Interview with Author Kyle Autumn

Our guest this week is Author Kyle Autumn, she is the author of sexy contemporary romances that will melt your heart and your panties.

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She also writes erotic short stories series that will likely melt your panties more than your heart. She loves chocolate and pajamas. Can’t be bothered to brush her hair most days. Can always be bothered to write her pants—er, pajama bottoms—off.

 

Let’s see what she answered to my questions!!!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hi there! My name is Kyle and I write books! And short stories. They’re written to melt your hearts…and your panties. 😉 I’ve been writing for a while now, but I started publishing this year. I have big plans for the rest of the year and 2018. And I love binge-watching TV shows. It’s a problem. Ha!

voyeur1How did you come up with the title of “The Voyeur”?

That really gets at the heart of the story arc. There are six short stories that make up this series about a woman who catches her neighbors in the act. But she doesn’t stop watching, and it leads to all sorts of steamy fun. 😉

What is your favorite character from the Thirsty Thursday Series?

It’s really hard to decide. All four of the main women have a bit of me in them, and I really enjoyed writing them! I think the one I loved writing the most was Patti and Zo’s story, “The Girlfriend’s Secret.” But I also liked writing Lyra a lot. The men were all fun too. Blake was probably my favorite of them. 🙂

33973319What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?

I looooove romance so much. Everything about love makes me happy, so I really enjoy telling stories about couples falling in love. And their bedroom time is fun to explore too!

How would you describe your writing style?

I like to be straightforward, but I also like to add some “flowery” prose in there too. It isn’t needed, but I find that to be my voice. I very much like song lyrics, and I wish I’d gotten into writing those. They’re much shorter. Ha! But I enjoy writing in that style.

voyeur2What authors inspire your writing?

K Webster, Pepper Winters, Aly Martinez… So many. 🙂

What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?

Oh wow. I honestly have no idea. A professional binge-watcher? Ha! I can’t imagine a life without writing.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently releasing The Voyeur series, but I’m working on a novel about a woman whose sexual fantasy comes true but leads to deadly trouble—and love. It’s been fun!

34109144Do you have any advice for new authors?

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Don’t try to be anyone else. Write. Finish projects. And don’t worry about perfection. You can’t please everyone, so please yourself. 🙂National_Thank_You_Day

 

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Interview with Author Annabelle Anders

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This week our guest is the gorgeous Annabelle Anders (just look at this dress!).

She writes Historical Romance, and is here today to tell us a bit about herself and her books.

Let’s see what she answered to my questions!!!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Married to the same man for over 25 years, I am a mother to
three children and two Miniature Wiener dogs After owning a business and experiencing considerable success, my husband and I got caught in the financial crisis
and lost everything; our business, our home, even our car.
At this point,
I put my B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.
Unwilling to give up on a professional life, I simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.
And then the energy market dropped off.
And then my dog died.
I can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, I sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only my imagination.
I am happy to have found my place in life.
Finally.

unnamedHow did you come up with the title of “Hell Hath No Fury”?

I first was going to call it “A Lady Scorned” giving it the obvious Historical sounding title, and in Hindsight, that might have been a good idea. I say this because some people aren’t aware that it IS a HISTORICAL NOVEL. A few of my reviewers opened it up and were like, “OH NO! I don’t read Historical’s!” The happy aspect of this is that they read it anyway and said they really enjoyed it!

Anyway, This series flips the normal trope of debutante’s seeking husbands onto it’s head. Cecily (My Heroine) is trying to get rid of a husband… (as is my character in Book 2). So I decided to call the series “The Devil’s Debutantes.” Hell Hath No Fury then seemed to be the best title. Book Two is likely going to be titled Hell in a Hand Basket.

What is your favorite character of “Hell Hath No Fury”?

My favorite character is likely, always going to be the heroine I’m writing about right now. I say this because I do not like reading stories where I don’t like the heroine.

unnamed2What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?

The only genre I write is Regency (Late Regency.) Maybe someday I’ll switch that up… but no plans for that at the time.

How would you describe your writing style?

Journalistic. Easy reading. I don’t use a lot of fancy words. I simply want to tell my story in a fun and romantic way. Although my books have tragedies in them I want them to be fun and light hearted. I think a good story can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride… kind of like life.

