Sunday, January 24, 2016

George Kramer Interview


George, tell us a little bit about you....
I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., raised on Long Island, and moved to Indiana in 1989. I am a natural born triplet, and one of nine children. I was an introvert until I moved to Indiana.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books? 

The genre is YA fantasy. While kids eleven and up really enjoy my books, adults derive pleasure reading them too. All four (soon to be five) Arcadis books are based on a very powerful sorcerer who goes through a metamorphosis to attain god-like power. In the beginning of the sorcery world there existed three primary colored powers; Red, blue, and yellow. Before lord quill's ascension to head sorcerer, it was mandated you had to marry outside their respective color. When lord quill took control, he ruled no primary colored power may be allowed to marry another primary colored power. Hence a dilution occurred. When a blue powered sorcerer married a yellow powered sorcerer, the baby was green powered, and considered a secondary power, and so on.


When did you start writing? 
I started writing in the fifth grade when my teacher started to read Treasure Island in a pirate accent. My mind wandered, and I started doodling on paper.


Why do you write? 

I started to write for various reasons. I needed an outlet with my overactive creativity, and writing was a release mechanism. Then I wrote articles to get paid. But, by far the best reason I enjoy writing is because people seem to really like my books.

What would be your choice for a superpower?

Mind control. It used to be super strength like Superman, but after watching Jessica Jones on Netflix, I changed my mind. To have anyone doing anything you want would be fun, but ultimately scary!

Who is your favorite author? Jim Butcher of the Dresden Files and David B. Coe. (Spellblind and In His Father's Eyes).

What are you reading now? Right now I am reading how to write a screenplay. I will explain why with the project question.

Who is your favorite character to write?
Arcadis, of course!


Do you have a writing process? 
No. I don't pick a particular room, or time. When I have free time, I write. It doesn't matter where I am, if I have an idea, I have to write it down so I won't forget. (Because it's happened).

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 

Never, ever, ever give up. Write what you know, and take your creativity to the next level.

What inspired you to pursue writing?

When I found out I was good enough to get paid to write articles. Then it elevated to book writing.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?

Blacklist, Supergirl, N.C.I.S., The Flash, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones.

What are your current projects?

Between having a full time job with a wife and ten year old daughter, I am, because my small but growing fan base asked me to, write a screenplay based on the first Arcadis book. I am consistently told that with colored magic, coupled with epic magical battles, would make a fantastic movie. Then I am writing the sixth Arcadis book, waiting for my editor to give me back the fifth Arcadis book to revise, promote my books by book signings, and interviews like this, started writing a new fantasy series based on one of the characters I introduce in the fifth installment of Arcadis, meeting with the owner of a comic book store to try to work out a board game (He designs them), I started to write a play that I am enjoying... I am sure there is more but I can't think of it right now.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

Yes. If you enjoy my books, or any other books, writing a good review helps writers tremendously! It helps us get recognized more.

Quick Fire:

Cats or dogs?
Cats. We have a 20 year old cat.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee!

Favorite food?
My mom's Pot roast chicken.

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Chocolate, but vanilla is a close second.

What are 3 things you never leave home without?
Kissing my wife and daughter good bye, a positive attitude, and my coffee!

Laptop or desktop?
Laptop all the way. I've written when I am getting an oil change and various other places. You can't do that with a desktop.

Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with?
Jim Butcher, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.

TV or Movies?
I love both equally as they have their strong points.







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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christian Kallias Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you...
 I’m 40 years old, I was born in Geneva, Switzerland. Where I reside at the moment. I’ve always had a vivid imagination since childhood and I love making up stories. It took me a while to realize that writing is the best medium for me, but after trying illustration, manga, and even trying to create video games in the 90’s, I realized writing is the best way to express myself.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?
First and foremost, Science Fiction (for now, I intend to write Fantasy books as well). Sub-genre would be Space Opera but it isn’t clear cut. It’s more of a crossover between SciFi and Fantasy.

When did you start writing? 

I think it was around 2001. I did it more as a hobby and I wasn’t writing much at all back then. It took a burnout in 2014 for me to just delve into it seriously and finish my first book (which was only 40% written at the time) in matter of weeks.

Why do you write? 

That’s a good question. For me it’s therapeutic as well as the call of my heart. I feel happy when I create characters and stories. When I don’t write or create (I’m also a digital artist, I make my own book covers) I quickly feel sad and empty. But when I’m writing, I forget all my worries, it transcends me.

What would be your choice for a superpower?

