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Interview with Cheyanne Young — Overpowered

Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat that is plotting to take over the world, one scratched up welcome mat at a time.

She’s a cubicle dweller and all around sarcastic weirdo by day. But at night, Cheyanne can be found furiously typing on her computer, probably complaining on Twitter about how she should be writing. When she’s not honing her procrastination skills, she’s writing books for teenagers. She is the author of several books for teens and recently turned her love of superheroes and writing for teens into books about teenage superheroes.

Interview with Author Cheyanne Youngauthorphotoshoot 015 
author of Overpowered.
8/28/2014

 

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?
Some of my ideas come from personal experience, some come from random daydreams and often, my ideas come to me from absolutely nowhere but my crazy, over caffeinated mind. I never know when inspiration will strike, but when it does, I better have a notebook to write it down. My cell phone is full of text messages to myself with half-baked sentence fragments that I might never actually turn into a story. Such is the life of a writer.
PoweredAllBlackEbookWhat is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m an inbetweener. I usually have a rough outline in my mind and sometimes I write it down, but usually I don’t. For more intense plots, like with the Powered Trilogy, I have it all written down to avoid plot holes but I use a lot of leeway in following the outline. Things change and my characters tend to do what they want to do, not what I want them to do, so in the end, it’s a mixture of half pants/half plots.
Once you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?
I just write. I’m terrible at research. Plus the greatest research is just using my own head to think up stuff. ;) Any real research, like for specific facts and places, is usually done in the editing process, while I whine and complain about how much I hate research…
What is your daily writing time like?
I have a full time day job and a family, so my writing time is hectic. I always wake up early on the weekends so I can hide out and get a few hours of writing time before anyone else wakes up. On weekdays, I write during my lunch break at work and then again before I go to bed. It’s hard, but I find the time.
91VwAwRzrtL._SL1500_Are you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision. If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?
Wouldn’t that be the dream? Writing is my hobby and it’s something I’m passionate about, but with an ever growing market of indie published books, my little ol’ books will never earn enough to pay the bills and the health insurance and retirement, and let’s not forget my addiction to buying nail polish. It’s a sad and harsh truth, but I know I’ll be stuck at my day job until the day I die. And no, I’m not bitter about it… Not at all…
Can you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)
After dealing with 2 agents I decided to self publish under a pen name “for fun”… it ended up being a lot more than just fun and I then chose to ditch the trad publishing game and strike out on my own. I don’t regret it one bit. I like being in control of everything and learning what works and what doesn’t work. I like knowing that if my books succeed, then it’s because they’re good books and not because they had big money spent on marketing to force them to succeed.
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What is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.
Book 2 in my YA superhero trilogy just came out and I’m excited about it! It’s called OVERPOWERED and it follows Hero Maci Might’s journeys to save someone who is a known villain from being put to death. There’s action and fighting and love and teenage angst. I love it.
Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?
I have a backlog of YA romance books and a novella trilogy of NA romance, but I recently decided to become a full time superhero author, wherein I will combine my love of love and my love of superheroes into stories about heroes who might occasionally fall in love. I’m more than excited about what the future holds for my superhero book ideas. As for appearances, you can find me at the Sephora in Baybrook Mall more often than I should be, and I frequently make appearances at Taco Bell to get one of those amazing Dr. Pepper vanilla slushy things. Butttt in a bookish sense, I am trying my hardest to get into a book convention either in Texas or the surrounding states. If you know of any, let me know!
81yeVE88SrL._SL1500_As an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?
My biggest advice is more mental instead of technical… Focus on your own journey. Don’t worry about what other writers are doing or you’ll drive yourself crazy with envy and stress. Just keep your eyes focused on where you want to go and you’ll get there when it’s meant to be. And don’t give up if it’s what you truly want to do. That’s something I tell myself about once a week, because trust me, you’ll want to quit. You’ll want to quit more than you’ll want to not quit. But it’s worth it.
Who is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?
Sorry in advance, but it is impossible for me to name one!
Sarah Dessen – Keeping the Moon
Nikki Godwin – Falling From the Sky
RJ Ross – The entire Cape High Series
John Green – Looking for Alaska
Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park
If you would like more information about Cheyanne Young you can find information about her books at AmazonTwitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest, and on her website.
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Interview with Frank Byrns — Things to Come

Frank Byrns lives in suburban Maryland with his wife and children, where he writes about superheroes, criminals, and sometimes baseball. His stories have been published in a wide variety of markets, including Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Everyday Fiction, Stymie, Powder Burn Flash, WW Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction, and as a member of the Pen and Cape Society

Byrns has chronicled the continuing adventures of classic pulp characters like Jim Anthony, Super-Detective and The Black Bat for Airship27, and shared his most popular original character, Adonis Morgan, through Pro Se Productions. His superhero fiction has been collected into three volumes: My Father’s Son (2004), Requiem (2006), and Things to Come (2009), all recently re-released for the Kindle. In a previous life, he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of A Thousand Faces, the Quarterly Journal of Superhuman Fiction, which ran for 14 issues between 2007 and 2010.

 

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author of Things to Come
8/14/2014

 

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?

Everywhere, really. I read a lot – not just books, but magazine articles, newspapers, all kinds of stuff. You never know where an idea will strike you, you just have to put yourself in position to recognize one when you see it. The story I wrote for the Pen & Cape anthology (available for FREE everywhere fine ebooks are sold!) came from one of my favorite music groups, The Civil Wars, who are no longer together. The story of their breakup got me to thinking about partnerships that end when priorities change after one partner has a kid, that sort of thing.

 

Things to ComeWhat is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little bit of both, but mostly a pantser. I like to start with one image, one line of dialogue, one idea, then just see where it goes. Once I get an idea of where the story is headed, I may slow down a bit and plot out the rest to make sure I end up with a good ending, but not always. Depends on the story. So is that enough of a non-answer? I guess I’m a pantser for interview questions….