What authors inspire your writing?

Mary Balogh. Jennifer Cruise (Contemporary) and Lisa Kleypas.

unnamed3What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?

A singer. I’m a dork, because, yes, I LOVE Karaoke. LOL

What are you working on now?

I have three other projects in the works right now.

Of course, Blue Tulip and I are working to release the follow up to HELL HATH NO FURY, which is titled HELL IN A HAND BASKET and hopefully we can get that out before the end of the year.

I’m also working with another publisher, The Wild Rose Press, on a four book series which I finished writing last year. It’s called Lord Love a Lady and is Pure Regency Romance FUN! I’m so excited about this series because, I think, unlike many series that I’ve read, the books get better and better as you get deeper into it. The last book is the best book I’ve ever written (In my opinion) And I can hardly WAIT to release it! These should start coming out, I think, in early 2018.

And the book I’m writing right now will likely be my first Self Published work. It’s the first book of a Regency Romance series where the heroines all suffer from some sort of mild Anxiety disorder. The first book is called the “Perfect Debutante” and the series is titled “Perfect Ladies.” It’s tricky because I want to handle the subject matter sensitively but also have some fun. Ironically enough, this book will likely be the next one to release!

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Keep writing. Send queries and manuscripts but throughout the process of being published keep writing. I say this because many Publishers take a LONG time getting your book out and you’ll stay ahead of the game if you have other projects coming right behind your first…

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Interview with Author Saiswaroopa Iyer

authorSaiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keen interest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing. Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015. Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s first mentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.

She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

Let’s see what she answered to my questions!

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am an investment professional turned author who is interested in exploring the ancient literature, philosophy and history of India.

How did you come up with the title of “Avishi”?
Avishi in Sanskrit refers to Earth. It also means a river. Both of which are very important for a civilization. When I was exploring the legend of Vishpala, I realized that the word Vishpala referred to her position as a head of a settlement rather than her name. Ancient Indian civilization owes its progress to the rivers of India. I came up with the name Avishi for my protagonist as a humble tribute to the civilizational legacy of India.

What is your favorite character of “Avishi”?
Satya, the male protagonist who is a doctor and the innovator of the prosthetic leg that defined Avishi. To me, this story is not only about female valour in ancient India (about which I am incredibly proud of), but also about the trials and tribulations of innovators like Satya who face their own demons and journey towards their destinations.

What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?
Ancient civilizational fiction. Many people call it mythological fiction. But I always like to view those immortal legends as odes to incessant perseverance and commitment of our ancestors. On a lighter note, it is quite possible that I am born in the right century but on the wrong side of Christ 😀

How would you describe your writing style?
I prefer to use simple language. My writings would have less of description or imagery and more of dialogue and discussion. I let characters drive my stories forward and without their co-operation my drafts get stuck!

What authors inspire your writing?
I am mainly influenced by medieval Telugu poets of 14th-16th Century who defined the age of literary liberty called Prabandha yuga (Era of Prabandhas). Writers and poets of 20th Century like KM Munshi and Kalki Krishnamurthy cemented my love for historical fiction and compelling character arcs.

What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?
Other than words and stories, I love number crunching. My MBA has equipped me with a liking for analyzing data and I can spend hours doing the same. Perhaps the combination of my passion and skills makes my journey as an Independent author exciting 

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a sequel to my first novel Abhaya, temporarily titled as “Daughter of Mura.” Abhaya explores Mahabharata till the episode of Rajasuya from the eyes of a fictional princess of a small Kingdom in Ancient India while focusing on the adventures of its protagonist. The next story attempts to do the same, but from the perspective of a girl Mauri and her troubled romance with Ghatotkacha. It would

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writing is a marathon. It would be more appropriate to describe it as a journey. I would caution aspiring authors against aiming to be one book wonders or treat writing as a short cut to fame. Experience and learn as you go.

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Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita

Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda

But largely forgotten to the memory of India

Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala

 

Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.

Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?

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Interview with Author Oliver Markus Malloy

16968834Oliver Markus Malloy is a cartoonist and writer. Born and raised in Germany, he currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

He is the author of the Bad Choices Make Good Stories series, which tell the true story of his journey when he left Germany and moved to USA.

