the least, but one that I learned this crazy trick. Now listen to this and it almost always works. Rewrite it till it does not suck. Now remember just because I hate something that I have written does not mean others will feel the same. The first thing I must do is write it to find out then let others read it before I tell myself how truly horrible a writer I am.
  3. What if I write it and others love it? Believe me this is a fear that I have had. I know it sounds crazy but I am a writer so yes I am crazy. The fear of getting praise that I do not believe I deserve can cripple my writing. Then I tell myself if they want to give me accolades, I need to enjoy them while I can.
  4. What if I cannot get a publisher to publish this masterpiece? (Because we all know that we only write masterpieces it is everyone else that writes big piles of crap.)  This is what self-publishing and the internet are for do not let anything or anyone keep you from being published. That being said that the time and the money to have your work professionally edited and a cover designed. (I am not talking about aunt Mirdle that subbed for an English class once or the kid down the street that is thinking about getting into graphic design if his music carrier as a Rap Artist does not work out.) NEWS FLASH - Yes people do judge a book by its cover and what is inside of it.
  5. What if I spend all this money and time and nobody buys my book? Then I have to ask myself serious questions. Did I engage with the people at that last event I attended? Have I promoted it on social media? (not please buy my book it's really good)  Did I give them a good synopsis of what the book is about. Did I talk to people that read my genre? If I answer no to any or all of these questions, I cannot blame the book.
               These are only a few of the fears that I have had or still have from time to time. I am my own worst critic/enemy and all I can do is keep writing for me and hope it is good enough for the world when my story is told.

Well... I think you've covered my fears pretty effectively Daniel. Thank you... I think. And I'll try to take your advice as my "masterpieces" are released. Meanwhile I'm sure my readers would love to know about your masterpiece, so here goes... We are following

Daniel Dark Knife's Tell & Vctorian Catsup Blog Tour!

February 20-27, 2019

Explore the shadows of Victorian Era London and encounter a new Jack the Ripper tale like you’ve never read before in Daniel Dark’s Knife’s Tell & Victorian Catsup Blog Tour, taking place February 20-27!

Knife’s Tell contains a tantalizing blend of thriller, horror, erotic, and alt. history elements. As an added bonus, author Daniel Dark (a former Victorian chef) also has included the authentic Victorian Era recipes of the dishes that are featured in the story!

In addition to Knife’s Tell, this tour also highlights Victorian Catsup: Receipts of the Past, which features history and recipes for a wide variety of authentic, Victorian Era catsups. The book itself also has a great story behind its development, and it is attached to a wonderful cause!

About the author: Daniel Dark, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, grew up with homicide every day. Having a homicide detective as a father, he was able to learn about those that were brought to justice, and the ones that were not.

Spending many hours in Central police headquarters and in his grandfather’s hematology lab gave Daniel an unusual childhood and a love for science. Along with this, his great uncle owned the oldest book store in Nashville. His parents took him there regularly, where developed a love of reading and found out about history.

Daniel went on to become an Electrical Engineer and Industrial Maintenance Manager till NAFTA took away his job. A year later he went to culinary school and studied Victorian cooking, after which he opened a Victorian-style restaurant.

He became a heart attack and stroke survivor at fifty years old, where he used writing to rehabilitate his brain. The first book written by Daniel was on Victorian Catsup, which had over two hundred catsup recipes in it from the late 1700’s to 1910, with over sixty different flavors. Daniel used the book to start his 1876 Catsup company as Mr. Catsup.

Knife’s Tell represents his debut novel as an author.

Where to find him:

Twitter: @1876Catsup


Book Synopsis for Knife’s Tell:   In 1888 one of the most notorious serial killers in history plagued London’s East Side.

Knife’s Tell is not about those murders, but the life behind them. What would cause a normal person to slay in such a horrific way?

Daniel Dark has explored an alternative tale of a doctor lost in reality trying to correct his past. With the help of his personal servant, he searches the Chapel for answers about his connection to the man with the knife.

Where did he come from? And how is the doctor part of his plans for escaping the police at every turn?

Read Knife’s Tell to learn the story behind the blade that killed London

Where to find it:

Amazon Print Version:

Kindle Version:

Barnes and Noble Link for Knife’s Tell:

Book Synopsis for Victorian Catsup- Receipts from the Past: The book you now hold in your hands is nothing new, only forgotten by most.

It is, however, how Chef Daniel, the Victorian Chef, recovered many missing segments of his knowledge after having a stroke in 2012. At that time, he had a forty-seat restaurant where he was recreating dishes from the Victorian Era. He was also developing his signature catsups to serve with each receipt that he placed on the menu.

After the stroke, he was forced to give up on his dream for the time being and start the long journey of rehabilitation of both body and mind. When Chef Daniel was able to stand in front of a stove again, he went back to what he knew best, making small batch catsup that he took to local fairs and sold so that he could make more.

This book is a big part of what kept Chef Daniel going each day. Now he wants to share that with others by contributing ninety percent of his proceeds to the Blood Banks that kept him alive by furnishing over twenty units to him when he was in need.

Where to find it:

Amazon Print Version:

Kindle Version:

Barnes and Noble Link for Victorian Catsup:

Find out more: Follow the Tour:

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