 

reqOnce you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?

I just start writing. The world-building has to come organically for me, as a part of the story, or else it feels stiff and forced. I hate that as a reader, so I really try not to do that in my writing. Most of my stories take place in a world exactly like ours, anyway, with the key difference being that a few of us have some sort of extra ability or power.

 

What is your daily writing time like?

Inconsistent. I wish I could say it was daily. I grab a few minutes here and there, sometimes a few hours here and there. I have to work to find time to do the work. But it works out.

 

91PQ8XMK3jL._SL1500_Are you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision. If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?

I am not a full time writer. Sure, I would love to be, and will if it ever becomes financially feasible. But not right now.

 

71Mhi0kb9pLCan you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)

My new book, Adonis Morgan: Nobody Special, is due in late summer / early fall from Pro Se Press. Tommy Hancock and his group have been great to work with so far — I’ve done some editing for them in the past, but this is my first time publishing with them, and I’m looking forward to it. Previously, I self-published three collections of superhero short stories that had been earlier published in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, so this is a bit different for me. But so far, so good.

 

GoodfightWhat is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.

The new book is Adonis Morgan: Nobody Special, a collection of five stories featuring Adonis Morgan, who has proven to be one of my most popular characters. I’ve written several stories featuring or at least costarring him, and the reader response has always been pretty good. He’s a guy who used to be a superhero, but quit some time ago. Now he’s just trying to be an ordinary guy leading an ordinary life, but trouble has a way of finding him (of course). In this collection, you’ll read about his time as a Hollywood stuntman, a limo driver, a cab driver, and a politician’s bodyguard. Two of the stories are reprints, and three are brand-new. I think that the featured story in the book, “A Foregone Conclusion”, is one of the best I’ve ever written.

 

Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?

I’m mostly known for my superhero stories, but I also write a bit in other genres. I’ve been having some success in the crime genre of late — I’ve published stories at Shotgun Honey, Plan B, and Beat to a Pulp, among others. Hopefully I’ll have enough stuff in the near future to put out another collection of shorts. I’ve also published some ‘literary fiction’ — I hate the term, but there it is. Non-genre, I guess. I’ve had a few things in Everyday Fiction, the WW Norton Anthology of Hint FictionStymie. The Washington Post. I’ve also done some ghostwriting, but we can’t really talk about that, can we? I’m kidding. But don’t ask. Seriously.

 

91cOn8gGTUL._SL1500_As an author, what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?

Just keep working. Keep writing. And keep reading. Write what you like — don’t write something that you think you can sell, or what you think the market will bear. Write something you’d like to read, and if it’s good enough, somebody else will want to read it, too. And if you find enough of those people, well, then you’re on to something. Then write some more.

 

81a7pNmNJZL._SL1500_Who is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?

Boy, so many. I don’t read a lot of superhero fiction, for one reason or another. I tend to gravitate towards crime fiction as a reader: George Pelecanos is probably my favorite (start with The Big Blowdown or King Suckerman). James Lee Burke. James Sallis. Greg Rucka. Elmore Leonard. Ace Atkins. Tom Franklin. Neil Gaiman. Stewart O’Nan. A lot of comics — Brubaker. Bendis. Astro City. I could go on.

 

If you would like more information about Frank Byrns you can find his books on Amazon, and updates about his writing on Facebook Twitter, Goodreads, and on his website.

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Announcing: Starborne Academy

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Name of Web-Serial: Starborne Academy
Posting Schedule:  Sunday
Post Minimum: 250-500 Words
Genres: Superhero, Space Marine, Sci-fi, YA
Graphic Elements: PG

Summary:  Starborne Academy — The elite officer training school for the United Starborne Corps.

Our story follows three female cadets–Elizabeth (Liz) Grissom, Gemini (Gem) Schirra, and Margaret (Peep) Shepard are assigned quarters as roommates on Level-3, Bunk-G.

Each of the girls, sired by genetically altered military families, display unique superpowers that will aide them in their quest to become ensigns in the Corps at graduation. Liz’s is a tracker. With her acute sensory abilities can observe an area and sense anomalies undetectable by natural human perception. Gem is a technopath. She can intuit any type of machinery or technology human made or otherwise. Peep is omni-lingual and that is just the tip of the iceberg of her quick mental abilities.
Starborne Academy is like Harry Potter meets Enders Game.

 

Starborne Academy: Never Say Die

Trudging along behind her parents, Elizabeth Grissom stepped off the Merino interstellar cruiser to join the new cadets for first muster. Starborne Academy’s welcome center smelled of ozone and afterburn. Looking around Liz noticed several family units from various military branches saying their goodbyes to raw cadets. Her father, Admiral Jace Grissom made sure all the mushy goodbyes happened aboard ship. Fondness was likened to weakness in the Grissom book, at least in public.

As per regulations, Liz had one grey carbon nanotube bag, standard issue, slung over her shoulder. Inside were the only objects from home that she would be allowed until the end of First Year. Starborne Academy rules were binding and strict. Any deviation from the rulebook and a cadet would find themselves on the next transport home,blacklisted from officer eligibility in the United Starborne Corps.

“Liz.” Her father halted their forward progress. “Your mother and I are proud of you and know that you will do your utmost.” The Admiral eyed Liz with his legendary unflinching gaze.

Her mother, Geraldine, wrapped her in one last quick hug that enveloped Liz in night blooming jasmine.“Listen to your father, Darling. But understand we are only a holocall away.”

“Of course, Mother. And I will, Father.”

“Admiral and Mrs. Geraldine!” A largish man in Marine fatigues reached out and slapped Liz’s father on the back.

“Colonel Schirra, It is good see you.” Jace’s voice boomed. “Is this your family?”

The Colonel motioned over a petite woman with long flowing black hair, green eyes and a mirroring girl, both about one and a half meters high. “Yes, Sir. This is my lovely wife Emma and my daughter Gemini. She is a First Year this cycle.”