Let’s see what he answered to my questions!!!

 

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Germany. As a teenager I was a bit of a computer nerd (well, I guess I still am) and a hacker. But back then hacking wasn’t about all that evil stuff hackers do today. Back then we just used to remove the copy-protection from video games, so we could share the games with our friends who couldn’t afford to buy them.

That’s how I met Donna. She lived in New York. I flew to America to visit her, and I kind of got stuck here. A lot of crazy stuff happened, and at one point I was so depressed, I thought I was going to lose my mind. So I wrote it all down. First I wrote it just for myself. But then I figured, I might as well make a book out of it. Maybe someone else can learn a thing or two from my mistakes, and they’ll avoid the heartache I went through.

bad-choices-make-good-stories-going-to-new-york-free-kindle-ebook-2How did you come up with the title of “Bad Choices Make Good Stories”?

It’s just the perfect motto for my life. The German FBI raided my house twice, and on my first day in New York I got into a street fight. And those were the calm days. The real insanity happened in Florida. I almost got myself killed a few times.

What is your favorite character of “Bad Choices Make Good Stories”?

Since it’s a true story based on my life, I guess that would be me. Haha!

What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?

I’m a humorist, first and foremost. I started out drawing cartoons for a living. They were published in various magazines. Then they ended up in books. Eventually I began to write short humorous essays for a couple of different entertainment blogs, and those turned into a few books.

bad-choices-make-good-stories-2-the-heroin-scene-in-fort-myersHow would you describe your writing style?

People who know me say that the way I write sounds exactly like the way I talk. Not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing. And I’m a bit of a minimalist. I try to say things in the least amount of words. Sometimes I write a paragraph, re-read it, delete it, and say everything the paragraph said in one sentence. And there are almost no descriptions of scenery in Bad Choices Make Good Stories. I leave most of the visualization to the reader’s imagination.

What authors inspire your writing?

Growing up, I used to read a lot of Stephen King. He didn’t waste pages upon pages describing sunsets and sceneries. He got right to the point. I think that has inspired my writing. And I really liked that his books felt uncensored and raw. I absolutely hate America’s obsession with censorship.

What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?

I’m living the dream. I’m a writer and cartoonist, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be. The last time I had a “real” job was as production manager for a newspaper in Brooklyn, NY. I quit in May of 2000 and I haven’t had a 9-5 job since. Life is good. (Well, except the almost getting killed part.)

bad-choices-make-good-stories-3-finding-happiness-in-los-angelesWhat are you working on now?

Bad Choices Make Good Stories is actually a trilogy. Each of them describe a part of my life. The first one, Going to New York, is all about growing up in Europe and my life in New York. It ends when I move to Fort Myers, FL. The second book is all about my life in Florida and the insane things that happened there. Right now I’m working on the third book, my life in Los Angeles. Each of the three books can be read as a stand-alone, or as part of the trilogy.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

The secret to good writing is to use small words for big ideas, not to use big words for small ideas.

Albert Einstein once said: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” and “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

I think effective communication is all about the art of expressing complex thoughts in simple language that anyone can understand.

I hate it when people who have absolutely nothing original or thought-provoking to say, try to use big words to sound smart, and then write a bunch of trivial garbage, while hiding behind a facade of high falootin’ vocabulary.

And find your own voice, instead of copying someone else. Be true to yourself. Don’t worry about offending people with your thoughts.

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Interview with Author Sandra Ely

41ARgO8k6GL._UX250_This week our guest is Author Sandra Ely. She is one of my favorite authors, and once you start reading her books, I’m sure she will become one of yours too. I personally recommend her Immortal Hearts series, and her poems books About a Girl, absolutely amazing reads.

Well, enough of my fan girl moment, let’s see what she answered to my questions!

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I always get caught up on this one. How much to tell? What do people actually want to know? I guess, first and foremost, I’m a mom. My two boys are my whole world.
I have a small proofreading/editing/author-service business, Polished Pearl. I write book jackets, do proofreading, and in-document editing.
Words are life. I love to read and I’ll read from almost any genre if the story line is intriguing.
I’m addicted to coffee and absolutely love cats- of all sizes.