That’s a tough one to answer really. There are so many fun superpowers. Flying would rock, super speed would be fun as well. The force is cool as well. But I think the power to address the entire planet at once would be the most appealing to me. Why? I think we need to start being much better than we are with our environment and all the inhabitants of this world (that includes the animals that we treat badly for own comfort, hurting the entire planet in the process). So while I’d love being able to fly and kick the asses of bad guys like in a comic book (who wouldn’t?), I’d rather just have the ability to telepathically communicate with every living being on this Earth and discuss ways of making this world a better place for all of us.

Who is your favorite author? 

I don’t think I have one. I enjoy Timothy Zahn, Frank Herbert, Michael Moorcock and many more.

What are you reading now?

Re-reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

Who is your favorite character to write? 

I like most of my characters so it’s difficult to answer, but I enjoy writing about Ryonna and Spiros. I do infuse some of my hopes, fears and flaws into most of my characters, so they are all interesting to write at one point in time or another.

Do you have a writing process? 

Nope. I fly off the seat of my pants really. I’ve read many books about structure, how to write better, but I still don’t use a method or a process. I’ve noticed that the most interesting things I’ve read in these books I tend to apply instinctively. So I just write on the fly.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 

To just do it, now (even if that means not finishing reading this interview :) ). Aspiring to something will not make you happy, doing it will.

What inspired you to pursue writing?

I’ve brushed that earlier on a little but I can develop it more here. Back in 2014 (August), I made a burnout in my day job (IT, System Expert was my title though I hated it, as I didn’t recognize myself as an Expert). That was a very mind shattering and scary experience, but in the end it was a positive one. When it happened I felt lost, overwhelmed by emotions and it made me think a lot, re-evaluate my life really. I had abandoned Engineer School when I was 18 because I wanted to create art, but then I took day jobs in IT cause that’s where I had the most abilities, and two decade flew by and I was nowhere near where I wanted to be (an artist). That realization made me dust off my first book which only had about 40k words written over the course of 11 years. About 6-8 weeks later, the 89k first draft was finished. I then knew that writing was what I was meant to do, because I realized than when I’m writing, I don’t worry about everyday things, my fears subside, I can just be and I love losing myself in the worlds I create. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?

There are too many to list. In fact I’m cutting down on TV & Movies as I’m easily distracted (ADD) and I then easily fall into procrastination loops if I’m not careful. My favorite TV Shows are Stargate SG-1 (& Atlantis), 24, Breaking Bad and many others. When I was younger I was hooked on anime like Dragonball Z and Saint Seiya. As for movies too many to list also but amongst my favorites are Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back being my favorite), Phenomenon, The Matrix (the first mostly), Days of Thunder & Wing Commander.

What are your current projects?

To continue and conclude my current series (Universe in Flames), start a Heroic Fantasy series (The Kyrian Chronicles) based on a manga I started and abandoned back in 2003, but as a book series. And I have a few other ideas for other books and subjects I’d like to develop as well. I’m also thinking about writing novellas in the Universe in Flames series at different time periods to flesh out the universe and some secondary characters more.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
From the bottom of my heart: a big thank you for reading my books and for your support. I am a relatively new author with only three books under my belt but already having people reading my stories and getting back to me is very rewarding. I’d also encourage them to tell their friends about my books if they enjoyed them. At this time in my relatively new writing career, the word of mouth will be my most valuable promotion asset. I’d also like to tell them that they can write me anytime, I really enjoy getting their feedback and their thoughts about my books and interacting with them.


Quick Fire:Cats or dogs?
Cats

Coffee or tea?
Coffee

Favorite food?
Houmous (Used to be souvlaki with pita but I’m a vegetarian now)

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Chocolate, preferable dairy free.

What are 3 things you never leave home without?
My iPhone, my wallet & my keys.

Laptop or desktop?
Both. But desktop for long writing sessions.

Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with?
Only 3? Steve Jobs (if he was still alive), Richard Dean Anderson (or Michael Shanks) & Michael Bay.

TV or Movies?
Both really. If I really had to chose then Movies.








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Sunday, January 3, 2016

R.K. Gold Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you...

My name is R.K. Gold; I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I went to the University of Maryland where I earned a Bachelors Degree in English. I have two book releases planned for 2016 with my publisher Weasel Press and am planning on attending Grad School for Economics.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?

I mostly write magical realism. I like to think how ordinary life would react to extraordinary events. Just sort of drop something fantastic in the real world and see if people embrace it, freak out, ignore it, etc. Though I sometimes write crime, and satire.

When did you start writing?

I have been writing my entire life, but to be honest, growing up it was more talking about writing than actually doing it. You know what I mean, when you write that one story in 3rd grade and it’s all you can talk about until you’re 13. Yeah that was me sadly. The funny thing is back then I hated reading. The first book I ever read for fun was Ender’s Game. I read that freshman year of high school.

I only started writing legitimately in January/February 2014. I published my first work that year in various journals, and wrote my first book in March that year.