The Admiral completed the introductions and the adults began a conversation over the state of the military buildup on Terran Prime.

Liz spoke first, “So you’re a First Year? Me too.”

“Good to meet you, Elizabeth. Do you prefer Liz? My friends call me Gem.”

“Liz is good, otherwise I keep looking around for my grandma.”

Attention Cadets and guests! Muster is now underway.
Guests must take all non-sanctioned belongings and return
to the Gallery Deck.

Gem ran to her parents and was enveloped in a round of hugs and kisses.

Liz squared her shoulders and turned to her parents.

“Alright Liz, we will see you at midcycle break.” The Admiral leaned in close and whispered the family motto, “Never say die.”

………………………
Next week. Starborn Academy: First Year: Pull The Wool Over Their Eyes

Every Sunday at 10am join the cadets from 3-G!

Interview with Scott Bachmann — To Thine Own Self Be True

Scott is the owner, author, publisher, web guru, social networker, and letterer for Scottcomics. During the day he manages software projects and teams, writes software, and tries to find uses for his degree in Human Factors Psychology. Scott has two grown boys and a wife he spoils because (he knows what is good for him) she has stuck around for 25+ years. They have two dogs and every Pokemon. Once in awhile he actually sleeps like a Snorlax.

Interview with Scott BachmannIMG_0160 
author of To Thine Own 
Self Be True
8/7/2014

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?
Ideas are everywhere, the problem is more what to do with the ideas. I take notes when I wake up in the morning if a dream struck me a certain way. When I hear an interesting bit of dialog, I jot it down. When something amuses me I put it on FB or twitter.

My problem tends to be more of an idea for a theme lacks a plot, or a plot lacks a character, or a character lacks a world. So I let the ideas float around and I occasionally try and fit them together like Legos, seeing if something sticks in a way I like.

I like to people watch, I like to get out in the world and explore, I love to travel. Every experience adds ideas for something else. I love oddities and patterns and what makes people laugh. For example, when I was in England I noted how the Irish, and the Brits, and the Scots loved rocks. They put them behind glass and tell stories about them. Stone masons are known by the way the cut rock facings and repaired rock walls have to be just so. The Romans are gone and so are their walls, the rocks stolen to make nearby homes and buildings. Queen Elizabeth had a stone hidden under her fancy chair when coroneted, the same stone that every monarch in Scotland and England has been, and the stone they’ve nearly gone to war over. The Blarney Stone is a huge attraction in a beautiful land of rock walls that hug the road. Stonehenge – more rock. What to do with those observations? I’m sure it’ll turn up in a story someday.

Sometimes the ideas and story hit all at once. Then I blitz to put it down. No thought to fixing or editing, just let it flow. Making it decent is for the second draft. If I stop to rewrite, I often lose the interest in continuing.

UntitledWhat is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I can’t start a long work until I know how it ends. Novels are exhausting marathons, and I need to know the destination is worth getting too. Then I find the most interesting or most logical starting point in the story that would lead to that ending. The middle bits, the main ones, fall into place. From that much of a roadmap I take the plunge and follow the characters.

When I know the characters well, I’m fine going seat of the pants with just an idea. The characters tell the story, I just write it down. I’ve also found that if I start typing, something will happen. Stuff flows out that I have no idea where it came from, but without a framework of a plot, those ideas are often filed away as unfinished bits of nothing.
So both.

Once you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?
Both? I’m always world building. Sticking ideas together. By the time I started working on my comics universe I had all of the rules and history in place. Bits of this and that all laid down so that the Legos become a house instead of a pile of bricks.

While in the story, if I don’t know something, or want more concrete details, I’ll jump on the internet and research. Or I’ll put a note in the margins to look it up on the second draft. I also know there are a lot of things I don’t know, and I avoid telling stories about things I have to research heavily. I won’t document police procedures, but I will wax rhapsodic about cubicles on a military base. I also naturally tend to use the odd things I learn with my boundless curiosity. I’ve never flown, but my son went to flight school, and I worked on projects that dealt with flight plans, and was involved in research on control tower chatter and NASA’s mission control. From those bits I came up with the hassles a flying human would have crossing the country. It being my world I could change what I wanted, but I put in what I knew. Some bits I double checked. Would I have bothered going into that aspect of the story if I knew nothing about flight? Likely no.

front coverWhat is your daily writing time like?
When I’m working on a Novel it tends to be every day at the same time I write for an hour or so. Usually in the evenings because I’m a night person. That routine means my brain is running story all day, and ready to run when I start. Often I’ll jot down notes or stuff to add or change at odd times of the day or night. Driving is great thinking time.

When I’m writing comics or other works I write in bursts. I write as much as I can until I’m burnt out. Then return to it as soon as I can. Comics go through a lot of rework, and I letter my own comics so I get another pass on writing them after the art is done. A comic can take a few months to a year before I get to letter them, and the artist has done a lot of the support storytelling, so I only have to worry about refining dialog.

In between works I’m always working, promoting, social media, doing conventions. Sell sell sell. Along the way I use things like Facebook and Twitter to focus how to tell the most with the least amount of words. How to refine and focus. I plan to work on longer pieces in the fall, refine in the spring, publish in the summer, then start all over again. Along the way smaller pieces fall into place as the need or the idea strikes. For example, and artist I met wanted to do an 8 page comic with me, so I kept sneaking in time to world build and then script it. There’s so much that goes into a story that never makes it to the page… but you can feel their shadows in what is on the page.

GoodfightAre you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision. If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?
I decided to raise a family, have a career that could support them, and now that they are off on their own I’ve gone back to what I wanted to do, write. Not that I wasn’t sneaking in writing over the years, but nothing of use. I still have huge debts and bills to pay so I work full time. I publish full time. I promote full time. I write on occasion. How do I get it all done? Workaholic mostly. My goal is one new book of some kind for every year I have left of my life. So far I’m ahead of the curve.