34402161How did you come up with the title of “Forever In Her Heart”?
Toward the end of 2016, a sign-up sheet came around to be a part of a clean romance anthology. I was ecstatic considering those don’t fall into my lap, like, ever. I immediately began fleshing out an idea for a novella. The title was actually one I had assigned to another book, but lost focus on. It couldn’t have fit the project better. Callie is brought back together with her first love, who is finally ready to give her a shot. She has to decide if she can move on from the past, or if he’s the “forever in her heart.”

What is your favorite character of “Forever In Her Heart”?
Callie is an obvious choice, but she’s probably one of my favorite characters ever. She has this optimistic belief in fairy-tale endings and happily ever after. I wouldn’t call her naivete, but she’s definitely got an air of innocence that I love.

24022110What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?
This is a hard one. I enjoy writing in so many genres it’s hard to pick a favorite. I’ve published in paranormal romance, contemporary romance, dystopian, poetry… I have a short coming out in a ghost story anthology that is definitely horror. I have WIPs ranging from fantasy, to horror, to romance. I guess, if I had to pick, paranormal romance will always be home for me.

How would you describe your writing style?
I’m not sure I have one, honestly. No two projects are exactly the same. Some are written in third person, some in first, one in dual perspectives. Some are outlined, most are not. At the end of the day, I just want to tell a story and tell it right.

What authors inspire your writing?
I don’t know that I’ve been inspired by any specific authors. Stephen King is obviously my author idol. There’s no match for his creativity. But has he been able to inspire my own work? No.

31860051What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?
This is the question for the ages, isn’t it? When I was 5, I was determined to be the next Reba McIntire. Then, I was going to be an actress. I did some time considering a career as a lawyer, decided against that. Also, decided against pursuing a career as a psychologist. Too much weight to carry on both paths. I wanted to own a store at one point. I considered politics. Now, I have a small author service business and I publish the stories I’ve always loved to write, and through them I can explore any and all career paths I might have chosen, or never wished to pursue for that matter. I also have the most important job in the world: being a mother, I could dream of nothing greater.

What are you working on now?
So, so many things. I have a poetry anthology I’m working on titled, “Pieces of Me.” It’s the follow-up collection to August 2016’s “About A Girl.” I have also been working on the final installment to the Immortal Hearts series, “Renegade’s Redemption.” I have a contemporary romance, “Heart’s Song” that I’m dying to get back to when business slows down a bit for my company. It deals with some heavy issues, like grief and suicide. “Returning to Us” is a contemporary, mature romance that I’ve just recently started, but have high hopes for once it’s completed. I have an anthology of horror shorts I’m compiling, hopefully due out at the beginning of 2018. My short story “Code Blue” will be coming out in an anthology in October. And countless other projects, with and without titles, I desperately need to get back to. My first author signing is scheduled for May of 2019. All good things, the next 12-18 months should be well and truly packed.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Always. Keep growing in your craft. Strive for each book to be better than the last. Learn to market better with each release. Never give up, never surrender. Being an author isn’t always easy, you’ll have plenty of days when you want to give up. Don’t.

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Interview with Author Mona Moore

16168294This week our guest is Mona Moore, author of several Romance books, including the hot series “Dr. Feelgood”.

Mona Moore has always dreamed of becoming a writer. From the moment she picked up her very first romance novel at the tender age of twelve, she was hooked. As Mona got older and more ambitious, she wrote her first Young Adult novel, which promptly got devoured by her temperamental Hewlett-Packard. Since then, she’s learned a lot about crafting an engaging story to captivate readers – and how to back up her work to avoid utter devastation at the hands of technology.

Mona lives mostly in her head but calls beautiful Canada her home. She spends her days baking, coloring with her minions, and of course, weaving a tall tale (which usually includes tons of gratuitous nudity and sinfully sexy men).

Her favorite things include sharing a scotch with the real man of her dreams (her husband), reading up on the competition, taking excellent care of her family, and food.

There’s nothing she loves more than to hear from her readers.

