Interview with Author Thomas Atwood

Here is an interview with a good friend, Thomas Atwood!

  1. What genre are your books?

My current novel is an Urban Fantasy novel, but I’ve written Crime Thrillers, Romances, Sci-fi, High Fantasy and mysteries.  Urban Fantasy happens to be my favorite.

  1. What draws you to this genre?

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It allows you to explore real world issues and problems while having that fantastic element to it.  Plus who doesn’t like imaging Gandalf as a grizzled detective.

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a novel called Dauntless.

  1. What’s it about?

My main character Kacey, receives a package on the day of her eighteenth birthday.  That package reveals that her family belong to a long line of Mages who are dedicated to protecting mankind from the forces of darkness.  She has to work to uncover what’s real about her family, and what’s lies, all while evading forces that seek to capture her.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

The one thing that makes Kacey special is that she refuses to give up, ever.  No matter what she’s thrown against, she keeps on fighting with no doubt that she’ll succeed.

  1. Have you written anything else?

A few short stories here and there, but nothing published.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I hope to one day have a series of books published, and be a full time writer.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, John Green and Alexandre Dumas are my major inspirations.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I first started writing when I was a kid and my Dad got me a copy of The Legends of King Arthur.  From there I’d imagine Arthur and his knights on adventures that weren’t in the books.  I got really into comics shortly after that and I started writing the adventures I thought of at the advice of my English teacher.  I write so that I can create characters that inspire people, who teach them that they can rise up and become something special, something legendary.

  1. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Whenever I get some time in.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

It varies.  I’ve been inspired by everything from an episode of TV to a strange frost pattern on my car windshield.

  1. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

For my rough draft I just sit down and start writing.  From there, I read my rough draft, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and making an outline from there.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I have several times.  When I do, I work out, watch a good movie, and once I’m feeling good about it I get back to work.

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

The hardest thing about it is finding the time while managing friends, family and helping others.

  1. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I have an author page and I post information about my works on it.  I went with this avenue because of the luck my friends have had with it.

  1. How much research do you do?

It depends on how much of a grasp I have on the concept that I’m working with.  If I already have a clear grasp on it, I just do a quick refresher.  If it’s something foreign to me, than I pour through every website and book I can get on it.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use a computer.

  1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

Three Musketeers, Grave Peril, and Harry Potter and the Mistborn Trilogy are my favorite books, and Jim Butcher, Alexandre Dumas, and Brandon Sanderson are my favorite authors.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

Currently I’m working on Paper Towns by John Green

  1. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/tatwoodauthor

Twitter:  @tatwoodauthor

Interview with Author Tabitha Ormiston Smith

I introduce to all of you an interview with author Tabitha Ormiston Smith!

  1. What genre are your books?

My two published novels are contemporary humour.

  1. What draws you to this genre?

I write humour because that’s what I’m good at. I can be funny about almost anything.

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

An historical novel. Still funny, though!

  1. What’s it about?

It gives an alternative interpretation to the events surrounding Richard the First’s imprisonment and release.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

John, Count of Mortain, is an introverted man with low self esteem, lacking almost totally any ability to assert himself. He is put upon by almost everyone; he cannot prevent his servants from spreading laundry in the castle forecourt, or the pages from banging the solar door. His favourite occupation is writing a Treatise on the Gouvernance of the Realm.

  1. Have you written anything else?

I have two novels published, and a short work on grammar, and various short fiction. My collected short fiction, under the title Once Upon A Dragon, will release on Amazon on 31 August.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I don’t know that I really have any. I’m a ‘take it as it comes and then make fun of it’ kind of person.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Anthony Trollope, Anthony Hope, Rumer Godden. Austen, of course.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

When I was a little girl, but I didn’t put any serious work into it until a few years ago. Why do I write? Even I can’t answer that one. I think it would take a psychiatrist.

  1. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Mornings are best for me, because that’s the time when my energy is high. I can forge on in the afternoon too – in fact, I think I’m better at avoiding distractions then. But after dinner is right out. It’s psychological, I think. I was brought up by cats, so as soon as I’ve eaten, I just want to sleep.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

The same place you get yours.