Can you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)
Self-publishing is hard as hell. It’s easy to throw a word document onto the net, slightly harder to make it an eBook, and little bit of work to get it into print. Those aren’t books. Books have ISBN numbers on them. Books have to be sold. Books need covers that attract readers. Books need editing. Stories need draft after draft. Books have front matter, complex formatting, and every dang print and eBook publishing type is different. All that work just gets you a book. Selling it is hard. I do 10 conventions a year, have my books available in every digital media possible, and that’s still not enough. Comics are a hundred times harder because there are more people involved and color is a pain. I’d love to have a publisher come along and whisk me away to the land of Mojitos and book tours.

frontWhat is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.
My last novel was my most recent release, it came out spring of this year. It’s a sequel or sorts in that the characters are much the same as the previous book, but the style of the story is very different. The novel is ‘To Thine Own Self Be True’ and falls into the odd category of super hero rom-com. The elevator pitch is that it’s ‘Sex and the City’ with superheroes. The previous book, ‘The Paragon of Animals’ was the origin of my female superhero Paragon. Before and during Paragon came my ongoing comic ‘Our Super Mom’ which tells the stories about Liza after she retires from being Paragon to raise her family. Between the origin and retirement there was a lot of room for stories, and ‘Self’ is the story about how she met her non-powered husband and fell in love. Writing comic stories set in her future made for an interesting time telling stories in Liza’s past. It became holographic storytelling where one story influenced the other. ‘Self’ is intended for adults because the story doesn’t close the bedroom doors, while ‘Our Super Mom’ is all ages. The difference in formats allowed me to push ideas into both even though I know the audience is likely never to be the same.

‘Self’ was never planned to exist. It came about in a discussion on if I had ideas for another book. I said, “No, because I want to save the material for the comic. About the only part that doesn’t fit is how she – um – had her kids.” I was asked why that wasn’t a story and I replied, “There’s no villain. I want this to be a loving couple that stays together – a rarity in comics, so I don’t want either of them to be the antagonist in their relationship. It would color the comic.” But then I thought about it. I thought about what a celebrity couple has to endure. What it’s like to have the press and your job in your face every minute of every day, and I had my villain, us. For a structure I went with the three date rule, but made them the three worst dates ever. Liza is a nerd and shy, so I let her louder girlfriends free reign to speak their mind, and they became a plot all on their own.

Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?
Aside from comics and novels, I’ve written a twisted little illustrated ‘Little Golden Book’, it’s called “Eat the Bunny Before the Bunny Eats You”. It’s about when the chocolate bunnies rise up for revenge. It’s hilarious and wrong. I’m also in the middle of working on a true children’s book. The story is scripted and the art is being done, and when it is done I’ll rewrite a good chunk of it. The conceit is that Unicorns can slice the air with their horns and cut holes between worlds and walk through them. The worlds are the multiverse of possibilities. Our hero is too young to travel, and has to eat grass every day. He decides he hates grass and refuses to eat anymore. After being sent to bed early, his brother comes home and before long has shown him how to leap – and off the little one goes. For the rest of the year I have shows close to home:

front (1)Yellow Springs Book Fair
Aug 16, 2014
Cincinnati Comic Expo
Sep 19-21, 2014
Rosewood Arts Center – Kettering OH
Oct 18, 2014
Champion City Comic Con – Springfield OH
Oct 11, 2014
Akron Comic Con
Nov 8-9, 2014

As an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?
Finish. Whatever it is, finish it. There’s so much to be learned in finishing a work that you won’t know until you do it. Further, if you keep restarting and don’t finish, it’s a cowardly thing. After all, if you never finish, you can never be judged.
Second? Don’t worry about the audience until you’re done. Then find your audience. If you’re going to write just for someone else? Become an actor. You’ll rarely meet your readers, and they’ll never be what you imagine. Write for yourself. Nothing else justifies spending years of your life on a single book.

Who is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?
I don’t have a favorite, but there are authors whose ideas stuck with me for many years after. The foremost that comes to mind is Larry Niven and Roger Zelazny. Niven is the master of world building, and has had more ideas than any of us can count. Pick up any of his short story collections and slowly discover they are all connected. The late Zelazny painted with words and concepts that are more experience than story. The Chronicles of Amber would be the best place to start. It was the inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, another person you should read and read again.

If you would like more information about Scott Bachmann you can find his books and updates about his writing on AmazonFacebook , Twitter, and on his website.

 

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Interview with Jeffery Allen — Portal, Book One, The Enhanced Series

Jeffrey released his first serial novel in 2013. His love for comics started at an early age when his mom dumped hundreds of Marvel comic books on his bed after a weekend of garage sale shopping. After many attempts and a few years in the military (yay! G.I. Bill), Jeffrey finally completed a B.S. in Business Management and International Studies, much to the relief of his family. Why he double majored is still a mystery that even he cannot answer. 

By day, Jeffrey is a multimedia specialist, described by his wife as, ‘does something with computers.’ He has worked as a project manager, instructional designer, graphic artist, video editor, and game developer. When he is not working on his computer, he is playing with his kids or working in a room in his basement nicknamed The Lair.

Interview with Jeffrey Allen portal_book_cover_400
author of The Enhanced Series:
Portal, Book 1
8/01/2014

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?
I am enthralled by the stories from history and current events. We live in a very volatile time and our world is rapidly changing as technology brings us together and keeps us apart. Language barriers are breaking down but we are not any closer to understanding each other. I find this quandary fascinating and heartbreaking and that’s why I think it makes a good story.

The superhero genre fits well into this mold because metahumans are superior in every physical and mental measure, but they are a minority and must exist at the whims of the politicians and tyrants (who are usually non-metahuman) of the world who make the rules.  Portal is not only about how the Enhanced adjust, sometimes violently, to the increasing restrictions on the use of their powers, but also the reactions of normal people to the increasing threat Enhanced pose to the world.