Why do you write? 

It’s just what I love to do. It makes me happy. My day doesn’t feel complete unless I hit my minimum reading and writing goals.

What would be your choice for a superpower?

Either super speed, because I would abuse it and set sprinting world records, but like only by a second and half or something like that so I could live the life of a super athlete. Or I would want the power to master any ability just by thinking about it.

Who is your favorite author? 

Where to begin? I mean I try to base my career on Stephen King’s success. The last book I read was Skin Cage by indie author Nico Laeser. If I’m in the mood for a fun quick read I’ll pick up Grisham. I love Vonnegut. If I’m going the comic book route I favor Alan Moore. And if I want to give the sexy answer to impress people I’ll probably recite Langston Hughes’ Dream Deffered:
“What happens to a dream deferred? 

Does it dry up 
Like a raisin in the sun?”

What are you reading now? 
I am currently reading Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich and Going Under by Silas Payton

Who is your favorite character to write?

I like writing characters who were once successful, then completely fell off the deep end and have gone a little crazy. They usually have a lot of bizarre quirks.

Do you have a writing process? 

I usually am able to sit down anywhere and knock out at least a thousand words, but if I’m having trouble focusing I like sitting at my kitchen table with the shades pulled back. A lot of natural light.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Read every day and write every day. Also, Google is the best mentor you can find. Whenever I have had a question I have literally just Googled it.

What inspired you to pursue writing?

I just realized that it’s possible to turn into a career if you’re willing to treat it like a job. It can’t be something you just do every once in a while when you’re feeling inspired. The more you treat it like an actual 9-5 the more of a career it becomes.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?

My favorite movie is a toss up; if I need a serious action packed flick I will watch V for Vendetta; if I need something a little more relaxing and funny I will watch Midnight in Paris. As for television shows, I go through bouts of loving Anime like Attack on Titan and Full Metal Alchemist, but then I also am all for binging sitcoms when I need to just sink into a couch and disappear for a day.

What are your current projects?

I have two books coming out in 2016 (so far). The first is titled Brinwood and it’s a novella about a fictional town called Brinwood, which was taken over by a religious cult. The second is titled God Hates You Too, and it’s about a med school drop out, turned author, who is obsessed with killing God. That is due to come out summer 2016

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

It is pretty easy for me to trust a dog lover.

Quick Fire:

Cats or dogs?
Dogs- though to be honest I love all animals.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee- but I do drink a fair amount of tea as well.

Favorite food?
Pizza with pineapples and jalapeƱos

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Vanila

What are 3 things you never leave home without?
Travel size Listerine, a beanie, my wallet.

Laptop or desktop?
Laptop

Who are 3 famous people you would like to hang out with?
Stephen King, Robert Reich, and Obama

TV or Movies?
Yes… Final answer.






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Monday, November 30, 2015

Jessica Jones Review


Good afternoon readers, writers and anyone else who happens to read my blog these days!

Netlfix Promo Screen
I wanted to chime in on the Jessica Jones series that just dropped last weekend on Netflix. I finally finished it. 

Twice.

****Spoilers ahead**** If you haven't finished watching the 13 part series, turn back now!
You've been warned....

First off, I wanted to say that it was very well done (4.5 out of 5 stars)--well-written and acted alike. Krysten Ritter surprised me in the role, able to pull off the ‘superhero’ moments better than I would have expected. The character she portrays is certainly dark and tormented, which we have seen from her before (Breaking Bad leaps to mind), but I wasn’t expecting much in the way of action, but she pulled it off very well.

The performers were extremely well cast and I enjoyed the acting choices of Luke Cage (Michael Colter), Patricia "Trish" Walker (Rachael Taylor) and especially Kilgrave (David Tennant) in particular. Even the supporting cast of characters were excellent in their portrayals, moving along the character development of Jessica, and fleshing out the world just a little bit more for the viewer.

NUKE!
I very much enjoyed Wil Traval’s version of the Will Simpson character, and when he said ‘gimme a red’, I got chills. Comic Book fans of Daredevil back in the mid 80’s will know the reference (and yes I know he was in other stuff, but Frank Miller’s writing is second to none.)

Rachael Taylor cast as Patricia Walker also ‘nailed it’, (plus she is some serious eye candy), and the character had some serious depth and she portrayed it well, fighting the demons from her past. The fact that she lives in a fortress, takes Krav Maga (I believe), and is willing to do whatever it takes to save Jess, really adds to her character depth as well as her love of Jessica. I think she was a wonderful choice for what I assume will soon be the hero known as Hellcat in the upcoming Defenders series.  The fight between her and Simpson in Jones’ apartment was extremely well choreographed too, almost as good as the one at the end of episode 2 of Daredevil (the hallway fight scene).