  1. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

Now that depends greatly on what I’m writing. My two published novels were entirely pantsers. But in short fiction I use an outline, a fairly detailed one. I’ve also found that in historical fiction it’s a very useful thing. I wrote the first half of my current book pantsing, then got stuck in a plot bog for years. When I determined to get on and finish it, I constructed an outline for the second half. Generally I think that when there are structural requirements apart from the story itself, as in historical fiction where your story must be fitted to an invariable set of facts, the outline is very helpful.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

There is no such thing as writer’s block. We don’t see plumbers refusing to work and whining that they have plumber’s block. If writing is your job, then you write.

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Sticking to what I’m supposed to be working on. Avoiding distractions. Finishing what I’ve started instead of going off on something new.

  1. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I don’t really. I have no idea about marketing, and that’s because I’m a writer. Writers write; marketers market. I don’t fix my own teeth either. I realise this attitude is probably costing me money.

  1. How much research do you do?

That depends on the material. Of course with my historical novel, a great deal. A shitload. I spent a year reading about the period before I started writing. I just soaked myself in it. I ate the food, I listened to the music…. it was hell getting through Lent. With other things, I tend to research ad hoc if I come up against something I need to know more about. But yes, as soon as there is something like that, there are few limits to how far I’ll go.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer, always.

  1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

Pride and Prejudice, of course. The Talisman, by Walter Scott The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope Little, Big, by John Crowley Ash, by Robin McKinlay Golden Witchbreed, by Mary Gentle

  1. Are you currently reading any books? Of course! I’m never not reading something. Currently in progress: The Golden Bough (James Fraser) Hercule Poirot: the complete short stories (Agatha Christie) Government Men – Gary Davies
  2. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: http://tormistonsmith.wix.com/tabitha

Blog: http://topcatsalley.blogspot.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tabitha-Ormiston-Smith/137637486306612

Twitter: @OrmistonSmith

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/deerhoundlover/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tabitha-Ormiston-Smith/e/B004TE35RS

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/RainbowSerpent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6428472.Tabitha_Ormiston

Interview with Author Kyle Della-Rocco

Introducing an interview with Kyle Della-Rocco!

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  1. What genre are your books?

Urban Fantasy/Fantasy

  1. What draws you to this genre?

I’ve never felt an attachment to the real world as I have had with the fantasy genre. Much of my younger years and even some of my adult life has been spent in one book or another. I have a passion for literature that nothing else equals.

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

My current work in project is called Way of the Gods, which I hope to one day turn into a trilogy.

  1. What’s it about?

The story is of a young man who is in love but must forsake his love when he is thrust into a world of magic and gods. The gods have been busy, creating relics which give limited powers to the mortals who possess them. These relics turn out to be keys which lock away the gods to their own realms, and when they are destroyed they release the old gods into our world.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Jeddah Williams has a special link with the god Odin, which gives him insight and knowledge when he needs it most. He can see connections forming and understand the world better as he can see visions of things that have already been or things that have yet to come.

  1. Have you written anything else?

I have a few other works in progress, and have written dozens of short stories. My favorite short story is the tale of a man who invents a watch that can allow him to travel back in time to save his wife, however Father Time intervenes and tries to show him the errors of his way.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

My current hopes is to one day become a published author for one of the major trade publishers like Penguin Group or ROC. I would love to work for someone where my creative visions inspire future generations in my writing.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Jim Butcher has been a big influence on my fascination with Urban Fantasy. He has shown me that magic’s power doesn’t just come from thin air, it comes from the strength or terrifying power from within those who wield it. I have also enjoyed the works of Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan and also Tolkein.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I’ve known that I want to be a writer since I was the age of about eight years old. Reading has allowed me to escape the harshness that reality presents every day, and has also shown me some extraordinary things about myself and given me insight into the world around me. Writing has taught me how to love and laugh, to find wonder in the smallest of acts or awe in the largest of wonders. Sharing stories has always been a part of human culture, no matter the form it takes.