What is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m most definitely a plotter. Before I even wrote one word of Portal, I had four pages of notes and numerous sketches about characters, settings and book outline.  I added the character list and glossary on my website to help readers and also for me to reference (they were stored in my Google Drive as documents). I’m just not experienced enough to keep everything in my head. For The Forgotten, I’m trying something different and using software called Snowflake. It’s a simple XML database builder that begins with basic questions about plot points and expands over a dozen steps.

Lady-JusticeOnce you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?
I thoroughly research ideas before I add them to the story. I also try to learn the basic lingo for equipment. Far too often, writers use the wrong terms, especially involving firearms. I wrote a few articles for the Pen and Cape Society and The Pen in the Stone explaining how weapons and body armor really work to help others. After I decided to move Portal from the thought cloud to paper, I did a lot of research on special relativity and theoretical physics, rereading A Brief History in Time and The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku’s Hyperspace for references. Since much of Portal was from Michael’s perspective, I needed to understand what he would see at the center of a massive object (himself). I also had to describe Vengeance (Michael’s psychotic alter-ego) warping space-time around a supervillian to keep him from teleporting away and then ripping him apart using a mini black hole.

ScimitarWhat is your daily writing time like?
I have small children so my life revolves around their schedule. As any parent knows, any time alone after a hard day is a luxury, but when I’m also writing, let’s just says it’s never enough. I can usually squeeze in 30-45 minutes a day when the kids are going to sleep and maybe an hour or two on Saturday and Sunday before they wake up.

Are you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision? If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?
I call myself a hobbyist writer. I never intended to get involved with the writing community, but that is exactly what happened. I was lucky to meet Drew Hayes early in my plunge to online fiction and through him, I have been introduced to many other wonderful people with a wide range of knowledge and experience. Although writing is not a natural talent for me, I have always been creative from digital media to metalworking. I love thinking of ideas and bringing them to life.

VengeanceCan you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)
Self-publishing has been an interesting trip. When I decided to take the plunge, I visited several websites focused on hosting stories but they were too limiting. It took a couple of days but I designed and developed ThePenintheStone.com from the ground up. I chronicled some of the early decisions, including rewriting some of the WordPress plugins to work properly for serials, and in the end, I think it was the right decision. I received many compliments from readers on my first background image of the destroyed Los Angeles and my comic covers are very popular. I added the drone background a few months later after one of my chapters featured it in action.

For most people, I would suggest a serial website to start, such as Drew Hayes’s StarterSerials.com to get your feet wet. It is not easy keeping a website running smoothly, posting regularly, and creating new media unless you have experience as a web developer.

NetWhat is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.
The Enhanced Series is my look at what would happen in the real world if people had superpowers and it would be nothing like the comic books. I just wrapped up Portal, Book 1 of The Enhanced Series, in mid-July. In August, I am releasing a prequel short story titled Inheritance that focuses on a robbery many years before the beginning of the book. The story is based on a real event in 1997, but when you add in superpowers, things tend to go from bad to worse rather quickly. In October, the story continues with Paradox, Book 2 of The Enhanced Series.

Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?
In between the two books, I have ventured into science-fiction with The Forgotten hosted by StarterSerials.com. After a violent civil war that ends with the nuclear destruction of one side, the planet Cygnus is ready for peace. But after alien spaceships appear in the sky, the people face annihilation by the advanced visitors. A veteran of the civil war knows that aliens are not a new life form, but the descendants of the people the original settlers left behind on Earth.

JTF-AgentAs an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?
Don’t give up. There were many times I wondered if I was in way over my head (I still do), but I keep trying and I keep improving. Even I can see my writing has improved by leaps and bounds since I started writing Portal. I don’t believe a great author is just born, but great writing must be developed, just like any other thing worth achieving. Now, if a publisher wanted to pay me a lot of money, then priorities might change and I could refocus on writing, but for now, I’m a developer.  I do enjoy the creativity and exploring the what-ifs of my imagination. If you truly want to be a great author, you need to focus on achieving that goal and be prepared for the highs and lows.

Atomic_PowerWho is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?
I could easily say Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin are favorites, and they are great writers, but I am not a big fan of long sagas that stretch decades to write.  Jordan’s Lord of Chaos is probably one of the best fantasy books ever written, especially the climactic battle. If I had to choose a current favorite that would be Andrzej Sapkowski, the Polish author who breathed life into one of my favorite characters ever, Geralt of Rivia, the witcher.

Since I write in the superhero genre, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Alan Moore, the creator of The Watchmen. If you consider yourself any type of comic fan, you should have read it already. The movie was a valiant effort but just didn’t capture the essence of the graphic novel.  And Alex Ross created one of the best comic series ever with Kingdom Come. Moore and Ross had a huge impact on my story development for The Enhanced Series.

TheForgotten_bookcoverIf you would like more information about Jeffery Allen you can find his books and updates about his writing on Facebook Twitter, and on his website.

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Interview with Ian Healy — Making the Cut

Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres, and member of the Pen and Cape Society. He is a nine-time participant and winner of NaNoWriMo where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

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author of Making the Cut
7/24/2014

I was wondering, where you get your story ideas?
A lot of my story ideas come from real events. The Just Cause Universe is essentially our own with the addition of parahumans. The same major events have happened, like wars, technological breakthroughs, terrorist attacks, etc. The difference is that parahumans have been involved in some of them. One of the most important events in the history of the JCU, for example, was the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. In the JCU, the Just Cause team was headquartered in one of the Twin Towers, and a large number of heroes died that day, and there have been repercussions because of it.

JCX3rdEditionCoverWhat is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’ve always been an “informal” plotter, jotting down a (very) basic outline or keeping events straight in my head. More recently, I’ve made a switch to doing more in-depth outlines, which I think is helping me to tell better stories. Some people will ask “Why are you writing the story twice by outlining first?” Well, think of the outline as the first draft and the actual story as the second draft and then it makes more sense. After all, every book goes through several drafts–or should!–before reaching publication. By outlining, I’m helping myself to get the plot holes filled before cranking out the text, and I don’t have to worry so much about gray areas and not knowing what’s going to happen in any given chapter or how I’m going to get to the next part.