Be my Hellcat?
David Tennant played Kilgrave-- an extremely juvenile, twisted, egocentric mess of a man--to a “T’. His portrayal was good enough to win an award, in my humble opinion. His whimsical approach and his simplistic yet misguided disregard for anyone or anything, is undeniable. It is also pathetic to the point where he tugs at your heartstrings ever so slightly for pangs of sympathy, due to his childhood and lack of guidance over the years.

On to the minor quibbles…why no mention of Daredevil or anyone in Daredevil, until episode 13? I mean, they were dealing with lawyers for Chrissake?! I thought this one major ball drop could have at least been rectified by even mentioning the firm of Nelson and Murdock Law Office in their travels. The only way this is forgivable would be to say that the firm hadn’t existed yet, but the arrival of Nurse Claire Temple would indicate that the time frames are somewhat parallel.

Okay, so no Murdock, or any mention of he or Foggy, and I can understand it to a point. That point being that they wanted the show to stand on its own. I applaud that noble idea. But, as i said, a few name-drops would have been amazing as they are not only the same universe, but they are both in Hell's Kitchen! I cant believe that the characters have never bumped into each other. No mention of Fisk, or Landman and Zack, where Foggy's ex-girlfriend works, or anything else really identifiable, that would have tied the two series together. I know they mentioned the 'incident', the 'green guy', and the 'flag-waver', but it would have been nice to see someone else from the Daredevil series (no disrespect to Rosario Dawson.)

So, all in all, the series was excellent, and well worth watching. I cant wait to see Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Defenders, and above all, more Rachael Taylor, hopefully gouging out the villain's eyes as Hellcat! 

Bye for now....



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Monday, October 26, 2015

What happened to Glenn on The Walking Dead?

**SPOILERS BELOW, so if you haven't watched last night's episode, go away***

Okay, so, first off, I haven't written a blog post in a while about anything and here I am again, but I'm quite off topic. BUT, the reason for the post has everything to do with writing, speculation, and where you might go with the story line, etc.

That said, here is my take on what happened last night on #TWD.


Dead or Alive?
I believe Glen is somehow alive still. The way they filmed it, did not confirm his death last night on Talking Dead​, makes me think that he is still alive. just my initial guess.

Secondly, and this is completely from the dark side of my brain, and what I would do if I was writing this show, is really mind-eff the audience.

If I were writing The Walking Dead, I might do something along the lines of...Glenn is alive, but when someone goes back to the area, they find his pocket watch, and some other belongings that are unmistakably his.

They bring the materials back to the camp, while glenn is either lost (he repeatedly asked Nicholas 'which way?!' last night) OR he is taken by the Wolves (who may or may not be working with ENID, yes, yet another theory) and cannot find his way back so the group believes he is dead.

Maggie, in turn, takes her own life before Glenn finally escapes/returns, only to find this happened and...well....its The Walking Dead, so you can guess the rest. 

Now, what would you do or what do you think will happen next? PLEASE DISCUSS!





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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Stephanie O' Brien Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you, Stephanie... 

I’m a genre-hopping fan and creator of fiction, who spends more time with my head in fictional worlds than is entirely good for my schedule and navigational skills. (Oh, I was supposed to turn left there? Shoot, I was busy writing a novel in my head.) My favorites tend to be sci-fi stories, but I also love fantasy, and if something is really good, genre is no object.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider them? 
I’ve written in multiple genres. “My Fugitive” and “Voice of a Silent Fugitive” are wartime psychological suspense novels, starring a mute, wounded warrior and a young civilian girl who are trying to keep each other alive in enemy territory. “Heroic Lies” is a superhero sci-fi novel which takes the classic hero-villain-reporter trio and puts a dark new spin on it, and “Catigrl Roommate” is a comedy novel.

When did you start writing? 
About as early as I knew how. I finished my first full-length novel when I was 12, and wrote a short book and a few half-finished projects before then.

Why do you write? 
Because I enjoy it. I like creating and exploring worlds and characters, and evoking emotions, that reflect and yet differ from the ones we encounter in everyday life.

What would be your choice for a superpower? 
The ability to magically create any object I wanted, with no negative side effects to myself or the universe. This would pretty much enable me to replicate any other superpower.

Who is your favorite author? 
That’s a tough one, but I’m going to say Karen Hancock.

What are you reading now? 
 “The Wizard’s First Rule”.

Who is your favorite character to write? 
I think so far Zorei from “Heroic Lies” has been my favorite. He’s one of those rare gems who practically writes himself, but I enjoyed writing Alexandra, too. They play off each other so well.