  1. Do you have a special time or place to write?

My best writing takes place at the middle of the night, for that is often when I am most active. During my late teens you would have often found me huddled over a book or a dimly lit computer screen typing away some idea that I had for a story.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

Every experience that you have ever had is a part of you, no matter how small or inconsequential. That means that every movie I have watched, television show I have viewed and every book that I have read is what I draw inspiration from, whether I consciously realize it or not. My inspiration comes from the core of myself because those small acts that inspire every day men are what I want to share with everyone else. I want to show that it isn’t defeating the bad guy at the end of the story that is the hero’s greatest triumph, but the small acts of kindness that are what make us as a species so great.

  1. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

Often I find myself just typing away at the keyboard and seeing where the idea takes me. I only ever really write out an outline when I feel that I am stuck and not sure where I want to take the story, or where it should be progressing.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block?

How do you overcome it? One of the greatest challenges that a writer can face is not knowing what to write. The only thing that I have found that really helps me get over it is to write. You can edit and revise bad writing, but you can’t edit a blank page.

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Naming characters, concepts or places has always been a real struggle. Often I have to pull from other sources of inspiration such as a family member or from a story I once read to find a good name for a character.

  1. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I’ve never been published, but if I were to need to market my books I would use the internet because there are so many people using it that it would be foolish not to use this amazing tool to get the word out there that my book is ready to be read.

  1. How much research do you do?

Most of my research is done to make a place seem authentic, and since most of my writing takes place in real world locations I want the writer to feel like they are actually there. It’s not enough to just imagine that I am at the top floor of the luxurious Luxor hotel, I want to find photos and visit the place if I can so I can get a feel at what luxury actually feels like.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I used to try to write everything out on paper, but the keyboard has become my main tool for writing. I’ve written many stories on many different computers, sometimes losing the computer and the story altogether.

  1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

The Dresden Files series is my favorite book series of all time, written by Jim Butcher. It’s not a well-known series, but I have been absolutely spell bound by how the series of stories has grown and evolved.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

I am currently reading a book called Stormdancer that a friend recommended me, and the idea behind it is simply fascinating.

  1. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Most of my work I post on my personal Facebook page, as I’m not very well even among the less well known authors that I am currently working with in this anthology. Hopefully this will be the first step in my introduction into the world of writing.

Website/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Convocare

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/37934383-kyle-della-rocco

Interview with Author Angel Blackwood

Here is an interview with my good friend and fellow author Angel Blackwood!

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Copyright © Angel Blackwood
  1. What genre are your books?

My books all fall somewhere in the fantasy genre.

  1. What draws you to this genre?

I like being able to invent my own races, societies, and cultures. I also really enjoy making up magic systems. I feel I can be freer with my plots in a fantasy setting.

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

At the moment, I’m working on book two of my Obsidian Embers Trilogy.

  1. What’s it about?

It’s a continuation of the struggle between the women with magic in charge and the rebellion of men who have been tortured and experimented on and women who have defected. A war is brewing, anyone could be a traitor, and death is always right around the corner.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

It’s a hard question to answer when you have four of them. Truth be told, my heroes are no more special than anyone else, they’re just standing up for freedom and equality when others won’t.

  1. Have you written anything else?

I’ve written one book in a completely separate series involving a lot more fantasy creatures and magic. I’ve also written several short stories that have been published in anthologies. All of those have differing subject matter.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Honestly, I’d love to be as big as some of my favorite authors and inspirations. But I’m just happy for people to read my books.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, and R.A. Salvatore are the three who influence me the most.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I first wanted to write when I was nine. I didn’t try to get serious with it until I was thirteen and a friend suggested writing as a way to help cope with my depression. Now I write because the day feels wrong if I don’t write, and of course it still helps with depression and stress.

  1. Do you have a special time or place to write?

No. I write when I can. I have children so I just make time when I can make it.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

My imagination mostly. Sometimes I hear a song or read about something in history that is particularly inspiring though.

  1. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I rarely outline beyond knowing how the book might end and maybe one or two middle pieces. I love letting the story develop organically.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

If I get to where it’s hard to write in my novel, I find I’m going about writing the scene the wrong way or I need to take a break and write something completely different. I don’t believe in writer’s block of the sort that stops you from writing altogether.

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

The hardest thing for me about writing is finding the time to do it when my daughter is up and about.

