A little bit about yourself… who you are, where you come from… Give us a little slice of you!
* Nah, you don’t want to hear about me, I’m boring. Just another overworked, underpaid Art Major with a crap day-job and delusions of grandeur, who’s a little closer to thirty than they’re quite comfortable with. The stories, that’s what you want to hear about.
Oh but we do…any Pets? We love to hear what writers name their pets…
* My Cat is Odin, due to his having a damaged eye, and my dog is Thor, he’s some kind of Corgi/Jack Russel mix with more energy than any single creature has a right too. They play with each other, and by that I mean Odin enthusiastically beats the snot out of Thor, but the dog keeps coming back for more. I’ve got a fish tank too, chuck full of minnows and catfish. I love catfish.
Fantastic name!!! See Authors always name their cats appropriately!
Favorite type & Style of coffee? Is coffee your writing drink or do you prefer something else to help you write..
* Bleh, I hate coffee. Now energy drinks are the preferred potion, but I’ll admit to drinking Diet Mtn. Dew like it’s water.
So were guessing you are a little bit of a science geek.. there was a lot of information in there! Was it all research, creations or do you have a background in sciences?
* No fancy background, though I took Astrology and Cosmology in college, and I’m a sucker for documentaries, particularly anything with space, dinosaurs, or animals. I try to do enough research that what I write is understandable, but there is a point where I stop and say, damn it, I have magic, that’s how it works.
Who was the first character you created? What was your inspiration?
* For B&O, it was Seti 639. I had been trawling through TV Tropes, and was looking at the robot-centered list. So many robots in fiction envy humans, or want to become human because we’ve got something they lack. Seems silly, what if a robot had all those things, emotions, touch, a sense of purpose? Then I spotted the killer robot trope and the conflict of the story was born. This means that I came up with my bot before I designed his creators, and had to work backwards to figure out what sort of people would make 639 and get him into this mess. Then all hell broke loose…
With the release date of ‘Blood & Oil’ only a day away (Dec 1st) Are you feeling those nerves? Any advice for writers nearing their release date.
* I’ve actually been having nightmares. B&O is coming back from it’s final error-check chapter by chapter, I’ve been comforting myself through this process with copious amounts of pizza. I’ve started setting up on Amazon. I highly suggest doing that ahead of time. Suddenly I’m being asked for categories and a particular number of keywords, and it’s not an easy thing, especially with a cross-genre book like mine.
Well keep your cool, because we know its epic!!
Are you working on any writing projects, other than ‘The Isra Series’?
* Yes, I’ve got my NaNo project, which is a pure sci-fi, and an urban fantasy I’ve been fighting with for ages. Though, it’s hard for these to get any serious work, with 6 planned Isra Saga books eating my life. I’m also involved in a horror collaboration with three other authors, which should be done with editing in the next month or two. It’s been a lot of fun, and a real learning experience.
Well we hope you are thinking of entering our short story competition!!
So the title and contents of the book have a strong political feel, and the title sings out those sort of political corruptions here on ‘earth’. Is this just a readers theory or are there some worldly politics jabs going on throughout?
* I don’t think it’s possible to write about how people and groups interact without it feeling at least a little political, and my own views leak into my work. Of course, with inter-galactic politics as the major crux of Act 2, B&O probably has a little more of that than I intended. For the title, there’s no way to talk about it’s meaning without spoilers, but it’s less political and more tied up in the characters, both in their history and their future.
Without giving too much away, who was your favourite character in book 1, can you give us hints why?
* Favorite? How can you ask a parent to choose among their children? Well, instead of favorite on a merit scale, I’ll say that the Gharim are the most fun to write, and it’s a battle to keep them from running off with the story. Especially Zekalner the Blue.
If you had to be any previously created Science-Fiction character who would you pick, and why?
* Commander Shepard from Mass Effect, because who doesn’t want to be that awesome, and get to run around saving the galaxy with such a great crew.
There is so much going on in the first book, can we expect the same from the following or will the pace slow down?
* It’s hard to say, because there is a lot going on, but the scale changes. B&O has a lot of setup for how the galaxy functions, who the powers are and how they interact. The next books go into greater detail, how these people get through their lives, how different factions became beholden to others. It’s histories and alliances, friendships and treachery. It’s what happens when you take people who’ve been through too much everything, and expect them to pick up and carry on with their lives.
When is the expected release of the second installment?
* House of Oran, book 1.5, should be out mid-March. It’s a collection of short stories and novellas focusing on Master Targ and the Gharim. Don’t be fooled by it’s episodic nature, it all ties in to where the series is going. The first story, Cataclysm, is a available now on my website. Bad Fate, a more traditional book 2 following the further adventures of the main characters from B&O, will hopefully be ready mid-summer.
Well we cannot wait, and we hope to be reading and reviewing before it hits the shelves….
How do you plan to promote your book independently, any tips for writers in similar positions?
* And here we have my weak point. I’ve tired to familiarize myself with various social media. I have a website and Facebook page and Twitter, and I try to put up interesting content, like art for the books (got to use that degree for something) but really my plan is to take all the people I badgered into beta reading for me, and badger them into putting reviews on Amazon. I plug my books relentlessly in conversation, and I think you can guess what most of my friends and family will be getting for holiday gifts.
Haha, well thats the way to do it! We will help you in every way we can..
What song best describes your work ethic relating to your writing?
* That’s a tough question, but since it’s about the work and not favorites, I’m going with the stalker song, “Every breath you take” by The Police. The obsession, the need to know every facet of the character’s lives, the compulsive need to keep writing. The way these books have completely consumed my existence, yeah it’s a little unhealthy.
Haha.. brilliant! Great Police fans here!!
A talking squirrel just jumped in through your window and is sitting on your desk wearing a cowboy hat, What is he doing there and what is he saying to you?
* He’s come to invite me to see the demonstration of the rocket-pack he just finished building. Let’s see how squirrel-proof that bird-feeder is now.
I just love the weird and wacky answers I get out of these random answers…
We just like to play about abit with writers creativity and see what answers they give… you can probably tell right!
Anyway, watch this space!
– you will hear this name again!
The book is incredible… take it from us, we have read it! Keep an eye on this one… December 1st – Blood & Oil!!
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