Archmage2ndEditionCoverOnce you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?
Once I get my outline set, I just write. If I have to research in the process, I do it as I’m going along.

What is your daily writing time like?
Limited. I have a full-time-plus job and three kids to take care of, so I’m lucky if I can get a couple of hours to myself any given day. And in that couple of hours, I have to squeeze in not just my writing, but the running of my publishing company, promotion, and all the stuff that writers have to do that isn’t just writing.

DayOfTheDestroyer2ndEditionEbookCoverAre you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision. If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?
My plan is to someday be a full-time writer and publisher. My closest friend and I figure that our measure of success is to have a significant quantity of hookers and blow available to us. What that quantity is, we’re not quite sure. But that’s the goal, right?

Can you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)
I had a negative experience with my first publisher that resulted in me having to involve an attorney due to the publisher breaching our contract. It soured me on dealing with micro-publishers ever again, and I swore that I would be better at the business than they were. So far, I feel like I’ve managed to keep that promise to myself, and soon I will be keeping it to the other authors I will be publishing via Local Hero Press. My experiences as a publisher haven’t exactly been uniformly positive, but overall I feel like they’ve been something that encourages me to continue doing what I’m doing.

MakingTheCut_Ebook_CoverWhat is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.
My most current release is a sleeper hit (because I’ve done almost no promotion of it) and isn’t actually part of the JCU at all. It’s a mainstream Young Adult/New Adult novel called Making the Cut, which is about the challenges of maintaining a friendship with a competitor. Making the Cut is a televised cooking competition, in the vein of Food Network’s Chopped or The Next Iron Chef, but for recent high school graduates, with a monetary prize and scholarship to a prestigious culinary school. The two central characters, Nicole and Midori, are from vastly different backgrounds but become friends early on in the competition, and that friendship is challenged as the other competitors are cut and the stress increases.

Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?
The biggest news is that the next Just Cause Universe novel, called Champion, will be released in November. It’s a return to the story of Mustang Sally, begun in Just Cause and The Archmage. I’m very excited to have this one come out! I’m just about to start working on JCU books 7 and 8. Book 7 is called Castles and I’m outlining it right now. It’s a political/action thriller in the vein of Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum, with parahumans. Book 8 is another period piece like Day of the Destroyer was, and focuses upon the enigmatic hero Lionheart. It’s my ode to Bruce Lee and Sonny Chiba movies, and it’s called The Lion and the Five Deadly Serpents.

DeepSixcoverBAs an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?
Write every day. Learn how to edit others’ work. Apply those learnings to your own work. Learn to accept criticism of your writerly faults and how to overcome those faults. Learn to relax, to let yourself dream, to shut off the television and internet and phones. Learn that not everything is worthy of being published, and not everything published is worthy of reading. Know when to hold’em, when to fold ‘em, when to walk away, and when to run. Oh, wait. That’s gambling. Well, it applies to writing too.

jackrabbit-coverWho is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?
My favorite author is actually a collective of authors – those who’ve written the Wild Cards novels edited by George R.R. Martin. Those books inspired me more than anything else to set me along the path I’ve chosen to walk. I recommend Wild Cards 3: Jokers Wild as a great starting point. My own work Day of the Destroyer is an homage to WC3 in its structure.

If you would like more information about Ian Healy you can find his books on Local Hero Press or Amazon, and updates about his writing on Facebook Twitter, Goodreads, and on his website.

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Interview with Doug Dandridge — Exodus: The Day of Battle

Doug Dandridge was born in Venice Florida in 1957, the son of a Florida native and a mother of French Canadian descent. An avid reader from an early age, His military experience includes Marine Corps JROTC, Active Duty Army, and the Florida National Guard.  Doug concentrates on intelligent science fiction and fantasy in which there is always hope, no matter how hard the situation. 

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author of Exodus: The Day of Battle
7/17/2014

I was wondering where you get your story ideas?

I have been reading since I was a small child, with the earliest real adult book being Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein.  I was six.  After that it was Robert E Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Moorcock, and more Heinlein.  I also watched a lot of movies, and most of the scifi and fantasy movies of that era were pretty bad, with some exceptions.  To this day I still read a lot of books and see a lot of movies.  And watch a lot of History Channel and other learning venues, as well as superhero cartoons and TV series on Netflix.  After fiction, my next biggest reading area is military history, learning about the ways people fought in many past eras, from chariot warfare in the Middle East to the newest thing just on the horizon.  Historical fiction is also up there, especially Bernard Cornwell and the C S Lewis classics like Horatio Hornblower.  Then there’s the college coursework.  I majored in Geology at one time at Florida State, and finished with a minor in Biology and a major in Psychology.  Then it was graduate coursework in Clinical Psychology at Alabama.  I finished all the coursework and clinical time for a PhD, but never got past the Masters.  Long story there.  Add to that time in the Army and National Guard, working as a psychometrist and therapist, delivering pizzas, managing restaurants.  I guess I could go on and on

The important thing is that there is an awful lot of knowledge and memories bouncing around in my brain.  I have an exceptional episodic memory, remembering life events, scenes in movies, all kinds of stuff.  Usual I come up with a basic idea from some outside source, and the filling in just seems to happen.  Ideas stick to ideas, and more ideas come along to bolster those, until I have something that looks cool to me.  This happens all the time.  I will never have the time to write all the ideas I have into stories.  In a way that’s too bad, but I guess it’s a good problem to have.  Oh, and many of my ideas come from really bad treatments of ideas in movies and books.  A sort of, I can’t believe how stupid that was, maybe I can do better. 1 2 3 4 5

What is the usual process for your fiction writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I have actually done both for complete novels.  I have outlined, I have used 3 X 5 cards to order scenes, and I have developed extensive character sheets.  I have also just jumped right in with just the merest idea for character and plot and let the novel develop.  But even when I had an outline, I would also change things in mid-stream just to see how they would develop.  I remember in the second Refuge novel, having two Earth born mages about to fight the invading dragons.  Now the scene I had in mind would have work, but instead, somewhere into the fourth paragraph or so, I thought, ‘why not make Katherine go mad with all the power coursing through her body, and then David has to fight her instead of the dragons that are rampaging over the valley.’  So the story went from there, and it changed the viewpoints and the actions of many of the other characters from then on in that book.