  1. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

Right now, I market the anthologies on my facebook author page and on some promotional sites as well as through word of mouth. I’ll develop a stronger plan with my agent and whatever publishing house we end up signing with in the future for my novel.

  1. How much research do you do?

I do a huge amount of research on things people probably don’t think need to be researched. My world is invented and it has magic, but I still want the mundane things to be accurate.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I write on my laptop.

  1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

I don’t have a lot of specific books as favorites, more series than anything. I love the Drizzt series from R.A. Salvatore, the First Law Trilogy (and all his stand alone books too) from Joe Abercrombie, Magical Kingdom for Sale series by Terry Brooks, and the Lightbringer Series from Brent Weeks. The few individual books I could read over and over are The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and any single book by Neil Gaiman.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

Right now I’m reading Night of the Hunter by R.A. Salvatore.

  1. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelblackwood13

Twitter: @angelblackwood1
Pinterest: dantea13

Interview with Author Joann Shevock

I introduce author Joann Shevock!

  1. What genre are your books? My primary field of work is fantasy fiction. I’m not sure of all the sub-genres so I really don’t know how to further classify my writings.
  2. What draws you to this genre? My favorite feature is the ability to be God-like. I get to create entire worlds along with the people and the creatures that inhabit them. I control their fate and that makes me feel empowered.
  3. What project are you working on at the moment? I currently have quite a few projects in the works. I’ll just talk about two of them. One is the sequel to a short story that I just wrote. The other is a novel that I’ve been working on and off for nine years.

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    Copyright © Joann Shevock
  4. What’s it about? It takes place in both an earthly and a heavenly realm. The story features conflict between the gods that filters down to the mortals by way of the son of a fallen god. The son who is weakened in his war against his godly relatives finds his way to earth. There he possesses a prince who is shunned by his father. The god controls an army of entities that kill off the king and the heir, which leaves the prince whom he “lives in” to rule the kingdom. The prince’s subjects rebel as the entity tries to gain total control of the prince. The prince is overthrown and exiled. The god and his host hide away in a place where the god grows strong enough to kill his host and begin his quest to take over both the earth and the heavens. As the army marches, word of the evil god’s return travels around the world. Mortals gather together to try and defeat the god before he can reach his “ladder” into heaven. The mortals have to call upon their secret weapon, the god’s sister that had been hidden away years ago. The gods search the universe looking for her, but it’s the mortals who can truly bring her home.
  5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special? My main character is Kalisdoom, the son of a fallen god who is killed. Being a god he has powers, but in the beginning they have been depleted and he has to take over a host body to regain his strength. He controls an army of shadow-like beings called Shamysts, but if they aren’t handled properly they could easily turn on him.
  6. Have you written anything else? I write all the time, but this is my first published work.
  7. What are your ambitions for your writing career? I’d love to be able to quit my night job and write full time.
  8. Which writers inspire you? A lot! I love the imaginations people have, but I think my top picks are: J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Frank Herbert, Christopher Paolini, Ursula Le Guin, Sarah Ash, Ann McCaffrey, and Mercedes Lackey. But, there truly are tons of authors that inspire me.
  9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write? I’d say probably when I was in junior high school, maybe a little earlier. Again, the empowerment of having something I control, especially in a world where it seems everything is in complete chaos. Sometimes that chaos extends to my own house, so my writing is also a bit of a getaway and gives me time to de-stress.
  10. Do you have a special time or place to write? I write whenever inspiration hits me. I always carry a pen and notebook with me to jot down ideas. I mostly write in my bedroom or my makeshift office in the tiny spare room in my house. Occasionally I’ll write at the kitchen table or in the living room.
  11. Where do you get your inspiration? Everywhere!
  12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you? I usually just let the idea take me for a ride, but if there is a word limit then at some point I usually find myself writing an outline.
  13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it? Yes! I’ll go for a car ride to a place I’ve never been before. I’ll watch a movie, or listen to a new song or an entire CD. Sometimes just a trip to the book store or looking at people’s work on Deviant Art helps.
  14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing? Spelling and grammar are my weaknesses. Sometimes it’s hard for me to start a story. I want the perfect attention-grabbing beginning, and I really fuss over it. Other times, I have a great idea or concept. I can see the scene play out like a movie in my mind, but I can’t turn it into words on paper. It’s very frustrating!
  15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route? I’ve only ever put some of my writings on a Facebook page. I started it for my friends to read the things I wrote and give me feedback on them. I was just writing for myself, but I never tried pursuing a writing career until a few months ago when people started to like my page and comment on my work. That gave me the confidence to put myself out there.
  16. How much research do you do? For my novel it was all fantasy, and I didn’t need to do any research. For my anthology story, I researched female warriors and found a ton of cool stuff. I used what best fit my character and her situation. I’ve also researched things for other projects. The more neat and interesting things I find, the more I find myself researching other topics. It also inspires me to start even more projects!
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I used a typewriter for most of my earlier writings, mainly because when I started writing home computers were still a pretty new thing and my parents weren’t really interested in getting one. Eventually I got a word processor, and didn’t start using a computer until I purchased one in 1995. I’ve always, even to this day, written things out on paper. I go through a lot of filler paper and note pads. I just recently got the Dragon software and I’m trying to figure out how to use it since I’m not very computer literate.
  18. What are some of your favorite books/authors? Oh, there are tons! But to name a few: Lord of the Rings, all of the Harry Potter books, Game of Thrones, Earthsea, Eragon, and Dragonworld. Way too many to name!
  19. Are you currently reading any books? Right now I’m reading Russell Kirkpatrick’s Fire and Heaven trilogy. I’m on the first of the three, Across the Face of the Earth. I’m about half way through and I love it. While writing, I don’t like to read a book in the same genre for fear of accidentally plagiarizing. While I was writing my anthology story I had to put reading it on hold, but now that I’m taking a break I can get back to it.
  20. How can readers discover more about you and your work? All I have right now is my Facebook page: Joann M. Shevock. Hopefully through this anthology I’ll get a lot more exposure and be able to get more of my work out there for people to discover. As I become more computer literate I can use some other tools as well.