Do you have a writing process? 
 First, I write a quick outline. As much of each scene as pops into my head at the time. This lets me see an outline of the whole story, and rearrange parts of it if need be to ensure that it flows well and that all the events are in order. Then I go through the whole book and flesh it out. If a new scene pops into my head, or I get a burst of inspiration to write a scene later in the book, I write it down and then go back to where I left off.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 
For one thing, don’t wait to write “candy bar scenes” until you get to that part of the book. If you’ve got a scene that you’re REALLY looking forward to writing, and it’s vivid and wonderful in your mind, write it down NOW. There have been several times when I’ve had an amazing scene write itself in my head, but I waited for months to actually type it out, and by the time it did, the sparkle was gone. It was three times as hard to write, and the result was half as good.

Another piece of advice is, don’t be afraid to make your characters really unusual or unique. Give them quirks, even if the characters and quirks are minor. How many times have you seen a minor character become an internet sensation, just because people loved the one little oddity that they displayed?

A third is to remember that bestselling authors are just that: best SELLING authors, not best WRITING authors. I really hated this piece of advice when I got it, but it’s true: if you don’t sell many books, it isn’t necessarily because you’re a bad writer; it’s because you aren’t marketing and selling your book effectively. So if you plan to self-publish, or even if you want to catch a publisher’s attention, you need to learn how to get people interested.

What inspired you to pursue writing? 
As noted earlier, I enjoy it. Despite my above advice, I’ll admit that I probably don’t spend nearly enough time marketing my books, because most of my marketing efforts are focused on my other business. And yet, I keep writing, because I like it.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing? 
“Farscape” is my current favorite. “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”, “Firefly”, “Serenity”, and “Star Trek” are also high on my list.

What are your current projects? 
I’m currently working on a comedy novel for cat lovers, called “Catgirl Roommate”. It’s about a poor college student who accepted an offer of free rent in exchange for taking care of his “special needs” roommate. Unfortunately for him, his new roommate is a catgirl. She’s the size of a human, but with all the bad habits of a cat, so I’m sure the cat owners reading this can imagine the crap he has to put up with.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers? 
Would it be cliche and obvious of me to say “check out my books”? Haha. (PS. Go check out her books here! ~ GFV) Just as importantly, for all the fans and writers who are reading this: have fun with it, fearlessly. If you have a story to write, go and write it, just the way you want to – not the way that you think will sell best, or the way you think other people want you to write it. And if you have a story or franchise you totally adore, geek out about it. Get into communities of people who share your passion, and be honest about your obsession. After all, fiction helps us to connect with each other, and with parts of ourselves that don’t have enough room to stretch their legs in day-to-day life, so why not love it?

Quick Fire:
Cats or dogs? Cats, even if their bad behaviour inspired me to write a book.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Favorite food? Chocolate.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate, of course. :)
What are 3 things you never leave home without? My purse, the clothes on my back, and my cell phone.
Laptop or desktop? Laptop.
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with? Masashi Kishimoto, Wayne Pygram, and Mary Morrissey.
TV or Movies? TV. I like how it has more time to develop the characters, world and plot.




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Monday, May 25, 2015

Wothlondia Rising Cover Update


I have decided to try something new on older cover art. Wothlondia Rising,  my free anthology of short stories that introduces the reader to each of my main characters in the subsequent novels, has undergone a slight transformation.

What do you think?








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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rae Elliott Interview


Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider them?
I write mostly in the Fantasy, Science Fiction, and YA genres.

When did you start writing? 
As long as I can remember I've been writing, but if I had to narrow it down, I’d say my first memory hits on the age of six.

Why do you write? 
Because it is my undying passion. I cannot imagine not writing, and I wouldn’t be whole if I couldn’t express my thoughts, my views, through stories and characters that speak to other readers. I know it is my strong suit, but I feel it is more than just a hobby.

What would be your choice for a superpower? 
I think I would be a morpher or body changer, so that I could become anything that suits the occasion, or the need.

Who is your favorite author? 
 Man that is a really tough one. I have a huge nostalgia-inducing pull towards J.R.R Tolkien, but I often love how F. Scott Fitzgerald puts a really beautiful and unique perspective on a person or the world in just a few words.

What are you reading now? 
Unfortunately, nothing too fantastical. Really, just indie author homework. How to Market Ebooks, gain loyal readership- those sort of books. And quite a few at a time.

Who is your favorite character to write? 
My favorite character I have written thus far has to be my main female character in my science fiction novel Fractured. Queen Darphina. She is a battered wife and mother, but she shows complete selflessness and unwavering bravery in the face of a man who could kill her and their beloved children with ease. That man being her husband, King Magnus.