After reading the experiences of some writer friends of mine, I may just have to go back to at least outlining.  One friend went from a book a year to one every two or three months after learning to outline.  I’m not sure it will help me that much, but there have been times I’ve gotten completely lost and wandered for days trying to come up with the next part of the story.   As far as using the cards, those were originally intended to make sure I had enough action sequences scattered throughout the novel, so there would be none of the long boring parts that seem to make up so much of some books.  I think I’ve got that part down, so the couple of hundred colored 3 X 5 cards in my house will just have to take up storage space.Refuge1-2

 

Once you have an idea that sparks your imagination do you research your idea or do any world-building exercises, or do you just begin to write and see where the Muse takes you?

I am an almost obsessive world-builder.  My Refuge books have five graph paper notebooks full of drawings of everything from dragon rider harness to infantry armor, different buildings and forts, etc.  Also many pages of notes, plus almost  million words of background on everything from geography to deities to government.  And the maps.  Maps of the worlds, the hemispheres, continents, countries, even a few cities.  Not all of that information has been used yet, but I have plans. Exodus was much the same.  Line drawings of ships, rooms on ships, armor, maps of worlds.  Information on all of the major worlds of the Empire, the ten largest alien populations within the Empire and what kind of creatures they are, enemies and allies.  Over three graph paper notebooks of information.  Again, not all used, but it gives me a look in depth into the background of the story.

Right now I am working on an idea to pitch to Baen once the first novel is written, based on ancient peoples of Earth in a fantasy land.  I have researched the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Celts, Norse, Latins, Mongols, etc., and will be doing research on sailing ships, as well as using a lot of information I already have on Renaissance style military forces.  And drawing a big map of an entire hemisphere to know where things are in this world.  In case that idea doesn’t sell, never a sure thing, I am also developing a science fiction tale about a revolution on Mars in the year 2250.  I have had to look up transfer orbits, Mars topography, future weapons, etc.  Fortunately, NASA has a great interactive map of Mars, and there are some programs, like Orbit Explorer, that allows simulations of orbits, as well as giving information on where the planets and asteroids, as well as the major moons, will be in relation to each other in any given day.  In this kind of novel, that information can actually drive the plot, and I have already thought of some twists involving what can and can’t be done based on the motions of the bodies of the solar system.

Other books, such as the Exodus series, do not require much in the way of world-building past the initial volumes.  I already have the characters, the Universe, the ships.  I will make some changes, as it is also a story of evolving technologies during wartime, but not all that much is needed to write the next book.DeepDark4a

 

What is your daily writing time like?

Since my time is my own, I normally do my writing in the evening.  Morning is reading time at breakfast, then an hour in the gym.  I also do whatever marketing or other work I want to do that day.   In the evening I sit at my computer with something on Netflix or a DVD in and start writing.  I normally do about three to five thousand words in an evening, depending on my motivation and where I am in a book.  Toward the end of a novel I really get going, and five thousand words is the norm.  I have three screens to work from.  One has Facebook open, the other my email, and the largest screen, the middle, has Word 2010.  I also open a rendition of Notepad over on the Facebook screen and put the names of recurring characters, ships, planets, whatever on it, so I don’t have to go back searching through the document for words I might not remember.  I also have Sage open, to check out wrds tht spellcheck might not recognize.

If I have two projects going at once, like now, I will spend a couple of hours on rewrites of the manuscript I have already gotten to or past first draft status.  Then I will work on the new novel, trying to get it to first draft status.  The first rewrite is normally just the fixing of errors or adding new material that bridges gaps.  I rarely cut words, mostly add.Daemon

 

Are you a full time writer? If so when did you make the decision and what factors led to the decision? If you are not a full time writer…Is your plan to one day being a full time writer?

I became a full time writer in March of 2013.  I was working for the State of Florida, writing on the side, and Exodus: Books 1 and 2, which were released within a month of each other.  In December 2012 I sold almost 4,800 ebooks, in January 2013 over 8,500.  It was quite thrilling to see books 1 and 2 selling a combined two hundred copies a day.  My income from sales that month was over five times what I was making from my State salary.  I thought then that I could make a living at this.  I told my supervisor that I would probably be leaving the next fall.  Then, in February, I sold 5,600 books, and told my supervisor that I would be leaving in April.  I turned in my resignation at the beginning of March of 2013, after figuring that I could do at least as well on 2,000 sales a month as I was making from the State of Florida.  I have never regretted that decision.Aura

 

Can you tell us about your experience working with your current publisher? (Any other publishers?) (Or your self-publishing experiences?)

At the moment I am totally self-published, though I have some hope of getting a contract from Baen in the future.  As long as I can keep my Exodus series going as a self pub to keep income coming in.  That’s the great thing about being self-published with enough of a loyal fan base to keep me going.  I have no sense of desperation, like I had for some many years when I was sending in manuscript and manuscript into publishers and agents.  Now the ball is in my court, and I can take offers that I want, and ignore those that make no sense.  If I get a contract from a book I like, and it’s not something I can live with, I can just turn it down without really losing anything.  Then I can publish that manuscript on my own.  One of the things I would insist on is keeping some of my self pubbed series going as self pubbed, and getting good terms for my rights.