Interview with Author Chadden Magdalena Basnik

I’d like to present an interview with author Chadden Magdalena Basnik!

  1. What genre are your books?

My stories are predominantly horror, supernatural and fantasy.

  1. What draws you to these genres?

It is what I’ve always found most appealing to read.

  1. What project are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently creating a book of short stories.

  1. What’s it about?

I’ve been working an intriguing idea of each story being connected by a character in the previous story, so a background character gets bumped into being the main character.  I’m enjoying putting my imaginative spin on things, and it’s been a fun project thus far.

  1. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Being it’s short stories, there is more than one main character, but I’m trying to make each flawed in a particular way.

  1. Have you written anything else?

I’ve written shorts, short shorts, and poetry.  I do have a couple of children’s books that are in the editing stage.

  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Tough question.  I love to write, and that in itself is ambitious.  I guess I’m baby stepping it.  Whether everything I create will sit safely tucked away collecting dust, like Kafka’s writings, or whether I aim higher, I just don’t know yet.  It’s a big playing field out there with lots of really good players.

  1. Which writers inspire you?

Poets, always poets.  Anyone from William Wordsworth (I wander lonely as a cloud) to Edgar Allan Poe (All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream).

  1. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

As soon as I discovered those squiggly lines could express what’s in your head..and that pencils weren’t just for chewing off the erasers and spitting them at your brother.

  1. Do you have a special time or place to write?

Oh, yes, I do.  In my new apartment, I put together a craft room that is filled with the things that energize, inspire and motivate me.  I’m jazzed to jump down there every morning.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

Lately it’s been people.  I’ve been really studying mannerisms, verbiage, movement.

  1. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I’ve never worked with an outline, but I’ve been doing my utmost to incorporate that into my system of writing.  I’m not disciplined in the ordinary sense, so structure is a difficulty for me.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

Sure.  I prefer to call it laziness.  I give in to it.  I do a bit of self talk, watch movies, coddle myself like a child.  It’s when you fight it that it refuses to leave.  Sometimes all it takes is a really good book to bounce you back into your chair.

  1. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Putting it out there.  Belief that anyone could find the craziness in my head worth their time.

  1. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I usually just submit things to contests or web magazines.  I haven’t tried to go at it with a full on story between two covers.  Nuh-uh…not ready for that yet.