Do you have a writing process? 
My writing process usually goes like this: I have a wild idea, begin writing it down right away, maybe even making it five or six chapters in, and then once the writing spree is over, I look it all over again. By that point I re-flesh the whole thing out, organize it, and change up a mess of things, including major edits like character or chapter cuts. Then I typically read it to a willing ear, usually my husband, and he helps me flesh out the ideas a bit better. That process gets repeated.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
 The writing advice I can give other authors is the same question that guides me with every book I create: "Why does your reader care?" If your reader does not care about your characters and what happens to them, then you have no audience no matter what genre you write in.

What inspired you to pursue writing? 
The fact that I have always loved writing stories and found that it was my strong suit. Over anything else I have ever done, my love and passion always comes back to writing stories. I knew I had to try to make some kind of a career off of it, and even if it doesn’t go anywhere, at least I shared my story with a few people out there.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing? 
Oh man. This list is too long for words but I’ll sum it up. Favorite shows: Freaks and Geeks, The Blacklist, Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Parks and Recreation, Broadchurch. And, a few movie faves include: The Lord of the Rings Series, Gladiator, Frequency, Forest Gump, The Planet of The Apes, Brave, Ever After, Wall-E, The Count of Monte Cristo, Man of Steel, and the list could go on.

What are your current projects? 
I am always in the middle of a few different projects, but to narrow it down I'm in the final editing stage of two different books. One is the first in a Fantasy/thriller/YA series called "Treefell: Legend of the Wood", and the next is a how-to-guide for indie authors about marketing their work on Pinterest to their advantage.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers? 
I hope you enjoy my books, each story is meant to speak a very real problem one and all have either faced ourselves or have seen the results of. I think a lesson can be learned from each character and what course they choose, in the face of real, relatable problems.



Quick Fire:Cats or dogs? Always Dogs.
Coffee or tea? Tea
Favorite food? Thai food.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate
What are 3 things you never leave home without? My wallet, my phone, and my Nintendo 3DS.
Laptop or desktop? Laptop




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Monday, March 30, 2015

Rachel Pattinson Interview

First off, tell us a little bit about you, Rachel...
Hi Gary, thanks for having me today! I'm Rachel and I'm a Young Adult sci-fi author. I'm 24 years old and I'm an English girl, born and raised. I love tea, cake, Lord of the Rings, bread and butter, and rain. You have to learn to love the rain if you grow up in the north of England.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?
I write YA science fiction. Sci-fi is a genre I kind of accidentally fell into; all my previous attempts at writing have been YA dystopian/apocalyptic novels. I never set out thinking that I'd end up writing science fiction. Don't get me wrong, I love science fiction films and I love reading other YA sci-fi books – learning about new technology/civilizations and the way in which these things impact on society have always fascinated me. But it wasn't until I was a good halfway through writing Synthetica that I even realised I was writing sci-fi. I just thought I was writing a 'futuristic' YA novel...it wasn't until I had to define it in a category for my query letters that I realised it was, in fact, sci-fi. And now, I can't seem to stop thinking of other science fiction stories to write...

When did you start writing? 
I don't remember a time when I wasn't writing. Even in primary school, I remember folding up coloured pieces of A4 paper to make a book, scribbling a story in the first few pages and then abandoning it (that habit hasn't actually changed that much – only, now I use a computer rather than random bits of paper). Making up stories has been the only thing that's been constant throughout my life – I've never doubted I'd become a writer one day, but it's only in the past few years that I've decided to take that ambition seriously. I first started writing novels three years ago, when I was about to graduate from university. It was while I was waiting to hear back from the hundreds of job applications I'd sent out that I decided to write my first novel and see what became of it. I've stopped and started a lost of books over the last few years, but I finally feel like I'm ready to take my writing career seriously.

Why do you write? 
I write because I simply can't imagine not writing. I'm always making up stories and characters in my head. Apparently some people narrate their life in their minds – I make up stories in mine. Most of the time when someone is talking to me, my mind will start to wander and I'll be making up whole worlds in my head, when I'm actually supposed to be listening to what they're saying. This is a very bad habit, but I can't seem to stop myself!

What would be your choice for a superpower?
Fire. Lots of fire. The ability to conjure up fire from your fingertips has always fascinated me – it looks cool, and no one would ever dare to mess with you again.

Who is your favorite author? 
I've loved J.R.R. Tolkien ever since I first read LOTR at ten years old. He's the only author I've bothered buying other works/companion novels for. I'm so in love with Middle Earth and it's rich history – there are times when I forget it's made up! But lately, I have to say that George R.R. Martin has competed for my affections too – probably because Westeros is just as rich in history and characters as Middle Earth!