Let’s see what she answered to my questions!!!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Writing has always been my passion, and I do mean always. There was never a time that I didn’t say to myself, “You’re going to be a published author one day.” As I grew up, I made sure to devour every book I could get my hands on -mostly romance – and found myself more and more longing to that title: Published Author. There was one teacher in High School who refused to take any of my creative writing assignments in unless I signed with that illustrious word “Author” before my name. He encouraged me in ways I can never thank. He’s passed on now, but years later, I still find myself thinking of him and his wise words. The greatest of them all was: “Stand firm. Never give up. There will be people who criticize you, but fuck them! You know your truth, and so do I.” He was a great man. Today, I am a married stay-at-home-mom with six books under my belt. He would have been proud of me. Now my family encourages me to keep going. There is so much more to say about myself, but a girl needs a little mystery so….

34916920How did you come up with the title of “Exotic Touch”?

Exotic Touch was my last book. It is book three in The Dr. Feelgood series. The title was easy. My Hero and Heroine go to Thailand to reconnect! What’s more exotic than Thailand? As for the touch – well – there’s plenty of that in the book as well. Hence the title!

What is your favorite character of “Exotic Touch”?

Scarlett, my Heroine. There is a lot of me in her. The man she thought loved her, wronged her in ways she could never forgive. When she meets Charles (my hero), at first she hates him, but then… Scarlett doesn’t know how strong she is, but we see a glimmer of it in Exotic Touch. She’s like a volcano about to erupt, only no one knows it yet.

34200433What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?

I am bat-shit crazy about writing Paranormal Romance. I love everything about it. The drama, the world building, the darkness. By far, it’s my favorite genre to write, even though I’ve only published in Erotic Romance. Look for Daisy St. James first book in the coming months. She’s my alter-ego and writes some kick ass Paranormal Romance.

How would you describe your writing style?

I don’t know if I have a particular writing style. I’d like to think it’s unique.

34497621What authors inspire your writing?

Far too many to name! A lot of the writers I’ve met in the Facebook community have encouraged me and pushed me to always better myself. I thank them all for that! If I had to name a few, Christine Monroe, Mary Melanie Laberge, Karin Enders and Nicole Strycharz are my greatest cheerleaders. Derek Cromwell has given me advice that is invaluable.

What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?

There was never anything else. I couldn’t even imagine wanting to be anything other than an Author.

What are you working on now?

Today I’m working on book 4, the final installment of The Criminally Yours Series. It was my first series, and I’m so excited to give Allison and Blake the closure they finally need and deserve! I’m also working on a five book Paranormal Romance Series under my other pen name Daisy St. James. It’s been a long time coming. I’m so excited to share it with the world! My Heroine is as bad ass as they come and the men in her life are sizzling!

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Do you have any advice for new authors?

Never give up on your dream. If writing is what you’re meant to do, you’ll do it. Read a lot. Know what’s out there before you get started. Befriend other authors as you make your journey. Their advice will be invaluable. Most importantly, DO NOT STOP WRITING. Write every day, even if you only get as far as a paragraph, it’s still something, and who knows, maybe a month from now you’ll reread that paragraph and get the idea/plot you’ve been waiting for!

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Author David Brush – Interview & Spotlight

k2133774David Brush is a chemist living in Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2014 and has published peer-reviewed research on proton exchange membranes in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Macromolecules. While he currently works in the chemical industry, he hasn’t ruled out returning to school to continue his study of biochemistry.

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Induction, a state-mandated eugenics program, once held the promise of carrying mankind into its golden age. Now, only broken hope and ash remain. While the country of Coren continues to burn, Dr. Johnathan Nightrick, the man behind Induction and the de facto ruler of the nation, clings to power, desperate to end the nine year insurgency against his regime that has threatened to tear his empire apart. In the midst of the struggle, a young scientific prodigy, James Mercer, is inadvertently thrust into the rebellion against Induction on the precipice of his eighteenth birthday. With his girlfriend and fellow chemist, Haley Hall, James must confront the true cost of freedom and help set the course of the brutal and earth-shattering conflict that will decide the future of his people.

I’m very happy to have the opportunity to interview David today, and to show you his work !

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Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is David Brush, and I’m a biochemist and the author of the novel Induction. I started writing about three years ago, and I’ve been going strong ever since. Working on my book has been a great outlet for me over the years. There’s nothing more therapeutic than creating a world where you can set the course of things. I’m hoping to finish my next novel, tentatively titled The Ark, within a year.