  1. How much research do you do?

Crazy amounts.  It’s my favorite part of writing, to be honest.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use a computer but always have a notebook with me.

  1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

Books, immediate to my head: Lolita, The Road, Veronika Decides to Die, Survivor.  Authors: Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, J. R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Sylvia Plath, Fernando Pessoa, any of the russian greats..this list would get very long.

  1. Are you currently reading any books?

Of course.  It’s usually four or five at a time.  Presently reading:  Leaving New York, Writers Look Back, edited by Kathleen Norris; Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica; Marina by Carlos Ruis Zafon; Iliad written by Homer and translated by Stanley Lombardo.

  1. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website:  https://chaddenmagdalenabasnik.wordpress.com/

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/cbasnik/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/25026936-chadden-basnik

Interview with Author A.J. Alldis

I would like to present an interview with Author A.J. Alldis!
  1. What genre are your books? I write mostly dark fantasy but have dabbled in horror and contemporary YA.

    Copyright © A.J. Alldis
    Copyright © A.J. Alldis
  2. What draws you to this genre? Not everything in life has a happy ending. I like telling stories from a darker point of view to reflect this.
  3. What project are you working on at the moment? I’m currently working on two projects: a dark fantasy novel and a zombie novella.
  4. What’s it about? The novel is about an indebted thief forced to infiltrate a mysterious village and steal a powerful relic in order to repay his debt. The zombie novella is about a man travelling through a zombie-infested Florida in order to deliver a love letter he found in a dead man’s hand.
  5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special? Del Kanadis is the main character in the novel. He’s a cocky, selfish thief that thinks of nothing but himself and his quest for freedom. He has a talent for getting other people to do his dirty work and rarely gets blood on his own hands.
  6. Have you written anything else? I’ve written some horror and contemporary YA short stories that I’m currently shopping around.
  7. What are your ambitions for your writing career? I’d loved to be traditionally published one day, but really, just to write stories people enjoy reading is good enough for now.
  8. Which writers inspire you? John Green is one of my favourite authors. I love his narrative style and it’s really helped help me hone my own narrative voice.
  9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write? I don’t think I ever really decided to become a writer. I’ve just always loved writing stories, even from a very young age. My father writes fantasy as well so it’s probably genetic.
  10. Do you have a special time or place to write? I prefer to write in the mornings before the day has fully drained my creative juices. I can write a night with the aid of copious amounts of coffee.
  11. Where do you get your inspiration? Life. There are so many things in everyday life that spark ideas for new and exciting stories. Everywhere you look you’ll see potential novels-to-be.
  12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you? I sketch out a rough outline of the scenes I’d like to see in the story, but I write each scene organically, changing paths if the story should dictate something better or more logical.
  13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it? I often get writer’s block. I overcome it by writing something new or reading until the muse returns. It usually doesn’t last more than a day before I get the writing bug back.
  14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing? Writing. I mean, actually forcing myself to stick to my routine and write every day if I can. Life has a habit of trying to squelch that plan on the daily basis.
  15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route? I do not have any completed books to market at this time. I am nearly finished my first novel which I plan to submit to various fantasy agents upon completion.
  16. How much research do you do? Depends on what I’m writing. The majority of what I write is fantasy which I feels gives a lot of freedom to make up your own rules. For instance, Del Kanadis has a gun that shoots elemental energy out of finely cut crystal; no research required. Other times, like how long a horse can actually carry a rider without rest, needs a certain amount of accuracy.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I write mostly on my laptop, but break out my tablet or phone if I need to get something down while I’m away from the computer. In the car, I use a hands-free dictation app. Safety first.
  18. What are some of your favorite books/authors? My favourite author is John Green. I love his style and even though he writes YA and I am nowhere near a YA, his stories resonate with me. Favourite books are LOTR, Hunger Games, Jurassic Park and The Fault in Our Stars.
  19. Are you currently reading any books? Currently reading John Green’s Looking For Alaska.
  20. How can readers discover more about you and your work? Readers can follow @alldis on Twitter, or friend me on Facebook. There’s only two Adam Alldis’s on Facebook and I’m the one from Canada.

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