What are you reading now
? I've just finished reading Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Having suffered from panic attacks in the past, and continuing to suffer from anxiety now, I found this book incredibly liberating. I was going through a rough patch when I bought it, and it really opened my eyes and made me realise that no one has to suffer depression alone. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has, or has experienced depression and anxiety. I've also been hoarding books for my Easter break – including Half Wild by Sally Green, Burning Kingdoms by Lauren Destefano, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater, so I'm really looking forward to taking break and digging into them over the next few weeks!

Who is your favorite character to write? 
This is a hard one to answer! Although I love all the characters in Synthetica, there are two in particular that I couldn't wait to write: Clay Winterbourne and the Hacker. I loved writing Clay's chapters because he's such a misery guts and he's got such an intriguing background, that I could have a lot of fun exploring his reactions to certain situations. He's not used to being around people and suddenly he's thrown into this situation where he not only has to interact with people, but he also has to go back to the Imperial City and try to face his personal demons head on. He's turned his back on the city that framed him for murder, but he has to decide whether he's stubborn enough to refuse help to someone who genuinely needs him.

And the Hacker – well, who doesn't love writing about villains? I always knew I wanted the Hacker's POV dispersed throughout the novel, so we could get a sense of his motivations and why he was committing the crimes he did. It was a challenge to get across his personality in such short scenes, while also making him a bit of an enigma. The Hacker continued to surprise me throughout the book – I always knew he was going to be a sociopath, but I found myself constantly wondering exactly how far he'd go to achieve his goals. He's a man who genuinely has no regard for human life, which makes the stakes all the higher when Anais encounters him.

Do you have a writing process? 
When I first think of an idea, I'll quickly jot it down on my phone or on a piece of paper. On my laptop, I have a special folder called 'Ideas', and in that folder is a file called 'Random Notes'. Any story idea I have, no matter how weird or stupid, goes in there. Although I'll probably never write 90% of the novel ideas that are in there, I think it's a good practice to have, as it gets me used to thinking about different stories and characters. Occasionally, I'll think of an idea that I just can't get out of my head, and I'll be thinking about it constantly on my commute to work, while I'm at work, while I'm watching TV...it's when I get one of these ideas that I'll create a brand new Word doc on my laptop and write down every singly thing that occurs to me about that story. It might take a few weeks or months, but eventually, I'll bring all these notes together and start plotting the outline of the novel. Once I have an outline, I'll write my detailed synopsis, which is where I get to plan out every stage of the novel to see if it works. Then I'll leave that synopsis alone for a month or so, and it's only when I've come back and looked at it with fresh eyes that I'll finally start to write the actual novel. As you can probably tell, I'm definitely a planner when it comes to writing novels!

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 
Don't give up. I'm not going to lie - writing a book is hard. It takes a lot of perseverance. There are times when you're halfway through writing your first draft and you suddenly realise everything you've written is awful, or you've written in a character that doesn't work with your plot anymore, or you've just spotted a gaping plot hole. It can be disheartening, but remember, no first draft is perfect. Just keep going, and eventually it all comes together. First drafts (and second, and third , and fourth drafts...) can always be rewritten and restructured, so just keep writing. You can change the words you've written, but you can't change anything on a blank page.

What inspired you to pursue writing?
Even though I've always imagined I'd become an author one day, it's actually my anxiety that has been the main driving force behind my writing. After university I was stuck in such a dark place, and one day I said to myself, 'you know what? I'm not going to let this stop me anymore.' There have been times when I thought I've never achieve my dream; but each time my anxiety has come back, I've forced myself to slow down, take a break and remind myself that I'm the only one in control of my life. If I want to write, I will. I'm not going to let my mental health define me, or keep me back from my dreams.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?
My favourite TV shows at the moment are Better Call Saul, American Horror Story and Orange Is the New Black. I love anything with a strong plot and characters that break the mould. Me and my partner tend to binge watch Netflix over the weekends, so we're constantly on the lookout for new shows!

What are your current projects?
At the moment, I'm currently having a lot of fun writing the sequel to Synthetica, which I hope will be published before the end of the year. Just a word of warning - if you thought Synthetica was dark, it's nothing compared to what's in store for book two *evil laugh*.

I'm also currently outlining an idea for a standalone novel, which I'm working on during my breaks from the Synthetica series. Nowadays, people seem to put a lot of emphasis on the amount of 'likes' or attention they get on social media (myself included), and this got me thinking – what if you took this concept and applied it to a situation where it actually mattered how many 'likes' you received? For example what if in this world, the amount of 'likes' you had decided whether you lived or died...? I'm super excited to explore this idea, although at the moment I'm having a hard time getting the characters of Synthetica out of my head!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
I can't express how grateful I am for everyone's support both while writing and publishing Synthetica. For an indie author like me, your support means everything, so thank you so much! Without your support and encouragement, I wouldn't be where I am today. Every single day, it's the thought of my readers that inspires me and keeps pushing me forward, even when I feel like giving up. Without you, I wouldn't be able to do the job that I've been dreaming about for so long – so, thank you :).