How did you come up with the title of “Induction”?

Induction is a reference to the eugenics procedure that’s at the heart of the story being told. The word itself has a couple of meanings that fit well with the narrative, for instance induction is a term used in the military to describe enlistment. Foremost though, the title refers to the bringing about of love, or the induction of it.

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What is your favorite character of “Induction”?
I’d have to say that it’s a tie between Dr. Jonathan Nightrick, the main antagonist for most of the story, and Haley Hall, one of the two central protagonists. The reason I like Nightrick so much is because he’s not really a power hungry dictator in the traditional dystopian sense. He’s more of a zealot than anything. He truly believes that his actions are for the greater good, and he’s sincere in his desire to bring mankind into a golden age. He’s brutal and ruthless, but he’s not without reason or conscience either.
Haley, one of the central rebels in the story, is also one of my favorite characters, for a couple of reasons. She’s really the only person that doesn’t allow herself to be radically realigned by the events taking place around her. She also acclimates better to insurgency than her boyfriend James does, largely because she’s more naturally coordinated than he is. James might be a bit brighter, but he can’t shoot half as well.

 

What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?

I prefer science fiction. I think it’s honestly the perfect medium for exploring not just the future, but the present as well. In my opinion, it’s easier to examine things like politics, history, and even ethics when you have the wider possibilities presented to you through writing about some far off future, where anything is possible. That having been said, I am working on a couple of nonfiction chemistry books, but the time investment is a lot heavier because they require more careful research and citation.

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How would you describe your writing style?

Honestly, I would say in development. There’ll definitely be some stylistic differences between Induction, and its sequel, The Ark. It just comes from growing as a writer. I think in a general sense, my style is a bit distant and character driven, without ever letting the reader get too close. I’d also have to say that my writing might seem pretty bleak at first glance, but I think there’s always an underlying thread of hope that runs through the narratives.

What authors inspire your writing?

There are a couple who’ve really impacted me. I would say foremost maybe is George R. R. Martin. Though my stories aren’t similar to his in any technical or narrative way, I always really respected how fearlessly he would kill his characters off if it would advance the plot. There’s a sort of tension when you read his books, because you honestly don’t know when the next head is going to roll, or if it’ll be your favorite character’s. I think that had a huge impact on Induction. I realized that even if I really loved a character, I had to be willing to let them go if their death would be meaningful to the story.
I’d say another set of authors who’ve really impacted me are Mary Shelley and her husband Percy Shelley. Mary’s story Frankenstein and Percy’s poem Ozymandias have been a huge influence while I’ve been writing The Ark. Honestly, you could almost look at Induction as a spiritual prequel to both of those works. I really try and explore the themes of empty power, the facade of divinity among dictators, and how in the end, it’s the monsters we create that invariably destroy us.

 

What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?

Well I’m an industrial chemist at the moment. I write a lot, but it’s hard to make a living off of it, especially when you only have one novel to your name. I’ve honestly been considering heading back to school to work on a PhD in either neuroscience or astrochemistry. I really enjoyed working on academic research in the past, and I could definitely see myself getting back into it.
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What are you working on now?
Well like I’ve mentioned a bit, at the moment I’m working on the sequel to Induction, The Ark. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to complete it within a year, but I know that every time I thought I was nearly done with Induction, the finish line got moved back another six months. It’s just the nature of the beast I guess, but there’s a lot of unpredictability in trying to set deadlines for a novel. I’m really excited for the next one though. I feel like it kind of defies the expectation people might have when they finish reading Induction.
I’m also working on a lot of short stories that take place around the two books, and I’m considering compiling them into an anthology eventually. We’ll have to see about that though. So far I only have about half of the content I’d need.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I think the most important advice I can give is to be patient. There are going to be so many times when you think that you’re nearly there, or you can see the finish line, and you’ll want to hurry up and get the book out. Before you do, ask yourself if doing so will hurt the quality of the product. It takes a lot of time to write a novel, and you don’t want to diminish the value of your work because you got impatient in the last stretch. Put in the time, put in the effort, and put in the money (don’t skimp on editing or cover design) and you’ll release something that you can really be proud of.
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Thank you David for stopping by to tell us a bit about yourself and your work!
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