Self-publishing is not always that easy.  It takes a lot of work to get attention, and not every book I put out is successful.  But I get to write what I want to, and  to me that is the ultimate perk.  I am my own production company, making my own covers from stock art, formatting, blogging and tweeting.  The first eight months as a self-published author I sold about forty books.  Since then I have sold 91,000 in a little under twenty-three months.  Kevin J Anderson calls me an outlier, and I understand how lucky I have been to be where I am today.  Being a good story teller is not enough.  I can’t tell anyone that they will make it, but the opportunity is there.

 

6What is your current release and (without spoilers) tell us about the new book or series.

My latest release was the sixth book of my Exodus: Empire at War series, title The Day of Battle.  The series is about humankind fleeing its destruction at the hands of a technologically superior alien race.  They set up ten thousand light years away from their home and begin establishing an Empire over a thousand year period.  And then the old enemy finds them, still more advanced, though not nearly as much, and still the possessors of the much larger Empire.  But the humans have never lost a war since inhabiting their current space.  Exodus is about the war between Empires, one which neither one can afford to lose.  Defeat for the humans means extermination.  Defeat for the Ca’cadasans means the end of their Empire, as humanity cannot afford to let these aliens fight to a stalemate.  I try to present as developed an imaginary world as possible, using as many real physical principles as I can. The combat I detailed and intense, and has been compared to David Weber and John Ringo.

The main storyline follows the life of a young man who is the third son of the seated Emperor, and who has never thought to ascend to the throne.  He is forced to grow up and into the role of Emperor, and become the warrior his people need to win their war.  Book 7 will be coming out in August, with a spin off book in the fall.  I think I have established a large enough fictional Universe in the series, that I will be able to do at least twenty books with the main storyline and spinoffs.

 

Can you tell us about some of your other writing (fiction or nonfiction) and any appearances or signings that you have planned?

Refuge is a series about the human race transported into a dimension of fantasy, having to battle the archetypes of  their dreams and nightmares. The enemy has magic, dragons, and creatures of the night.  The humans?  Tanks, attack helicopters, even a trio of nukes.  But the technology only is useful for a short period of time, and eventually the humans must adapt all the lessons of history to fight the evil ruler of the land.

The Deep Dark Well is a trilogy about a Kuiper Belt Miner from the twenty-first century who is force to jump through a wormhole , forty thousand years into the future.  She finds herself on an enormous space station orbiting around a black hole.  The station was used to generate the wormholes that linked a Galactic civilization has since fallen.  Pandora must save the superman who was both the architect and victim of that event.  The trilogy continues with the pair battling the usurpers who would make the Galaxy their own, while trying to reestablish Galactic civilization.

Afterlife2Afterlife is about people wanting to live forever in virtual reality, their battle to survive against those who feel they are blaspheming the power of their God.

Daemon is a steampunk fantasy about a world killing itself with the magic it needs to survive.

The Hunger is an urban fantasy about an avenging vampire who preys on the kind of men who tormented her in life.

Shadows of the Multiverse is a tale of space warfare, Godlike beings, and quantum physics.

71TXCXbb6DL._SL1500_We Are Death, Come for You is a story of alien invasion in the 29th century.

Aura:  Triplets are born in a dark land.  One is doomed to have her soul consumed by an evil god, unless she can be saved by her brothers.

And several others.

Also have short stories coming out in two anthologies: Bellator, a short story collection about warriors, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project; and a novella for the next edition of Kevin J Anderson’s Five by Five Military Sci-fi Anthology.

As far as appearances and signings, I sell well enough online that I really haven’t thought about selling physical books at cons.  Right now I don’t think I am well enough known to really warrant signings and appearances.  I will be going to DragonCon and HonorCon as an attendee, and am hoping to get professional status for LibertyCon next year.  Beyond that, all my travels will be to workshops where I will try to learn more about the craft and business of writing from people like David Farland, Kevin Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Hugh Howie, Dean Wesley Smith and Kristin Kathryn Rusch in place like Atlanta, Colorado Springs and the coast of Oregon.

 

As an author what inspiration or advice would you give to a writer who is working to make the transition to Author?

Keep trying and don’t give up. Write what you want to write,  not what some writing guru says is the next big thing.  They are not always correct, and, in fact, are wrong more often that right.  Put out a work you would want to read.  If you think it’s boring, most others probably would as well. Borrow techniques from other writers, and remember that ideas are not copyrighted, only the treatments of those ideas.  And as soon as you finish one novel start on the next.  Don’t pour five years into a project thinking it’s a sure thing.   There are no sure things, only chances and opportunities.  Don’t let rejection and bad reviews dissuade you.  And learn the business.  I am sure there are a lot of writers with books out that are not getting sales because they just haven’t been noticed.  And getting noticed takes work.51KhYGJzNwL

 

Who is your favorite author, and can you recommend a book by that author?

I have so many favorite authors, I could write thousands of words on them.  Poul Anderson, Larry Niven, David Weber, R A Salvatore.  Really, my favorite at a time might be who I happen to be reading at that time.  So one favorite?  You know, I still go back and read Robert E Howard from time to time, and the man was a master of setting a scene, making it as dark as possible, and spinning a hell of an adventure story from there.   He also had quite the range.  His horror was as good as anything that Lovecraft ever produced.  And his humor?  Read the Breckinridge Elkins westerns and I can almost guarantee you will be rolling on the floor.  Boxing tales, Vikings, he did it all.  One of the most productive authors of all time, whose early death deprived us of so many works.  I still love reading the Conan and Kull books, but for a recommendation?  There is a collection of ninety-nine short stories for $.99,the best deal on Amazon.  I think it was called the Robert E Howard Compendium, and you get a variety of his work, horror, sword and sorcery, boxing, westerns, enough to really partake of the genius of the man.

If you would like more information about Doug Dandridge you can find his books on Amazon, and updates about his writing on Facebook Twitter, Blog, and on his website.

 

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