Quick Fire:
Cats or dogs? Cats
Coffee or tea? Tea – I am English after all
Favorite food? Cake. Any kind of cake.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla
What are 3 things you never leave home without? My phone, my purse and my glasses
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Who are 3 famous people you would like to hang out with? Jennifer Lawrence, J.K. Rowling and Barack Obama
TV or Movies? TV – it lasts longer

About the author
Rachel Pattinson graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA Hons in Publishing Media. Born and raised in the north of England, she shares a love for anything to do with tea, cake, bread and butter, rain, the dark, lakes, fells and Lord of the Rings. She now lives in Norfolk with her partner in crime, and is currently working on several new projects, including the sequel to Synthetica. Find out more at www.rachelpattinson.blogspot.co.uk and follow her on Twitter: @REPattinson1

Author links
Twitter: @REPattinson1
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25003055-synthetica?ac=1
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Synthetica-Rachel-Pattinson-ebook/dp/B00V5D68P2/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_2




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All Artwork and covers of my works by William J. Kenney & Carlos Cara

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Jeff Roberts Interview


I've recently had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey Roberts, writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy. Author of THE HEALER. Jeff, thanks for stopping by and sharing with the readers of the blog over here and best of luck moving forward. So, let's discover some info about Jeff....

First off, tell us a little bit about you
I was born in New York City on 2/24/1949. I attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ, where I received degrees in writing and American history. I’m an advocate of disclosing the truth about UFO’s; I’m an airplane freak, and I’ve lived in Tucson, AZ for 4 years, having moved from my hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider them? 
 I write science fiction, horror, fantasy, and comedy/fantasy.

When did you start writing? 
I started writing in college.

Why do you write? 
To create worlds that never were – but might; characters that never existed – but could; and strange situations in this life- and others that can only be imagined.

What would be your choice for a superpower? 
I think perhaps either invisibility, or the power of teleportation.

Who is your favorite author? 
 I have no 1 favorite author, but several come to mind: Ray Bradbury, James Thurber, Thornton Wilder, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury – and I kind of like me, at the risk of sounding conceited!


What are you reading now? 
Nothing right now. Too busy writing and promoting.

Who is your favorite character to write? 
The underdog, the iconoclast that saves the day and gains new found respect.

Do you have a writing process? 
 I write in long hand first, on black & white composition books, where I edit ceaselessly until it looks like I’ve hemorrhaged all over it. Then I transfer the final version to my computer, on WORD 2007.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 
Buy all the books you can about the craft of writing, study them—then toss them in the garbage! Because if you follow them to the letter, your book will end up bloodless, like a dry textbook. And it will read like everyone else that did the exact same thing! Do you think Hemingway or Steinbeck followed all the rules? Hardly. They had their “Own voice”. Develop your own voice, your own style! March to the beat of a different drummer, and you’ll be remembered for it!

What inspired you to pursue writing? 
Hard to say. My Dad was a writer for radio after the war. Perhaps creativity is genetic. I reasoned that since I didn’t have the math skills to be an astronautical engineer with NASA, I would use the one mental gift I did have, a creative mind- to write stories that challenge the imagination.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing? 
Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Constantine, Supernatural, Scorpion, and Ghost Adventures, to name a few. Plus the History and Travel channel.

What are your current projects? 
My next book, a fantasy entitled IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOUSE OF GOD, should be out in about a month, and I’m working on a horror novel, THE HORROR ON THE HMS COTTINGLY.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers? 
Please buy THE HEALER, by Jeffrey G. Roberts! It is a 5-star science fiction novel whose plot has never been done before!


Quick Fire: Cats or dogs? Cats, but I adore puppies, and all animals.
Coffee or tea? Coffee, but I enjoy tea also.
Favorite food? Anything that doesn’t eat me first! But out of many things, probably steak and pizza.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Definitely chocolate.
What are 3 things you never leave home without? My clothes, my wallet, and my phone.
Laptop or desktop? Laptop, a HP 2000.
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with? Nikola Tesla, Capt. Glenn Edwards, for whom Edwards A.F.B. was named after, and scientist Dr. Thomas Townshend Brown, who experimented with electrostatic propulsion in the 50’s.
TV or Movies? TV.




Visit me on my AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE to borrow any of my books for FREE!

Best-selling author of Wake the Dead! On Amazon Kindle here!

All Artwork and covers of my works by William J. Kenney & Carlos Cara

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